How do I serve freeze-dried raw dog food and cat food?
That said, no food you feed your cat is without risk. You'll have to decide if the potential risks from feeding raw food outweigh the long term risks to your animal's well being from feeding commercial food. It's your decision.
Since many people simply have neither the time nor the resources for preparing a raw food diet for their cats "from scratch," several companies offer powdered supplements which, when added to raw meat, organ meat, and water, provide a nutritionally complete raw food diet. Although a bit more expensive than some of the premium cat foods, these supplements are convenient, and go a long way in ensuring optimum health for your kitty. My own Top Picks for are shown in .
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.
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.Many of us, although we may have had cats as pets for most if not all of our lives, have failed to realize one very important thing about them – the fact that all cats are, by their very nature, born carnivores. Indeed cats are actually obligate carnivores, which essentially means that the nutrition they require to thrive must come from the meat, organs and bones of the bodies of other animals. And because of the cat’s particular anatomical and physiological design, the most ideal and natural way for them to consume that flesh and bone is in its raw state. This really does make very good sense once we stop to think about it. Because what other feline – much less any other carnivore in the world - ever consumes its prey cooked? The answer of course is that in Nature, this simply does not occur. Eating cooked food is not truly natural for cats, but eating raw food is!Some cats can be notoriously hard to switch due totheir picky nature and due to the extreme addictiveness of manycommercial pet foods. Some older cats will choose commercial foods overraw food any day, even after being fed a raw diet for a while. They areconsidered "pet food junkies", if you will. They are addicted to thecarbohydrates and additives, and after eating it for so long theirbodies respond automatically to anything that smells like or resemblescommercial food.