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Unfortunately, it would take me far too long to keep up with the new products on the market so if you want to know the specifications of the food you are feeding, please see the section on my Commercial Canned Food page for dialog that you can use when calling them.
Due to humans’ focus on profit margin, diets higher in grains (higher in carbohydrates than a cat’s natural diet) have flooded the market – along with pet food manufacturers’ unscrupulous advertising onslaught designed to persuade the feline caregiver to think that feeding a water-depleted, grain-laden dry food diet constitutes optimal nutrition.
Third, cats do not have the capability to createtaurine from methionine and cysteine, like dogs do. This means that acat must ingest sufficient taurine in order to meet its taurinerequirements. The excellent news is that taurine is found in virtuallyall meats, especially beef heart. By feeding a cat a raw diet, the catshould receive the best, most bioavailable form of taurine via itsfood. There is one proviso: do not grind the food. Grinding increasesthe surface area of the meat and thus exposes more of the "good stuff"to the air. This results in oxidation of taurine and a resultantdecrease in overall taurine available to the cat. Additionally,grinding creates the perfect environment for bacteria growth, andbacteria also utilize the taurine in the meat, thereby furtherdecreasing the total amount of taurine available to your cat. Thus, ifyou feed your cat a ground raw diet, it may not receive all the taurineit needs to thrive, as is the case with a group of kittens fed whole,ground raw rabbit in this .If you regularly feed ground raw to your cat (which I do not recommendunless your cat absolutely will not or cannot eat bones), then it isadvisable that you supplement with taurine using either fresh beefheart (unground) or a commercial taurine supplement.
The APOP statistics show that Americans are overfeeding their pets. By a lot. Yet, as bad as it seems to be for our companion pets as a whole, it is even worse for cats. Almost 6 out of 10 cats are overweight and more than 1 out of 4 are obese. This feline weight problem is a costly one. Overweight cats live shorter, lower quality life spans, and health care costs associated with conditions related to feline weight problems, like Type 2 diabetes, are budget busters.Feed cats about 2-3% of their body weight. Since mostcats are fairly small creatures compared to dogs, this may be 1/4-lb orless. I tend to think of my cat's food in terms of overall size—howmuch can she put into her little belly at a feeding? For my cat, themost she will get over the course of the day is one cornish game henbreast half with an attached wing. This is about an inch longer than mypalm, and is enough to make her belly completely full and even a littledistended. She will eat most of it in one sitting, and will then comeback for the rest within the hour. I do not feed her this amount everyday; after eating this much food she receives a smaller meal the nextday—maybe a game hen leg-thigh, or a meal of beef heart and liver.You can feed your cat anywhere you like. You can feedin the kitchen, on top of the washer, in the bathroom, on the carpet,etc. You can feed the cat in a bowl, although my cat drags her rawmeaty bone out of the bowl to eat it. My personal preference is to feedon a plastic placemat. The cat can then drag her food out of the bowland eat it off the placemat. This keeps the floor from getting dirty(until she drags it off the placement...) and makes her meal place aneasy spot to keep clean. The bowl is still useful to me; I use it to mixup an egg for her or to feed a little bit of canned fish every now andthen. Sometimes my cat will use the bowl to her advantage when eatingan awkward raw meaty bone. She will pull her food half-out of the bowlso that part of the raw meaty bone sticks up in the air, making it easyfor her to eat it. Basically, where you feed, what you feed out of, andwhat you feed on are up to you and your cat.