Raw diet cat food can help your cat's overall health and
longevity. Research shows that cats who eat raw food are more fertile,
have fewer illnesses and a longer lifespan than cats who are fed other
types of food. There are several components of a raw diet that give
your cat specific advantages, and there are several myths to consider
before deciding to avoid raw food for your cat. This article will also
discuss some of the safest ways to feed your cat a raw food diet.
Advantage of Mimicking the Natural Diet
A wild cat is not very different from your feline pet from a
digestive perspective. Cats in the wild eat exactly what they need to
best avoid disease and to maintain strength and vitality. A raw food
diet is the closest way to mimic what a cat would eat in the wild.
Animal research shows that cats in the wild predominantly eat raw
animal protein that includes blood, bones and most other parts of the
animal. We also know that cats don't eat grains, and they only eat a
very small amount of grass and berries. In nature, cats avoid grains
and corn, and they certainly don't eat any sugar.
A raw food diet that is specially formulated for cats provides
excellent hydration and nutrition for your pet. Cats ingest water
through the intestine, which means that they'll get more hydration if
their food includes liquids. When food is cooked, it loses some of its
nutritional value. This is especially true for kibble, which requires
cooking food at extremely high temperatures.
Some of the ingredients in many canned cat foods or kibble actually
contribute to disease. To protect its shelf life, kibble often has
chemicals and preservatives that can actually harm your cat. The
grains, corn and sugars often present in canned or dry cat foods can
lead to urinary tract problems. Other health issues can result from
food colorings and additives put in cheaper foods to keep costs down.
Myths to Consider
There are several myths about feeding a cat raw food to consider.
Many people believe that raw meat contains harmful bacterial for the
cat. The cat has a very short digestive tract, and so the meat passes
through it within an hour. Some people also believe that the raw food
will make their cat act more aggressive and wild. Cats who eat raw food
actually are often more calm and more amenable to training, because
their overall system is functioning at its peak. This includes brain
chemistry, which is what most directly affects behavior and mood.
It's very important to give your cat a formula already designed for
cats. unless you are nearly an expert in feline nutrition. If you are
going to switch your cat to raw food, do so slowly, mixing in the old
food less and less over time. It's also important to carefully follow
the instructions for safe raw meat handling.