Frequently Asked Questions about natural food

Why is fish a good ingredient for cats/dogs?

Fish is an excellent high quality protein source. Fish’s muscle contains iodine, and their bones are a calcium and phosphorus source.
Fish is usually divided in two groups: whitefish, (hake, cod, whiting, sole) and fatty, or oily, fish (herring, sardine, mackerel, tuna, salmon and trout).
oily fish’s flesh contains A and D vitamins, and is rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids. Fish is, consequently, an excellent ingredient in cats’ and dogs’ nutrition.

Why do cats like fish?

Cats are carnivore animals that have kept several nutritional habits from their African ancestors. Hence, cats eat small quantities several times a day, which resembles the way wild cats used to eat, getting their nourishment from hunting small pray. Small rodents, rabbits, and, in smaller amounts, birds, reptiles, frogs, and insects. Cats are attracted to certain scents and textures that reflect the natural qualities of their food. They are attracted to moist food, which is rich in protein and free amino acids. Hence, it is natural for them to enjoy fish and eat it if offered.

Furthermore, fish is an excellent source of protein and amino acids, such as Taurine, which is essential for cats, as they can’t synthesize it themselves, and is necessary for adequate neurological, heart, vision (retina), reproductive and immune function.
 

What benefits do grains carry for dogs’ diets?

Grains provide a significant amount of carbohydrates, as well as proteins and other nutrients, such as vitamins. As most mammals,dog’s and cats have no need for carbohydrates. However, carbohydrates fulfil an important role, since they provide easily digestible energy, which is readily available for dogs’ cells and organs.

Genetic studies have proven the existence of genes that confirm the enzymes responsible for the digestion of starch and carbohydrates. These genes are not present in wolves which could explain one of the key factors in dogs’ domestication, dogs have adapted to a carbohydrate rich diet.(Axelsson, 2012)

True Instinct Original carbohydrates are provided through whole grains, such as barley, whole grain rice, or oats.

What benefits do grains carry for cats’ diets?

Grains provide a significant amount of carbohydrates, as well as proteins and other nutrients, such as vitamins. Cats don’t require carbohydrates, but that can be said for most mammals. However, carbohydrates fulfil an important role, since they provide easily digestible energy, which is readily available for absorption by their cells and organs.

True Instinct Original carbohydrates are provided through whole grains, such as barley, whole grain rice, or oats.
 

What benefits do products made with whole grains (rice, oats, barley) provide to my cats’/dogs’ health?

True Instinct by Nature’s variety includes, innovatively, whole grain rice, barley and oats, which contribute to a healthy diet for cats and dogs. Being whole grains, which have not been refined, they maintain most of their original nutrients, and a higher content of soluble fibre, which positively impacts their intestinal flora.

More specifically:

Whole grain rice is a rich source of carbohydrates, and less calorific than white rice. It contains minerals and vitamins that help maintaining a healthy immune system, and are necessary for the antioxidant systems of their organisms. Being whole grain it contains both germ and bran, which helps their digestive tract.

Barley and oats, whole grain, also provide them with protein and carbohydrates, but are especially important for the type of fibre they contain. This fibre stimulates the development of a healthy intestine flora, which contributes to better digestions and intestinal health. Oats have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which are responsible for the known positive effects of oats for skin health.
 

What benefits do flax seeds provide for my dog/cat?

Flax seeds have a high fat content and are the richest vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for cats and dogs, and significantly improve their skin and coat’s appearance. They also contain, in smaller amounts, omega-6 fatty acids.

Furthermore, flax seeds are a remarkable fibre source, as well as a natural antioxidant source.
 

What benefits does fish oil provide for my dog/cat?

Fish oil is an excellent omega-3 fatty acid source, amongst them EPA, which contributes greatly to their immune response, and DHA, which helps maintain an adequate brain and eye health.