INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CATS AND THE VALUABLE SNACKS OF GIMCAT

Cats are full of opposites. Fierce and self-centered, in need of love and wild hunters. On this page, we would like to help you understand the needs of your sweetheart and answer frequently asked questions about our products.

Advice and knowledge

Cats have very special requirements, not only in medical terms. They also have very specific "antennas" for their environment. Veterinarian Dr. Birgit Leopold-Temmler is a cat owner herself and has studied and treated the velvet paws for many years. Here she offers tips on care and nutrition.

Questions about feeding

Can you recognize the quality from the composition?

To a limited extent. Not only the quantity of raw materials used is decisive, but the origin, the quality and the biological availability.

Is my cat lacking variety eating the same food?

Super Premium complete nutrition is designed as a complete and balanced food. It contains everything your cat needs. For variety and the promotion of the human-animal relationship many healthy supplements and snack products, which allow you to provide your cat with variety and fun, are available.

My cat eats dog food, is this harmful?

Cats are carnivores and therefore depend on a diet containing sufficient amounts of animal proteins (chicken, fish, egg etc.) as well as energy (fats and oils). On the other hand, their ability to digest starch (corn, rice, etc.) is limited. Cats need a diet with sufficient levels of taurine (essential amino acid), arginine, arachidonic acid, vitamin A and niacin (vitamin B). Dog food usually contains less protein and fat and more starch. Also, the amount of taurine is generally not sufficient! Feeding a cat dog food is therefore not appropriate and does not meet their nutrition requirements.

What are proteins and why are they important?

In proteins, the composition depends on the frequency of the smallest building blocks, the amino acids. The proteins in cat dry feed must satisfy the requirement that they correspond in quantity and composition to those of natural food. The amino acids required by cats are for example only found in animal proteins. These amino acids are important for muscles, skin, hair, blood and many other tissues and therefore essential for your pet.

How can I prevent hairballs in cats?

Cats spend 50% of their day grooming themselves, which essentially determines the welfare of the animal. The tongue of the cat has a rough surface, which collects hair while grooming, which is then swallowed. These hairs can interact with food ingredients, gastric juices, saliva etc. and genereate differently sized hairballs. Particularly at risk are: long-haired cats, fat cats, cats with parasite infestations, cats with reduced intestinal motility. For cats with "hair ball problems", GimCat has been offering proven Anti-Hairball products for many years.

Why does my cat need fat?

Fat is a really important component of the diet. It does not only provide long-term energy, but the smallest building blocks, the fatty acids, are also a part of many metabolic processes. It depends on the fatty acid composition and not just on the absolute amount of fat. Poultry fat, for example, has high levels of the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, which are important for healthy skin and shiny fur.

How much should I feed my cat?

The requirements of the diet and the energy required (and thus the food quantity) vary from animal to animal depending on breed, age, gender, environmental conditions and exercise requirements. The feeding table on the packaging provides a guideline to prevent the cat being fed too much energy. The amounts have been calculated by dieticians and veterinarians and confirmed in feeding trials, so that your cat is optimally supplied with all basic dietary ingredients and remains healthy. If you find that your cat is gaining or losing weght, adjust the amount of food. To determine the nutritional status of your cat, touch its ribs. You should be able to feel them easily without feeling too much fat coverage.

How do I switch my cat's food?

Switching to another type of food takes about one week, in which one gradually changes to the new food. On the first two days, a quarter of the new food is mixed in with the old one. On the third and fourth day, half of each food is given, and on the fifth and sixth day a quarter of the previous and three quarters of the new food. From the seventh day onwards, only the new food is given.

How do I meet the nutrition requirements of an older cat?

There is a lot of changes in older cats. A good diet should meet the changing circumstances. What kind of changes?

Sense of smell diminishes

Loss of body mass - many older cats get skinny

Fur gets worse

Kidney function diminishes Body cells are exposed to increased attacks by metabolic toxins, so-called "free radicals“

Obstruction problems, since the intestines becomes sluggish

A high-quality food for older cats should have the following characteristics: High acceptance and highly digestible ingredients 
Increased protein and fat content to maintain the body mass 
High quality essential fatty acids to support the health of skin and fur 
Reduced phosphorus content for renal protection 
Increased vitamin E and C levels to protect body cells.

Can I feed my cat a vegetarian diet?

Cats are naturally carnivores,meaning, meat eaters. Even if a pet owner prefers to feed himself and his family a vegetarian diet, a cat should regularly get meat. Because cats need meat with its special proteins! The advantage of a Super Premium dry food, for example, is that it is a complete and balanced product. It provides the animal with all the essential nutrients, without having to add fresh or canned meat.

Questions about our products

How long does Cat Milk plus Taurine powder stay fresh after opening?

