If you have been following this blog, you’ll know how we have painstakingly dissected the mouse to understand its nutrient profile and recreate it using mainstream dietary meats such as beef, lamb, quail, chicken, fish and some novel ones such as kangaroo, rabbit, and even black soldier fly larvae.
Of course, recreating the same nutrient profiles using different components is not as simple as the way we may have led you believe. The right kind and right proportion is really important so you don’t get too much or too little of a good thing.
We’ve got beef.
For example, it is not just beef that we use. It must be grass fed beef so that it is nutritionally denser (vitamin E, omega 3). And it is not just meat. To make things work out for us, we used these parts of a cow: chuck, knuckle, heart, lung, liver, kidney, spleen, and bone.
It’s more than meats the ribeye.
It is not just mackerel or salmon as well. It must be wild caught Atlantic mackerel and Atlantic Salmon for the reason that they are low in mercury levels and do not contain thiaminase, the enzyme which could result in thiamine deficiency in our pets.
Raw meat. Well done.
The meats are handled semi frozen, with preparation and packaging taking place very quickly under sanitised conditions to minimise bacterial proliferation. Using a -20 degree walk in freezer, the meats undergo our unique double freeze procedure which kills up to two times more bacteria while minimising nutrient loss.
Imagine eating mince for the rest of your life, every single day, every single meal. We feel the same way too, that is why we break up consistency and employ different textures in different satchels for your pet to enjoy. Chunks, crunchy mince, whole pieces… We do it all. Apart from promoting dental and mental health, varieties in texture have shown to be important in maintaining a balanced microbial population in the gastro-intestinal tract in various animal species.
We use over 30 animal parts
These are divided into 7 meat satchels to create nutritionally naturally so that your pet experiences health and longevity through our programme of evolutionary diet.
Once we have assembled the parts we need for each nutrient required by the cat to fulfil nutritional requirements, we have to play around with how much of each ingredient. The experienced ones among you will know about certain formulae, whether it’s 80-10-10, or the more specific 70-14-5-5-6 (meat, muscle organ, liver, secreting organ, bone).
Neither are good enough for us because deficiencies in some areas will always arise, thereby causing long term problems. If you don’t believe, just calculate the nutrient profile you’ve got for say, manganese, thiamin, choline, zinc, magnesium.
Meeting requirements is only half the story. As nutrients are synergistic and antagonistic to one another, we need to ensure the right proportions to maintain balance among them. A lot of your would know about the importance of calcium to phosphorus ratio. Too much calcium against phosphorus and there would be calcium build up in the body. Too little, and phosphorus will leach calcium from your pet’s bones, leading to fragile bone structure as well as affecting growth.
The same goes for all the nutrients, like vitamin A and E against vitamin D (reduces vitamin intake by up to 30%), copper against zinc (both compete for absorption). Even the fatty acids require balance, such as omega 6 against omega 3. As most of us will know, if the omega 3 level is too low, it will lead to inflammation, causing heart and joint problems and too many other issues that would be too long for me to list here.
Of course, nature has an elegant solution. Feed your cat whole rabbits, birds and mice. Maybe the occasional bearded dragon too.
Hey, your cat doesn’t judge when you eat your curry, century eggs, and citrus fruits.
Fun fact: Cats hate the smell of citrus.