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Why Young Again Cat Food was designed the way it is…
Let’s face it; some of the ingredients on food labels can sound very strange and sometimes downright unnerving. Not knowing why certain ingredients are used can be confusing. Here is a run down of the ingredients Young Again uses and why. . .
We've based our Young Again Cat Food formulas on the nutrient profile of a juvenile mouse. Why? Mice and small animals are the best representation of the optimal diet for an obligate carnivore in nature. Since your domestic cat is an obligate carnivore, it stands to reason their diet should reflect what they would eat in their natural habitat. The average nutrient profile of a juvenile mouse is 50-54 percent protein, 22- 26 percent fat and 2-4% Carbohydrates. Notice that a mice contains a very low amount of carbohydrates.
A cat digests carbs quickly, flooding its bloodstream with glucose in excess of their metabolic needs. To cope with all the glucose, the cat produces high levels of insulin to remove it from the blood and store it as fat. The trouble is, once the excess glucose is removed from the blood and is stored as fat, the cat is left with high insulin levels in its blood. This triggers a hunger response to eat more food. This cycle repeats itself, leaving the cat fat and susceptible to diabetes and urinary tract problems.
Young Again is an unusual food with unusual ingredients. . .
We like to call it balanced MOUSE IN A BAG. The energy content of Young Again Cat Food is supplied by protein, fat, and carbs and is broken down roughly as follows:
The total protein listed on our label is the percent of the total diet as fed and since we do not use any plant proteins it is from meat only sources. All of our foods contain between 50% and 54% protein.
Fat Between 22% and 26% in our cat food formulas
Crude Fiber 2-3% in our cat food formulas
The ash content of Young Again is 5.6% maximum. Ash is simply the total amount of minerals in any food like calcium, phosphorous, iron, zinc and so on. The reason it is called ash is because they incinerate the pet food and the only things that don’t burn up are the minerals, hence the name ash. Generally speaking we like to see the ash levels in cat food to be less than 7.5%. Too little ash and your cat may not develop properly and too much ash and your cat may develop crystals or stones.
Pork Protein Concentrate
Why Pork Protein Concentrate? Pork Protein Concentrate is derived form pork bellies in a process where the collagen(which is non digestible) is extracted to make gelatin for the human grade market. What’s left is a pork meat concentrate that is 97% digestible. Something that can be misunderstood is that it is not “ham or bacon”. Ham and bacon are pork products that are smoked, salted and cured. Pork protein concentrate is not. Pork protein concentrate is a great protein source with an amazing amino and fatty acid profile that also has a very low ash level.
Potato Starch, Tomato Pomace, Cellulose-Digestible/Non-Digestible Fibers
When we talk about veggies we are talking about the whole food with the plant protein as part of the veggie. We object to the use of plant proteins in pet foods and use only the healthy parts of these two ingredients; not the proteins.
Our food does NOT contain potato, it does contain potato starch. There is a big difference; potato is roughly 8% plant protein and potato starch contains no plant protein hence the name potato starch. The protein has been removed from the Potato starch. Young Again Pet Food is made without grains or plant proteins. The parts of plants and grains that typically cause allergic reaction actually derive from the plant protein or grain protein.
Tomato Pomace - Our food does NOT contain tomatoes; it does contain tomato pomace which contains both soluble and insoluble fiber and both are non-digestible. Tomato Pomace although from a plant, is a non digestible fiber not a protein. Fiber is essential for good health and the Tomato Pomace has a low pH which promotes digestion in any obligate carnivore and also promotes a healthy urinary tract.
Cellulose - Is a purified cell wall fiber that is used in our food to aid digestion, help pass hair balls and form nice stools. Cellulose does not contain any digestible plant proteins.
Crude Fibers or insoluble Fibers are by definition non digestible they therefore, do not contribute to the energy of the cat food, they only aid in digestion and help promote good stool formation. Soluble fibers are also non-digestible but they promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine. There are many components of whole prey that are non-digestible, i.e. fur, hair, feathers, collagen (connective tissue) and even some of the skeleton. This all adds bulk to the diet so the peristalsis of the intestinal tract has something to push against, as the food moves through the digestive tract.
Fats and Fish Oils
We use five different oils and fats in our cat foods. The pork and chicken both supply fat that comes along as part of the protein source. The poultry fat (turkey) is only fat and no protein, we use it in addition to chicken fat for the unique profile of the turkey fat. We also use herring which contains oil and fish oil that comes from fish other than herring. These fats and oils are used to provide a variety of specific fatty acids and make our foods nearly identical to the fatty acid profile of a juvenile mouse. Because they are high in iodine, Our Mature Health formulas do not contain fish proteins, instead we use fish oil in those formulas.
Fat Product – DHA
DHA is an important omega 3 fatty acid that is lacking in many foods. DHA is critical in brain and eye development. The DHA we use is called a fat product and is derived from algae. There is also additional DHA supplied by the fish oils we use.
FOS - Fructooligosaccharides or (Prebiotic) FOS is a non digestible, soluble fiber that aids in digestion and acts as a food source for the healthy bacteria that live in the large intestine. It is important to maintain a healthy colony of these beneficial bacteria in the large intestine so that harmful bacteria can not get established and cause your pet harm. Its all about competition; if there is already a colony of good bacteria living there it is much harder for the harmful bacteria to become established. FOS will also improve digestibility of the food and noticeable improvements in overall health will be observed.
Probiotics - Are helpful bacteria that are applied to the food just before it is placed in its final packaging. All pro-biotics are sensitive to heat so they are added last once the food has been cooled to room temperature. Helpful bacteria promote overall good health and many will produce beneficial enzymes which also aid in digestion.
Taurine levels: Current industry recommendations for taurine in cats are 0.10% in dry food and 0.20% in canned food and Young again has 0.30% added to our foods in addition to what may occur naturally in the meat ingredients we use.
Natural Preservatives: Our food does NOT contain herbs it does contain rosemary extract to help preserve the product. We do not use the oil. We are only interested in one molecule “Carnosic Acid” which is extracted from the Rosemary and is water soluble. All the other parts of the Rosemary are not used, certainly not the oil. This acid dramatically boosts the effectiveness of the Tocopherols to naturally stabilize the fats and oils in our food.
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