Wellness cat food is a product the Massachusetts-based Old Mother Hubbard Company that began over 80 years ago. It's preferred by many cat owners because of its high protein content and grain-free ingredients.
In addition to pet food, Old Mother Hubbard also makes cat treats and Neura Meats.
Known for its holistic approach to cat food, Wellness uses
deboned meat that they do not treat with steroids or hormones. In
addition, the company's cat food does not contain any meat by-products,
wheat, soy, corn gluten, or artificial substances.
According to their website, their cat food is:
In cats that frequently suffer from urinary tract infections, eating food that is low in magnesium will prevent struvite crystals from forming in the tract. This condition occurs when overly alkaline cat urine combines with a diet high in magnesium.
Symptoms of a possible urinary tract infection in cats include straining to urinate, painful urination, incontinence, bloody urine and excessive thirst.
By providing low magnesium cat food in addition to encouraging water drinking, cat owners may help reduce repeated bouts of urinary tract infections in their cats.
Dry cat food produced by Wellness contains several ingredients not commonly found in other dry cat foods. For example, natural cranberry powder is included in their dry cat food because of its ability to prevent acidic urine and accumulation of bacteria that causes infection.
Cranberries and cranberry powder is
beneficial to urinary health as well as overall health in all mammals
Rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C and manganese, this powder also contains polyphenol antioxidants, which may possess anti-carcinogenic qualities as well. Additionally, cranberry may help decrease proliferation of oral anaerobic bacteria that is often responsible for plaque build-up and bad breath.
Also found in Wellness cat food is manganese, an essential compound needed to facilitate use of carbohydrates and proteins by the body. It also contributes to the production of fatty acids vital for energy and brain functioning. While manganese is naturally existent in the liver, pancreas and kidneys, cats require additional amounts found in green vegetables, seeds and nuts.
Roaming cats can find extra supplies of
manganese by grazing on grasses and wild seeds but indoor cats must have
it supplemented in their diet.
Cat owners will also find glucosamine in the list of ingredients used by Wellness.
Especially beneficial for cats suffering from cartilage degeneration or arthritis, glucosamine helps lubricate joints and enhance flexibility so that leaping, jumping and walking is not painful for affected cats.
Due to the fact that glucosamine works well when combined with chrondroitin, Wellness supplies their cat food with this substance as well.
The people at Old Mother Hubbard suggest feeding an adult cat both wet and dry food each day to maintain adequate hydration in a cat.
tend to neglect drinking water until necessary, most wet cat food is
between 90 to 96 percent water. In addition, Wellness provides a general
feeding chart to follow designed for healthy adult cats:
every two pounds of extra weight over 15 pounds, cat owners should
provide an additional 1/4 cup of dry food to the cat's diet. Cats that
spend a good deal of their time outdoors may require more Wellness cat food.
For kittens, Wellness also has a line of dry and wet food for kittens containing essential vitamins and minerals contributing to immune system health, muscle growth and cognitive development.
Remember to consult with your vet before dramatically changing your pet’s diet. You may also want to consider the gradual transition from one food to another so that your pet does not notice the change.
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