The raw food diet debate for cats
It would appear that the new craze for dog and cat health at the moment is a raw food diet. There are many reported benefits to this kind of diet for your family pets and one of the main reasons why it has become so popular is because it closely mimics the kind of diet that it would have should it be living in the wild.
A raw food diet should contain of course, raw meat but also supplements of fatty acids that are essential to kitty health, fruits, grains and vegetables in order to be similar to a wild diet. This means that it is simply not a case of feeding your cat raw meat – this will leave your feline friend not only leave it suffering from malnutrition but also can make it quite ill.
As an owner of cats, you may think that feeding a cat raw meat would be like feeding a human raw meat; bad for the digestive system but in reality, cats have a stomach that is more finely tuned to be able to deal with this raw food diet than we humans do. More acid is contained in the stomach which means it is easier for them to break food down and not only that but it has proven that more cats actually fall sick from injuries leading to infections rather than injuries from food poisoning!
If you do some research online, you will find that there are hundreds of recipes all dedicated to feeding a cat a raw food diet. Some of these will take a bit of effort but include foods such as organ meat and raw muscle, perfect for the waste that humans make when they cook and prepare foods such as chicken, pork, beef and turkey. Vegetables and herbs can also be added to these raw food recipes not only to add a much needed boost of flavor but also to ensure that your kitty has the right nutrition needed to remain healthy. Nuts and seeds are also quite handy to add to raw food recipes as are supplements that contain both essential fatty acids and also certain vitamins such as vitamin C.
There are both pros and cons for feeding your cat a raw food diet but in reality, these cats have been eating raw meat in the wild since time began so sometimes it pays to go back to basics and let your cat use what its body was intended for!