- The heaviest cat on record weighed 46 lbs.
- There are more species of fish than all the species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals combined.
Choosing: Why does Young Again seem so much more expensive than the food I'm using now?
At first, YA may seem to be significantly more expensive than the food you are currently feeding, however, this is not true. It takes about two cans of wet food a day to feed the average cat. At about $1.00 per can that adds up to at least $60 per month. Regular and even "designer" diets are filled with glutens and cheap grain fillers and cost .35 to .45 cents a day to feed the average cat. That comes out to about $12 per month. Typically, an 8 lb. bag of other brands will last an 8-10 lb. cat about 50 days. Higher protein YA cat food, delivered to your door, costs about .29 - .38 cents a day (depending on the size of the bag) and an 8 lb. bag will last the same cat TWICE as long (100 days) making it less than $12 a month. A cat fed YA cat food will likely consume more food in the beginning and will level off to a smaller amount after a short period of time once he becomes accustomed to it. You are spending your money on high quality meat proteins instead of water and grain-based fillers.
Choosing: My cat is extremely picky. What can I do to get him to eat Young Again?
Converting your cat to Young Again is easy. Even icky cats will love the flavor of it. It is usually best to simply start feeding YA instead of letting them choose between their old diet and the new one. If they do not begin eating it right away you can try grinding the old food into a powder and coating the YA food with it for a few days. We also have a packet of flavoring available that can be sprinkled on the food to make it simply irresistible.
Choosing: My cat has been eating Young Again for a little while now but he doesn't seem to like it very much, he only eats a little bit of it.
You are used to seeing your cat eat large amounts of cat foods that contain the wrong ingredients in an effort to meet his instinctive nutritional need for meat proteins. Once he is fully converted to Young Again cat food, he will eat 40 to 60% less food than before. An 8-10 lb. cat will eat an average of 35 grams of food each day (approx 3.5 Tablespoons) or 2.3 lbs. of Young Again each month. If your cat is truly hungry and unhappy they will keep you up at night asking for food.
Choosing: Which pet food should I feed?
You should always feed a species appropriate food. For a cat that means that the food should have all meat protein and less than 5% carbohydrates. If you feed a food with more than 5% carbs, you are going against what nature intended. The absolute best way to feed Young Again is to feed it free choice. Your cat will self regulate and never be overweight and will seldom if ever show excitement when eating because they will never suffer the feeling of intense hunger and will not think that there is a shortage of food in the house.
Choosing: Have you ever had a recall on your foods?
Young Again has never had a recall of pet food.
Choosing: How does your food compare to a raw diet?
The only difference between a raw diet and Young Again is that a raw diet is wet and our food is dry. Other than that they are identical.
Choosing: What are feeding recommendations based on?
Feeding recommendations are based on controlled studies that show the average calories that a cat needs at a particular life stage and the calories that are contained within the food. However, for cats we always recommend free choice feeding so that your cat can choose to eat whenever it suits him and however much he needs to eat to meet his energy needs.
Choosing: What about the concerns on dehydration when feeding dry foods?
Research suggests that a cat on a dry diet takes in half the amount of water as a cat on a canned diet. A cat consumes half as much of Young Again vs. the average diet on the market today. This may be the reason we do not have a dehydration problem. We believe that the problem, if it exists, is related to improper ingestion of excessive plant proteins and carbohydrates. Animal proteins and fats digest slowly, matching the natural rhythms of the cat's body, allowing them to balance their water intake with their digestion demands. Carbs, on the other hand, digest many times more quickly than meat proteins and fats increasing the demand for water and thereby potentially causing dehydration. Cats also consume twice as much of the carb rich diets making the problem even worse. Plant proteins are difficult to digest so they add additional stress to an already overworked digestive system.
Choosing: Does Young Again make prescription-type diets?
No, Young Again does not make prescription diets because our regular diets could be considered a prescription diet. YA cat food is perfectly suited to meet a cat's natural dietary requirements. Some examples would be that your cat would be unlikely to become overweight, develop diabetes, or develop crystals or other urinary tract problems.
