All of our pet foods, dog and cat, have the Good 4 Life system in them, which are nutritional products added to help maintain health and well being. We were talking about cats in the last blog, and how they have two of the same beneficial Alltech products that our dog food contains, the minerals and prebiotics.
But now it's time to tell the cats from the dogs – cats have 2 different supplements in their feline Good 4 Life system.
One has to do with how your cat relieves itself.
My dog, Rosy, (below) does not pee into a box (does yours?) but my cat, Willie, did for 19 years.
Do guests come over and tell you your house smells like a giant litter box? If so, you might want to try our cat food if you don't already. That's because we have another great Alltech product called DeOdorase™ in our food. This is made using the extract from the yucca plant and yucca is known for it's ability to reduce ammonia arising from your cat's waste. Here's the story of what we smell when we change that litter box.
Since cats are true carnivores requiring high protein diets of animal origin, that protein is excreted through urea in urine; therefore cat's waste produces a lot of ammonia. I'm sure you agree that this is a fairly strong odor, but it doesn't stop there, decomposition of animal feces by bacterial activity also releases ammonia and other noxious gases. Pee-uuu!
De-Odorase™ takes care of overall fecal odor, including ammonia, and, university studies have reported that De-Odorase™ can promote a 30 to 50% reduction of gases released from feces of companion animals.
So, by adding De-Odorase™ to your cat's diet by feeding our cat food, litter box ammonia odors are reduced. Phew! You can breathe easier now.
Just so you know, our ingredient panel does not say, Alltech's De-Odorase™. If listed this way, no one would know what it was and all ingredients on pet food must be transparent to you, the consumer. Find yucca schidigera extract on our ingredient panel. There it is!
Young kittens experience many stresses during early stages of life and a good diet can be the difference between a healthy start and a more challenging one. The last of the 4 products in cat's Good 4 Life, can help. We include, NUCLEO-SACC™ which is functional protein that contains essential and functional nutrients that supports development in the early stages of life, such as enhancing muscular, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract development.
Best of all, from your cat's perspective is, it enhances the flavor of the pet food.
Here's why. Let's talk about our tongues first. So do you remember the four different tastes that our taste buds can detect? Did you recall, sweetness, sourness, bitterness and saltiness? There are actually 5! The fifth taste identified is called umami. What? I know, it's an unusual, surprising, word. It's Japanese that basically means pleasant, savory, taste. So umami is a full, rounded, savory taste. The umami taste can be found in meats and vegetables and in nutritional yeast. That is what NUCLEO-SACC™ is. Functional, nutritional yeast that has a savory taste. (For you scientific types, it's the glutamates in the different foods that gives it the umami taste) Cats taste savory as well so the food is more appealing and palatable to your tiny tiger.
Bottom line to remember, we take the health and well-being of your cat seriously, and all of our cat food brands, NutriSource, Pure Vita and Natural Planet contain these four great ingredients that makes our cat food so Good 4 it's long and healthy life.