One of my cats, Zekke, developed an allergy to grain. The poor cat was vomiting. To make the situation worse, he developed hot spots on his skin. (I would talk about hot spots on another post). It was devastating for me seeing my fluffy Persian cat develop such skin disorder. I’ve been feeding him what I thought was a premium cat food. Well, it is, it just happens to have a component in it that my cat is having negative reaction to — grain. This is when my grain free cat food journey began.
Grain Free Cat Food?
Grain free cat food gained popularity when supporters of raw food diet studied our cat’s dietary habits when they were in the wild. They eat mostly meat and rarely munch on plants. Therefore, grain free cat food is said to be closer to the “natural” diet of our cats. But if this is the case, how come so many cat foods contain grain? Essentially, it’s because grains are easy to obtain and is an economical source of pet nutrients. And then my search for grain free cat food continues.
I found out that grain free cat food is hard to find where I live. I have to purchase it in a high-end pet shop, and even there, there’s not much selection to choose from. But with my cat’s health in mind, I bought my first pack of grain free cat food.
Benefits of Grain Free Cat Food
Many pet owners don’t consider grain in pet food to be a bad ingredient per se, but it could cause problems for animals sensitive to grain products. Some issues with grain intolerance are bloating, vomiting (just like my Zekke) and various types of digestive issues. Grains can also worsen allergies and skin disorders (another symptom of my poor Zekke).That’s why a cat food containing strictly non-grain sources of nutrients is a better choice. And I now started feeding Zekke grain free cat food. Let’s see what happens.
When put on a grain free diet, cats often have more energy and see improvement in their coat, skin and muscle tone. Cats with diseases, like diabetes and cancer, also do better on a grain free cat food diet. The protein of grain free cat food also benefits pregnant and nursing mother cats and its kittens. Grain free cat food does not contain “fillers”, like corn, soy and wheat.
Is Grain Free Cat Food Really That Good?
After a month of putting my cat on a grain free diet, I noticed some difference. He rarely vomits and is now more active. His cat hotspots, though there’s still minor signs, were drastically minimized. (Update: I just checked, and it seems like it’s on its way to healing). So yes, I’m going to stick with my cat’s grain free diet. Maybe I will experiment with the brand and type, but this cat owner is going to stay grain free and continue feeding my cats grain free cat food for sure.