Choosing: Do any of your natural pet products come in small bites for small or toothless cats?
Yes, our Lil Bites product is about the size of a BB and it meant for both kittens and adults who have no teeth or emerging teeth. As a matter of reference, cats were not meant to chew their food, they have no grinding molars. They were meant to swallow food whole which helps prevent many of the plaque buildup problems that we see when they are forced to chew hard kibble.
Choosing: When should I switch my dog or cat to a "senior" food?
When a food is properly balanced there is never a need to switch to a senior diet. Generally speaking, the reason for senior diets is that the previous "young dog" diet was of such poor quality that the senior dog was no longer able to process it very well and a new diet became a necessity.
Choosing: What are the differences between your food and other cat foods? Why choose one over another?
Your cat is an obligate carnivore, they were meant to eat mice and small prey animals. A mouse on a dry matter basis is 50% protein, 22% fat and less than 5% carbohydrates. Young Again foods mimic this nutritional profile perfectly. Most other foods on the market today contain in excess of 30% carbs and do not come close to matching these ideal percentages. For more information please review our Comparison charts where you can find over 80 different cat foods compared side by side. You might find the comparisons very informative.
Choosing: Which pet food ingredients should I avoid when choosing a pet food?
You should avoid any ingredient which is not species specific. Cats were meant to eat meat and only meat so any plant material that shows up on a label is inappropriate and should not be fed to a cat. Please see our comparison charts where you can compare the first seven ingredients of each food for yourself.
Choosing: Why are carbs so wrong to feed my cat and what does Obligate Carnivore mean?
Your cat is an obligate carnivore and this means that he has no nutritional requirement for Carbohydrates and must eat meat in order to thrive. High carb foods digest quickly sending more glucose to the blood than your cat can use to fuel their metabolism. The excess glucose has to then be removed from the blood by insulin and becomes stored as fat. Once the excess glucose has been removed and stored, your cat is left with an insulin spike which then triggers a hormone that in turn signals a hunger response. The higher the insulin levels in the blood the stronger the hunger response and the more excited your cats will be to eat again. This overeating creates a vicious cycle of overeating that continues until your cat looks like a football. Young Again digests slowly and never causes the insulin spike in the blood because the food digests at a pace that matches the metabolic needs of your cat. Because there is no insulin spike your cat never becomes ravenous for food. When they decide it is time to eat again they will do so calmly and naturally.
Feeding: What does it mean to free feed?
All cats (with the exception of sick or neurotic individuals) should be fed free choice with the Young Again food. If you restrict food availability, you will be instilling in your cat the perception that there is a food shortage and they will instinctively begin to over-consume. We recommend leaving several bowls out in different rooms so that your cats will get the impression that there is an abundance of food available to them. Leave out one more bowl than the number of cats you have for best results.
Feeding: Won't they get fat if I leave food out for them all the time?
Not if they are fed a carnivore diet like Young Again. Animal protein digests at the same rate that your cat can use it to meet their energy needs. Carbs on the other hand will digest much faster than animal proteins, sending more energy into the blood stream than your cat can immediately use and the excess energy is converted and stored as body fat. Your cat then becomes hungry and instead of using the stored body fat for energy, they eat more food; this cycle repeats itself again and again until your cat is suddenly considered overweight. When your cat's diet is made from meat and fat and does not contain more than 5% carbs, your cat will not overeat when fed free choice (there are a few exceptions, but they are rare). Cats will often consume more than twice as much of a high carb food each day vs. Young Again's high meat protein, low carb formulas. The over-consumption of food is bad for your cat, hard on the litter box and your pocket book. No wonder our beloved pets are so overweight and unhappy. Young Again is properly balanced and your cat will not over eat our food or become fat and they will eat 40 to 60% less than the majority of dry foods on the market.
Feeding: How should I store Young Again Foods?
