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Genetic Stress

Animals that in the wild are carnivores require a high protein, meat-based diet. In the wild, cats and dogs would consume essentially no starch, and little carbohydrate other than the glycogen in the tissues of their prey. This genetic design is fixed and absolute. Forcing foods upon carnivores they are not designed for creates a metabolic stress that eventually manifests in the host of degenerative diseases enumerated in this list.

• “Cats…classified as carnivores…evident from the unique anatomic, physiologic, metabolic and behavioral adaptations of cats to a strictly carnivorous diet…domestic cats share several feeding behaviors with their wild counterparts…” Kirk, C. A., et al. Normal Cats. Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 291-347, 2000.
• “…most extreme adaptations to carnivory discovered to data lie in the taste buds of the facial nerve, which are highly responsive to amino acids and unresponsive to many mono- and disaccharides…” Bradshaw, J. W. S., et al. Food selection by the domestic cat, an obligate carnivore. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Physiology, 114 (3), 205-209, 1996.
• “…no dietary requirement for carbohydrates has been demonstrated for the cat…natural meat diets…contain little carbohydrates…Cats, as strict carnivores, possess highly active nitrogen catabolic metabolism systems for metabolizing protein, and are incapable of adapting to very low nitrogen diets…” Tilson, R., and U. Seal, editors. Tigers of the world: the biology, biopolitics, management, and conservation of an Endangered Species. Park Ridge: Noyes Publications, 1987.

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