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Nature’s Logic founder Scott Freeman, took a moment to answer a common concern about feeding dry kibble. After 14 years in the pet food industry he has taken hundreds of calls from customers concerned about their pets digestive upset.
Dry kibble food is here to stay, but I am totally convinced that it is far from the natural diet of our pets and is the cause of many of their digestive issues. Because of this, I believe kibble feeding needs some tweaking in order to help our pets better digest it for a healthier outcome.
I am confident, over 90% of the digestive issues, in cats and dogs, which include gas, soft stool, diarrhea, and diagnosis of irritable bowel, whether a correct diagnosis or not, is caused by the overfeeding of kibble. I derive this conclusion from the number of these issues which have gone away when the caller follows my simple advice of feeding less and adding moisture.
Dry Pet Food is a Concentrate
If you drank an entire glass of concentrated juice, might you get digestive upset? If you continued to drink a glass twice a day for months, it might even turn into some real bowel issues.
However, if you drink reconstituted orange juice made from concentrate every day, and even twice a day, you would not have any digestive issues, and you might even be healthier for doing it.
Feeding Less may be Better
Now consider dry kibble, it is easy to feed too much, it seems so light and so little in that cup, and your dog or cat could not possibly be satisfied with eating so little food in weight. But remember that dried kibble is only dry to make it convenient and shelf stable for a long time; remember it’s concentrated. The natural food of a carnivore would be very high in moisture, around 70% or more, because no water has been removed from their prey diet when they eat it in the wild.
My recommendation is to always feed less, perhaps 1/3 less than the bag instructions and always add water. Also, I recommend to never free-feed and make sure meals are at least 8 hours apart so at each meal your pet’s stomach is empty. Another thing to remember is to decrease regular meal amounts if you have given treats. Treats are calories and should be counted towards the entire daily caloric need.
As you cut back on kibble I strongly recommend adding water to the dish, the added weight of the water mixed with the kibble will give more satisfaction to the pet. This will also help your pet digest their food better and the dried concentrated food will be partially rehydrated to cause less digestive issues. The more water your pet will accept in the food; the better.
The Math on Adding Water to Kibble
When considering reconstituting dry kibble maybe it will help if we do the math on Nature's Logic Canine Kibble.
A cup of kibble weighs about 3.8 ounces. In the bag, it is generally around 5% moisture. A normal prey diet would be close to 75% moisture. So to put it in perspective, if it was reconstituted back to its normal fresh state with all its natural moisture in the meat, fruits and veggies it is created from, a cup would now weigh 14.44 ounces. A 26.4–pound bag of Nature’s Logic Canine kibble with all the natural moisture replaced would now weigh 100 pounds reconstituted. One other way to look at it is that feeding 1 cup of dried, Nature’s Logic kibble is like feeding over 1 – 13.2 oz can of Nature’s Logic canned diet. That is a lot of food, and I venture to say that most people don’t really realize how much is in a cup of dried food; especially high quality diets like Nature’s Logic.
In conclusion, if your dog or cat suffers from digestive upset the first thing I recommend you do is to cut back on the amount of dry food (in some cases way back) and to add water or an unsalted beef or chicken broth. Give it a try for a week or two. See what a difference it makes. Hopefully, this will save you a trip to the vet when all you needed to do was add water and feed less.