According to research, grain-free diet is better for cats as they are carnivores and you will not find a wild cat having grains for dinner, instead they like to hunt protein rich meat.
Grains like corn, wheat and rice are commonly used to produce many cat foods. This is done because they are cheaper raw materials and provide the same amount of nutrition. These grain can however be harmful for some cats. Many times cats develop allergies to grain and this is because they aren’t wired to consume grains in the first place. They lack the enzyme salivary amylase that essentially helps break carbohydrates in the mouth.
- Grain-free diets contain ingredients that your cat is used to having in the wild. Fish and meat become the major source of proteins in the diet. Some manufacturers substitute grains with potatoes to provide carbohydrates in the diet.
- Cats who develop allergies to grains survive well on grain-free diets. If your cat was experiencing diarrhea, had itchy spots and kept licking herself excessively, it very well maybe an allergic reaction to the grains in the food. Try introducing a grain-free diet and if the symptoms subside, you have your answer.
- Studies have shown that grain-free diets have known to bring a change in anxiety levels of pet cats. In some cases, the results are astonishing as a previously squeamish and scared cat was found to be more playful and active after starting a grain free diet.
- If your cat is suffering from serious illnesses including cancer or diabetes, grain-free diets have proven to bring dramatic results in terms of improved health and energy levels of the animal.
- Grain-free diets are easier to digest as that is what your cat is naturally made to have. Cats are known to have lesser GI upsets on consumption of a grain-free diet.
- Cats are also found to have increased energy levels when on grain-free diet. It is quite ideal for older and lazy pets.