There are three enemies of any food; light, heat, and air. The food should always be stored in a container that does not allow light in. This is why we use a foil bag. Second, the food should be stored at room temperature but it may also be refrigerated or frozen. If you refrigerate or freeze the food, you must use an air-tight container and make sure that you do not open it very often because moisture will condense on the cold food and reduce its shelf life. We recommend that you freeze or refrigerate half of the food and keep the other half at room temperature for daily use. Any frozen food should be kept sealed and allowed to warm up to room temperature prior to opening. The air is the most critical, we use a foil bag so no air gets in. Most people don't realize that air moves freely through a normal plastic zipper-type bag. It is important to squeeze out all the extra air each time you open and close the bag. If you do this, the food will easily last until the expiration on the bag.
Feeding: I notice that you only have 3 formulas, which do I feed a kitten? What is the difference between your 50/22 cat food, Lil Bites, and the Zero carb food?
Both the 50/22 and the Lil Bites are the same formula and contain less than 5% carbs. The 50/22 kibble is the size of a green pea and the Lil Bites is the size of a BB. Generally the Lil Bites works best on kittens and adults with missing teeth while the 50/22 works well on all other cats. The Zero Carb formula was designed specifically for diabetic cats and does not contain any digestible source of carbohydrates. Zero Carb is an effective tool in management of diabetes. If the Zero Carb formula is used within a few months of a cat being diagnosed with diabetes, we often see their insulin production return and insulin injections can sometimes be discontinued.
Feeding: When would I choose the Zero Carb cat food formula?
The Zero Carb formula should be used for diabetic cats and those cats that do not lose weight on our 50/22 formula. Overweight sphinx cats that do not lose weight on the 50/22 formula will lose the fat when fed free choice on the Zero Carb formula. However, the Zero Carb formula can be fed to any healthy, normal cat with no adverse effects; this is especially convenient in households that have a mixture of diabetic and normal cats.
Feeding: So many companies make both kitten and senior formulas. Why do you have only two and neither state they are specifically for senior cats?
Nature intended your cat to eat mice and small prey animals from the time they are kittens till they die of old age. Most companies produce multiple diets because the protein levels of the senior diets are inadequate to properly raise a kitten. Adult cats have a much higher tolerance for inadequate nutrition and can therefore survive on a low protein diet whereas a growing kitten would show signs of malnutrition and stunting. Young Again foods provide the perfect balance for their entire life cycle.
Feeding: My cat has loose stools. What's wrong?
There are many reasons that your cat may have loose stools. The primary reason is often a parasite. We always recommend having a Veterinarian examine the cat and it's stool to determine if there is a parasite present. Most parasites are relatively easy to diagnose but be aware that a parasite called T Fotos generally cannot be diagnosed in the vet office and a fresh sample of stool will need to be sent off to a lab to determine the presence of this organism. After ruling out potential parasites the next most common source of diarrhea is a change in their daily diet. Loose stool caused by a change in diet will generally clear up in 2 to 4 weeks and no treatment is necessary. Sometimes loose stool can be caused by a cat who consumes more of our diet than they should in one sitting. Because our food is nutrient-dense, not all of the food will be digested and the part that is undigested will dilute the fiber that makes the stool solid, causing the stool to appear softer. This is not harmful to your cat and will usually self correct within 4 to 6 weeks. Loose stool can also be caused by an allergy to one or more of the ingredients in the food you're feeding. If after consulting with the company and exploring the various options and reasons for loose stool, it would be advisable to switch to a different diet with a different set of ingredients and see if the loose stool goes away. If the loose stool goes away after switching to a new diet, the likelihood is that you have identified an allergy and you will need to stay on this new diet.
Feeding: How does your food help my cat's immune system? Do you use steroids?
Young Again does not use steroids of any kind in any of our foods. YA improves the immune system of cats in several different ways. We use only ingredients that are appropriate for your cat. When you feed ingredients that your cat was not meant to eat, you cause stress which will in turn weaken your cat's immune system. We also include probiotics and enzymes, both of which imiprove your cat's ability to process and digest food more efficiently, thereby strengthening their immune system. We also added proprietary Bioceuticals to our food which will provide the building blocks necessary to more rapidly build whichever cell is most needed at any given moment. If your cat has an infection, then the Bioceutical will be directed towards the building of immune cells.
