Why Should You Feed Your Feline A Raw Food Diet?
Your cat (no matter how old, young, slow or energetic) is an obligate carnivore – a meat only diet. Their bodies are specially designed by nature to hunt for small rodents and birds with their bodies being fully equipped to eat all raw as well as the viscera (intestines) and bones. They have a small digestive tract with their stomach being three times more acidic than a human, allowing it to assimilate raw meats and bones the best.
What Are The Benefits To A Raw Diet?
The fresher the food, the better! Just like our own diet, whenever we eat a fresher more natural diet it gives us more nutrients which in turn will help build immunity, help with healing from illness and ward off any diseases. A raw diet can also help the body deal with:
- Flea infestations,
- hot spots,
- continual shedding,
- poor dental and gum health,
- gastrointestinal problems,
- immune disorders and degenerative diseases,
- causing previously sluggish animals become more energetic,
- offers better weight control,
- smaller stools,
- decreased vet bills with less cost for food,
- biologically appropriate,
- kittens develop at a natural rate
- and so much more!
Why Is A Commercial Food Not Good For Your Feline?
When you cook your pets’ food it takes out most to all of the nutritional value of the food (much like it does with our own food.). Most commercial foods consist of: Additives to make the food taste better – causing your pet to overeat, preservatives, salts, dyes and carbohydrates. Feeding a dry product with these ingredients and no moisture simply dehydrates your cat from the inside out. The main ingredients in most of their foods are cereal grains which can lead to: Allergies, intestinal problems, hot spots, shedding, rashes, etc. Feeding a dry product with these ingredients and no moisture simply dehydrates your cat from the inside out. Moisture is one of the most important factor in your cats diet, simply adding more moisture to your felines diet can prevent numerous amounts of internal and external problems.
As we learned earlier, cats are obligate carnivores and are recommended to not have ANY carbs in their diet. Feeding too many carbs to your feline can cause their bodies to slowly shut down, therefore causing more internal and external issues. This is why so many cats these days are known to have diabetes, allergies, kidney disease, liver disease, urinary tract infections and more when they get into their later stages of life. High level of carbs can cause a lot of cats to: Overeat, become diabetic, gain weight, as well as numerous other problems.
What About The Bones In A Raw Food Diet?
Despite what you may think about raw bones – they are actually 100% safe for your furry friend and one of the most important parts of the raw food diet! Cooking bones will cause them to snap, break and splinter which of course can harm your pet. Raw bones on the other hand are extremely safe for carnivores to eat; their teeth are designed to grind the bone into powder while their stomach acids are strong enough to further digest the bone to provide nutrients to the rest of the body. We recommend raw turkey or chicken necks as they have multiple benefits such as: cleaning their teeth (naturally and easily), exercise chewing muscles, act as dental floss, can be a good meaty snack throughout the day, and provide natural sources of calcium and phosphorous. Chicken necks also provide chondroitin which is used to rebuild cartilage and collagen in the joints. Providing proper nutrients make it easy on the body to rebuild itself.
How Can You Switch Your Cat To A Raw Food Diet?
Cats are known to be resistant to changes in their diet. This is completely natural! The best way to introduce raw food to your feline is when you first get them when they are a kitten. With people who have teenage or senior cats it is still possible to switch! The best way to transition them is slowly and with a lot of patience. Here are a few steps to introduce raw slowly over a period of two weeks:
- Transition your cat to being fed twice a day rather than having food available at all hours of the day. No more buffet for your kitty!
- If you are on a kibble product, slowly transition them to a canned food product (preferably a human grade one with the least amount of carbohydrates and ingredients in it).
- Once your cat is used to a canned food product, transition them to a dehydrated food product.
- If you feel your cat transitioned to the canned product quickly and effortlessly, then you can skip the dehydrated food and slowly mix in little bits of raw until you are able to fully feed raw without any canned or dehydrated food.
- Mixing sardines or salmon oil on/with the raw food can also help with getting them used to the idea of raw.
- DO NOT mix any kibble or processed treats with their raw food diet. Kibble can take up to 12hours for your cat to digest whereas Raw only takes 3-4hrs for their body to digest. Mixing the two together can be hard on your cats digestive system and could cause harm to your pet.