Fresh Foods for Cats - PetSmart
Safety of Raw Meat for Pets
Dogs and cats are able to neutralize harmful bacteria with their strong stomach acids and short digestive transit time. Dogs, particularly, evolved as scavengers and carrion eaters, consuming spoiled food and half-rotted carcasses containing millions of bacteria. Cats prefer a “fresh kill” and will refuse contaminated or bad meat. If an animal is severely immuno-compromised, however, you can gently cook the meat portion of the food before mixing with the other ingredients. Add a pinch of digestive enzymes just before serving to compensate for enzymes lost during cooking.
Fresh food for dogs or cats can be found in refrigerators at pet supply stores and some grocery stores, and comes ready to serve out of the package. Fresh food ingredient lists tend to be simplified, and usually contain high percentages of high-quality, fresh beef, poultry or fish, as well as small amounts of fruits and vegetables. Fresh grain-free recipes are made with no grains (like corn or wheat). Many brands utilize all-natural ingredients and promote the use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
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.
If our families are eating healthier, fresher foods, why shouldn’t our dogs and cats? We make our meals with fresh, all natural ingredients, gently cooked in our Freshpet Kitchens and refrigerated for freshness.Green peas are high in fibre, vitamin C, and vitamin A. In fact, you may have noticed that some cat foods include peas in their ingredient list. Cats can enjoy peas frozen, fresh, or cooked. If your cat is new to peas, try adding a couple of slightly mashed cooked peas to your cat’s food before working up to fresh peas. The pods are likely too tough for your cat to enjoy so stick to the peas themselves.I have been feeding quite a few different foods in the rotation for my 2 cats. We just tried this one out on a whim and the cats become kittens when they hear the package crinkle.I love the ingredient list and the freshness of the product. It is so human grade in appearance and texture (and smell) that I finally feel good about what I am feeding my cats.I have been feeding quite a few different foods in the rotation for my 2 cats. We just tried this one out on a whim and the cats become kittens when they hear the package crinkle.I love the ingredient list and the freshness of the product. It is so human grade in appearance and texture (and smell) that I finally feel good about what I am feeding my cats.Make sure the meat is fresh, cats are very particular as far as freshness goes, 1-2 days in fridge. Most cats like their food room temperature or warm. Do NOT microwave. Put in sealed container and float in warm water for a few minutes.