Every week we have a contest on our Facebook page and invite Evanger's feeders to ask a nutrition question about their pet. Our certified On-Staff Nutritionist picks one question to weigh in on. Here are this week's question and answer.
Question from Leslie Rachel Cawley:
Why are dogs considered omnivores and cats considered carnivores?
Although dogs and cats both have teeth designed for catching and tearing prey apart, they do thrive on different diets.The differences start in the digestive tract. Cats have problems assimilating carbohydrates
(starches and sugars), for example. Dogs, on the other hand, thrive on and enjoy some starches and sugars.So dogs can be described as omnivorous carnivores. Cats, though, are obligate carnivores.Dogs thrive on meat accompanied by a variety of other foods such as vegetables and fruits.But cats are genetically intended to eat prey exclusively. Large cats like lions and tigers feed on grazing species including gazelle and water buffalo. The ideal diet for our domesticated cats is a healthy mouse.While Evanger's doesn't serve up gazelle meat or mice, the company does offer a variety of canned Game Meats for dogs and cats including buffalo, rabbit, pheasant, and duck.The discriminating cat might also enjoy the grain free Meat Lovers Medley dry food.The Evanger's dog will thrive on a variety of canned and dry foods that include American sourced meats along with vegetables and fruits.
Thanks for sharing your question! We host a #GetPetHealthy Question of the Week every Monday on our Facebook page. The winner receiving a FREE bag of JERKY TREATS, so check in on Mondays at http://www.facebook.com/Evangers