While I could spend this post linking multiple articles and arguments for feeding your cat or dog grain free food, I will simply say this: After researching the pros and cons – arguments for and against – we chose grain free foods. When a wild (feral) cat or dog, fox or wolf kills a small animal, the first thing they go for is the soft underbelly, where they first eat the organs. In eating the digestive organs, they consume what the prey had consumed, which is often nuts, berries, seeds and yes, grains. But, they’re going for the tender meat, not the intestinal content.
How many wolves and foxes do you see gleaning a recently harvested grain field? I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but what they’re looking for are the small rodents who consumed the grain, not the grain itself. Growing up on a small farm, we saw hungry foxes sneak out at night and glean from the just plowed potatoes and other vegetables in the garden. But they certainly preferred to try to get in the hen house!
Our domesticated cats and dogs are fairly far removed from wild foxes, wolves, lynx and pumas. With generations of specific breeding to produce healthier purebreds with better genetics, it’s hard to relate all dogs to foxes or wolves. Can some dogs tolerate some grains? Yes. Can all dogs tolerate all grains? No. Cats? They are obligate carnivores and need even more meat protein than they’re canine counterparts. Grains are simply not necessary for feline dietary needs. Both dogs and cats need some starches and fiber, but not near the amount we humans need to consume.
Please feed your pet the best food options you can afford; this is what we all want to do for happy healthy pets. Great Lakes Pet Food would like to be a food you choose for your pet.