No animal was made to eat food from a paper bag or metal can, least of all a cat. We cats are hunters, predators, creatures of independence and style. Our bodies need more than food that’s been condensed into a can, and that dry food poured from a bag is downright unappetizing, not to mention unhealthy. We need more. I need more.
So don’t just pick up the cheapest bag of food on the shelf. I can’t get what I need from anything that comes in a bag. It’s dry, crunchy, and not what I was thinking about when I meowed for food this morning. Those little pellets are nothing like what I’ve evolved to eat, and they have none of the nutrition that I need. There’s no water, which I love in food. I don’t like drinking from my bowl very often, so I really want water in my food. And, aside from the dry, crunchy taste, that food tastes a lot like plants. It’s probably because it has a lot of plant protein in it, which does nothing for me. I can’t digest it, because all I’m used to is animal protein. I’m a hunter, after all. Didn’t you see that mouse I left on the doorstep?
So food from a bag is not the best choice. It tastes terrible, it’s dry and sticks in my mouth, and it hurts my stomach. I don’t feel good after eating it, probably because I need more water and that dry food is slowly hurting my organs. If I keep eating dry food I’ll probably end up with kidney and bowel problems. I could even get diabetes or become obese. I’d rather not keep eating dry food. I don’t want to be obese, I want to stalk mice.
YouTube Videos by Dr. Karen Becker – The Quality of Pet Food Ingredients part 1 and part 2
I’ll be much healthier with wet canned food, at least if it contains the meat I’ve been craving.
Those are really the only things I want: water and meat. Those are the things that I need in my food. Since cats have been around we’ve always eaten meat, and it’s all we’re designed to digest. It contains all the amino acids, taurine, and other nutrients that we need—nutrients that you can’t find in plants. I’ll tolerate, and be much healthier, with wet cat food, the kind with lots of meat based protein. At least it won’t make my stomach hurt and cause health problems. You think I want you to pay for veterinarian visits? I’d rather you buy me toys.
There are other options for healthy food too. Something you may not have considered is homemade food. Homemade food is some of the best because if you follow the right recipe and make me a balanced meal then you skip over all the preservatives and additives that are in most commercial foods.
YouTube Video by Dr. Karen Becker – Why Feed Your Pets a Homemade Diet
Dr. Becker’s Real Food For Healthy Dogs and Cats Cookbook
Homemade cat foods are often done wrong, though, and those are even worse than canned food. So if you’re going to make me my own food, make sure you do it right, with lots of meat and a recipe that you’ve researched. Some of the best homemade food includes raw meat that’s frozen to stay fresh, and slow the pace of bacterial growth. You can cook the meat before you give it to me, but it’s best raw. Raw is how wild cats eat their meat, and raw is how I like mine as well. You can cook the meat a little to kill surface bacteria if you want, but my stomach is amazing. It can handle bacteria from raw meat, so don’t worry too much about me.
Well-prepared homemade food with lots of meat, either semi-cooked or raw, might end up being my favorite. It’s fresh, delicious, and gives me all the nutrients I need. I know it can be a little time consuming to cut or grind raw meat for me, though. If you don’t have the time to work out a special homemade diet like that, I understand. I myself am very busy napping and chasing mice.
But there are other options. Have you looked online? There are tons of companies that focus on making healthy food alternatives for me. They’ll make and ship healthy, safe raw food to you.
YouTube Videos by Feline-Nutrition.org – Information About Raw Meat Diets For Cats
It can be frozen or refrigerated, and lots of it is made from rabbit meat and chicken. I love rabbit and chicken.
Some cat owners want to know…
Is it Safe to Feed Cats with a Chronic Kidney Disease a Raw Meat Diet?
These two articles at Feline-Nutrition.org:
1) Kidney Disease, Phosphorus and Raw Diets
2) Diet, Kidney Disease and the Urinary Tract
Will help answer that question…
YouTube Video by Dr. Karen Becker – HealthyPets.Mercola.com – Raw Meat Diet for Dogs and Cats
Basically, I’m tired of kibble, and I’m craving meat—real, juicy meat that will take care of all my needs. I’ll settle for wet canned food with lots of animal protein, but I’ll be healthiest with homemade food or if you buy me my own cat food filled with chicken or rabbit, and I love raw meat, too. It won’t hurt me to eat it raw. In fact, the meat will give me even more nutrients that way. If you’re worried, you can double-check with my vet to make sure the diet is safe, but rest assured that I’ll be happier and healthier with a diet full of meat and animal protein, whether you buy it or make it yourself.
YouTube Video by Dr. Karen Becker healthypets.mercola.com – It’s Never Too Late to Improve Your Pet’s Health!
YouTube Video by Dr. Karen Becker – The Best and Worst Foods for Your Pet