savannah (onsafari) wrote,
savannah
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Raw cat food

I've been interested in raw cat food for a while now, ever since one of the ladies in my communications class gave a speech on how well her dog responded to a real food diet. If I remember correctly, her dog had a disease (diabetes?) that was cured by switching to a real food diet. I talked to my vet about it once and she said "don't you think you should just leave that to the experts? The pet food industry has been making stuff for a long time (expertise implied here)." Well, I know exactly how well the food industry works (why the hell do they put food coloring in everything?). Anything to turn a profit, right? Why not just put hormones in our milk!

So when I came across CatInfo, I decided to spend a day reading about raw catfood. Its not like I have anything more pressing to work on. The contention is that anything that closely resembles a cats natural diet is better than what's provided in processed food. I'm not sure that I believe this, particularly as I look at my "natural" diet and am astounded at how short it falls from what's actually good for me. So natural with supplements seems to be the best of both worlds, at least as far as I can tell.

Some of the claims make sense: that carbs, which cats can't process, cause obesity and in turn leads to diabetes; that vitamin B complex is important; that bones are important for healthy cats. But some of it seems, well it just seems silly. Raw food will make my cat more catlike? The food should be mouse body temperature? They'll consume less food? Cats shouldn't have any vegetables? Right. My cat gets cranky if she doesn't get enough veggies, and cats certainly voluntarily eat grass.

Nevertheless, I find myself intrigued by the idea. Is it really possible that my little fatty would lose weight and stop compulsively eating if I switched him from dry food? What about my poor little monkey who occasionally has bloody stool? Will more vitamin B repel fleas? It's hard to avoid being optimistic about such a simple switch. Especilly since making catfood would mean that I could control the amount of psyllium they get during shedding season. I guess when we're done with this batch of dry food, the kitties will switch to wet. And then we'll go from there.

Links:
catnutrition.org
Flea Treats
Study Shows 'Catkins' Diet Helps Cats Beat Diabetes
Tags: cats, nutrition
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