Giving vegetables alone will not satisfy domestic animals as most vegetables today do not have much nutrition. Modern farming methods have depleted most plants of minerals, vitamins and co-factors. Cooking also further denature the already depleted plants of their sensitive bionutrients.
Most animals especially cats with their acute sense of taste and smell can detect these worthless ‘green bits’ in their diet. However, cats will accept fresh non-depleted, non-denatured fresh cat-nip, fresh wheatgrass and various types of beans and vegetable sprouts.
Sensible medical and veterinary circles no longer accept as truth that animals are necessarily obligate carnivores or herbivores. Even the lions in the African plains will eat grass during severe drought to keep themselves alive. In times of plenty many so-called carnivores will chew and consume bark, leaves, grass and fruits.
Many clinical trials and anecdotal evidence has pointed to the benefits of varied diets that are rich in phytonutrients. This is true for both man and animals. Most domestic cats which lead sedentary lifestyles can survive on a strictly prescribed diet on processed and denatured proteins, fats, carbohydrates with little or no phytonutrients present. These animals can live a long life but when they are challenged, their immune system and organs will fail with advancing age and stress. It is important to remember that animals are totally dependent on us to give them a sensible and varied diet with fresh proteins, phytonutrients and good quality water.
Animals being the most sensible in terms of nutritional requirement, unlike man, will sometimes desperately search for missing nutrients by consuming unlikely substances like cat litter, faeces, leaves, grass, plants and sometimes minerals leeching out of tiles and walls. These unlikely food sources do not form digestible materials and often contain toxins and may cause intestinal upsets and blockages. Fortunately the internet has provided much needed sensible nutritional information, gathered from multiple sources other than pet food companies.
Sometimes animals will also eat gravel and foliage in an attempt to regurgitate or ameliorate ingested irritants in their gastro-intestinal tract caused by food hypersensitivities and intolerance. These animals will often have halitosis despite having good dental health, frequent regurgitation and increased gastro-intestinal sounds. Their stools can sometimes be mucoid with drops of blood. It is important to remember that these signs may not occur together or at all. This is not to be confused with food deficiency. If in doubt, always seek veterinary advice.
Feeding should always be a sensible and informed choice based on observation, species, age and often intuitive receptions.
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