Unlisted mineral oil free fatty acid UFA for pets is generally considered the best alternative to traditional canine and feline oils. But are the benefits of UFA justified? Or are they just another marketing ploy to get more dogs and cats to buy a costly but ineffective line of products?
Unlisted UFA is a fatty acid that is extracted from the skin and fat of wild animals. It has been shown to have health benefits in humans and can help reduce the risk of heart disease. This is the main ingredient in omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as trout, salmon, and mackerel. Although the consumption of fatty acids has been shown to lower the chances of heart disease, high levels of circulating and free fatty acids have been shown to increase the risk of developing conditions such as arthritis. This is why most fish used in the making of pet foods have smaller amounts of this compound added to them.
There is no standard level of UFA concentration in pet food. Many manufacturers add a little to help keep the dog or cat feeling healthy and satisfied. However, there is a growing body of scientific research indicating that excessive levels of these oils can promote the development of kidney disease, blood clots, and skin problems such as dermatitis and cataracts. As the liver is often the primary organ responsible for filtering and removing these toxins, a lack of in the diet can result in an imbalanced state within the organ. This may lead to a condition known as dysfunction of the liver.
Even if the level of UFA in the diet is not a problem for a dog or cat, the body will normally burn off the fat that is stored on the body for energy. If the animal cannot obtain or burns its fat reserves, the condition known as canine diabetes can develop. The kidneys will be unable to filter out waste from the blood, which can cause serious damage to the kidney and eventually to the rest of the body. This is why feeding a diabetic dog or cat is very important. In this way, the animal’s diabetes can be managed and eventually prevented.
If you decide to feed a cat a commercial brand of diet, you should know that it should contain the protein and fats listed on the label. If the manufacturer does not list them, look for them in other types of food. Commercial foods containing poultry (meat) are a good source of protein and should be a part of any cat or dog diet. Fish and soy products are also nutritious choices. Be sure that you read the labels on homemade dog and cat food, however, as many of these products are likely to contain unhealthy fillers like corn and soy.
You can purchase high-quality cat or dog food online. Just as with human food, the best brands are those that are nutritionally balanced and have the right amount of vitamins and minerals. Be aware, though, that some brands are simply manufactured and do not meet the requirements of a balanced diet. Also be sure to check the expiration date on pet-food packages.
When feeding your cat, look at the bag or container, the package or container’s “sell by” date, and the nutrition facts panel. The best foods contain poultry, fish, eggs, and vegetables. For example, chicken is a good source of protein and calcium; peas are a source of fiber and B vitamins; and carrots are a rich source of carotenoids and vitamin A. At the same time, be sure to read the ingredients on dry foods containing meat byproducts. These are likely to contain unhealthy fillers like corn and soy that are not only dangerous for a cat, but harmful to humans, as well.
If you do decide to feed your dog commercial brand dog food, keep in mind that there are many quality brands available on the market today. Also, read the label carefully. Check for the manufacturer’s recommendation of protein (at least 1 gram per pound), fat, and fiber. Make sure that your cat is healthy, too.