Raw Food is a Natural Diet

Raw Food is a Natural Diet

Ultra processed Cats

Raw food is a natural diet for all cats. Most pet foods are ultra processed,  and cooked at high temperatures. Cooking meat degrades the nutrients in the meat.  It reduces vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. This is a fact.  Almost all dry and canned pet foods are cooked. Other ingredients are added back in to supplement what was lost during the cooking, but often, these ingredients are plant-based. A cats  body cannot adjust to breakdown and utilise ingredients from most non-meat sources.
Sugars are also usually added for cosmetic, preservative, and flavour enhancing properties, even though its nutritional benefit for animals is nonexistent. Sugars can cause obesity, cavities, overload the pancreas and cause diabetes.
Cat originate in Africa and do not have a strong drive to drink. They get most of their fluids from their food. Cats fed their whole life on dry cat food are at an increased risk of developing kidney disease because it is so low in moisture
Cats, known for their stoicism, do not show signs of illness until it is too late. As a result, the effects of low-grade dehydration can silently damage a cat’s body for years before becoming apparent. Dehydration can ultimately lead to kidney failure and cystitis in cats.

So should I feed Raw?

 

Two Bengal cat eating out of a bowl

The worse diet to feed your cat is an unbalanced raw diet. You can negatively impact your cat’s health if you don’t feed raw correctly.  While the best food is properly balanced raw, the worst food is improperly balanced raw. The easiest way to feed raw is to purchase raw cat food that is pre-made and already nutritionally balanced.
If you would like to learn more about feeding raw a fellow breeder Megan Walls in the USA has written a good book on the subject. You can view and purchase the book HERE.

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Here are some recommendations for balanced raw food in the UK

Honeys

Michies Of Cornwall

Luna and Me

Bella and Duke

Our recommendations for balanced raw food in the USA

Viva raw pets

Simply Rawsome

Darwin’s Natural Cat Food

Small Batch Pets

 

What do we feed ours cats?

 

We feed raw ground chicken and beef from Honeys

Honeys is marketed towards dogs but their ‘working dog no veg’ range is perfect for cats too. We love Honeys and so do our cats. Their raw ranges are made using only fresh, free range, pasture fed, wild or organic meat – all of which has been sourced from British farmers. They are a small artisan company, maybe not the cheapest but after years of using many other brands we definitely think they are the best, with ethics that match our own.

We also feed day old chicks which come frozen. These activate the hunt prey mode in the cats and they love to toss them around before eating them There are many suppliers online or you can source them from pet stores. We buy ours from Trusty Pet Supplies
You can also buy them directly from Keizebrink but Trusty pets has super quick and free delivery (minimum order).

Along with your balanced complete raw food, you can try many other  protein sources, chicks, rats, mice, quail , chicken hearts , chicken legs and many more.

Dental Health

Meaty bones are good for dental health. You can offer a small chicken cut into 4 pieces.  Adult cats can eat the whole thing, bone and all.  Kittens will not eat the larger bones until they are nearing adulthood but have fun working around them and testing their jaw strength. This also helps kittens grow their adult teeth, giving them something firm and satisfying to work on.
A varied and interesting diet is healthier  and can stop your cat becoming too fussy.

The Cats Natural Design

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they are obliged to eat meat. They are opportunistic feeders- they hunt, eat, sleep, repeat . Cats  do not save prey for later. When a cat tries to bury his food, this instinctual behaviour is evidence of this. The uneaten food presents a risk to invite unwanted animals who could threaten him.

The Cats Digestive Tract

The cats digestive tract of a cat when eating the raw food it was designed to eat has a digestive duration is 12-18 hours from point A (mouth) to point B (waste). That is very fast,  especially when compared to other mammals. In nature, the proper moisture content (approximately 70%) comes from animal flesh.  Think about it, most mammals have a body content of 70% water). Dry food has a moisture content of about 10%. THAT’s why manufacturers make a

point to remind cat owners to have water
It is VERY rare that a cat fed a raw diet has any urinary tract issues, cysts, crystals or anything else of that nature. Raw and canned food is approximately 70-80% moisture.

Because the cat’s digestive process is so quick, it naturally protects the cat from potential toxins that may be present in what they ingest (food/by-products are not in their system long enough to cause problems).
When raw (or canned wet) is mixed with dry food (or fed together so it mixes in cat’s stomach), the dry food takes moisture from the raw or canned food, SLOWING DOWN the digestive process.

Conceptually, the longer the food is in the cat, the more time it has to (potentially) cause issues.

Don’t mix dry and wet food. Leave a period of time between feeding wet and dry food if  you must feed dry.

 

Silver Bengal cat eating a dead mouse

Usable and Digestible

There are no “fillers” or ‘additives” so to speak, in a raw diet. Practically 100% of the diet is used as a building block and energy source for the cat. The result being that a raw-fed cat eliminates less frequently, the stools have no odour,  and the cat never strains with dry, hard stools.  This is best for the cat’s small and large intestine. Loosely described, the purpose of the stomach is to break down food. The purpose of the small intestine is to extract nutrients and convert them to usable nutrition and energy to fuel the cat. The purpose of large intestine is to extract moisture after processing and prepare to eliminate any unusable content.


Raw Safety Tips

1. Keep all preparation areas clean, as well as utensils and hands. Stainless steel, glass or ceramic is less likely than plastic to promote bacteria. Wash all utensils, bowls, work surfaces and your hands with hot, soapy water whenever working with raw meat/s.

2. Promptly freeze raw foods and keep them frozen until ready to use.

3. When defrosting, defrost raw meat packages in the refrigerator. You can also use a quick-thaw method of defrosting, by placing a bag of the frozen raw diet into a bowl or the sink filled with cold water. This will accelerate defrosting in a safe manner.

4. After feeding, immediately refrigerate leftover food or discard it.

5. Feed your cat in stainless steel, glass or ceramic food dishes.

6. Wash your cat’s food dishes with hot, soapy water daily.

Silver Bengal cat looking in a fridge

 

Not everyone is comfortable feeding raw. If you don’t then try to use a wet food which has cooked,  real meat in it, instead of meat derivatives.

While we provide this information in this article with the best intention, we don’t guarantee its accuracy or assume any liability for it.

 

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