Rad Cat Raw Diet Premium Raw Food For Cats
Raw food is a big movement in pet feeding right now, and I for one am a proponent. By and large cats and dogs who eat raw food have better teeth, skin, weight and digestion. I could go on and on, but it essentially has to do with the ease of absorption raw food affords an animal and the live enzymatic properties present in raw meat.
I’ve been feeding Stella and Chewy’s freeze dried raw to my 2 cats. I have been feeding both this and grain free canned food as well. But I don’t know how far apart I should be feeding these since they metabolize very differently. Do you know how long it takes for a cat to digest a freeze dried food like stella and chewys? My 2 cats are 8 months and 3 months. So I don’t know if I should feed canned to them twice and then stella and chewys only once a day? I don’t want to upset their stomachs.
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!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.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 aim of this website is to encourage people to keep this recipe in mind, and to provide them with information on the critical importance of a proper diet of whole raw foods, in combination with a more natural, holistic approach to caring for our cats. Offered here is information and practical tools for transitioning cats to a natural diet of whole raw foods, in the hope that this will help folks make the best, most natural and healthful choices on behalf of their beloved animal companions.