Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe for Cats & Kittens
A Non-GMO Uristic Formula
Uristic is a word that means our cat food is optimized for long term urinary tract health. The amino acid Methionine raises the acidity of urine, which helps break down urine crystals, in turn reducing inflammation of the urinary tract. Methionine occurs naturally in our fresh ingredients and we supplement it with DL-Methionine to reach the exact level needed for your cat's long-term health. We also include cranberries, also natural acidifiers, which are excellent sources of antioxidants and Vitamins A & C. These help to prevent harmful bacteria from thriving in the urinary tract, therefore reducing the rate of infections.
Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Barley, Pea Protein, Eggs, Menhaden Fish Meal, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Liver Flavor, Flaxseed Meal, Brewer’s Yeast, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Chelated Potassium Chloride, Chelated Choline Chloride, Cranberries, Blueberries, Sweet Potato, Apples, Carrots, Parsley, Watercress, Spinach, Celery, Lecithin, Salt, L-Lysine, Chelated Calcium Carbonate, Monosodium Phosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product*, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product*, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product*, Dried Bifidobacterium longum Fermentation Product*, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product*, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Selenium Yeast, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Chelated Copper Sulfate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Chelated Manganese Sulfate, Riboflavin, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Chelated Calcium Iodate.
Total microogrganisms* 3.5x104 CFU/lb
Crude Protein: 34.0% min.
Crude Fat: 20.0% min.
Crude Fiber: 3.5% max.
Moisture: 10.0% max.
Ash: 7% max.
Magnesium: 0.10% max.
Phosphorus: 0.90% max.
Methionine: 1.0% min.
Taurine: 0.5% min.
Omega 6 Fatty Acids*: 3.2% min.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids*: 0.6% min.
Calcium Content: Min 1.05%
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles
Grandma Mae's Country Naturals Cat & Kitten Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages.
Recommended Daily Feeding for Adult Cats
Your cat’s requirements may vary from the feeding guide below. Adjust quantities as necessary to maintain optimal weight. Feed your adult cat on a “free choice” basis. Serve the recommended amount of food each morning, and allow your cat to “nibble” throughout the day. If you need to feed separate meals, divide daily amount into equal portions. If you’re unsure about how much to feed your cat, seek veterinary advice.
If feeding Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat & Kitten food for the first time, gradually adjust your cat’s current diet to avoid stomach upset. Mix 1/4 part Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals food with current food for 2-3 days. Gradually increase the new food and decrease current food over 7-10 days until you are feeding all Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals food. Keep fresh drinking water available at all times.
Recommended Daily Feeding for Kittens
Switch your kitten from mother’s milk to solid food at 4-5 weeks. To ease the adjustment, Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat & Kitten Food may be moistened with water. Add one part water to three parts food.
Daily portions can vary according to age, activity, and temperament of your kitten. The entire suggested daily amount should be placed in your cat’s feeding dish. A supply of fresh drinking water should be provided at all times. See your veterinarian regularly.
Calorie Content: 3900 Kcal/kg ME (calculated). 470 kcal/cup. One standard 8oz measuring cup holds approximately 4.25oz of Grandma Mae's Country Naturals food.
About our Wholesome Ingredients
Chicken meal is highly digestible and an excellent source of amino acids and quality protein. It is also very palatable to cats. It provides high-quality protein that maintains muscle mass and strength and delivers wholesome calcium and phosphorus in the proper ratios, as well as the other essential macro and trace minerals. Different types of meat vary in essential fatty acid levels—with chicken and pork being the richest in fatty acids, while lamb and beef are both relatively low.
Brown rice contains a generous supply of B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. As a source of complex carbohydrates, it provides quick energy and is protein-rich. Like all cereal grains, brown rice is an important source of fat, essential fatty acids and amino acids, dietary fiber, and trace minerals.
The highest of all animal sources in linoleic acid, chicken fat is an important element for skin and coat health. It is very palatable, high in essential fatty acids, and easily and quickly metabolized.
A highly-digestible, natural whole grain, barley is an excellent source of B vitamins and lysine, an essential amino acid many cats lack. It also provides high-quality protein, carbohydrates, and dietary fiber. Although barley is used primarily for carbohydrates (and hence energy), it is also an important source of fat, essential fatty acids, and trace minerals.
Pea protein is a concentrated protein extracted from field peas. It contains many essential amino acids and is a great source of iron and lysine. These help to support muscle growth and keep your pets immune system healthy. The majority of protein in Grandma Mae's Formulas always comes from fresh meat and/or high quality meat meals, but different types of protein contain different amino acid combinations so we include a small amount of pea protein in some of our formulas for your dog or cat's optimal health.
As a whole food, eggs are often regarded as the perfect protein. Eggs contain a full array of minerals, including rich levels of calcium (in the yolk), all the vitamins except vitamin C, a range of high-quality saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin, and the entire range of enzymes and other longevity factors present in raw foods. Eggs are an especially good source of biotin, vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, choline and sulfur.
Menhaden Fish Meal:
Fish meal is highly palatable and an excellent source of protein, fish oils, and Omega-3 fatty acids—all critical for a healthy skin and coat, normal reproduction, proper body function, and improved kitten growth rate. Menhaden is one of the richest sources of linoleic and linolenic acids. It also contains high levels of lysine, tryptophan, valine, methionine, and tyrosine, which aid growth, neuro-transmitter function, muscle metabolism, protein synthesis, and thyroid health, respectively. Additionally, Menhaden contains significantly larger amounts than most other natural ingredients of glutamic acid, histadine, aspartic acid, threonine, phenylalanine, leucine and isoleucine (all vital amino acids).
