You’ve heard about the Paleo Diet? Now there’s one for cats!
Following the growing trend to humanize companion animals, PetSmart
plans to open specialty departments where Paleo Pet Parents can buy food
similar to their own for their cats and dogs. The Paleo Diet specialty
shops will open in 133 stores later this month. Some of the products
will also be available on PetSmart’s website.
If you’re not familiar with it, the Paleo Diet mimics the way humans ate
back in the day. That would be waaay back in the day, when we lived in
caves and rubbed sticks together to make a fire to cook our food.
Like our distant, distant ancestors, Paleo Dieters eat only grass-fed
meat, wild-caught fish and lots of veggies, fruits and nuts. Cavemen
(and women) didn’t eat grains, sugar and processed foods, and people on
the Paleo Diet don’t eat them either.
The desert wildcats who were our house cats’ distant ancestors lived on
lizards, rodents, small birds, and insects. Since water is hard to find
in a desert, the cats got most of the moisture they needed from their
food. Given a choice, our cats would still eat that way today, although
mine would. and do, pass on the lizards.
PetSmart’s Paleo Diet for cats and dogs is made by Only Natural Pet, an
independent pet supply retailer and manufacturer based in Boulder, Col.
A press release says the food is manufactured “in small, artisanal
facilities” using small-batch production processes. Ingredients include
human-quality chicken, turkey, lamb and beef, as well as sweet potatoes,
garbanzo beans, apples, cranberries, celery, pumpkin, broccoli and
Sounds good, but it looks like a Paleo diet designed more for people
than cats. Cats need meat, not fruits and veggies. And while garbanzo
beans might be good for you, they’re probably not real useful for a cat.