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High Fiber Cat Food: Good Fiber
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High Fiber Cat Food: Good Fiber

Fiber plays an important role in cat nutrition. It is not needed in large amounts in the diet, but contrary to popular belief, it is needed. Many cat experts will have you believe that the cat cannot digest fiber at all; therefore it is not needed in the diet. This is untrue. The truth is that cats are able to process fiber, in small amounts.

There are two kinds of fibers: good fiber and bad fiber. Good fiber is what we are focused on for the sake of the benefits associated with it. Good fiber is fiber that can be broken down by the cat. This is done by a process called fermentation.

So what are some of the benefits associated with a high fiber diet for cats?

A lot of weight loss diets are associated with high-fiber. The good fiber has a low fermentation rate. This means that the fiber remains in the stomach and intestines for a while. This makes the cat feel full, thus reducing the hunger feeling the cat experiences. This results in less carbohydrate and calorie intake.

A high fiber diet reduces the amount of hairballs. The fiber acts as a lubricant for the digestive tract. This allows hair in the digestive tract to pass swiftly through the stomach and intestines. Without this lubricant, the hair remains in the stomach and intestines and over time the body decides to get rid of it. Thus, the hairball is born.

Another aspect high-fiber is associated with is constipation. Fiber will increase the bulk in the stool. This prevents constipation and diarrhea. It’s funny because fiber is also known to promote constipation too. It is all about the fiber sources though.

Many veterinarians like to put a cat with diabetes on a high-fiber diet. Recently, it has been made known that the best nutritional method to controlling diabetes is a high-protein, low-carb diet. However, studies have actually shown that diabetic cats that have been on a high-fiber diet have shown a decrease in their blood glucose spikes. So there is truth to this method. The importance here is to provide a high-fiber diet that is in canned food form. Dry food will be higher in carbohydrates than wet food, and it is important that there are not a lot of carbs present. A high-fiber canned food, which has good quality protein source, with not a lot of grains (carbs) present would be very beneficial.

Fiber is actually essential for a cat. The good fiber sources can be very beneficial in maintaining a healthy cat. It is important to know what high fiber cat food would be the most beneficial for your cat. There are a lot of foods on the market that classify their product as high-fiber; however it is the bad fiber sources that are present. This will end up causing more problems for your cat. Knowing the good quality fiber sources and the best high fiber cat food available will help you determine the best food to feed your cat.


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