Benefits of a Raw Meat Diet for Cats, Part 2
We continue our topic of the benefits of feeding cats a predominantly raw meat diet. Not everyone believes that cats need a meat diet. This is partly because they may have had cats who lived to an “old” age (late teens) despite their diets. Surviving, however, does not mean thriving. Could you imagine feeding a WILD cat dry cereal for its whole life? So much cat food contains grain and fillers that it amounts to nothing but junk. Also, a vet tried to insist to me that wild cats eat the stomach contents of prey which would contain grains and vegetables, so naturally housecats “need” those things (?).
Rad Cat explains: There is a considerable amount of rhetoric about “predigested” grains resembling the stomach contents of prey and that the stomach is an organ that cats will eat… In the reality of our back yard carnivores, the stomach and its contents are rarely consumed, if at all. Domestic feline hunters will consume the head, heart, liver, and flesh with some bone. What is typically left over is the digestive system (including the stomach), urinary, and reproductive systems. If the stomach is consumed, the amount of seed and possible grain (do birds and mice really eat oats and barley?) is about a quarter of the size of a dime, at best – not a significant percentage of a meal.
Today’s domestic felines have been proven to be ancestors of African wild cats, who are desert dwellers. When considering evolutionary diets, fish typically aren’t included… Most cats like the taste of fish simply because of its pungency, but it’s not the best protein source on a regular basis.
The most obvious way to assess the validity of any information regarding the best diet for a cat is by their defecation. Cat poop is not supposed to be runny, stinky, or large. Anca of the UK Pet Forum switched from all dry to all raw and noticed changes:
The poo consistency looks ok, I think, it is dark in colour, well formed, less stinky, and a litlle smaller in size. No constipation and no diarrhoea, thank God.
They seem to pee twice a day, almost as often as before, although I have noticed they rarely drink water (I change their water 3 times per day, this habit has never changed since I have them, also I haven’t changed the type of water).
Our cats’ poop changed this way as well, including less stink to the point of odorlessness — a welcome blessing! They also drink less water, as they get most of their water from the raw food. This was not as drastic a change however, as they transitioned not from all-dry (very thirst-inducing for cats), but from all-canned.
Please consult with your veterinarian before severely changing your cats’ diet if you have any question as to their health status. Changes can be stressful, and certain conditions must be addressed before introducing new ways of eating.
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