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While carbohydrates are not essential to a cat's diet, they serve as necessary binders in virtually all pet foods. They can also help your feline maintain more even energy throughout the day. Recent studies suggest that certain carbs are better for your cat than others. Here are some of the better ones that you might find mentioned in lists of pet food ingredients:
Avoid Energy Swings
Most of us have experienced sugar or carb highs after eating a super sugary dessert or a fast-food meal. The boost of energy can be not only uncomfortable, but unhealthy, and can lead to an energy drop that matches the high. Your cat can experience similar highs and lows, too.
To avoid the energy pendulum swings, look for carb combinations, such as grain sorghum mixed with corn. These combos are designed to stabilize blood sugar levels after meals. Such carefully chosen carbohydrate mixtures tend to break down slowly and evenly. This will provide your cat with a more stable level of energy.
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