November 20, 2017
I'm so happy to have found such a high protein food for my cat!
I used to feed her half kibble and half a homemade, raw, meat mixture, but I've recently decided to go vegan, so I am feeding her all kibble until I gain the knowledge/resources/guts to make her vegan too (so that I'm at least not directly buying the meat...).
However, I was worried about how much less protein and how much more carbs she would be getting by eating all kibble, which is why I'm so glad that someone is finally making an appropriately high protein kibble for cats! It's crazy how many people will scream about cats being obligate carnivores when the subject of vegan cats comes up, all while feeding their own cats kibbles/cans that are 50% (or more) carbohydrates.
I usually rotate my cat through 2-3 different kibble brands with 40-45% protein. I don't transition her from one to the other, I just switch her. When one bag is done, I open a new bag of a different brand. She never has any problem with this, because they all have similar macronutrient ratios. However, if she gets into my roommates' cat's food, which is only about 30% protein, she will get diarrhea.
With this Wysong food being 15-20% more protein than she is used to, I am transitioning over to it very slowly. If your pets are used to around 30% protein in their food, you will need to transition to this very, VERY slowly - this is double the protein that they are used to!
I'm not sure if my cat likes this food or not. She's not scarfing down her food like she usually does, but she's not picking around the Epigen kibbles, and she's also not acting like she's hungry, so maybe she is just feeling more satiated because of the high protein.
I certainly like it though! This kibble is dark and rich smelling, like other higher quality (and expensive!) kibbles I have purchased. It has the best macronutrient ratio of any kibble on the market (by far), and at an amazing price for how high-quality it is. I'm not sure if the price is so low because of how poorly it's been reviewed or what, but I really hope Wysong continues to make this product and sell it at such an affordable price!
My only small complaint is that the bag it comes in is made of a fairly thin plastic compared to other brands that I have bought. The food seems fresh enough though, so maybe it doesn't make a difference.
For some reason, people have gotten it into their heads that "obligate carnivore" means that cats cannot digest or utilize carbohydrates, which is simply not true. What obligate carnivore really means, is that there are certain micronutrients that a cat needs to thrive/survive, which they cannot make in their own bodies. These are called "essential" nutrients. In nature, these essential nutrients are either not made by anything other than animals, or cats do not have access to enough of the non-animal organisms that do make them. So, in a cat's natural habitat, they can only gain these essential nutrients by eating other animals that do have the ability to make these nutrients in their own bodies. Therefore, in their natural habitat, they are "obligated" to eat the flesh of other animals.
Similarly, humans cannot make vitamin C in our own bodies, even though it is necessary for survival, so we are obligated to eat things that can make vitamin C. However, vitamin C is made by both plants and other animals, making us omnivores.
None of this has anything to do with carbohydrates. Cats DO have the ability to digest and utilize carbs (as evidenced by all the cats that have survived on crappy, high-carb, commercial cat foods), HOWEVER, because they have to eat so much meat to gain the essential nutrients they need (in their natural environment), their digestive systems are optimized for digesting and utilizing protein and fat, ultimately making protein and fat better for them. THIS is why a high protein and fat diet, like Wysong Epigen, is so good for them.
In the modern world, the meat that is used to make cat food is lower in some of the essential nutrients cats need in the first place (because of how the meat animals are fed/raised), and much of the nutrients that are there (essential and otherwise), are destroyed during the processing of the meat into cat food, so the essential nutrients need to be added back into the cat food during production. These nutrients are typically obtained in a lab from microorganism (bacteria, fungi) that either naturally produce the nutrients or have been genetically modified to produce them. So, the commercial cat foods will all be fairly similar in regard to micronutrients. This leaves the macronutrient ratios (amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrate) as the main important difference, and this is where Wysong Epigen wins.