Cats are obligate carnivores. They are also hunters, thus relying on meat as their primary source of nutrition.  As such, feeding cats is no different than feeding raw food to dogs.  Unfortunately, there is a prevailing bias against feeding cats raw food because they are believed to only eat smaller prey, which would not provide enough nutrients.

Unfortunately this is not true, as explained in the book “The Carnivore Connection to Nutrition in Cats”, by Dr. Debra Zoran DVM:

“Cats are natural carnivores. They need a diet rich in animal protein, not carbohydrates…This natural behavior has led many people to believe cats are small eaters who are only interested in catching and eating prey that weigh less than they do.”

Another reason for feeding raw food to dogs but not to cats is because of the danger of contamination through raw meat. This danger can be eliminated by feeding pets raw food diets that have been made with human-grade ingredients that have undergone thorough cooking, fermentation or both processes.Commercial pet foods cooked at high temperature destroy the enzymes in meat that would otherwise be beneficial to pets.  Raw meats contain a variety of nutrients, including B complex vitamins and vitamin C, which are not found in processed foods or in cooked foods.

Cats have no dietary need for carbohydrates whatsoever. In fact, cats cannot taste sweet things at all because they have been bred from generations of carnivores who didn’t eat plants!  Cats instead rely on fat and protein as their main sources of energy.

Since cats are true carnivores unlike dogs who will happily munch down on plant material if given the chance, feeding your cat low-carbohydrate, high-protein food can help them remain healthy and trim just like feeding raw food to dogs has proven to do, because it prevents them from overeating.  If you’re feeding your cat canned food, try switching to raw by seeing how they like it first by adding the appropriate amount of water then gradually increasing the percentage of raw over several weeks until you can feed it exclusively as their main meal that will help their overall health tremendously.

Cat treats, aside from being a special reward after they perform a trick or just being a way to express affection towards your pet is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for cats everywhere.  Raw meaty bones are especially beneficial if fed properly and not cooked as these provide natural chewing which improves dental health as well as mental stimulation for your feline friend who will be sure to thank you with lots of love for being such a generous, kind pet owner.

Another great way to show your cat you care is by giving them treats they’ll actually want to eat. Cats are fickle creatures who don’t like change and can be turned off from eating if their food suddenly tastes different than what they’re used to.   It’s best to give cats small bits of meat as snacks instead of dry kibble or other low-fat cat foods which will only cause tooth decay.

Cats also need taurine, an amino acid that is essential for normal cardiac contractions and blood circulation which can only be found in animal tissue and not synthesized properly by the body meaning it has to come from an outside source which can include supplements added to a cats diet or as a separate additive to any food meant for cats.

This nutrient is necessary because cats cannot produce taurine on their own, unlike dogs whose bodies can synthesize it from other amino acids found in plants and veggies making them omnivores like us humans who can also survive off of either meat.

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