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The Benefits of Young Again Cat Food.
The recommendations below are not a replacement for advice from your veterinarian.
Optimal weight can be reached in as little as 60-90 days
when fed free-choice.
Proper nutrition is the key to avoiding obesity and diabetes in cats. A cat fed Young
Again Cat Food free-choice should maintain their optimal weight, and if your cat is currently overweight, she could reach her optimal weight in as little as 90 days.
Did you know that obesity in cats has only been a problem since the 1970s? Before the 1970s obesity in cats had been rare, so what has changed? It’s not the amount of exercise, since cats sleep just as much today as they did in the 1970s. Prior to the 1970s almost all cats were fed only meat in the form of canned foods; however, today most people feed a high starch/carbohydrate kibble and many canned foods often contain plant products.
Did you know it is not natural for your cat or for any predator to overeat? Think about it. If cats routinely over hunted their natural environment, their food supply would collapse and eventually, they would starve.
Why excess starch/carbs make cats overweight.
Starch/carbs digest much more quickly than protein, dumping more energy into your cat’s system than she can use at one time and the excess energy is converted and stored as fat. Your cat will eat another meal sooner than she would normally need to, because instead of using the stored fat, she will then eat another meal. This starch/carb cycle will repeat itself until you have a fat kitty. Protein, on the other hand, digests much more slowly than starch/carbohydrates, and the speed at which your cat can digest protein is perfectly matched to her metabolic needs. With protein, her metabolism remains synchronized to the time it takes her to convert protein to energy and no excess energy is produced so there is nothing left to store as fat. Obesity & Your Cat
What is the solution?
Cats are obligate carnivores and by definition have no nutritional need for starch/carbohydrates. The only species-appropriate food for cats is comprised of animal protein and fat. Mice, one of nature's perfect foods, consist of 50-56% protein, 22-27% fat, and 3-6% starch/carbs on a dry matter basis. Young Again Cat food matches this profile exactly.
Corn, rice veggies, fruits, or digestible starch/carbs in excess of 6% have no place in a healthy cat's total diet. Read More
Formulations promote full body hydration.
Young Again Cat Food helps cats avoid urinary tract disorders by promoting healthy hydration. Here's a look into the science behind our formulations.. Hydration: Dry vs. Wet Food
A 10-year track record of no struvite crystals
After reviewing the available research, it is obvious there are several important considerations that you, as a cat owner, can take to help avoid many of the most common crystals, stones and uroliths (precipitates). The first is the type of food and water you supply your cats; these will by far have the biggest impact on the health of their urinary tract (UT). The second is finding out what the specific gravity and pH value of your cat’s urine is and how you can modify them.
Researchers understand how some precipitates form and do not understand why others form; genetics may be involved. Some precipitates are common and some are rare. Some will dissolve and others require surgery. However there is one common thread throughout all the research. A cat’s urine specific gravity should be maintained below 1.030 and maintain a healthy urine pH range between 6- 6.5; maintaining both will avoid most types of precipitates.
All of the Young Again foods will maintain on average, a specific gravity of 1.020-1.030 and a pH between 6-6.5. Read More
Diabetic Cats and our ZERO Premium High Protein Cat Foods
Our ZERO Cat Food is designed for cats of all ages including kittens. It has enough calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other nutrients to support a cat that is still growing bone.
Our ZERO Mature Health is designed for all cats that are no longer growing bone. Most cats are considered mature at 2 years of age; large breeds like the Maine Coon can take up to 5 years to reach maturity. If you are unsure if you cat is mature then please consult your veterinarian and or breeder for advice.
Our Mature Health Cat Food can also be fed to cats with kidney disease. Please review our kidney health section for more information.
If you have multiple cats and one of the cats is diabetic, then feed all the household cats the same food and choose one of the foods above. Trying to feed more than one type of food in a house is difficult.
Do not convert your cat to our food slowly; if they like our food then just remove their old food and feed only ours. Do not mix our food with another food long term. Please refer to the back label on every bag for more information.
Do not feed our food only two times a day; feed free choice only. When eating our food the typical cat will adjust to eating 6-8 small meals a day. Small quantities of food many times a day may help your cat go into remission. You will continue to inject timed released insulin twice a day. It makes little sense to feed only twice a day when you are using a time released insulin.
You must not feed any digestible starch/carbohydrates (less than 1% or trace amount) to a diabetic cat. Most treats and many canned foods contain lots of starch/carbohydrates. A good rule of thumb is, if the ingredient lists anything that looks like a plant don’t feed it. One exception to this rule is any source of dietary fiber, including guar gum (a soluble fiber); all fibers are non-digestible and will not raise Blood glucose levels. If you choose to feed a canned food with our food, do so in small quantities throughout the day; a small spoonful is best. If they are eating our food throughout the day and you convince them to eat a lot of wet food twice a day, then they will be consuming excess nutrition at one specific time and the extra nutrition will spike their blood glucose. Remember that your cat can still covert protein to blood glucose and if they eat more food during a particular time period then they need, their blood glucose will rise unnecessarily. Because this food has less than 1% starch, it behaves like a high moisture canned food and your cat will always be hydrated. Please see our hydration paper. Fresh water must be available to your cat at all times.
