Cats can go without high-protein feline food


Dubai cats captured my imagination
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Cats have always fascinated me with their agility, ferocity, intelligence and stealthiness. In one of my African safari videos, I saw a seemingly uninterested lion pride setting up an impressive trap for a large herd of unsuspecting buffalo that met in a watering hole.

The lions waited for the herd to settle into the slash, turn into a disorganized crowd, begin enjoying a drink and then attack them down the slope. The buffalo with all its might, its might, its fury, and its horns were in disarray and one fell into the shallow waters with ruthless fangs tearing its throat.

Enjoy this mountain of protein meat for the next 48 hours. It left me wondering how this feline managed to get the meat out of this mess of water, mud, vegetation and the vast amount of the victim’s semi-digested nutritional content.

My readers may remember that Dubai cats captured my imagination, and during one of my evening rides, my daughter insisted that we carry cat food. The little girls are totally enjoying the hungry kittens chasing after them and we decided to buy some cat food.

Proteins and calories for cats

The cat food package carried a detailed nutritional analysis and said the contents were equivalent to 452 calories per 100 grams, with a 10 percent crude fat content, thirty percent crude protein and five percent fiber to ensure a gut. Mobility and constipation prevention.

After working with the main ingredients, the manufacturers fortified the cats’ diet with vitamin A (29,392 IU/kg), and vitamins D3, E, B1, B2, and B12 in similar exact amounts; Primary minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, potassium and iron. And finally secondary minerals such as magnesium, zinc, iodine and selenium. My diet-conscious daughter was concerned that they didn’t mention carbohydrates which are a big concern in these prediabetic times.

With humans taking casualties in alarming numbers, only timely intervention can prevent the catastrophic diabetes epidemic. However, I was reassured that they had added omega-3 fatty acids for a healthy, shiny coat, and there was enough vitamin A and taurine to boost the cats’ eyesight. The analysis concluded by declaring that all of these ingredients were obtained from real fish.

This post about cat feeding was helpful but left me concerned about the health of the lion’s pommels in the Ngorongoro Grasslands in Africa.

Some annoying questions

Was there an epidemic of diabetes spreading in the species where we limited our focus to urban cats only and was there enough taurine in the body of a fallen buffalo to meet the visual requirements of a pride lioness? What would she do if she suffered from myopia at the beginning of her hunting life? Readers agree that it is very difficult to find answers to these annoying questions.

To my relief, a recent study shows that African lions stay numerically good if poachers and hordes of visitors are turned away. Nature has its own unique design for each species and its nutritional needs.

The entire edifice of evolution by natural selection creates a structure where pastoralists and predators strike a fine balance, and the Creator ensures that diets are naturally balanced. How else would one explain the wonderful fur of a wild royal bengal tiger that was not fed at all with selenium and was able to hunt down the smallest prey without increasing the vitamin A of its visual pigments?

Those of the 1950s will remember our easy childhood when our mothers strictly believed in three good meals with simple salads and fruits. One would walk or bike to school, play long hours in the open, swim if one could sleep well.

No mother had a distinct diet for a four-, five-, and six-year-old as the children ate, played, studied, and grew up. We trusted mothers who in turn trust nature and everything went well. Let’s then leave it nature’s way, stick to our traditional diets, and incorporate moderate activity and timely sleep. Mother Nature will take care of the rest.

Alright guys, we’re done with the cats. It’s time to extract my own riboflavin protein to replenish the mental micronutrients that ensure my cognitive well-being.

Dr. Rakesh Magoon is a specialized ophthalmologist with an interest in literature

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