Cats lack the proper enzymes to utilize grains, vegetables, or fruits for their nutrition needs
By Claude West (The Cat Man)
The cat diet requirements have not evolved for the last 10,000 years and that is the biggest reason why your cat needs raw meat. The best diet they could get is by capturing and eating a small mammal or bird. Yikes, does that mean we have to bring home live rats so our cats can have a proper diet? Could you or would you do that for your cat?
Journey (Journicus TaPusser) demonstrates eating raw chicken. Small bones can be easily chewed and digested when raw but become too brittle and could cause injury if cooked. Larger bones such as leg and thighs can be broken down with a hammer or mallet so kitty can eat them.
That may not be very realistic for most people unless you lived in the country and have a barn full of rats, for the cats of course. The small mammal is the true dietary standard for a cat, like it or not. What I propose is to try to mimic that diet with other raw meats, bones, and supplements. The homemade raw cat food would be the least expensive to make over a time.
Europeans have been feeding their cats a raw diet for quite some time and this is normal practice in Germany. Most European veterinarians understand the relationship of a raw meat diet to extend the cat’s life and health with fewer complications compared to a diet of commercial pet food. Getting most North Americans to prepare a raw meat diet for their cat may not be realistic.
Here are some alternate suggestions that are prepared and ready to go without taking too much time. The cost is in line with premium canned cat foods and far more beneficial for your cat’s health. The products I recommend to you can be purchased from a quality pet food store or online.
Here is my recommended online store for a wide variety of raw food for cats.
Stella and Chewy’s is a dehydrated raw diet that you rehydrate with warm water and served up to kitty in about 5 minutes. This product contains the probiotics to help your cat digest the food. This product is available at pet food stores and online. The beauty of dehydrated raw cat food takes away the concern of high bacteria that some raw foods may have. Raw food left at room temperature will build a bacteria load in several hours so refrigerate it when not in use.
Another opportunity to providing your cat with raw meat is the frozen raw cat diets also available at the pet food store. My favorite easily is “Rad Cat” and please read my review of it here on my website. This is a balanced and supplemented organic raw diet designed for cats. You will need to add probiotics but I always recommend that in any cat diet whether it is commercial or homemade.
I would also comment that a cat on a raw diet will start having smaller stools and less smelly. They will appear to be very dark in color and dry. Your cat will utilize more nutrients in the food because it has the metabolism to do that. Most commercial pet foods are loaded with fat (to addict your cat on the food) and carbohydrates that are not natural or normal in a cat’s diet. They lack the metabolism to utilize this food completely and that is why the stool stinks.
You may also find that the amount of food your cat needs will decrease with a raw diet compared to commercial foods and this helps reduce the overall costs with this diet.
For making your own cat food I recommend that you read what Dr. Lisa Pierson does to prepare and tools needed. She also has some basic recipes to get started.