|Dr Jane Bicks formulated the Life's Abundance foods when it was begun in 1999, and has guided every choice in the companies pet-product line from day one. I asked her a couple of questions I had been asked by friends and these were her responses:|
How can the same food provide proper nutrition for Kittens/Adults /Seniors or Puppies/Adults/Seniors?
Life stage dog and cat foods were the result of the early days in dog food development and marketing. When dogs and cats were fed foods that were thought to provide the nutritional requirements for growth and maintenance, the puppies did not do well. The manufacturers had to increase the protein and fat in the dog food to provide enough nutrition for the growing puppies. The division of dog and cat foods into puppy and kitten foods as well as adult dog and cat foods, was easy to market, and has prevailed for the most part. In reality, the nutritional requirements for both growing animals as well as adults can easily be met with a food that is formulated to meet optimum nutrition rather than minimum. The nutrients of concern include:
Protein Ė Puppies and kittens need a fair amount of protein for their growth. Adult dogs and cats also need a fair amount of protein. Protein rebuilds cells and tissues such as the heart, kidney, hair, brain and lungs. Proteins are also required for enzymatic pathways, building of blood and immune cells. Many life stage food manufactures decrease the amount of protein for adults. It is not logical to reduce protein in adults. Aging animals require protein for tissue and cell repair.
Calcium - Puppies and kittens do not have a different calcium and phosphorous ratio requirement than adults do. Healthy bones are based on the relationship between calcium and phosphorous. A well formulated food contains the same ratio of these minerals in adult food as in puppy and kitten food. Thus, puppies and kittens get their mineral and other nutritional requirements from a well formulated diet that meets or exceeds the nutritional requirements for all life stages according to the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Calories Ė Growing animals need more calories per pound of body weight than adults. In those brands that are marketed by life stages, the puppy and kitten food generally contains more calories than the adult food. The feeding directions for any food will suggest higher quantities of food for growing animals, and a smaller amount for adults. Summary Ė If a food is formulated correctly there is no need to follow the life stage marketing directive. When looking at our bags or our web pages you will see that our food is 100% nutritional per AAFCO for all adults and growing animals. Many breeders of various types of dogs and cats believe that Lifeís Abundance is responsible for helping them produce healthy and large litters. I am the formulator of Lifeís Abundance foods and with more than 25 years experience as a veterinarian, I know what dogs and cat need nutritionally.
I have a cat with Struvite issues, is Lifeís Abundance safe for him to eat?
FELINE LOWER URINARY TRACT DISEASE - Crystals or Stones
FLUTD describes a collection of conditions that can affect
a catís bladder and or urethra. Some of the causes include irritation of the
bladder, stones, excessive numbers of minerals in the urinary tract, and
uroliths which are rock hard collections of minerals. Causes of this syndrome
are multiple but the primary causes are insufficient water intake and a food
that produces a urine that it too acid or basic. Both our dry cat food and
canned produce a slightly acid pH of 6.6-6.8 which is the correct pH for a cat.
Other causes include stress, allergy, and bacteria. I recommend that all cats be
fed a canned food to increase the water in their diet. Instinctive Choice
contains an herb that holistic veterinarians use. Along with canned food they
should be fed dry food because it contains more nutrients than canned food does.
You can mix canned with dry food or feed canned food for one meal and dry the
other; or leave a measured amount of dry food down. If your cat has been
diagnosed with FLUTD, chances are your veterinarian will give you a special diet
to feed. Once your catís condition has improved ask your veterinarian when you
can begin to use Lifeís Abundance Dry and Instinctive Choice Canned Cat Food for
Susanís Note: In researching special veterinary diets for cats with crystals or other health concerns, I was horrifed to learn that these special foods recommended and sold by our vets is full of grains and fillers. So many people feed the special veterinary diet to all their cats, even though only one has an issue, which just means none of the cats in the house are getting proper nutrition. I even know a friend who had a healthy young adult die because the veterinary food her companion cat was eating for his condition contained no Taurine! I suggest everyone do more thorough research on the nutritional value of our petsí food; most vets donít specialize in nutrition and you canít just take their word as gospel. I know Iíve been reading a lot and finally Iíve found the best diet for my pets.
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