Cats love fresh meat for sensible reasons. While a cat can survive by scavenging roots, berries and vegetation a cat dies if it doesn’t eat meat. Cats can’t break down certain essential amino acids and fatty acids found in vegetable matter, only those found in mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. The best pet food manufacturers understand the cat’s unique nutritional requirements and ensure more than adequate levels of these essential nutrients.
Cats Need ‘Essential’ Nutrients
Animal fat contains essential fatty acids (EFAs) such as arachidonic acid and linoleic acid that a cat, technically speaking, is capable of ‘de-saturating’, The cat can’t manufacture these nutrients itself. Arachidonic acid is essential for blood clotting, reproduction and coat condition while linoleic acid is vital for growth, liver function and wound healing. A cat’s natural diet, small rodents and birds, contains a good balance of these essential nutrients, as well as essential amino acids such as taurine and arginine. So does fish, not a natural diet for cats but an extremely good one.