Tomato Pomace is a mixture of tomato skins, pulp and crushed seeds which provides an excellent source of soluble fiber, an essential part of your pets diet. This helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract and form firm, healthy stools. High quality tomato pomace, like the kind used in Grandma Mae's Country Naturals, is also a good source of A and B vitamins and antioxidants.
Flaxseed is a good source of Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which produce a soft, luxuriant coat.
Brewer's Yeast is rich in many nutrients, including B vitamins and antioxidants, and helps to keep your pet's skin healthy and her coat shiny and itch free.
DL-Methionine is an essential amino acid that promotes urinary health in cats. It raises the acidity of the urine, which helps break down urine crystals and in turn reduces inflammation of the urinary tract. It also regulates the formation of ammonia and can aid in creating ammonia-free urine.
Cats, unlike dogs, require taurine to be added to their diets as they cannot synthesize it themselves. Taurine is essential for eye, heart, and reproductive health, and insufficient levels can lead to blindness and cardiac problems.
Potassium chloride is an excellent source of potassium and vitamin A.
Generally classified as a B-complex vitamin (referred to as vitamin B4 in some publications), choline influences the metabolism of carotene and vitamin A in animals. It is an essential component in ensuring proper nervous system function.
Cranberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and prevent harmful bacteria from thriving in the urinary tract, reducing the rate of urinary tract infections.
Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants and therefore may help prevent cancer. Blueberries also contain fiber, potassium, and Vitamins A & C. The nutrients in blueberries aid in promoting proper urinary tract health and good eyesight.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of antioxidants such as beta-carotene and Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as potassium, calcium, and iron. They also provide natural dietary fiber and the complex carbohydrates that offer an alternative to traditional fiber choices (especially useful for pets that may have food allergies or other sensitivities).
Apples are especially high in non-pro vitamin A carotenes and pectin, a remarkable type of fiber that has been shown to boost many beneficial effects. Apples are also rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C as well as several B-complex vitamins, including vitamin B6, folic acid and potassium.
Among common vegetables, the carrot is the richest source of pro-vitamin A. Carrots also contain beta-carotene—an antioxidant—and vitamins B, C, D, E, K, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, and iron.
Fresh parsley is an herb associated with reducing urinary tract inflammation, while aiding in digestion and improving kidney function.
Spinach, Watercress and Celery:
Spinach, Watercress and Celery provide antioxidants and health-protecting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. They are high in Vitamin A and antioxidants providing protection against free radicals (cancer causing agents).
Salt provides sodium and chloride, essential nutrients.
Lactobacillus acidophilus is a probiotc-beneficial bacteria that produce organic acids (such as lactic and acetic) and digestive enzymes.
Microbials lessen gas and bloating and promote consistent growth, healthier coats, resistance to disease, and better overall health.
Enterococcus faecium produces short-chain fatty acids that modulate the gut pH level and provide a source of fuel for cells lining the gut. This, in turn, strengthens the intestinal cells, helps enhance nutrient absorption, and stimulates immune functions in cats.
Calcium carbonate provides calcium for bones and teeth. Calcium plays a role in nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, the activation of enzyme systems, and cardiac function.
Iron Proteinate and Ferrous Sulfate:
Iron aids hemoglobin and myoglobin synthesis as well as energy metabolism.
Niacin is an essential vitamin and part of the vitamin B-complex. A lack of niacin can cause deficiency disease.
Vitamin A aids vision, growth, immune function, fetal development, cellular differentiation, and trans-membrane protein transfer. Vitamin A is essential for the repair of body tissues and also benefits bone formation.
Manganese is an essential trace mineral for animals.
Zinc Sulfate and Proteinate:
Zinc promotes the mineralization of bone, digestion of protein, and the conversion of calorie-containing nutrients into energy. Zinc further aids in enzyme reaction, cell replication, protein and carbohydrate metabolism, skin health, and wound healing.
Selenium yeast is a safe and natural form of selenium, an essential element in your pets diet. It also acts an antioxidant and may be beneficial for brain function.
Ferrous Sulfate (Iron):
Iron aids hemoglobin and myoglobin synthesis as well as energy metabolism.
Biotin promotes healthy skin and hair and is necessary for growth, digestion, and muscle function.
Vitamin D3 promotes the formation of bones and teeth. It also plays a role in the maintenance of healthy nerve and muscle systems.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) promotes growth, stimulates brain action, safeguards the muscles that protect the heart, maintains red blood count, promotes healthy skin, and improves circulation.
Folic acid is needed for the processing of sugar and amino acids.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) plays an essential role in maintaining red blood cells and producing antibodies and nerve tissue.
Calcium iodate provides the iodine necessary for proper thyroid function.
Copper is an essential trace mineral for animals.
Cobalt is an important constituent of the vitamin B12 molecule.
Riboflavin is a water-soluble vitamin essential for the normal release of energy from carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. It is also essential in the formation of antibodies and red blood cells.
Manganese is an essential trace mineral for animals.
Calcium Pantothenate is involved in a number of biological reactions, including the production of energy, the catabolism of fatty acids and amino acids, the synthesis of fatty acids, phospholipids, sphingolipids, cholesterol and steroid hormones, and the synthesis of heme and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This acid enables the body to create usable energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The symptoms of pantothenic acid deficiency include loss of hair, diarrhea, and gastric upsets. Deficiency has also been associated with abnormal graying, particularly in black-coated animals.