Cats are obligate carnivores. Simply put: they eat meat.
In the wild, cats consume live, whole prey which includes muscle tissue, blood, skin, fat, sinew, cartilage and bone/marrow. The moisture content of their prey comprises the bulk of a cat's water consumption. In contrast, domestic cats are generally fed diets of dry food high in plant protein (often soybeans), low quality/rancid animal protein (animal byproducts etc...), empty carbohydrates and sugars (white rice, corn, wheat, corn syrup etc...), and undigestible fillers (such as soybean hulls). In addition, these pet foods are chock full of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives as well as other chemicals. As a result, cats suffer from dysfunctions such as diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, asthma, allergies, dandruf, diarrhea, depression and anxiety, as well as poor bone, dental, eye and joint health.
M+ASH cat food is designed to emulate the nutritional content of a varied, whole prey diet with particular attention to protein, fat, moisture content, vitamin and mineral balance. Changing a feline's diet to this food may reduce inflammation resulting in weight loss as well as improved joint funtion, flexibilty, eyesite, digestion, urinary tract function and overall health. The feline may also become less reactive (allergic). In some cases relieving allergies for both the owner to the cat and for the cat to itself. Click here to for the M+ASH cat food recipe.
What's in M+ASH cat food and why:
The flesh, fat, skin and drippings of the chicken provide protein, fat and moisture to the food. It is imperative to use high quality meat, ideally local, free-range organic from a farmer you trust, but at the very least a USDA organic bird. Cooking the meat on the bones infuses it with nutrients and the fat is essential to digest the lean meat (this is true for human digestion as well!).
Boneless, skinnless chicken breasts or canned chicken will not suffice and will cause nutritional deficiencies.
Organic Bone Broth
Boiling broth from the bones, organs and neck of the chicken adds imperative calcium as well as other nutrients and minerals.
It is not enough to use prepared chicken broth or boullion as it lacks the mineral, collagen and nutrient content of "real chicken broth." Moist food ensures that the cat's water intake is high enough to ensure better kidney and bladder function.
Canned Chub/Jack Makerel
Any canned or pressure-cooked fish with the bones and skin intact will do.
However, skinless, boneless fish (such as canned tuna or certain salmons) are inappropriate because they will lack sufficent calclium and fats found in the bones and skin.
Organic, Raw Liver
The liver is a storage organ for many important nutrients including vitamins C, A, D, E, K, B12 and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron. This makes it a very rich food source.
However, the liver can also store many toxins, so it is imperative to use the highest quality liver from the healthiest animal possible. Ideally, get liver from a source you know or look for local, organic pastured animals.
I opted to add a little bit of high vitamin C, high fiber veggie to the food to make sure there was a bit of fiber and extra vitamin C to help digest the fish.
Some claim any amount of vegetable is too much. It can easily be omitted if preferred.
Cranberries promote urniary tract health. This ingredient is especially important as your animal transitions to the healthier food as it can reduce instances of kidney stones and unirary tract issues. Once your animal has detoxed from lower quailty food, it can also be omitted if desired.