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Cats are carnivores, so why are carbohydrates used in their foods?

It’s true that cats are obligate carnivores. This means they must eat a diet composed primarily of meat. In the wild, a cat’s ancient ancestors would have eaten muscle meat and derived nutrients from other body organs, which a wild cat would receive from hunting and consuming prey.

However, ancient and modern domestic cats can benefit from some carbohydrates in their diet—carbs provide an efficient energy source, as well as a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Plus, non-digestible fiber can help with digestive health and hairball prevention.

Although cats don’t require carbohydrates in their diets, cats in the wild may have naturally consumed small amounts of plant material in the stomach and intestines of their prey.

Also, studies have shown that cats can efficiently digest and absorb carbs. In fact, decades of real-life observations have demonstrated that kitties thrive on cat foods formulated with carbohydrates in the right proportions.

That being said, balance is important. Carbohydrates are just one part of a healthy diet—and too much of any nutrient, including carbs, can throw a diet out of balance. Also, cats with special needs (such as diabetes) may benefit from low-carb diets.

Fromm recipes are designed for nutritional balance, with just the right amount of beneficial carbohydrates in harmony with other high-quality ingredients.

That way, your cat will get everything they need, and digest their food well for efficient energy and optimal health.

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