You must always check your cats blood glucose levels prior to injecting insulin while feeding either of our ZERO Premium High Protein Cat Foods. Your cat has up to an 85% chance of going into remission when your cat is properly fed. Remission can happen within days, weeks or months; each cat is different. Remission often times occurs suddenly and injecting insulin when a cat is in remission can easily kill your cat. If you are unable to check your cat’s blood glucose before each injection, then you either must not feed our food or you will need to stop injecting insulin. Please see our diabetic paper for more detail.
As blood glucose levels begin to decline so should the amount of insulin you inject. You should be cautious of injecting insulin if your cat’s blood glucose is below 200. It is always better to error on the side of giving too little insulin vs. too much. Once you cat’s blood glucose routinely drops below 150 your cat is likely in remission and insulin should be discontinued. Please consult your veterinarian for more detailed recommendations.
These instructions should only be followed when feeding one of our ZERO foods. You should not use this method or recommendations with another type or brand of cat food. Should you have any concerns or questions please contact us or your veterinarian immediately. We monitor both face book and our website email outside of normal business hours and on weekends (we do however sleep).
This is a condensed version and you need to also read the standard protocol. Read More
Feeding a Cat with Kidney Disease
Yes you can feed our high protein food to your cat. It is not about the percent of protein in the diet, but it is instead about the total amount of protein that the cat consumes each day and the type of protein. Many cats consume up to half the amount of our food compared to a high starch/carb diet. The average 10 pound (usually overweight) cat will consume 35g of our food and about 65g of one of the prescription low protein kidney diets. If you work out the math a cat will receive approximately 19g of protein on either diet. However they are consuming much more food/calories and minerals by eating 65g of the prescription vs. 35g of our food. Animal protein is also far easier for your cat to metabolize than plant sources.
The most recent research shows that feeding low levels of minerals, specifically phosphorus is critical in managing kidney disease. Both of our Mature Health formals are made from animal protein and have low levels of phosphorus (0.50%).
What is Feline kidney disease and what can you do?
CRD cannot be cured, but it CAN be managed to provide a cat with a longer lifespan. Periodic blood testing for BUN and creatinine, and concurrently checking a urine specific gravity are important for monitoring how a cat’s kidneys are functioning. Many cats with CRD can live a quality life for extended periods, often for years.. Read More
Free Choice feeding, the only way to feed Young Again Cat Foods.
You need at least one bowl of food for every cat in the house. The bowl must be 8-10 inches across and about 1 inch deep. A standard 9 inch pie plate you can buy anywhere is perfect. Do not use those cute little 4 inch cat dishes they sell everywhere. Water can be in any size bowl you want but we recommend the bigger the better.
You must put 2 full 8 oz cups of food in each bowl. The bowl must never be allowed to be less than half full at any given time; never. If you have to fill the bowl more than every 3 days then you need more food in the bowl.
Each bowl must be placed around the house so that when a cat is standing at any one bowl they will not be able to see any other cat, at any of the other bowls. Place bowls in different rooms and floors for best results.
That’s it. Follow these simple rules and you will have a happy healthy house and here is the reason why. Read More
Helps prevent dental problems, especially plaque build up.
The small food size of Young Again Cat Food allows the cat to swallow it whole, which helps prevent the majority of plaque, tartar and gum disease issues. That's because a cat's teeth are pointed and weren't designed to grind hard food. A cat prefers to swallow food whole – just watch one eat a piece of meat: it will shake it, do the alligator chug and swallow it whole. When a cat is forced to chew hard food, the food breaks and many small pieces become lodged between teeth and between the teeth and gums. The lodged food particles foster bacteria and produce plaque and tarter which lead to gum disease – and, potentially, kidney disease.
Cats that have been on Young Again Cat Food for eight years display pearly white teeth and without ever having had their teeth cleaned.
The indoor carnivore and how your cat perceives their home
Because you cat lives in the house they cannot do everything they want when they want to. Oh sure they can take a nap in the sun, lay on the magazine your trying to read, use the litter box, play, but if their food bowl is empty or even half empty, they cannot hunt and capture more food without your help.
How many times has your cat dragged you to their bowl and demanded more food, even though there is still food left in the bowl. What do you think they do when the bowl is less than half full and you’re not home? This one issue drives cats crazy, because their natural mindset demands that they must depend on themselves not you for their food, it is their nature and they cannot fix an empty bowl of food by themselves. To them a half empty bowl of food looks like the end of the world, they can’t reason that you will fill the bowl like always and instead will try to eat the remaining food before someone else does. Even a single house cat will try to eat the remaining food in the bowl, trying to prepare for the coming food shortage.
