We differentiate between "simple sugars" - ie 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.