Food and supplements for cats

All about holistic food

For owners of cats and dogs, the problem of feeding is one of the most important and costly items in the context of keeping an animal. Nutrition is the basis of the health and longevity of the pet, the key to its well-being. It is the right diet that will allow you to contact veterinarians as little as possible, save you from expensive treatment and reduce the likelihood of the need for surgical intervention. One of the good quality feeds is products marked “holistic”. Not only is it natural, but it also has many other benefits. All about what a holistic food is, as well as about popular manufacturers and much more, read in this article.

How is it different from usual?

Holistic food differs from the usual one in that it has a richer composition. A distinctive feature is also the use of more expensive components. The word “holistic” comes from the Greek holism, which means “whole”. Such products are classified as a new generation of animal feed.

Manufacturers claim they are made from products intended for human consumption. Both wet and dry foods are available.

Joseph Coquit laid the foundation for the production of such products. He believed that proper nutrition for pets is no less important than for people. He was also convinced that only natural products can be useful. The components of feed of this kind are selected taking into account how they will affect the health and genetics of the future offspring of the animal.

As already mentioned, food of this class is made only from products intended for human consumption. To do this, use lamb, chicken meat, turkey, duck, fish fillet. Feeds are more saturated with trace elements and vitamins than conventional analogues and even premium feeds. In particular, always in the composition of omega-3 fatty acids. Holistics do not contain flavor enhancers or preservatives. Unlike most other feeds, they practically do not include ingredients of plant origin (less than 10%).

Holistic class products are not easy to find on the free market. This can only be done in expensive pet stores or purchased through an online order. Products have a cost that is two or three times the price of middle-class feed. Despite all their advantages, they are practically not advertised, while large-scale promotional campaigns are carried out for ordinary feeds.

In some Western countries (in particular, in the USA and Canada), there are veterinarians who specialize in choosing the right nutrition for pets. Doctors are fans of a systematic and wholesome approach to nutrition.

It is worth remembering that in the presence of diseases it is impossible to feed the animal with holistic food without the permission of a doctor. Not all sick animals are suitable for such products, regardless of the degree of naturalness.

In general, it is believed that such feeds, when consumed regularly, help animals improve their skills in training and training due to the content of fatty acids that improve brain activity. This industry, like many others, is evolving and product formulations are getting better.

Pros and cons

As you can see, there are many benefits to this product.

  1. The composition of such feeds is the most balanced and whole among all the products of this category. They contain only the amount of useful elements that the animal’s body is able to absorb.

  2. As already mentioned, the raw materials are of fairly high quality. In addition, it is of natural origin.

  3. The meat part of the production is almost 70%. Contains no by-products.

  4. A special manufacturing technology allows products to retain their original appearance and composition to the maximum, and not to lose their useful properties.

  5. Dry products are produced in the form of small pieces that the animal can consume without risk to health.

  6. The consumption of a holistic is less than a conventional counterpart. Since the first option does not contain flavor enhancers and preservatives, the animals eat it almost twice less. On average, a small animal can consume about 90-100 grams of holistic per day. In terms of money, this can be about 30 rubles. This calculation is only suitable for animals whose weight does not exceed 5 kg.

It is impossible not to note the shortcomings of such food.

  1. The rich composition and special manufacturing technology imply a non-budget price. However, often the owners and not only purchase a wholesale batch at lower prices.

  2. Small assortment. Usually, most manufacturers do not produce special products for certain breeds, as well as dietary rations or feed for animals with health problems.

  3. Difficult to find for sale. This food is definitely not sold in a regular supermarket. Not every pet store sells holistic food.

  4. It is often difficult for an animal that has previously eaten conventional food to switch to such food. The reason for this is banal – the pet gets used to flavor enhancers and flavors.

Unfortunately, there are still no definite rules for the production and use of raw materials for holistics. Therefore, not every product with such a mark is really holistic. Sometimes manufacturers may use this word in the name of the food for reasons of material gain.

Rating of the best manufacturers

Below are the names of manufacturers whose products received positive reviews. Most of the items on this list are Western firms.

  1. Pronature is a Canadian manufacturer, which manufactures its products on the basis of modern developments in biotechnology. The manufacturer claims that in addition to meat, he uses only brown rice, barley, and oats in the manufacture.

  2. Another Canadian manufacturer ACANA, producing products belonging to the category of quality feed. The manufacturer focuses on protein in the composition. The food is made from fresh meat, but also includes a variety of herbs, vegetables, and even fruits.

  3. Producer GO! also includes a large amount of meat and fish in its products. The food contains vitamins, antioxidants and prebiotics. A similar Canadian manufacturer in terms of product quality is Orijen. Uses the meat of only those animals that were fed in natural habitats.

  4. Grain-free hypoallergenic dry and wet food with low cholesterol is produced by the Italian brand of Russian production Grandorf. The food is best suited for older pets. The manufacturer even produces liquid food in the form of spiders. The food of other Italian brands Almo Nature, as well as Farmina, also received positive reviews. The latter produces grain-free feed. Instead of grain, they use pumpkin, quinoa.

  5. Returning to Canadian manufacturers, it is worth noting the Blend brand. The company produces grain feeds with a high meat content. The main ingredient is lamb. And also feed includes salmon fillet, brown rice, barley, vitamins and other useful elements.

  6. Not quite a top place is also occupied by the Canadian manufacturer Now. In its feed, the brand uses poultry (but without chicken) – turkey and duck, and also adds deer, trout and salmon fillets. The food contains vitamin E, which has a beneficial effect on the quality of wool – it becomes soft and glossy. Suitable for obese pets and neutered animals.

How to choose?

In general, the choice of holistic food is no different from buying a regular analogue. However, there are some important nuances that you need to pay attention to.

  1. First of all, food should be selected according to the age of the pet. Products for kittens contain an increased amount of protein, probiotics, as well as a number of trace elements necessary for the proper formation of muscles, skeleton, coat and for proper growth in general. Products for adults contain more meat, as well as berries and fruits that they can already digest. The composition of vitamins and enzymes may also differ slightly. There are even foods for elderly pets that are lighter in composition.

  2. As already mentioned, such products are not intended for sick animals. But it is often used as a preventive diet. Pedigree animals are most susceptible to various diseases. For example, large dogs are prone to diseases of the musculoskeletal system, while small breeds are often allergic. It is necessary to select food in accordance with the diseases that the animal suffers from.

  3. Compound. It is necessary to avoid products, the composition of which is described as follows – “a complex of essential minerals and vitamins.” You can not take food that does not have an accurate description of the composition (for example, the names of the minerals and vitamins they contain). Also, the food should not contain meat meal or too many vegetable products (rice, peas, herbs, and so on).

  4. Pet preferences. Often, animals have their own “favorite” foods. This could be chicken or beef, for example. Cats prefer fish. When choosing food, this item can also be taken into account as one of the criteria.

  5. Dry food is suitable for any pet, and also has a long shelf life and does not have a very pronounced smell. Wet ones have a pronounced aroma and are more suitable for animals that have problems with the urinary organs (kidneys, bladder), as well as pets with dehydration.

Wet food does not store well – they should not be left in the animal’s bowl for the whole day.