Cats are carnivorous animals, whose diet should be based on high-quality meat food of animal origin. Often, however, owners supplement their pets’ diet with various additives, e.g. pasta, which is to serve as a filler.
How does pasta affect the functioning of the cat’s body? Should cats be fed pasta?
Pasta in a cat’s diet
Avoid pasta and other fillers in your cat’s diet! Cats are not omnivores. A cat’s diet should be based on high-quality products of animal origin, i.e. meat, offal, meat bones and eggs, and vegetables can be a small addition. Cats are carnivores!
Why cannot serve pasta?
Pasta is a source of carbohydrates that quickly deliver sugars to the body of cats. However, it should be emphasized that cats are animals that base the functioning of the body on the provided protein, and carbohydrates should be a small amount in their diet. In addition, the digestive system of cats is not adapted to digest carbohydrates. And providing such food can result in excessive obesity. The process of digesting carbohydrates takes place in the intestine. Carbohydrates in the form of pasta, strongly disturb the process of protein digestion in the cat’s stomach and affect the production of gases and fermentation of food in the intestine.
The cat’s stomach is adapted to digest meat products, if we provide food that does not contain a source of carbohydrates, the whole digestive process is very fast and effective, and thus the body draws the most nutritional value from food based on protein. Therefore, carbohydrates should be avoided, i.e. pasta in the cat’s diet. If you want to provide products that are a source of carbohydrates, choose raw or cooked vegetables.