Your cat communicates with you, but he doesn't just come right out and say, "Hey, can you pick me up a nutritional supplement today. I'm feeling a little sluggish." He does, however, give you plenty of indicators. You just need to understand these indicators and know what to do about them. Below are seven of the most common signs that a nutritional supplement can help your cat.
1. Itching & Scratching
Constant itching and scratching can drive you crazy. All day, all night, the itching never stops and leaves scabs around your cat's neck. Can you imagine how much this bothers your poor cat? Your cat's skin is his largest organ and when he's itching and scratching 24/7, it could be a sign that he's lacking something in his diet.
Tons of grains, carbs and starches in his highly processed and heat extruded food; required nutrients that are killed with heat processing, chemical preservatives and dyes, all lead to nutritional deficiency disease that leaves your cat itchy and miserable. Adding nutrients like omega fatty acids, zinc, vitamins and enzymes will help support skin.
2. Dry, Flaky Skin
Dry, flaky skin can be subtle yet very telling. It's important to remember that the dermal layer (of the skin) is an organ. Organs need proper nourishment to function properly.
3. Suppressed Immune System
Your cat's immune system fights pathogenic organisms to help keep him healthy. When a cat's immune system is compromised normally non-invasive organisms can become invasive (pathogenic) and cause all sorts of problems. Recurring ear infections, gooey and stinky ears, are manifestations of yeast overgrowth and a struggling immune system. Sometimes yeast overgrowth can be started by excessive use of antibiotics. Antibiotics compromise the digestive tract by killing off good, as well as bad, bacteria leaving an environment where yeast can flourish. Direct fed microbials, prebiotics and enzymes can help support a cat's immune and digestive systems.
4. Chewing & Hair Pulling
Chewing and hair pulling is often related to the same yeast issues discussed in #3. Rampant yeast overgrowth becomes systemic, traveling to other parts of your cat's body. Incessant chewing, the kind that leaves your cat with scabs, hairless spots, and bad odor is a sign that your cat has yeast overgrowth.
Better dietary choices of a meat filled diet, paired with a whole food supplement will support the immune system.
5. Foul Odor
Stinky skin, the kind that returns soon after a bath or leaves the skin/coat greasy; the stench that comes from inside your cat, is not normal. If you walk into your home and smell stinky cat, or if you hesitate to pet your cat because of the stink or greasy film on his coat, your cat may benefit from a nutritional supplement.
This stinky skin, that "stale frito, corn chip" smell, is another symptom of yeast overgrowth, the same yeast addressed in #3 and #4. Feeding your cat a meaty cat food or meaty homemade diet and adding a high quality nutritional supplement to his daily regime will support a healthy immune system and strengthen a weak one.
6. Excessive Shedding
Excessive shedding is not normal. Cats should shed twice a year, not all year around. If your cat is shedding buckets of fur every day, leaving tons of hair on your carpeting, floors and furniture, it is time to make better dietary choices.
Remember that your cat's skin is his largest organ.
Lethargy is a general loss of energy and a good indication that your buddy is not getting the nutrition he needs or is not absorbing the nutrients he is getting.
Read the ingredient list on your cat's food Do you find a large number of grains listed? This is likely a huge contributing factor. Switching to a meaty food and adding a nutritional supplement helps to contribute to better health.
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