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Bone broth for cats: A super-secret way to boost your pet’s nutrition
The most popular, and most debated, health trend in pet food is bone broth. But, what exactly is it and why should we be including it in our feline’s diets?
According to the University of Maine, “Bone broth can be made from the bones of beef, chicken, lamb, or pork, or fish. When heated, these bones create an amino acid-rich nutrient-dense broth that contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and other minerals in a highly bioavailable form.” This makes bone broth the perfect solution for any age and breed of cat, but is it right for you?
It’s safe for cats to consume
In the same way that we would never eat raw chicken, bone broth shouldn’t be given to cats. The broth would be incredibly acidic, which would upset the feline’s delicate stomach. Plus, raw bones are quite sharp and could actually cut the cats’ digestive tract.
This means the broth would need to be cooked to a minimum of 155°C (310°F). If the cat eats the broth before it’s cooked, there’s a risk that the broth could cause gastrointestinal upset.
It contains antioxidants and collagen
Cats don’t naturally produce collagen in the body, so adding bone broth to their diet is a good way to provide them with extra collagen.
Collagen is an essential protein for the skin and connective tissues in humans and animals. This protein is responsible for forming cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and bone. It also helps to make your cat’s skin softer and smoother.
Studies have shown that adding collagen to the diet of elderly cats may improve their health. The same effect could be beneficial for your feline friend.
It’s a super-nutrient packed broth
Bone broth is the best, most nutrient-packed bone broth there is.
The broth is super-high in protein, with about 70 percent of the protein being collagen. It also contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, and iodine.
There are also trace amounts of essential amino acids like arginine and glycine. These amino acids are often lacking in pet food, and adding them to your cat’s diet can have a positive effect on their health.
If your cat’s diet is missing any of these nutrients, bone broth can help to make up for the deficiency.
It’s a great way to provide your cat with vitamins and minerals
Cats, like us, are generally deficient in the B vitamins. That’s because they don’t make their own nutrients.
As well as missing the nutrients you would find in the same nutrients in other sources of meat and fish, cats can also be deficient in copper, zinc, and iron.
Because of this, we always recommend getting your cat’s vitamins and minerals from their food. However, adding a small amount of bone broth to your cat’s food can ensure they get the B vitamins and minerals they need.
It could prevent bone disease in senior cats
One of the most important concerns about adding bone broth to the diet of your cat is bone disease.
Cats naturally have osteoporosis as they age, and this means they can develop brittle bones and fracture easily. This can make it difficult for your feline friend to move around, which can lead to even more issues.
Some researchers are also starting to believe that adding collagen to the diet of elderly cats could help to prevent bone disease.
It could reduce your cat’s food costs
As well as giving your cat the vitamins and minerals they need, adding bone broth to their diet could also be a cheap way to save money.
If you’re feeding your cat dry food, it might cost you between £10 and £20 per month. This means that your cat could be eating the same food for up to four years.
If you’re only feeding your cat bone broth, you could be saving yourself up to £300 per year.
It can help to build up your cat’s immune system
Bone broth is the perfect way to help build up your cat’s immune system.
Cats have an adaptive immune system, which means it can only recognize and defend against specific things. This is why your cat may have different reactions to different diseases.
The immune system can cause inflammation and swelling in the body. This is why inflammation is a leading cause of disease in cats.
Adding bone broth to your cat’s diet could help to prevent this inflammation. This can help your cat to fight against diseases like gingivitis and gum disease.
It may help to reduce your cat’s risk of cancer
Bone broth is a great way to help prevent some types of cancer.
Cats are prone to a number of cancers. In fact, more cats are diagnosed with cancer than any other breed of animal.
This is because the cells in their bodies are prone to becoming abnormal. Adding bone broth to your cat’s diet may be a good way to prevent this.
Bone broth contains substances that are good for the immune system. This includes substances that help to stop cancer cells from dividing.
It can help your cat’s joints to remain strong and healthy
We already know that bone broth is packed with collagen. This protein is essential for the health of the joints and ligaments in cats.
Adding bone broth to your cat’s diet could help to keep their joints, ligaments, and tendons healthy. This could be a great way to reduce your cat’s risk of arthritis.
It may even help your cat’s immune system. The immune system fights bacteria, viruses, and other infections. So, by helping to build up the body’s