DOGS AND CATS ARE BUILT LIKE THEIR ANCESTORS.
WE THINK THEY SHOULD EAT LIKE THEM TOO.
OUR BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ CONCEPT IS SIMPLE: MIRROR THE QUANTITY, FRESHNESS, AND VARIETY OF MEATS THAT DOGS AND CATS ARE EVOLVED TO EAT.
The gray wolf (Canis Lupus) is the ancestor and closest relative of all domestic dogs (Canis Lupus Familiarius), sharing 97% of their DNA, while the Near Eastern wildcat (Felis Silvestris Lybica) is the closest relative of domestic cats (Felis Silvestris Catus).
Despite years of breeding, the internal workings and anatomical capabilities of domestic dogs and cats remain the same as their wild cousins, so it’s no surprise their food requirements remain the same too.
In nature, fresh meat and protein-rich diets deliver peak health. That’s why ORIJEN foods feature 85-90% meat, and the highest fresh meat inclusions in WholePrey™ ratios, all of which mirror the way Mother Nature intended your dog or cat to eat.
THE EATING ANATOMY OF CARNIVORES
JUST LIKE THEIR ANCESTORS, MODERN DOGS AND CATS HAVE ANATOMICAL FEATURES DESIGNED FOR A MEAT-BASED DIET – A FUNDAMENTAL FACT OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY PET LOVERS AND FOODS MAKERS ALIKE. THESE INCLUDE:
- A wide mouth for swallowing chunks of meat whole, with a single hinge jaw that lacks side-to-side chewing ability (unlike plant eaters which chew extensively, meat eaters seldom chew their foods).
- Sharp, pointed teeth for grasping and shredding meat (not for grinding plants).
- Because meat eaters don’t chew, and are not adapted to digest carbohydrates from plants, their saliva does not contain the digestive enzyme amylase.
- Unlike plant eaters, meat eaters don’t chew or mix their food with saliva — they swallow chunks of meat whole. For meat eaters, the purpose of saliva is to lubricate the throat.
- The saliva of plant eaters contains digestive enzymes that mixes with the food through chewing and helps break down carbohydrates.
- In nature, carnivores seldom eat every day and sometimes as little as once a week. That’s why they have a large single-chambered stomach suitable for gorging and digesting meat later. Compare that to plant eaters like the cow, which has four stomachs and eats constantly.
- Because meat is easily digested (relative to plants) dogs and cats have a short, simple gastro-intestinal tract and a high concentration of stomach acid to break down meat protein quickly and kill bacteria associated with raw meat.
- Carnivores have a stomach acidity of pH 1-2 (compared to humans at pH 4 to 5).