When handled in an hygienic manner (remove powder with a clean spoon and close the can immediately afterwards) and cool and dry storage, the Cat-Milk can be used up to the printed date. We also recommend a short test (appearance, smell) before use.

How long do your pastes stay fresh?

The expiration date is printed on the folding box and only applies to unopened tubes. After opening, we can not guarantee a certain freshness. After speaking with our quality assurance team, however, our pastes are generally good for at least 4 - 5 weeks after opening and keeping them cool and hygienic. We can however only guarantee the declared quantity of vitamins for the original sealed product, since the vitamin depletion is influenced by different factors.

Why do some of your products contain sugar and carbohydrates?

We differentiate between "simple sugars" - i.e. household sugar - and "double sugars". Double-sugar is sugar which is contained in natural raw materials such as, for example, milk sugar in milk (lactose), malt sugar in malt (maltose), or most commonly known as fructose in fruit. In the majority of our products, we do not use conventional sugars, instead resort to the healthier double-sugar. Unfortunately, however, this is not possible in all cases, for example if an animal does not tolerate certain double sugars - for example, cats do not tolerate lactose - or if another raw material in the recipe does not react with the Double-sugar. In such cases we are dependent on commercial sugar.

For a better understanding, we do not use sugar to supplement any ingredient. Rather, sugar is a flavor, it is only added to a recipe, if one wants to improve its taste. This is not only the case when it comes to animal foods, but is also practiced in the human realm. Many foods would not taste good to us if they were not refined by sugar, whether it be simple or double.

Many carbohydrates are energy source and storage and can be digested to varying degrees. The usability vares for different animal species/organisms. While the monosaccharide glucose (glucose) represents the energy transporter in the blood of the vertebrates, the digestion of the cellulose is only reserved for food specialists. Carbohydrates, however, are also the so-called probiotics, which promote the growth of desired bacteria in the intestine, in order to impede thereby pathogenic germs. If the consumer follows our feeding recommendation for cat pastes, the cat obtains about 0.5-0.65g of maltose per day. A commercially available premium cat food contains about 30-33% starch. According to the usual feeding recommendations, a cat would consume 20-23g starch. Starch consists of D-glucose. So an entirely normal daily ration of a premium main food contains approximately 35x more glucose than the daily ration of a catpaste.

The different sugars and other carbohydrates are treated differently in the body of the animal, so they are not equal. A comparison between the animal species or the human body to the dog/cat body is not automatically possible.

Domestic cats can not recognize sweet as taste quality. If they prefer sweetened products, this is due to other reasons, such as consistency. There is no need to sweeten food for cats. The caries problem in cats and dogs is different than in humans. A study explains that starch and sucrose have no influence on caries, plaque formation and inflammation of the gingiva (Carlsson and Egelberg, 1965). The carbohydrate content in our pastes is so low that a diabetic animal is not exposed to any risk when the feeding recommendation is taken into account.

We currently have approximately 400 products in our assortment, about 75% of our products currently do not contain simple sugar. We will do our best to improve this rate in the future. If sugar is present in the product, it is also listed in the ingredients. We give our customers the opportunity to decide for themselves.

Why do your pastes contain chemical antioxidants?

Our pastes contain high quality oils with important, unsaturated fatty acids. These oils are inherently less durable because they are attacked by oxygen. If we used more stable oils, these would contain significantly less unsaturated fatty acids.

To ensure that the pastes are stable and do not become rancid or bitter, antioxidants (oxygen scavengers) must be added. We list it on our packaging whenever we use antioxidants. This enables the purchaser to decide for himself whether the advantage of the paste is higher than the risk arising from a small amount of antioxidants and subsequent spoilage.

The BHT used by us has been approved in cats and has been found to be suitable for the animal species "cat" within the framework of the authorization. We do not use ethoxiquin as an antioxidant.

What does it mean that snacks contain animal/vegetable by-products?

In principle, all ingredients used - irrespective of how valuable they are - are declared under declaration groups, which are prescribed by law. Thus, e.g. malt, which is an important component of anti-hairball pastes, is recorded in the group "herbal by-products". Also valuable raw fibers.

Another example: "meat" is declared in the group "meat and animal by-products". As with all our declarations and all ingredients used, we adhere very strictly to the German Feed Regulations and the European Feed Law. Animal by-products are thus clearly defined for meat ingredients which are not skeletal meat (e.g., fillet, chop, hips). We use high-quality components from lungs, liver or kidneys,as offered at every butcher, as our animal by-products. However, this is not a matter of "slaughter waste", but food components which have always been part of the natural diet of cats. We also do not use waste from the bread industry.

The question here is whether pure muscle meat is really healthy for cats. The natural food of cats would be mice, frogs, birds etc. With these, the cat ingests only a small part of muscle, but also intestines, tendons, skin, eyes, brain, etc. If a cat were fed only muscle flesh, this would not be natural and would not be considered a complete diet.