Why a Raw Diet is Best for Cats

19 Jun

Even if you don’t intend to feed you cat a raw diet, this article is so very informative about the cat’s digestive system it’s definitely worth reading for that basic understanding. Thanks to Ingrid King of The Conscious Cat for posting this, and you can also look forward to her teleseminar with author Margaret Gates on July 22.

The Benefits of a Raw Diet for Your Cat
feline-nutrition.org
Cats are predators. They evolved eating a raw prey based diet. Cooking degrades nutrients, causing loss of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

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3 Responses to “Why a Raw Diet is Best for Cats”

  1. animalartist June 24, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    And thanks for the great link on HPP!

  2. TuxedoCat June 24, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    I’m a fan of raw pet food. I know it isn’t for everyone, but it works for lots of us. I’m concerned that the zero salmonella standard that the FDA has for raw pet food is not practical or needed and that it will drive raw pet food companies out of business, or cause them to use HPP treatment. (Does not sound like a bad treatment, but it is not raw.) Seems like lawsuits and germophobes who do not even use raw pet food are driving this effort. Nature’s Variety switched to HPP recently, and Stella and Chewey’s processes with HPP, also.

    (The way it is going, we’ll be lucky to be able to buy raw meat of any kind soon.)

    http://thedailybite.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/hpp-pet-food-may-have-benefits-but-it-is-not-raw/

    • animalartist June 24, 2010 at 11:23 am #

      Do you feed a raw diet now? What do you use? I’m not familiar with the HPP treatment, but I think it’s kind of like irradiating vegetables to kill surface bacteria, or at least on that principle. When I feed raw, I actually decided to use raw meat that I get locally from either small farmers or friends who are hunters. I’m actually more concerned about ingredients that may not be trustworthy or people cutting corners, just like the pet food recalls.

      And yes, you are right, we’ve polluted our own food supply so much already that even bean sprouts carry salmonella, not to mention raw meat!

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