The Importance of a Raw Food Diet for Cats - Part 1
Written by Joyce Belcher - Herbs for Life,Inc.
Here are a few of the many health benefits you will achieve by feeding a well-balanced raw meat diet to your cat.
- It’s the most natural and nutritious diet of all for cats
- When feeding quality meats, it will eliminate your cat’s exposure to dangerous chemicals, preservatives and GMO’d ingredients
- Raw fed (balanced raw diet) cats do not have urinary issues such as crystals, stones, etc
- No dander! (I’ll explain later)
- Longevity, teeth, coat, more playful, happier, ocular health, friendliness, less vet bills.
A question presented to the Feline Nutrition Foundation asked,
“what is an obligate carnivore?” was answered like this in the article written by Margaret Gates:
“People refer to cats as obligate carnivores when they are trying to emphasize the fact that cats are a little different than many other meat-eating predators. Obligate means "by necessity." The dictionary definition is: 1. Restricted to one particularly characteristic mode of life. 2. Biologically essential for survival. ¹Combining obligate with carnivore is pretty clear. Cats must eat meat, it is an absolute biological necessity.
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So, there you have it, the real reason for feeding your cat a raw diet.
Why is Raw is better than cooked?When food is cooked, both vitamins and enzymes are destroyed and the fat and protein molecules can be altered by the heating process making it more difficult for the cat’s system to digest and use them. Also, cats need a balance of calcium and phosphorous and the best way to get this is with raw bones ground into their meat. Without this they can quickly become seriously deficient in several crucially important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. This is where the word “balanced” comes in. If you were feeding only raw meat (while more nutritious than cooked meat) your cats diet would be lacking in potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, iodine, and vitamins A, D, E, B-12 and choline, essential fatty acids, as well as a lack of
phytonutrients, antioxidants. Cooked diets will not be able to provide the bones as you cannot feed cooked bones safely, they can impact the intestines of any pet.
When a cat is fed a raw, well-balanced diet they have no dander! I’ll explain………dry food is just that, dry, uninteresting and absolutely loaded with sodium. This is not the worst of it, they also commonly include ingredients such as:
Whole Grain Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Pork Fat, Chicken Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Brown Rice, Chicken Liver Flavor, Calcium Sulfate, Lactic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil, Soybean Oil, Calcium Chloride, Iodized Salt
And this is for an Obligate Carnivore!! Ugg, these labels, these ingredients….What the heck are the veterinarians and manufacturers of such products thinking is healthy about any one of these for a CAT??
It’s all marketing hype and we, as a society believe every word we hear, until we don’t. And when we don’t is when we see the poor quality of our cats’ coat or the inability to digest well, the overbearing stench of the litter box, (oh yeah, that is another benefit to a raw fed cat, the litter box barely stinks) urinary tract infections, cardiovascular disease, joint degeneration at middle age, it’s all because of processed “food” that claims to be what your cat will thrive on.
So, when your cat consumes the grains, soy and toxic ingredients from the so-called food, their bodies must eliminate them to try and balance their systems. Dander is toxins, toxins create dander. Eliminating all these crappy filler GMO’d ingredients (that will never provide healthful nutrition to the cat you love) and feeding them a whole, well-balanced raw food diet, will eliminate dander. This is pure love for people that have allergies to cats. I have saved many a cat from being removed from their homes by changing their diets, adding in probiotics and detoxing the toxins out of their bodies. People who love cats that couldn’t have them as pets, now have them as pets, healthfully for both parties.
Did you know that cats have a nearly zero tolerance for sodium, especially when it comes from Iodized salt?
Nearly ALL the dry and canned food produced today for cats has sodium levels that are off the charts, most at over 1000 mg per cup.
Here is the breakdown for making a well-balanced, raw food diet for your cat:
Raw Meat Recipe
16 oz. meat
2 oz. raw bone, ground
2 oz. organ such as liver, heart, etc. (this is your source of essential Taurine)
1 oz. cooked vegetable (if you choose to add veg for fiber) and can help support elder kidneys
A good complete daily supplement containing vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, plant based, no synthetics or fillers.
Be sure to check in for Part 2: “How to transition your cat to a raw diet with little effort and complete success!”
The path to healthy, happy cats is their diet first