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The importance of the natural

If you already know us, you know that at MAIKAI PETS we defend the importance of natural products, both in food and in care and in all areas. However, it’s been a long time since we’ve written a post telling you why this is so important to us, and why it should be important to you and your furry friend too.

We want to tell you not only about the benefits of natural pet food, but also the risks of processed and other options. This choice can make a significant difference in the lives of your four-legged companions. So, let’s start at the beginning:

What is natural pet food?

Natural food focuses on raw or minimally processed ingredients. Unlike conventional foods full of preservatives and additives, natural food offers your pets a feast closer to what they would instinctively choose in their natural environment. This includes lean meats, fresh vegetables, and fruits, avoiding unnecessary fillers and artificial ingredients.

MAIKAI PETS is not a food brand as such, as in this field our offer focuses on sweets, teethers and snacks for dogs and cats. Even so, we are 100% in favour of natural food, in whatever form it takes.


The impact of processed foods on the health of dogs and ducks

In considering our pets’ diets, it is crucial to understand how processed foods can negatively influence their health and well-being. Although practical, these products often contain ingredients that are far from ideal for the digestive system of dogs and cats. Here we explore the repercussions of feeding your pets highly processed products:

  • Presence of Artificial Additives: Processed foods commonly contain preservatives, artificial colours and flavourings. These chemicals can cause allergic reactions, food intolerances and a variety of long-term health problems. Symptoms can range from digestive and skin problems to altered behaviour due to the influence of these additives on general health.
  • Compromised Nutrients: During processing, foods can lose a significant part of their original nutritional value. Extreme heat, for example, can degrade or destroy essential vitamins and minerals, resulting in food that fills the stomach but does not adequately nourish your pet.
  • Risk of Obesity and Related Diseases: Processed foods often contain high levels of fat, sugars and empty calories that can contribute to weight gain and obesity. This condition is associated with a number of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and joint problems, reducing the quality of life and life expectancy of your furry companions.
  • Digestive problems: The unnatural ingredients and fillers used in many processed foods can be difficult for dogs and cats to digest. This can lead to gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhoea, vomiting and gas. Poor digestion also means poor nutrient absorption, which negatively affects your pet’s overall health.
  • Impact on Dental Health: Some processed foods contribute to the formation of plaque and tartar on your pet’s teeth, which can result in bad breath, periodontal disease and, in severe cases, can lead to infections affecting vital organs.


The benefits of natural products:

When you choose natural products, such as those from MAIKAI, you choose a diet that offers multiple benefits:

  • Digestive Health: Natural foods are easier for dogs and cats to digest, which means your pet will absorb more nutrients and maintain a healthy digestive system.
  • Healthy Skin and Coat: A diet rich in natural nutrients contributes to a shinier coat and healthier skin, reflecting your pet’s inner well-being.
  • Energy and Vitality: The natural ingredients are packed with essential nutrients, promoting optimal energy levels and helping to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Immune Health: A natural diet strengthens the immune system, helping your pets to fight disease and stay active and happy.


So… What products should I avoid feeding my furry friend?

Processed products that are harmful to your furry friend’s health

Many humans with furry pets in their care are unaware of which products can be harmful to them, so here are some examples of common processed products that pet owners should approach with caution:

Low-quality dry food (animal feed):

  • Some brands of feed contain high amounts of cereals or filler by-products that offer little nutritional value and can be difficult to digest.
  • Presence of artificial preservatives such as BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin, which have been associated with health problems in animals.

Canned Wet Foods:

  • They may contain additives to improve texture, taste or appearance, which are not beneficial to pet health.
  • Excessive use of thickeners such as gums or carrageenan, which in some studies have been linked to gastrointestinal inflammation.

Commercial Confectionery:

  • They are often loaded with sugars, salt, unhealthy fats and empty calories.
  • They contain artificial colours and flavourings which may cause allergic reactions or intolerances.

Semi-moist” packaged food:

  • This type of food is often very attractive to pets because of its taste and aroma, but often contains high levels of preservatives and sugars.

Processed “Light” or “Dietetic” foods:

  • Although designed to control weight, they are often high in indigestible fibre and lack the nutrient density necessary for a healthy diet.e.

Unbalanced Home Cooking:

  • Although it is not a commercially processed product, preparing food at home without proper knowledge can lead to nutritional imbalances, lacking certain essential nutrients or having inadequate proportions.


It is crucial to read and understand product labels, research brands and, if possible, discuss feeding options with a veterinary nutritionist. At MAIKAI PETS, we recommend focusing on natural and balanced diets that promote the health and well-being of your pets, avoiding the risks associated with the processed products mentioned above.


Our philosophy

We believe that every pet deserves the best. That is why our products are designed to offer a superior nutritional supplement, respecting nature and quality. We understand that your pets are part of your family and that you want them to live a happy and healthy life. By choosing MAIKAI PETS, you are choosing a philosophy that puts your pets’ quality of life first, backed by our dedication to animal welfare and our commitment to the sustainability of the planet.

Food is the foundation of a healthy and happy life for your pets. By opting for a natural diet with MAIKAI PETS, you are choosing not only to feed your pets, but also to nourish their overall well-being. We invite you to join our community of conscious and committed pet lovers and see the difference that a natural diet can make in the life of your most loyal companion. Because at MAIKAI PETS, we believe that love for pets shows in every bite.

At MAIKAI PETS, we are more than a brand; we are passionate advocates for the welfare of your pets. Our mission is to provide products that resonate with the intrinsic nature of dogs and cats, ensuring not only their health but also their happiness. 🌿💚