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Why does Young Again seem so much more expensive than the food I'm using now?
At first, YA may seem to be significantly more expensive than the food you are currently feeding, however, this is not true. It takes about two cans of wet food a day to feed the average cat. At about $1.00 per can that adds up to at least $60 per month. Regular and even "designer" diets are filled with glutens and cheap grain fillers and cost .35 to .45 cents a day to feed the average cat. That comes out to about $12 per month. Typically, an 8 lb. bag of other brands will last an 8-10 lb. cat about 50 days. Higher protein YA cat food, delivered to your door, costs about .42 cents a day and an 8 lb. bag will last the same cat TWICE as long (104 days) making it less than $12 a month. A cat fed YA cat food will likely consume more food in the beginning and will level off to a smaller amount after a short period of time once he becomes accustomed to it. You are spending your money on high quality meat proteins instead of water and grain-based fillers.
How should I introduce my cat to Young Again food?
Some cats are hesitant to try a new food, while others plunge right in and chow down. If you have the second kind of cat, just feed them the new food exclusively and they’ll be happy. Free feeding, which means leaving a bowl out for them all the time, is the best way to feed Young Again kibble. Read More.
My cat is extremely picky. What can I do to get him to eat Young Again?
Converting your cat to Young Again is easy. Even icky cats will love the flavor of it. It is usually best to simply start feeding YA instead of letting them choose between their old diet and the new one. If they do not begin eating it right away you can try grinding the old food into a powder and coating the YA food with it for a few days. We also have a packet of flavoring available that can be sprinkled on the food to make it simply irresistible. Read More
My cat has been eating Young Again for a little while now but he doesn't seem to like it very much, he only eats a little bit of it.
You are used to seeing your cat eat large amounts of cat foods that contain the wrong ingredients in an effort to meet his instinctive nutritional need for meat proteins. Once he is fully converted to Young Again cat food, he will eat 40 to 60% less food than before. An 8-10 lb. cat will eat an average of 35 grams of food each day (approx 4 Tablespoons) or 2.3 lbs. of Young Again each month. If your cat is truly hungry and unhappy they will keep you up at night asking for food. Read more.
Which pet food should I feed?
You should always feed a species appropriate food. For a cat that means that the food should have all meat protein and less than 6% starch/carbohydrates. If you feed a food with more than 6% carbs, you are going against what nature intended. The absolute best way to feed Young Again is to feed it free choice. Your cat will self- regulate and never be overweight and will seldom if ever show excitement when eating because they will never suffer the feeling of intense hunger and will not think that there is a shortage of food in the house.
Have you ever had a recall on your foods?
Young Again has never had a recall of pet food.
How does your food compare to a raw diet?
Most raw diets are 50-58% protein and 20-28% fat on a dry matter basis. Young Again ZERO is 57% protein and 26% fat on a dry matter basis. Except for moisture content, the diets are very similar in nutrient composition. Because Young Again is concentrated, your cat will learn to eat the correct amount when fed free choice.
What are feeding recommendations based on?
Feeding recommendations are based on controlled studies that show the average calories that a cat needs at a particular life stage and the calories that are contained within the food. However, for cats we always recommend free choice feeding so that your cat can choose to eat whenever it suits him and however much he needs to eat to meet his energy needs.
What about the concerns on dehydration when feeding dry foods?
Multiple studies have shown that when you compare a dry diet containing 6% moisture with the same formula containing 75% moisture that the cats consuming the 75% moisture diet will produce more urine and have a lower urine specific gravity than the cats consuming the 6% moisture diet.
Cats consumed almost 30% more moisture while consuming the 75% high moisture diet and the urine specific gravity was 1.036. The 6% low moisture diet had a urine specific gravity of 1.054 (the normal urine specific gravity range for a cat is 1.015-1.050). Basically, the cats chose to consume less water on the dry diet even though they had free access to water. This has led to the theory that cats have a poor thirst drive and that the lower intake of water has resulted in the epidemic of stones, uroliths and crystals found in cat urine today. We believe that cats don’t necessarily have a poor thirst drive, they just process water more slowly than most other animals. Add to that a non-carnivore, starch/carb-heavy diet that may inhibit their desire to drink and it results in poor hydration. All of the Young Again dry cat foods produce perfect hydration with an average specific gravity of 1.020. Feed your cat as nature intended by choosing one of our nutritionally-balanced carnivore diets. They will drink what they should and you will have a healthier, happier cat. Read More
Does Young Again make prescription-type diets?
No, Young Again does not make prescription diets because our regular diets could be considered a prescription diet. YA cat food is perfectly suited to meet a cat's natural dietary requirements. Some examples would be that your cat would be unlikely to become overweight, develop diabetes, or develop crystals or other urinary tract problems.
Do any of your pet products come in small bites for small or toothless cats?
Yes, our Lil Bites product is about the size of a BB and it meant for both kittens and adults who have no teeth or emerging teeth. As a matter of reference, cats were not meant to chew their food, they have no grinding molars. They were meant to swallow food whole which helps prevent many of the plaque buildup problems that we see when they are forced to chew hard kibble.
When should I switch my dog or cat to a "senior" food?
When a food is properly balanced there is never a need to switch to a senior diet. Generally speaking, the reason for senior diets is that the previous "young dog" diet was of such poor quality that the senior dog was no longer able to process it very well and a new diet became a necessity.
What are the differences between your food and other cat foods? Why choose one over another?
Your cat is an obligate carnivore, they were meant to eat mice and small prey animals. A mouse on a dry matter basis is 50% protein, 22% fat and less than 6% starch/carbohydrates. Young Again foods mimic this nutritional profile perfectly. Most other foods on the market today contain in excess of 30% carbs and do not come close to matching these ideal percentages. For more information please review our Comparison charts where you can find over 80 different cat foods compared side by side. You might find the comparisons very informative.
Which pet food ingredients should I avoid when choosing a pet food?
You should avoid any ingredient which is not species specific. Cats were meant to eat meat and only meat so any plant material that shows up on a label is inappropriate and should not be fed to a cat. Please see our comparison charts where you can compare the first seven ingredients of each food for yourself.
Why are starches/carbs so wrong to feed my cat and what does Obligate Carnivore mean?
Your cat is an obligate carnivore and this means that he has no nutritional requirement for starch/carbohydrates and must eat meat in order to thrive. High starch foods digest quickly sending more glucose to the blood than your cat can use to fuel their metabolism. The excess glucose has to then be removed from the blood by insulin and becomes stored as fat. Once the excess glucose has been removed and stored, your cat is left with an insulin spike which then triggers a hormone that in turn signals a hunger response. The higher the insulin levels in the blood the stronger the hunger response and the more excited your cats will be to eat again. This overeating creates a vicious cycle of overeating that continues until your cat looks like a football. Young Again digests slowly and seldom causes the insulin spike in the blood because the food digests at a pace that matches the metabolic needs of your cat. Because there is no insulin spike your cat never becomes ravenous for food. When they decide it is time to eat again they will do so calmly and naturally.
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