If your cat perceives that the house has an abundance of food (no half full bowls allowed) they will be content and never overeat, so long as the food contains less than 5% digestible carbs and is meat based. If there is only one thing you take away from everything we have written about the food bowl it should be: feeding a carnivore based food and keeping the bowl full will do more to ensure the health of your cat than any other single thing you can do. Read More
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or disease (IBD)
The main symptoms of IBS are chronic, occasional diarrhea, defecating more than once a day, small feces with mucus and sometimes constipation. Typical symptoms of IBS include bloating, abdominal pain, vomiting and the cat having pain when picked up or when touching the abdominal area. Typical causes may include parasites, neurological issues, stress, gut motility and dietary deficiencies or intolerances.
Dietary issues are by far the most common causes of IBS and are the easiest to solve. First, stop feeding your cat carbs and plant material. Your cat is an obligate carnivore and has no nutritional requirement for carbs or plant proteins in their diet. Carbs, vegetable oils and plant proteins all digest differently than animal proteins and fats and can upset the balance of your cat’s digestive tract. When your cat eats meat, its digestive tract operates at peak efficiency and fewer problems are likely to develop.
If your cat already has a compromised digestive tract, then it is even more important that you feed only animal based proteins and fats.
All Young Again foods work well on cats with IBS and you should not hesitate to try one. IBS can take 2-3 months before the benefits of a dietary change are seen; so be patient. Read More
Allergies in your cat what can you do
Allergies in cats generally take on one or more of three forms; sinus, itching and digestive. Almost all food allergies are protein related. If you suspect a food allergy, then you will need to choose another food to feed that does not contain any of the proteins the current offending food contains. All of the Young Again foods only contain meat proteins, specifically chicken, pork and herring (fish). If you switch from your food to ours and the allergy goes away then problem solved. If the allergy persists on our food then you will have narrowed it down to chicken, pork or fish. Read More
The importance of abundant nucleotides in your cat’s diet
So, what exactly makes nucleotides so important? For a cat, human, dog, or other animal to continue to live, grow and develop, it must create new cells all the time, to replace dying cells. Millions of cells must be made every minute, just to maintain the body as it is. Nucleotides are necessary to make every cell in the body. Nucleotides are used for creating cells, replacing cells, including developing immune cells and digestive tract lining for the adsorption of nutrients.
The foods formulated by Young Again Pet Food could be described as DNA food, as they have abundant available purified nucleotides in them, which allows an animal to absorb and utilize all that they need almost immediately. The fact that these foods contain abundant nucleotides is one of the factors that make them unique and so beneficial to the health of our pets. By supplying abundant nucleotides, the immune system will be able to function at peak efficiency, the liver will be better able to repair itself after insult from toxins (for example, from toxins produced by harmful bacteria or myco-toxins), and other tissues will be able to repair themselves after injury.
Young Again Pet Foods represent a true breakthrough in nutrition for your pets. Since nucleotides are naturally-occurring substances, they are extremely safe to include in a feeding regime, and are nothing like antibiotics and other types of additives that may prove detrimental in the long run. Abundant nucleotides will allow your pet to become the healthiest possible, and the correct percentages of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals will provide the nutritional support for the life of your pet.
Queens maintain body condition from pregnancy through weaning
Queens will be stronger, deliver more easily and maintain body condition even during nursing if food is fed free choice. Proper nutritional balance and highly digestible foods are superior because queens can easily convert the food to energy to meet all their needs.
Queens produce enough milk even for oversized litters
It is rare for a queen eating a high protein carnivore diet to not be able to keep up with nursing kittens. Kittens are heavy and will self-wean with no need to use soft food as a transition. Self-weaned kittens exhibit less stress and if the kittens are maintained on the same food when they are sent home, the stress will be lessened as well.
Proper body mass on both females and males.
When fed Young Again Cat Food free choice, male and female cats maintain highly muscled body mass; they will not maintain excess body fat on any of our foods. All our foods are highly tuned to the energy needs of your cat; when they need more energy they simply eat more food. The only reason for your cat to store fat is to survive a time when food is not available, so keep their bowl full at all times.
Cats love Young Again Cat Food and we are always willing to send you free samples to prove it. Email us your request for a sample today.
Costs no more and probably less, than other cat foods
Cats (particularly obese cats) consume 40-60% less Young Again Cat Food than standard dry cat foods that have less than 42% protein. For example the average 10 pound cat will consume 8 pounds of our 50/22 formula in 104 days at a cost of $0.42/day. Most of our clients say that our food lasts about twice as long, pound for pound, when comparing to a competitor’s food. Be sure to double their price before you compare theirs to ours.
Canned foods are really expensive way to feed your cat. It takes 2 or more 3oz cans of food to maintain a 10 pound cat; at a daily cost of $1/day for the least expensive to $4/day for a specialty food.
Our most expensive food is our ZERO Mature Health at $0.52/day for a 10 pound cat. It is not uncommon for the supplies and insulin needed to maintain a diabetic cat to cost well over $200/month. Our ZERO diets have worked well on diabetic cats.
How much do you currently spend to feed your cat each day? How much could you save in health costs, if you were to your cats carnivore food with less than 6% starch/carbohydrates?
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