Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Nutrience and about how to choose healthy, nutritious dog and cat food.
Most foods seem the same to me. What really makes Nutrience food better than the other foods out there?
There are three great reasons:
- We use only the finest natural ingredients, like high-quality chicken, fish, whole eggs, sweet potatoes, brown rice and acai berries.
- All our foods are formulated without by-products, fillers, added glutens, or artificial flavours or colours.
- We produce our foods in small batches in our own state-of-the-art facility, using strict quality control measures and regular feeding trials.
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What is the difference between chicken meal and fresh chicken?
Chicken meal and fresh chicken come from the same raw ingredient. The difference is that chicken meal has been ground into a powder. The nutrients provided are the same, but chicken meal provides much more protein than fresh chicken. Fresh chicken is 80% water, but is allowed to be listed on the ingredient label by its weight before the water has evaporated. That means a formula high in chicken, with little or no chicken meal, is actually very low in meat protein. Nutrience foods use both chicken and chicken meal, so meat protein is a substantial portion of the overall formula.
My dog has dietary allergies. Does Nutrience have a formula for my dog?
Yes, we recommend either of these two formulas: Nutrience All Natural Lamb Meal & Rice or Nutrience Holistic Fish & Sweet Potatoes. Most allergies are initiated by a protein(s) and the immune system’s response to a perceived danger. By feeding your dog a formula containing an alternative meat protein source, you should avoid the immune response that leads to the symptoms.
What do you mean by “No bad anything”?
The "no bad anything" sums up the Nutrience philosophy, from our very own state-of-the-art production facility, right down to your pet's bowl. We want to make it easy to choose a food for your pet - so we're being completely honest about what is, and what is not, in our formulations. We have explained the reasoning behind our specific ingredient selections, keeping you informed so you can choose with confidence. Essentially, by giving your pet Nutrience, you are not feeding him anything you would not be comfortable feeding the rest of your family.
We don't use any ingredients deemed to be unhealthy, and all our foods are formulated without by-products, fillers or added glutens. Therefore, Nutrience foods include everything you want and nothing you don't.
What is the difference between your three lines of foods?
Our Original formulas are premium quality, chicken-based foods that include corn as their main source of energy. Blueberries and cranberries are added for antioxidant support and prebiotics help provide a healthy intestinal tract.
Our All Natural foods include chicken and lamb as the main meat proteins and are corn-free. Corn has been replaced with brown rice, barley and oat groats. A unique blend of fruits and vegetables provides powerful antioxidant support, while Omega-3 DHA helps with proper brain function.
Our Holistic line of foods includes multiple fish protein sources and whole eggs. The antioxidant support comes from a blend of acai berries, blueberries and cranberries. One of the main sources of energy is provided by sweet potatoes.
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I’ve heard that corn is a “bad” ingredient. Is that true?
There is a lot of misconception about corn in pet foods. Corn is an absolutely safe, nutritionally complete and natural source of carbohydrates. It is also one of the most readily available food sources globally, allowing us to pass along the cost savings to you. When properly prepared, corn is one of the most nutritionally valuable ingredients available, and is 99% digestible! In fact, it has more fatty acids useful for the health of the skin and coat of your pet than wheat. Carbohydrates in the form of corn also give your pet the energy he needs to stay active and help keep him from feeling hungry.
Only our Original foods include corn, which has been double extruded - a special manufacturing process that makes it easier to digest. These formulas use chicken meal as the #1 ingredient and also include blueberries and cranberries for antioxidant support.
I am worried that my cat will develop a urinary tract infection. How can Nutrience help?
Feline Urinary Tract Disease (FUTD) may be caused by a number of factors, but the symptoms remain the same. Nutrience cat food has been specially formulated for cats that are prone to urinary tract infections. Our food helps cats maintain a urinary pH of 6.2 to 6.4. In addition to using Nutrience cat foods, you can further reduce the risks of FUTD by providing a relaxed environment and by making sure that there is a fresh water supply at all times. The Catit® Fresh & Clear Drinking Fountain
from Hagen is an excellent choice for encouraging the optimal water intake for your cat!
I’m a vegetarian and would like to know if there is a vegetarian formula for my cat?