Feeding: Is it okay for my dog to eat the cat food or vice-versa?
We have many clients where the cat and dog will eat each other's food and we have never seen any harm in this. Generally this only happens once in a while so it is never enough to throw off your dog's or cat's nutritional balance. However, the cat food is much richer in protein and fat than the dog food and may cause loose stool in dogs that consistently eat it. The dog food is higher in carbs and a cat who consistently eats dog food will tend to gain weight and generally be in poorer health. It is always best to try to make sure that each pet eats their own food.
Feeding: What is a Kcal?
Kcal is an abbreviated word for a kilocalorie which is the same as a regular calorie.
Ingredients: What is the cooking temperature of your food?
All of our foods will reach a maximum temperature of 275° for approximately 60 seconds during the extrusion process. Please note that all enzymes and probiotics are added post-extrusion and are never heated.
Ingredients: What is meant by the "meal" in a pet food ingredient listing and how does it compare to "meat"?
When the first ingredient is meat is can mean very little since meat is at least 75% water. This means that if a diet listed itself as 25% meat, it would really only be 6% meat on a dry matter basis, which is exactly what you get when you dehydrate chicken into a meal. You think you are buying a high protein diet but in reality your diet is only 6% meat protein.
Ingredients: Can you supply a dry matter (or as-fed) analysis of your cat food? I’m interested in protein, fat, calcium, phosphorous (and the ratio), and magnesium.
Yes, everything you’re looking for can be found in our guaranteed analysis section where every kind of food is displayed.
Ingredients: What is the difference between "by-products" and "meals"?
A by-product is something that is left over after the desirable portion of the ingredient has been extracted for use elsewhere. A meal results when you take a product, remove the water portion, and grind the desired portions into a usable ingredient. Or chicken meal is composed of meat and bone, the pork is meat only and the herring is the whole fish. Inclusion of bone supplies the perfect ratio of minerals needed to make new bone. The pork contains virtually no minerals and it helps dilute the chicken and herring meals which helps prevent excessive mineralization.
Ingredients: What are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics (or Nucleotides) are important building blocks used by the body to manufacture new cells. They also help the villi in the intestinal tract grow longer and grow more branches, which in turn increases digestive efficiency and nutrient absorption. Prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes are applied to the food after extrusion and drying process so that they are not affected by the cooking temperatures of the food. The prebiotics are added to the oils which are then applied to the warm food and the oils are drawn into the food as it cools rather like a sponge absorbing water.
Ingredients: Nutritionally speaking, is there really a difference between potato, rice or grains?
Your cat's food and treats should be Plant Protein free. While "grain free" is a popular buzz word right now, it's also important to keep in mind that potato and rice have just as much plant protein as corn. If the plant protein in grain is bad for your cat, would it not also be true that the plant protein in rice or potato would be equally bad for your cat? Your cat was never meant to eat anything other than meat and every time they consume something other than meat you are simply going against nature and harming your cat's ability to process their food and appropriately and maintain their health.
Ingredients: You state that your food doesn't contain vegetables, aren't tomato pomace and potato starch vegetable matter?
Tomato pomace is a fiber source (both soluble and insoluble fiber) and is non-digestible (which is the definition of a fiber. Fiber is essential for good health and the tomato pomace has a low pH which promotes digestion in any obligate carnivore and also promotes a healthy urinary tract. The pH of our YA 50/22 cat food is 5.4 and most plant-based diets are much higher. The potato starch we use has been purified and has had the protein removed. It is a binder which helps hold the food together.
Ingredients: I've not encountered much cat food that used pork. Can you tell me why you chose Pork Protein Concentrate?
