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What is the difference between “as fed” and “typical dry matter basis” for pet foods?

September 04, 2018
Category: Feline/Canine Nutrition

When you look at any pet food label, you will find the “as fed” guaranteed analysis of the food you just purchased. This will typically list minimum protein/fat and the maximum level of moisture/crude fiber contained in the food you just purchased. The “as fed” refers to the food in the bag that you will feed your pet. These nutrients do not show exact percentages of the listed nutrients. For example, protein is listed as a minimum content, but in reality, it is likely higher.

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Can you give me some information about your ingredients?

July 11, 2018
Category: Young Again Ingredients

We purchase our ingredients from the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, India, Finland, Japan, Germany, New Zealand and Scotland. We do not source or purchase any ingredients from China or source ingredients that were initially manufactured in China and resold elsewhere to circumvent the China origin. Read more.

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What is Guar Gum? Why do you use it?

July 10, 2018
Category: Young Again Ingredients

Guar gum is a non-digestible soluble fiber that is produced from a bean. Guar gum has been extensively studied in both animals and humans and is considered safe and has been shown to have many health benefits. Guar gum has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and will also increase glucose tolerance. Read more.

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I have read that any canned food is better than any dry food. Is this true?

July 09, 2018
Category: Feline Hydration

You may often see or hear this statement from well-meaning veterinarians. In their experience, they have only seen poor results from traditional high starch/carb dry cat foods often fed to our carnivore cats.

What your vet may really be concerned with is the hydration of your cat. Conventional thinking is that any canned food will produce better hydration than any dry food. But, if you compare a canned food with 15% starch and a dry food with 15% starch, you will see the same hydration level in the cat when fed either diet. Resear... Continue reading


July 02, 2018
Category: Feline/Canine Nutrition

On your next cat food order, you may notice that the kibble is smaller in size. Rest assured, the food is correct. It was time to replace the dies as the food kibble was becoming too large. This is something that every food manufacturer does on a regular basis. When our QC department decides that it is reaching the limit for what we deem acceptable, new dies are created. A die is the plate that the food is pushed through (think Play Doh machine). Once the dies are replaced, the kibble is a smaller size. The dies will wear over time until it... Continue reading

Why does my cat vomit?

May 17, 2018
Category: Feline/Canine Allergies
Allergy to an ingredient(s)Hairball or foreign object/obstructionEating too much food at one mealOther medical issues

Mild food allergies usually produce skin and ear irritation. However, severe food allergies can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Vomiting is typically the first symptom observed. Almost always the cat will vomit more than an hour after eating and the vomit will usually be liquid or syrupy and smell like gastric juices. The liquid nature is because it had already begun the digestive process. A food allergy may also cause diarrhea t... Continue reading

Another YA Feline Remission Testimonial!

May 09, 2018
Category: Feline Diabetes

A big thank you Young Again. My 12 year old overweight cat was diagnosed with diabetes November, 2016. Administering 3 to 4 units of insulin twice a day. A little bit of help from the vet, but more information from the wonderful websites devoted to helping owners with diabetic cats was tremendously helpful. Switching from Frisky’s to commercial canned food had a dramatic effect on my cat. It helped to lower insulin to 2 units twice a day. Then I read about Young Again cat food. Skeptical about switching back to dry food, I hesitated for a wh... Continue reading


Can cats recover from diabetes?

April 30, 2018
Category: Feline Diabetes

Many cats newly diagnosed with diabetes will go into nutrition-based remission when the cat is switched to a properly balanced carnivore diet. For best results, the diet should contain less than 1% starch/carbs and should be made with animal protein and fat. The protein must be in balance with the fat to be effective. A good rule of thumb is 2 parts proteins and 1 part fat. For example, 54-58% protein to 24-28% fat on a dry matter basis is best. Dry matter is where a company shows the typical analysis of the food once all the moisture has be... Continue reading

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Allergies in Cats

April 26, 2018
Category: Feline/Canine Allergies

Allergies in cats generally take on one or more of three forms; respiratory, itching (often facial, ears and sometimes feet) and digestive. Allergies can be environmental and/or food related. Sometimes reactions like itching or a runny nose only show up at specific times of the year. If a cat has itchy ears or a runny nose only in the spring, it may be a seasonal allergy to some type of pollen or mold that occurs only at that time of year. There is little to be done for mild seasonal cases, the allergy usually dissipates with the change of s... Continue reading

Chronic UTI in Cats

April 24, 2018
Category: Feline Crystals, Stones

Common reasons for UTI in felines:

You are feeding a diet too high in digestible carbs/starch. Foods high in starch/carbs can create multiple health issues. Switch your cat to a carnivore-based diet. Research has shown that as the starch content of a diet increases your cats water consumption decreases. Drinking less water will concentrate the urine and concentrated urine is more likely to precipitate stones or crystals. Diets high in starch/carbs have also been linked to pre-diabetes and diabetes in cats. FELINE HYDRATION, FELINE... Continue reading
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Should you feed vitamin and mineral supplements to your pets?

