As advocates of cat health and nutrition, people often ask us about the most important ingredients in cat diets. Next to a species appropriate diet, we cannot stress enough the importance of digestive enzymes.
The word ‘enzymes‘ can seems complicated, I know. It’s one of those words that we hear a lot, but sometimes our eyes glaze over and we tune it out. However, enzymes – and their importance – have been researched and documented since the 1800s in America.
What are digestive enzymes?
Enzymes are essentially the building blocks of life. Digestive enzymes are what makes the fuel (aka food) in the body work. Kitties need these enzymes so that the nutrients they eat know how to break down and be distributed in the body. Cats need an ample amount of these enzymes in their food for proper digestion and absorption. Processed cat foods are virtually void of live enzymes. Even raw foods diets can be deficient sometimes. Meat that isn’t organically raised and fed appropriately will be lacking in the enzymes our kitties need.
In addition to being the most important ingredient for cat diets, digestive enzymes are also a key component to keeping the immune system strong. Since 70-80% of the immune system resides in the gut, the healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients helps keep ailments away. Without a strong immune system, our cats are left more susceptible to disease.
We often remind our clients – and ourselves – that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is why we encourage cat parents to build a healthiest foundation we can for our feline friends. But, regardless of the quality of food you currently provide, digestive enzymes can begin making a healthy difference now. You’ll see immediate improvement in skin, coat, joints and overall immunity health when adding these enzymes into your cat’s meals. We seen such improvement in overall health, we give the CATalyst Enzyme Formula to our kitties every day!