Pet food is constantly evolving so it is questionable what are the benefits of holistic cat nutrition and how it works.
In a world, alas, increasingly polluted and toxic, we always try to give the best to our little pet friends. Certainly also for this reason the diets which involve the use of non – commercial products, but fresh and natural, although equally controlled, are having particular success. In fact, the positive side of packaged foods is that they are subjected to regular checks: but they cannot be compared to the fresh products that the earth offers us. Here’s how a holistic diet for cats is structured and what benefits it has on our feline friends.
Holistic nutrition for cats: a philosophy of food
Making the slalom between low-quality industrial products and junk foods is increasingly difficult, but the important thing is not to give up and always try to give the best to our animal friends. In fact, it is no coincidence that many opt for organic foods, but also holistic and natural ones for their feline friends and for their health. Many of these foods reflect a philosophy born in the last century. The holistic diet finds its roots in 1991, precisely in Urbino.
From the Greek ‘ holos’ or ‘together, global’, the holistic diet aims to aim not only for physical well-being but also for the mind. In short, according to this logic, food is able to affect the totality of the organism, and therefore its total well-being precisely. Well-being depends on the state of health of the mind and body, but it is constantly evolving. In fact, the body has the ability to continuously self-regenerate and in this way purifies itself.
Time and external agents can affect the state of conservation and certainly much of the damage to the body also comes from a bad diet. For this reason, we must be extremely careful with the products we feed our cat friends, precisely because their state of health derives from them, avoiding artificial additives and intensively farmed foods.
Holistic nutrition: the purpose
In a single sentence we could say that the purpose of holistic nutrition is to restore the body’s vital functions starting from what is fed to our cats (and animals in general). In fact, scientific studies have shown that a healthy diet adapted to its needs keeps the cat away from tumors (find out here what is the nutrition in case of tumor in the cat), heart problems, problems with the digestive muscles, or at least there are fewer of them affected.
The holistic diet avoids the danger of imbalances within the vital psycho-physical system of the animal, which usually generates the symptoms of a malaise. It maintains the balance and avoids its alterations. We will notice shortly how these foods are always hyper-controlled and of excellent quality, starting with fresh meats and other meals made more nutritious by the addition of vitamins and tastier thanks to the use of fruits and flowers. In short, everything that nature offers us is used: even the animals that live in nature seem to show greater resistance to diseases than our domestic pets. So the holistic diet wants to feed the cat, and the animal in general, as this would do in nature.
Holistic diet: the foods it includes
If health starts with food, let’s see which are the ‘miraculous’ foods that can prevent disease and make our cats’ bodies healthier. The main problem is that for many the meal is only a means to satiate or feed the cat, without particular attention to what he eats and the benefits (or ills) that derive from it. Let’s see how the substances contained in the foods act on the psycho-physical well-being of the cat: in fact, the combination of these foods should be able to prevent diseases and symptoms.
Before listing the ‘chosen’ foods, it is good to specify that the water made available to cats must always be fresh and abundant. Equally essential is to check the freshness of foods and their integrity. In fact, they include legumes, whole grains, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Beetroot pulp: source of fiber, prevents swelling and intestinal fermentation against diarrhea.
- Aloe vera: anti-inflammatory and anti-aging.
- Preservatives: natural such as vitamin E, ascorbic acid or rosemary extract.
- Fresh meat: ensures optimal protein and nutrition. Cats are carnivores and eat raw meat, like that of the BARF diet for cats.
- Cereals: rice and oats are preferred.
- Vegetables: tomatoes for antioxidant properties, potatoes for vitamin B, carbohydrates and minerals, carrots for vitamins, potassium and thiamine and peas for vitamin C.
- Fruit: apple for fiber, vitamin C and Beta-Carotene, cranberries against bacteria and infections.
Holistic diet: what it excludes
From holistic nutrition, processed foods, red and fatty meats, saturated fats are completely excluded. Of course, the use of fertilizers, pesticides and additives in agriculture and livestock is absolutely forbidden: only in this way is the nutritional quality of food guaranteed. For this purpose, only natural fertilizers of animal origin (i.e. manure), vegetable or compost or mineral origin are used. Furthermore, ladybugs are very useful instead of pesticides.