We stock a wide variety of high quality, healthy natural canned foods for your pets. Canned food is a great source of meat and moisture. But, remember, it is still heat-processed, so many nutrients are degraded. Four basic supplements should be added to all processed foods, these are: probiotics, enzymes, omega 3 fatty acids, wholefood vitamins and minerals. Canned food may be added to dry kibble to increase palatability, meat protein and moisture. Canned may be added to raw to achieve a yummy, gravy consistency.
Remember it is possible to use grains or starches in canned foods although it may look like meat. Learn to look for these on the ingredient label. Choose to feed a variety of different meats within a brand and different brands overtime. This will minimize the repetition of any excess or deficiency of a nutrient in the food. There is no perfect food. Variety minimizes the negative impact of this fact. Canned food or wet raw food is preferable for all cats. Canned is more convenient than raw, but quality canned food is actually more expensive then raw. Also canned foods have been correlated with an increased incidence of hyperthyroidism in cats. This may be due to chemicals in the linings of some cans or the high iodine content, particularly in fish versions. Do not feed fish to hyperthyroid cats, and do not feed young healthy cats fish diets any more than one time per week. Cats with crystalluria or diabetes have been cured or well-managed simply by discontinuing dry kibble and transitioning to all wet canned and/or raw food. Beware of salt that is too high up on the label. Salt is addicting. It is difficult to transition a cat off of a high salt food. Veterinary cardiologists recommend avoiding excessive salt in diets for pets with heart disease or high blood pressure. An average cat should consume 1/2 of a typical 5.5oz. twice daily. Add hot water to cold, refrigerated food. This increases palatability. Repetitive cold food damages "stomach yin." Cats will stop eating if cold food is fed daily. By the way, dry food does NOT clean teeth. So, canned food is better for our strict little carnivores, for many reasons, than is dry kibble.