No, there isn't. Cats are committed carnivores. They do not choose to eat meat - they must eat meat to remain alive. Cats need numerous nutrients and chemicals that can only be obtained by eating animal tissues. These animal tissues contain essential nutrients that the cat cannot produce for itself. Some examples are vitamin A, arachidonic acid (EFA) and niacin (an essential B vitamin). Nutrience cat food is a high-quality choice, guaranteeing that your little carnivore gets all the essential nutrients he needs.No, there isn't. Cats are committed carnivores. They do not choose to eat meat - they must eat meat to remain alive. Cats need numerous nutrients and chemicals that can only be obtained by eating animal tissues. These animal tissues contain essential nutrients that the cat cannot produce for itself. Some examples are vitamin A, arachidonic acid (EFA) and niacin (an essential B vitamin). Nutrience cat food is a high-quality choice, guaranteeing that your little carnivore gets all the essential nutrients he needs.
What is “Ash”? My veterinarian suggested a low ash cat food.
When listed on a pet food label, the term “ash” refers to the total mineral percentage of the diet. Just as 25% protein represents an amount of unspecified protein, 6.5% ash represents an amount of unspecified mineral content. As a composite, all the micronutrient minerals (zinc, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, etc.) add up to the actual ash percentage listed on the bag.
Magnesium is one of the minerals that makes up the percentage. Magnesium plays a part in the development of one of the most common types of bladder stones that affect pets (struvite crystals), and a recommendation to look for a low ash diet really means a low magnesium diet. Unfortunately, a low ash percentage is no guarantee of optimal magnesium levels. Now that manufacturers are listing magnesium levels separately, it’s better to look for a diet with specific levels of magnesium – approximately 0.1% in a dry food.
Just as important for the prevention of bladder stones is an optimal urinary pH and adequate water intake. Nutrience cat diets are suitably formulated to help prevent struvite crystal development with optimal magnesium levels, regularly tested pH levels and unique herbal enhancements that promote increased water intake in most pets.
I think my cat is shedding abnormally. It seems that he has dry skin and a lot of white dander. Will Nutrience help?
The symptoms you have described indicate a possible deficiency of essential fatty acids in your cat’s diet and quite possibly a protein deficiency. Nutrience cat formulas are complete and balanced and address these types of deficiencies by providing the cat’s body with the necessary ingredients to enhance the health of the skin and keep the hair in the follicles. These ingredients are highly digestible proteins and skin-friendly fatty acids, (Omega-3 (DHA and ALA) and Omega-6). So, try feeding Nutrience All Natural Supreme or Nutrience Holistic Fish & Sweet Potatoes. You will see the difference it makes in your cat’s coat!
How do I switch my pet’s diet to Nutrience?
When switching over to Nutrience dog or cat food, introduce it gradually so as to avoid stomach upset. Start with a proportion of 25% Nutrience to 75% current food. Slowly change the proportions over the next five to seven days by gradually increasing the amount of new food and decreasing the amount of the current food.
How long will Nutrience keep?
To ensure the freshness of Nutrience, we set a shelf life of 15 months from the date of manufacture and print an expiry date on every bag. This expiry date ensures that the quality that went into the bag of Nutrience will still be there when you feed it to your pet.
In addition, alll of our dry formula bags come with a top slider for easy and convenient opening and closing. You can rest assured that the top slider will keep your pet’s food fresher for longer, because it stays sealed tightly even after numerous uses.
My cat has hairballs and has a horrible time trying to bring them up… she tries but sometimes she can’t. I have tried other kinds of cat food specific to hairballs, but they make her diarrheic. What do you suggest?
Nutrience All Natural Hairball formula or Nutrience All Natural Indoor formula are the formulas of choice for your cat’s dilemma! Not only do these formulas provide the protein and fat your cat requires for a healthy skin and coat, but they also include a pineapple extract that actually keeps the hairball from forming. There are no harsh fibres used in any Nutrience formulas that can cause gastrointestinal irritations such as hairballs.
My cat has dietary allergies. Does Nutrience have a formula for my cat?
Yes, we recommend either of these two formulas: Nutrience All Natural Duck, Fish & Brown Rice or Nutrience Holistic Fish & Sweet Potatoes. Most allergies are initiated by a protein(s) and the immune system's response to a perceived danger. By feeding your cat a formula containing an alternative meat protein source, you should avoid the immune response that leads to the symptoms.