If you changed only 20% of your diet, do you think it would make a difference?
We want to do the best we can for our cats, right? Well I don’t know about you but I used to have this wrong mindset that it should be all or nothing. I mean If I couldn’t feed the best all the time why even bother trying to feed a better diet to my cat. If this sounds like you, you are going to want to read on.
Do you feed your cats highly processed foods such as dry kibble or even wet food? The majority of us do. What does highly processed mean? Let’s first start by going over what fresh foods are. Fresh foods are foods that have not been preserved, cooked or processed in any way. Highly processed foods on the other hand are foods that are cooked at ultra high temperatures, preserved and full of fillers to lengthen their shelf life. There are different levels of processed foods, but you get the idea.
When we just feed our cats highly processed foods such as a dry kibble, they’re missing out on all that fresh foods can offer. It would be like us living on fast food and potato chips and never eating a fruit or veggie, eventually it will catch up to us.
The 20% Rule
To make a dry kibble, extremely high temperatures are needed. Sadly those high temps destroy nearly all the nutrients in the food, so they need to be added back in artificially. However, by adding some fresh food we are replacing some of those nutrients naturally.
Have you heard of the 20% rule when it comes to pet food? It’s a hack for those of you who are unable to feed a fully non-processed diet to your cats. Basically, you take out 20% of your cat’s food and replace it with fresh food. Some ideas of fresh foods to add in for our cats and kittens are mussels, eggs, salmon, muscle meats, organ meats, sardines, blueberries and even adding some fresh greens like spinach and broccoli (pureed is even better!).
Studies have shown that just by adding the 20% rule to your cats diet you can reduce disease markers by up to 90%!!