What are Grain-Free Foods?
Grain-free foods are devoid of any form of grain or excess carbohydrates commonly found in commercial pet food. This includes wheat product, rice, millet, barley, oats, and corn.
Genetics – All domesticated cats are descended from five subspecies of wildcat, and all dogs are descended from the gray wolf. This is important to remember because, while there are numerous breeds of canines and felines, their genetic makeup is the same as their ancestors’.
Simply put: dogs and cats are carnivores, just like their predecessors.
Digestive Tracts – Because of their anatomical makeup, dogs and cats do best on a grain-free diet. Carnivores have digestive tracts that are much shorter than those of omnivores or herbivores, which do not allow the appropriate amount of time needed to digest grains (rice, barley, millet, oats, etc.).
Carbs – Unlike humans, dogs and cats do not have a carbohydrate requirement. While humans should get 50-60% of their calories from carbohydrates, dogs and cats don’t need any to fulfill their nutritional needs. Zero!
Protein & Fat – In fact, dogs and cats use protein and fat like humans use carbohydrates. Protein should be the mainstay of our pets’ diets; proteins allow their bodies to complete several processes needed for healthy living, such as creating cells and enzymes. Fat is where they get most of their energy, so it is equally as important.
Immune System – A grain-filled diet can compromise the immune systems of dogs and cats because their digestive systems work too hard processing low grade foods lacking essential nutrients. Expecting our pets to thrive on a grain-filled diet is like expecting humans to excel on a junk food diet.
Grain-free diets are available as dry kibble, canned food, freeze-dried, or raw frozen, so your pets have lots of delicious options to choose from. Also, you feed your pets smaller portions due to the lack of fillers in grain-free foods. Smaller, nutrient-dense meals provide your pets with all the vitamins and minerals they need.