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7 Food Ingredients for Your Cat’s Health
By Jennifer Viegas
Feeding a high-quality cat food containing at least seven special enhancements will fuel your cat’s daily activities and safeguard its health, says registered veterinary technician Jennifer Taylor.
Some of the key enhancements are glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health, dental care formula to reduce tartar buildup, L-carnitine to help metabolize fat, and higher levels of antioxidants to support a healthy immune system. Veterinarian Amy Dicke shares more information about these and other ingredients.
1. Two Fibers Better Than One
Look for beet pulp and fructooligosaccharides (FOS) on the ingredient list of cat food. “Beet pulp, a moderately fermentable fiber, releases short-chain fatty acids, which are used as energy by the intestinal cells, thereby boosting their capability to absorb nutrients,” says Dicke. FOS, on the other hand, “selectively feeds the beneficial bacteria and promotes balance in the digestive tract,” she adds.
As a result, some cat foods now contain antioxidants like vitamin E and beta-carotene, the natural component that adds color to many vegetables. These antioxidants have been shown to improve immune function in dogs and cats, says Dicke. “A strong immune system is important in fighting and protecting against disease and invaders, such as bacteria and viruses,” she says.
3. Glucosamine and Chondroitin
4. Dental Care Formula
Feeding your cat crunchy kibbles made of high-quality ingredients is one way you can help slow tartar from building up on your pet’s teeth.
Given the nutritional and medical benefits of the above ingredients in cat foods on the market today, you can rest easy knowing that you are feeding your furry pal some of the best food available.
Jennifer Viegas is the managing editor of The Daily Cat. She is a journalist for Discovery News, the news service for the Discovery Channel, and has written more than 20 books on animals, health and other science-related topics.
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