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It is about 7:30 in the morning and Josh and I are fast asleep. The pleasant dream where I’m basking in the sun while sailing the French Riviera suddenly turns sour when a hostile native wearing a lion mask begins to shriek louder than an express train while impaling my face with sharp spears and escalates with a big thump on my chest. I am awake. Shiloh is standing on top of me, pawing at my chin and licking my nose. It is now time for breakfast. Fitz and Bear follow us into the kitchen and our day begins.
Regardless of my regularly scheduled wake up time and independently of our daily regimen, our three fur babies have a sassy and fun charm that I simply cannot resist — all personality traits that resemble the infamous cat, Morris. You may be thinking, who is Morris? Well, long before the advent of the internet and the endless array of memes featuring the likes of Grumpy Cat, there was Morris: the ‘OG’ (or in this case, ‘OC’ — “Original Cat”) of celebrity cats, so to speak. In case you didn’t know, Morris, a former rescue, became a household name and an advocate for cats everywhere to live well with high-quality, delicious tasting dry food. He has since maintained his position as the ‘spokes-cat’ for 9Lives Cat Food for over fifty years.
Proper cat nutrition is undoubtedly one of the most significant investments of feline guardianship, next to veterinary care. In fact, diet alone may even eliminate or delay a veterinary expense for a plethora of serious medical conditions.
Because cats are obligate carnivores, they may only be able to process ingested carbohydrates up to some degree as the feline body is specifically designed to consume a low-carb and high-fat diet. In simpler terms, cats don’t produce the enzymes required to digest carbohydrates regardless of their species or size. The only carbs felines do eat in the wild are pre-digested and are found in the stomachs of prey animals.
Reasons why your kitty isn’t equipped by nature to process a lot of carbohydrates:
1. Cats do not have taste receptors for sweet flavors.
2. Cat intestines have a meager rate of glucose uptake.
3. Salivary amylase which aids in breaking down starches is absent in cats.
4. Cats have a reduced capacity of pancreatic amylase and intestinal disaccharides.
As devout cat owners, we’ve elected to become more informed consumers and have grown accustomed to comparing variations within different brands of food to ensure our three adult cats receive adequate protein and the best nutrition needed to maintain a healthy immune response, skin, teeth, and body composition. Ideally, the most balanced cat food should include a healthy mix of protein (from poultry, lamb, beef, or fish sources), taurine (an essential amino acid), and other essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids. Learning about our cat’s nutritional needs over the years has helped us in determining the healthiest ratio of food ingredients for our fur babies.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), around 54% of cats are overweight or obese. The reason: Most indoor cats get little sustained aerobic activity, which means they need little in the way of calories. A typical 10-pound cat requires just 180 to 200 calories of food each day. The recommended amount of dry food for a cat that weighs 5-10 lbs is 1/2-3/4 cup daily whereas a cat who weighs 11-16 lbs should be served 3/4 to 1 cup.
9Lives Protein Plus dry cat food has an optimal balance of high-quality protein and vitamins and is now available for purchase at Walmart stores. A single morning serving (based on a standard 8 oz. cup) will allow your cat to nibble free choice throughout the day. Thanks to 9Lives, cat parents like us can feel assured we are making the responsible choice because it provides both variety and nutrition. Apparently, it must also be pretty tasty, because our cats certainly can’t get enough!
9Lives Protein Plus — Chicken and Tuna Flavored is packed with:
• 100% complete and balanced nutrition for adult cats with antioxidants for healthy immune support
• Optimal balance of protein and vitamins with 1/3 of high-quality protein to help support lean muscle mass, recovery, and provide energy for an active lifestyle
• Antioxidants to help support a healthy immune system
• Delicious flavors of chicken and tuna that your cat will love
Use the Ibotta 9Lives cat food rebate offer to earn $1.00 when purchasing 9Lives Protein Plus from Walmart and be sure to let us know your experience in the comments section below!