VIDEO: Silkworm Puppets Added to Cat Food to Improve Cat Health-News-RTI Radio Taiwan International
September 24, 2021
- Shirley Lin
Cat food containing silkworm pupae is better for your cat.
A new cat food developed in Taiwan contains a highly unconventional ingredient. If you’re squeamish, watch out. However, if you are concerned about the smells coming from the litter box, then this may be the perfect cat food for you.
The agricultural research and expansion station of the Miaoli district has been investigating the various components of the silkworm pupa since 2017. And the result is surprising: silkworm pupae are ideal as a supplement to certain types of animal feed.
Experiments show that silkworm pupae can reduce harmful bacteria in the intestinal tract of animals by up to 15%. They even contribute to a better absorption of nutrients and thus to the health of the animals that eat them.
The head of the research institute, Lu Hsiu-ying, says that after five years she and her team managed to induce natural antibacterial peptides during pupation. Lu says the team succeeded in dolling up chicken food, and now they’re using it in cat food too.
The dolls seem to have received the cat-like seal of approval. And cat owners may want to try feeding their cats food that contains these immature insects. Researchers found that cats had firmer muscles, shinier fur, and better appetites after consuming their silkworm-based preparation. 30% of the pet owners whose cats took part in the experiment even felt that their cats had become more energetic.
But above all, cats that ate the food filled with silkworm pupae had far less smelly litter boxes afterwards: the pupae also help to reduce odor, a sure blessing for cat lovers everywhere.
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