Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the big deal with hemp?
Hemp is dubbed as a “superfood” for good reason. It’s so packed with protein, for those looking to cut back on meat consumption for health reasons, hemp is a great alternative. And, for the environmentally conscious, the hemp plant thrives on less water than most crops and is naturally resilient against most pests (meaning less pesticide is used to grow it). Hemp contains natural dietary fibres as well as essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which are important nutrients for digestive health and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
What is hemp and how does Natural Pet Science use it in its treats?
There are multiple ways to cultivate hemp. Natural Pet Science uses hemp whole seeds which we grind into flour and then extract as protein. We also extract hemp oil from the seeds (not to be confused with CBD oil, which comes from the plant’s leaves and stalk). Ultimately, hemp provides a source of rich nutrition in our treats to keep your fluffy buddies happy and healthy.
I’ve heard hemp and marijuana are the same. Are they?
No, though it’s true hemp and marijuana are both members of the Cannabaceae family. But, just like relatives of the same family, hemp and marijuana are different from one another, and the difference is important. Think of hemp as marijuana’s sober cousin. Marijuana contains THC, a compound that has psychoactive effects on humans…and pets. Hemp, on the other hand, has negligible amounts of THC, so neither your pets nor you will get high on our hemp products.
Why are there bugs in these treats?
They’re not just any bugs – they’re crickets! When outdoors, dogs and cats naturally eat insects, and are known to make up as much as 10% of their diets. Across the world among diverse cultures, crickets are consumed as a nutritious and delicious (yes, really!) source of protein. They have an excellent nutritional profile, providing 65% protein (including 9 essential amino acids), Omega-3 fatty acids (including DHA), and an optimal Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio. They may be a tiny source, but they provide a huge nutritional impact.
I care about the impact I have on the planet. Why are crickets considered a sustainable food source?
Consider that insects make up an incredible 80% of the planet’s total animal biomass. That’s a lot of bugs. It’s also an abundance of highly-nutritional exceptionally sustainable protein, and crickets just happen to be the most popular and delectably edible of them all. And considering farmed crickets produce less than 1% of the methane and require less than 10% of the water that cattle do, pound for pound, that’s a major improvement in food sustainability and reduced environmental footprint.