Why Isn't Cat Food Mouse-Flavored? - The Daily Meal
It is... thought wrongly that the cat, ill-fed, hunts better and takes more mice; this too is a grave error. The cat who is not given food is feeble and sickly; as soon as he has bitten into a mouse, he lies down to rest and sleep; while well fed, he is wide awake and satisfies his natural taste in chasing all that belongs to the rat family.
Seung Sahn visited his teacher, Zen Master Ko Bong, who asked him many difficult kong-ans which Seung Sahn answered easily. After many exchanges, Ko Bong said, “Alright, one last question. The mouse eats cat food, but the cat bowl is broken. What does this mean?”
Being severely under the influence of chocolate, we came up with the idea that was to make our fortune: Mice Cat Food Made with Real Mice! If, as we suspected, cats actually liked the taste of mouse, Mice Cat Food would be a hit.The second problem was, while catching mice in order to put them into cat food might be a public service, it was a terribly inefficient method of obtaining mouse meat in industrial quantities. Moreover, there was always the problem of whether the wild mice had been fed poisoned bait by neighbors not in on the scheme, rendering them of questionable use for feline consumption. Only the healthiest mice, raised under the most exacting conditions, would be fit for Mice Cat Food. We set about investigating our options for rodent husbandry.We foresaw a few hurdles. The first, and perhaps most severe, was that cats didn't buy cat food: all-too-human cat owners did. No matter how strongly we could demonstrate that cats loved the taste of Mice Cat Food, and no matter how many veterinary nutritionists we could bribe to endorse the product, the fact remained that we had to get past the average pet owner's instinctive revulsion toward handling a can of mouse meat. Years of rival pet foods' ad campaigns had persuaded pet owners that cereal fillers and horse lips weren't good enough for Princess Fluffy; ground-up mice, regardless of how high in protein or rich in calcium, would face a similar stigma. Our marketing campaign would have to be a subtle one.Nature has given us a precise blue print of cat nutrition. Biologists know exactly what each species of wild cat is most adapted to be eating, and modern nutritional analysis can provide a complete breakdown of these foods. DNA research enables us to find the wild equivalent of our domestic cat and provides us with the fact that the domestic cat remains genetically unaltered from its ancestor. We also know from evolutionary studies that each species specializes in a niche of life to assure continuation in the fiercely competitive game for survival. Together, this knowledge forms a very precise answer to perfect nutrition for domestic cats: mice. Innovation comes to play when attempting to recreate the mouse nutritionally with foods commonly used in modern human culture.Together, this knowledge forms a very precise answer to perfect nutrition for domestic cats. Innovation comes into play when recreating a diet of rodents nutritionally with foods commonly used in modern human culture. Because modern cat owners are rather turned off by the idea of serving their feline companions four or five mice each every day, I made it my motto to “reinvent the mouse” with meats and supplements for ultimate feline nutrition. The raw meat diet resulting from my efforts offers a practical and satisfactory alternative to the cat’s natural diet of prey.How you feed your indoor cat is also very important. Consider the following scenario. Outdoor cats, pure carnivores, eat mice. The average mouse has a caloric equivalent of approximately 30 calories. So the average 10 pound outdoor cat needs to eat about 8 mice a day if that is all they are eating. Does the outdoor cat wake up in the morning and find 8 dead mice laying in their bowl? No, it must move around and hunt to find them. Outdoor cats rarely have weight issues because of the amount of calories they burn finding food. We recommend hiding multiple bowls of food around the house to encourage your cat to exercise for their food. Approximately 10 pieces of food equal one mouse. Eight bowls with 10 pieces of food in each bowl, hidden around the house. Hiding food can become a real annoyance for some cat owners, a cat feeding toy may be more appropriate. These toys open up and the food is placed inside then the cat must roll the toy around and get the food out, this promotes exercise. We do not recommend free feeding of food for cats at Kirkwood Animal Hospital.