Why not? It is the other white meat. Pork Protein Concentrate is a great protein derived from the belly portion of the hog. It is 97% digestible and has an amazing amino and fatty acid profile and has a very low ash content. It is not seen in a lot of pet foods because it is an expensive choice that we feel is well worth it. Sometimes people confuse pork with "ham". Ham is a product of pork that is salted, cured and smoked. Pork Protein Concentrate is not ham. The process used extract the collagen (used to make human-grade gelatin) leaves a highly digestible meat product behind.
Ingredients: Where do you get the ingredients used in Young Again foods?
The only countries we buy ingredients from are Canada (FOS, some vitamins and minerals), France (Purified potato starch product), Switzerland (Bioceuticals), and one vitamin, D3, comes out of New Zealand. All other ingredients, vitamins, and minerals are products of the USA or Canada. No Asian products are used and we've never had to recall any of our products.
Ingredients: I have heard that cats don't need fiber. I see that your food has 4% fiber.
Cats actually do need fiber and it should be non-digestible fiber. There are many components of whole prey that are non-digestible, i.e. fur, hair, feathers, collagen (connective tissue) and even some of the skeleton. This all adds bulk to the diet so the peristalsis of the intestinal tract has something to push against. As these natural types of fiber are not found in pet food, fiber must be added for proper digestion.
Ingredients: What does the Guaranteed Analysis (GA) tell me?
The average analysis of our food is 51% protein, 23% fat, 3.7% crude fiber, 4.2% non-digestible fibers, 1.1% soluble fiber, 6% ash, and an average moisture of 7%. That leaves the balance of carbs at 4%. All of these numbers will vary slightly but the typical analysis puts the digestible carbs at 4.6%. By law, we only have to list the maximum crude fiber, which we show at 4%, but when you consider Total Dietary Fiber (TDF) then we have 9% in the diet. Law dictates that some things, like protein and fat, will be understated because we have to guarantee a minimum. Some things, like ash, will be overstated because we have to guarantee a maximum amount in the food. If we fall outside of these rules, then we are in violation of the legal standards.
Ingredients: Doesn't the extrusion (cooking) process destroy some of the vitamins and nutrients?
We know how many of the nutrients are lost during extrusion and we compensate for any losses up front. Our probiotics are added post-extrusion. They are a dry powder encapsulated in oil and are sprayed on the outside of the food and are not heated in any way.
Ingredients: I've heard that Rosemary can cause seizures. Why is there Rosemary in your food?
Rosemary OIL will cause seizures in some animals, however we use Rosemary EXTRACT which contains water soluble Carnosic acid. We do not use any other parts of the plant, definitely not the oil. This extract dramatically boosts the effectiveness of the mixed tocopherols which we use to stabilize the fats and oils in our food.
Ingredients: Is Taurine added to Young Again Cat food?
Current industry recommendations for taurine in cats are 0.10% in dry food and 0.20% in canned food. Young again has 0.30% added to our foods in addition to what may occur naturally in the meat ingredients we use.
Ingredients: Why do you use Soy oil and Coconut oil? I have heard that it is not suitable for cats.
That would certainly be true if that was the only cource of fats that we used or it it comprised the majority of fat in our food. To understand why we have 7 types of oils and/or fats in YA cat food you need to remember our nutritional model is the mouse. Our goal was to duplicate the amino and fatty acid profile of a mouse. A mouse is not a chicken, pig, fish, or a turkey but if we carefully blend these and other ingredients together, we can produce the equivalent of a mouse in a bag. The list of available ingredients that a manufacturer can choose from is somewhat limited, for the most part, to what humans eat or what we feed to our livestock. In order to make a mouse we need additional specific fatty acids that occur in these two plant oils. In case you are wondering, a cat can easily digest any animal fat or plant oil as long as it is in liquid form at their body temperature. The actual level of these two lant oils is very small as evidenced by their location on the ingredient list. We used them for the unique benefits they will provide the cat, knowing full well that a few people would take the purist approach and discount them because they were not animal-based. Chicken fat, although high quality, does not by itself come close to providing the balance of fatty acids necessary for the long-term health of your cat.
Ingredients: Do I need to add supplements to your food?
