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FAQs Applaws Dry Food

Below you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions around our Applaws products, as well as general questions around caring for your cat or dog

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No, this is a myth and probably started because in the past patients with kidney problems were commonly placed on low-protein and therefore a low - nitrogen diets. It is the nitrogen that causes the problem not the protein level.
Just like as with human food there are good fats and there are bad fats. If you have a high level of saturated fat you may put on weight and develop cholesterol problems. This is why the advice from doctors is to eat more food like chicken, as opposed to red meat like beef and lamb, and to increase our fish intake. The oil in Applaws dry contains salmon oil produced by gentle cold pressing, which increases the level of good cholesterol in the blood, so-called HDL cholesterol. This will actually help with the absorption of surplus fat making your cat leaner and fitter.
Research also shows that pure salmon oil can also help prevent heart disease, maintain optimum blood pressure and cholesterol levels and give almost immediate relief from joint pain, migraines, depression, autoimmune diseases and many other conditions. Pure salmon oil is also the perfect brain food improving brain development and memory function, from conception through old age. It also helps to significantly improve dry skin, dandruff and dull coats.
Yes, there is most definitely salt in our formulation. There is 1.134%, which is the ideal level for cats. Too much salt we all know is bad for us as it can lead to high blood pressure but a zero salt diet is also very bad for us. Cats like ourselves need an optimum level to keep us healthy.

Sodium is one of the key elements in salt and is one of the primary electrolytes in the body (the other two are potassium and calcium). Too little salt in the diet can lead to muscle cramps, dizziness, or even an electrolyte disturbance, which can cause severe, even fatal, neurological problems. Drinking too much water with insufficient salt intake puts a cat at risk.
Salt can also contain many beneficial minerals including magnesium, iodine, and over 21 essential and 30 accessory minerals beneficial to a cat health.
It is not possible to have a zero carbohydrate diet because even high protein materials have carbohydrate fractions – e.g. glycoproteins. For example muscle contains glycogen a glucose polymer similar to starch. Cats and dogs, like all mammals, make some carbohydrate from protein (gluconeogenesis) so that they have glucose and other sugars for important functions such as energy for the brain. So although they may not have a dietary requirement for carbohydrate per se they do need carbohydrate in their metabolism. Carbohydrate in the form of fibre is also important for gut health – both for prebiotic functions e.g. oligosaccharides and “bulk volume” to allow gut contents to move and avoid constipation.
At Applaws, we are always looking at ways to enhance the enjoyment of our food. We continually review the quality of our ingredients paying special attention to how they are sourced and processed.

We have recently advanced the production of Applaws Complete dry dog food to use 100% fresh, rather than frozen, chicken in our mince. We have also made the kibble less dense so it's even easier for dogs to metabolise the natural goodness within and to transition to the Applaws brand.

The Applaws recipe and feeding guide remain the same and so does our pack. The only difference you may notice is in the kibble shapes and textures of some of our kibble.
The natural cellulose grass plant fibres help to flush the stomach of hairs by forming a slippery movable matrix. Otherwise the hairs simply remain in the stomach until regurgitated.
No in the fact the opposite is true. After a month or two most cats or dogs will show an increase in lean muscle mass and as Applaws 75% to 80% chicken formulations are low in carbohydrates most overweight cats will actually lose weight.
Cats and dogs are carnivores by nature and need animal protein to thrive and stay healthy (in fact cats are obligate carnivores and simply to survive). That's why it's the number No 1 ingredient in Applaws dry food.

Proteins are very complex in structure and proteins are required for all aspects of growth and development and are very important in structural makeup and the immune system. Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of health and development.

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