The New Holistic Way for Dogs & Cats: The Stress-Health Connection
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Grains for Cats & Dogs

Typical grains are barley, rice, oats, wheat and corn. In certain cases, grains can be fed to your pet, but that would be determined by the pet and your veterinarian and how to prepare the grains.

The initial process of digesting a grain involves thorough chewing and mixing with salivary enzymes. Cats and dogs do not have teeth designed for chewing of food. Poorly masticated grains can lead to excess flatulence and problems with digestion.

Cats, being obligate carnivores, do not do well with grains. Dry diets high in carbohydrates cause obesity resulting in health problems secondary to weight gain.

In contrast, the bran of grains can be used to bulk up the stool if the patient is constipated. If your pet has kidney disease then barley and rice bran is avoided due to its high phosphorous content.

Many patients also have food intolerance to all or some of the grains—usually due to gluten. The gluten of grain is used in commercial foods to increase the protein content. For example, corn gluten meal provides 60 - 64% protein and rice gluten meal provides 40 - 50% protein. These are biologically inappropriate protein sources especially for cats.