Instinct – it’s the most powerful “I” that gives wild animals the ability to inherently know whether something can be eaten or not. Experience and training in the wild give animals the opportunity to sharpen their instincts. It enables animals to successfully go through the daily grind of predatory life without becoming prey to any disease or poisonous plants. On the other hand, domesticated pets, adjusted to the daily routine of their humans, do not have the experience required to hone their wild instincts. They eat what their owners feed them, and in that sense, domesticated pets become the reflection of their owner’s decisions.
In the wild, herbivores (plant-eating animals) are the most popular prey of carnivores, including wild cats and dogs. When a carnivore kills its prey, they first instinctively reach for the most nutrient-rich parts of an animal, which also contain partially digested plant-based food particles. This ensures that the animal does not just get protein, but also satisfies its daily nutrient requirement from those found within their plant-eating prey. Their journey also constantly exposes them to nutrient-dense plants that they munch on to fulfill their daily nutrient requirements. This explains why, when let out in an open field, you will find cats and dogs munching on Barley grass, branches, or leaves.
Domesticated cats and dogs though do not hold the need to hunt their own food. They do not have a jungle to roam around in, nor the “nutritional wisdom” that would guide them to the nutrient-sources they may be lacking. Domesticated pets are wisely kept in yards with fences as the boundaries to their territory. The humans take the role of the pack leader and primary providers as our pets trust us with all their needs. When it comes to diet, pets are usually fed store-bought food that is predominantly meat-based, containing little to no botanically-derived ingredients. These processed foods are also infiltrated with preservatives, artificial flavor enhancers, and other chemicals that your pet’s tummy is not adjusted to digesting. They smell and taste great but do not satisfy your pet’s nutritional needs for plant-derived additives or natural oils.
A regular diet of thermally processed food causes mineral deficiencies in your pets, which unlock the fast track to aging, digestive disorders, and obesity-related complications. Moreover, it stunts their growth, weakens their immune system, increases shedding and slowly sucks the vigor and happiness right out of the pet’s life. A nutrient-rich diet can prevent premature aging and increase longevity and overall quality of life for a pet. Cats and dogs can also benefit from the live enzymes and antioxidants present within the greens, which slow cellular aging and support detoxification processes in organs and tissues. There are many naturally-occurring ingredients originating from the sea, plants and animal sources that can supplement the nutritional requirements of a pet and boost their energy. As their primary caretakers, it is important to remain sensitive and vigilant when it comes to the nutritional needs of our pets. Adding botanically, sea and animal-derived ingredients to your pet’s daily feeding regiment will transform their diet into a well-balanced bowl brimming with all of the necessary nutrients required to extend the health and longevity of your pets for years to come.