A Raw Food Diet For Cats and Kittens

As we all know, cats are carnivores and need a diet high in protein. But do they really need to eat raw meat like their ancestors?

The answer is: NO !

And I can prove it!

1) The digestive tract of a cat or kitten is short.  Meat passes through quickly because its transit time from esophagus to anus is only about 10 hours. In this respect, cats’ systems are unlike those of dogs, for example, whose digestive tracts are 40% longer than those of the felines’.  This greater length provides time for bacteria present in a dog’s large intestine to ferment carbohydrates that would otherwise be indigestible.  But since a cat’s transit time is so much shorter, those bacteria that specialize in fermenting protein and fat – thus creating the nutrients that can be utilized by their host – are of no benefit to him.

2) A cat cannot vomit.  When you think about it, this fact alone is enough to prove that cats do not need raw meaty bones.  If a cat eats something she shouldn’t have eaten, she can’t regurgitate it as dogs can.  She will die if she doesn’t receive veterinary care, but she won’t vomit anything up.

3) Cats are strict carnivores. That means they get all necessary nutrients from eating animals’ flesh, organs and bone

4) Did you know there’s an easy way for you to make your own cat food?  It’s called the BARF diet – Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones and Raw Food.  People who have been feeding their cats a raw meaty bones diet have reported that after they switched to this new way of feeding, their older cats became more active and friskier than ever before!

5) And finally, a recent study published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research (2006), showed that cats fed on commercial pet foods are three times more likely to develop hyperthyroidism than those fed on homemade “BARF” diets. So if you can’t afford to feed your cat fresh whole prey or some other kind of commercial prepared food that contains no grains whatsoever, then at least switch to a commercial canned food without grains.

The cats and kittens living with me on my farm in North Carolina eat a diet of BARF: some fresh whole prey, including mice and small birds, plus some commercially prepared “BARF” pet food that does not contain any grains whatsoever.

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