Our foods are nutritionally complete and additional vitamin and mineral supplements are not recommended. However, we do produce supplements to help bolster the immune system and improve the overall digestive health.
Ingredients: Can you explain what the ingredient “fat product” is? How is it preserved? And how are the fish oils and herring meal preserved?
The ingredient called “fat product” is actually an algae. The algae is a highly concentrated source of DHA which is an essential omega-3 fatty acid. DHA cannot be produced by the body and therefore must be supplemented in the diet. DHA is important for brain development and many other bodily functions. All of our ingredients are preserved using Tocopherols and Rosemary extract.
Ingredients: What is the phosphorous content of Young Again Cat food?
The phosphorous content of the general YA cat is .8% phosphorous to 1% calcium. This is an ideal ratio for both of these minerals.
Ingredients: How are your pet foods preserved?
All of the Young Again pet foods are preserved with natural Tocopherols and Rosemary extract and are packaged in tough foil bags that seal in the freshness and keep out moisture and oxygen for a long shelf life.
Ingredients: What is the difference between Digestible and Non-digestible carbs?
There are three main food groups; proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are broken up into two areas; digestible carbs (starch) and non-digestible carbs (fiber). If you just sent a sample of pet food off to a laboratory and asked for the carb content they would measure both digestible and non-digestible carbs and your test would not be accurate. Digestible carbohydrates provide energy for the body, whereas non-digestible carbs are useful in promoting good digestion and providing bulk for the stool.
Ingredients: What is cellulose and why is it in pet foods?
Cellulose is a non-digestible fiber derived from the cell walls of plants. Cellulose is used to aid digestion and to produce a nicely formed stool.
Ingredients: Describe the grade of meat used in your natural pet foods
We use three types of meat in our dog and cat foods; chicken meal, pork protein concentrate and herring. Our chicken meal is of the highest quality and is supplies to us by a human grade processing facility and contains ground bone. Bone is a natural way of supplying necessary minerals that your cat needs to produce and maintain their own bones. We also use pork protein concentrate which is 80% protein, 10 to 12% fat and does not contain any bone. This product is highly digestible and when combined with chicken and herring, produces a very complete amino acid profile for the health and longevity of your cat.
Ingredients: What does "species appropriate ingredients" mean?
Species appropriate ingredients are those ingredients which nature naturally intended your pet to eat. Cows were meant to eat grass and you cannot feed them meat. Your cat is an obligate carnivore and was never meant to eat anything other than meat protein and fat. Your cat was never meant to eat more than 5% carbohydrates (the level found in most prey animals) and yet the vast majority of diets available on the market today contain in excess of 30% carbs. We believe that carbs are responsible for or contribute to obesity, diabetes, urinary tract issues, crystals, and kidney disease.
Ingredients: What type of testing does Young Again do?
We have a quality control department that checks incoming ingredients for aflatoxins, mycotoxins, and harmful bacteria to ensure that the ingredients we use are safe. We also use independent laboratories to check production runs to ensure that the production run meets our high standards of quality and safety. We also do feeding trials with breeders from around the country to evaluate new foods and maintain performance on our existing foods. We also work extensively with veterinarians.
Ingredients: Are any of the dog or cat food ingredients genetically modified?
No, we do not use any plant proteins in any of our dog or cat foods and the only carbohydrate source we use, which is in the dog food, is from potato starch which has not been genetically modified.
Ingredients: How do I compare canned food to dry food?
The first thing you have to know is that most canned food is 78% moisture while at the same time, most kibble is between 7 and 10% moisture. That means that a canned food has at least eight times the moisture content of a dry food. That is why if you look at our label you will see a protein level of 50% while the canned label protein is around 10%. There is a complicated way to figure out what your actual protein level is in the canned food on a dry matter basis but it’s much easier to go to our Carb Calculator; just punch in the numbers from the back of the can and we will show you not only how many carbohydrates are in the canned food but the total level of protein, fat, fiber and ash as if it were a dry cat food. Once you have converted your canned food to a dry format, you can then compare it to any dry food on the market because you will be comparing apples to apples.