DID YOU KNOW…?
"Cats have no need for grains. (In ancient Egypt, cats guarded the granaries against the grain-eating rats!). Cats fed only dry food can become chronically dehydrated and it can negatively impact their kidneys. Their ‘thirst drive’ is not high enough to fully hydrate the dry food. Cats are not designed, physiologically, to eat cooked (tinned or bagged) food. Many veterinarians are seeing the benefits, & are recommending the ‘raw prey’ diet for maximum health in dogs & cats.
What are Cats really designed to eat??
Cats are true (obligate) carnivores (physiologically/anatomically), designed to eat & digest whole, raw prey.
Feel Like You’re Losing the Battle? – Here are Some Suggestions:
Slightly cook the meat (without bones!) , then gradually decrease the cooking time until it is ‘raw’. Include raw meat, but mix in some enticement – a bit of tuna perhaps? Slowly decrease the enticement over time. Fast your cat for a day or two (always have water avaiable) before serving the ‘new’ raw food. (Only if your cat is in good health & not overweight).
SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF FEEDING RAW:
• Reduced shedding
• Fewer to no hairballs
• Improved temperament
• Reduced litter box odor
• Less stool
• Healthy gums
• Clean teeth
• Fresh breath
• Fewer or no fleas
• General health improvement
• Less food consumption
• Happier cats!
WHAT, HOW MUCH, & HOW OFTEN TO FEED
• 80-90% muscle meat – of which 10% would be organs
• 5-15% bone – try chicken wing tips or necks
• cold-pressed fish oils & natural vitamin/mineral supplements
The average adult cat eats about 1/2 to 3/4 cup (100-150 grams) of food a day. Allow kittens to eat as much as they want, 3-4 times a day. (For improved hydration, add & mix in water.) Remove food between feedings”.
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Photo courtesy of our resident cat, Kike, who wanted to show off her babies.