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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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Applaws dry is only made in small batch runs from fresh natural local ingredients. As the seasons change so does the colour of our ingredients and you will find that the colour will change from a dark brown to a slightly lighter brown but the recipe is still exactly the same.
A complete diet such as Applaws complete dry pet food contains all the vitamins and minerals your pet needs for a healthy diet. A complementary pet food is designed to be fed in addition to a complete pet food. Our complementary recipes contain real meat or fish which provides your pet with natural levels of taurine to help keep your pet healthy when fed alongside a complete food.

For cats we recommend giving a complementary wet meal in the morning and in the evening. In addition, give your cat a bowl of Applaws complete cat food during the day and in the evening. When feeding a complementary diet and a complete food as part of daily feeding regime you have a healthy balanced diet. We recommend a ratio of 60% wet complementary food to 40% dry complete food for balanced nutrition. The wet food gives your cat the meat taste they love and gives them essential hydration with natural levels of taurine and the complete kibble helps to keep your cats teeth in good condition and has all the added vitamins and minerals to keep your cat healthy.

For dogs you can feed a complementary wet meal by itself or as a topper or mixed in with their kibble. Dogs love the taste and variety that an Applaws complementary real meat diet brings to a complete kibble diet. Complementary diets should not be the sole food so always ensure you have a good complete food such as Applaws Complete Food to balance your pets’ diet.
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.
Different types of cereal gluten can cause a problem in some pets. The allergy can result in excessive scratching, hair loss and excessive body odour. Applaws complete is particularly suitable for cats that suffer from to gluten intolerance. However, if you have any concerns, please consult your vet.
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.
The US Food and Drug Administration have approved irradiation as a (‘allegedly’) safe and effective means of processing dog and cat food products and treats. It is also used to make ‘safe’ contaminated packaging. There is no legal duty to inform the public if any packaging has been treated in this way. At Applaws we refuse to use such methods.
Applaws refuses to use such ingredients as anti- freeze or any artificial ingredients in our products.
Our products are kept fresh with more expensive natural citrus and herb extracts preservatives.
Propylene glycol is used by some manufactures to preserve their pet food and this chemical is a less-toxic version of car anti- freeze. It is used in some pet food products and treats and is hidden in the ingredient list on the pack the under the terms “Contains EEC Permitted antioxidant, colorants or preservatives”. If you see this ask the manufacturer what preservative they are actually using. Propylene glycol is considered “safe” by some manufactures if used in small quantities. It is not only a very powerful chemical preservative but it has a strong artificial sweet taste that some pets find addictive.
Applaws is a complete food and has been produced to give your cat or kitten every thing they need for a long and healthy life. Homemade pet diets can result in a variety of problems:
• Raw foods carry a high risk of bacterial contamination as well as the possibility of transmitting diseases to humans
• Too much calcium can result in growth problems, particularly for kittens, but too little calcium can cause weak bones that are susceptible to breaks
• Mismanaged fat intake, can result in pancreatic problems
Another obstacle to homemade pet meals is in formulating diets that account for age, breed, size, and level of activity of the animal. According to the American College of Veterinary Nutritionists, Many recipes found on the web or elsewhere, even from well-meaning sources, may not be complete and balanced, creating the possibility of significant long-term harm to animals fed diets based on these recipes.
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.
Problems can occur in a pet with the formation of stones in the urinary tract. One cause is the high level of magnesium in a pet’s diet. Applaws Complete has been formulated to contain restricted levels of magnesium. Sufficient magnesium is present to meet the body’s requirement yet will aid in the prevention of urinary tract problems. However, there are many forms and causes of urinary tract disorders and if you have any concerns please consult your vet.
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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