April 18, 2018
Category: Feline/Canine Nutrition

If you are already feeding a complete pet food, there is no need to supplement additional vitamins and minerals. Almost all pet foods contain the appropriate amounts of nutrients already. Supplying additional nutrients such as minerals can even harm your pet. For example, a mature cat only needs 0.6% calcium and most cat food contain in excess of 1%. Why would you even think of adding more. Older cats often suffer from high blood calcium levels and less calcium is recommended not more. Another example is vitamin D3, everybody knows that peop... Continue reading

Kidney Disease in Cats

April 16, 2018
Category: Feline Kidney Disease

There are three basic rules in caring for a cat with kidney disease (CKD).


First, your cat must eat. CKD cats often have a poor appetite and that makes finding the proper diet difficult.


Second, the food must be low in phosphorus. Less than 0.55% phosphorus, on a dry matter basis, is a must. Dry matter means the analysis of the phosphorus content of the food has been determined once all the moisture has been removed from the test sample.


Third, current research has found that a high protein foo... Continue reading

Why are there so many terms used when talking about kidney disease in cats?

April 13, 2018
Category: Feline Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), chronic renal disease, chronic renal failure (CRF) are all describing the same medical condition in your cat. Most professionals have settled on using the term chronic kidney disease (CKD). The other terms were often coined by various researchers who wanted their published paper to stand out among all the other papers being published over the years. The definition of each term is the same and you will be able to use the information provided by each term above, to help you understand your cats condition.

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What is the life expectancy of cats with diabetes?

April 12, 2018
Category: Feline Diabetes

There is no reason that a cat with diabetes can’t go on to live a normal, full life. How long can your cat live with diabetes? It depends entirely on how you chose to take care of your new patient. The very first thing you need to do is change their diet to a no carb carnivore food. Young Again has a line of ZERO cat foods ideal for helping cats achieve remission. Our ZERO foods contain less than 1% digestible starch and are a great choice for all cats in your home and should be the only option for your diabetic cat. For full-grown cats done... Continue reading

Pancreatitis in cats.

April 05, 2018
Category: Feline Pancreatitis

Based on a review of available literature, it is clear that cats who have pancreatitis do not require a low-fat diet or any special diet for that matter. It is recommended the protein source be easily digestible, the fat in balance with the protein and digestible carbohydrates kept at a minimum. Food should never be denied to a cat suffering from pancreatitis, you run the risk of your feline developing liver issues, like hepatic lipidosis.


Pancreatitis and your cat’s diet. All cats are obligate carnivores and have no nutritio... Continue reading

Why is my cat getting so fat?

April 04, 2018
Category: Feline/Canine Obesity

The simple answer is they are eating more calories every day than their metabolism can burn. Cats spend most of their life sleeping, so exercise is not the answer to maintaining a proper weight. Instead the answer lies in what they were meant to eat vs what we usually feed them. Nature intended our cats to consume small pray animals not plant material in the form of grains, Veggies, rice or fruits. Their metabolism was designed to be fueled by meat and fat, not carbohydrates.


Meat digests at the same rate that your cats metab... Continue reading

Dry foods for diabetic cats or wet foods?

April 02, 2018
Category: Feline Hydration

The old rule of thumb was that all dry cat foods had to contain abundant carbohydrates in order to form a pellet. Although this is still true for the vast majority of cat foods available today, it is not true for the Young Again Zero line of foods. Our Zero foods all contain less than 1% carbs or to be more accurate less than 1% starch.


It is surprising how most cats prefer dry food over wet food as their main source of nutrition. Of course, dry food is easier to feed and always has the same texture, which is one of the reaso... Continue reading

Are feline diabetes support groups helpful?

March 29, 2018
Category: Feline Diabetes

Generally speaking support groups provide valued information on how to deal with a diabetic cat. They can give you a recommendation for glucose meters and even explain how take a blood a sample. You can also pose a question and then you will receive responses from people that have gone through what you are currently experiencing. Keep in mind that many of these support groups or a popular “Forum for Diabetic cats” or a “Diabetes Cat Care Forum” are made up of normal people, each with their own view.


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My cat was just diagnosed with diabetes and has ketones in his urine/blood. Can I try your low carb/zero cat food before starting insulin?

March 28, 2018
Category: Feline Diabetes

When your cat becomes diabetic their blood glucose (BG) elevates because their pancreas is not producing sufficient insulin. When your cat consumes food, their body converts that food to glucose and if there is insufficient insulin production, then the glucose is trapped in their blood and that glucose cannot be used to fuel their body. In response, your cat starts to metabolize body fat to fuel their energy needs. Ketones are a byproduct of this body fat metabolism and can buildup in both the blood and urine. High levels are dangerous and u... Continue reading

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Does Young Again qualify as a high protein, low-carb cat food for diabetic cats?

March 27, 2018
Category: Feline Diabetes

Yes. Our entire line of ZERO cat foods are perfect for diabetic cats. And, it can and should be fed to all of your other household cats. Cats are carnivores and have no nutritional need for starch/carbs. Other pet food companies will try to convince you that a starch/carb content less than 10% is fine for a diabetic cat; don't believe it. Our 50/22 formula contains less than 6% starch and we would never recommend feeding it to any diabetic cat. As much as 6% starch in a cat food will drastically reduce the remission rate for a diabetic vs. a... Continue reading

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