Question we have been asked often… Cat owners also want to know if use of bio plant oils is safe in cat food, as felines are strict carnivores (that is should be on 100% meat diet).
For start, we have to understand that talking about oils, we actually talk about fat. Fat is a crucial component of cat’s diet as it is a concentrated source of energy and supply the essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are not otherwise synthesised. All fatty acids, including the EFAs, serve very important structural functions. They have huge impact on cell functions, improve palatability, carry base for fat-soluble vitamins and provide important subtracts for cell processes during all life stages.
There are different sources of fats – storage fat in land and marine animals, the other being seed plant oils, such hemp, evening primrose flax. Seed oils contain numerous fatty acids which are beneficial for your cat and are perfect source of essential in cat’s diet Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
The right ratio of Omega fatty acids is crucial as they are vital for health and wellbeing of cats. Out of Omega-3 the most important are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both are very strong antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties thus have huge impact on good condition of cell membranes. Adult cats require Linoleic Acid (LA, an Omega-6), and Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA, an Omega-3) in their diets. Cats also need arachidonic acid, an Omega-6. Both EPA and DHA are considered essential for kittens.
3coty® natural cat food has been developed to suit needs of all cats but also suitable for allergic cats. Recent studies show that more and more cats are sensitive or allergic to fish protein and fish oils. Thus we reached to the other perfect source of EFAs – plants. Indeed plants are very good source of all fatty acids – LA- linoleic acid, ALA- alpha linolenic acid, GLA- gamma-linoleic acid and many others. They are well absorbed and fully beneficial to feline body. At 3coty we use specially selected cold pressed, bio oils made out of in country grown plants where no pesticides and other chemicals are used, certified for use in animal feed. We base our cat food mainly on Hemp Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Linseed Oil to ensure that 3coty® is not only natural, but also balanced and complete feeding plan.