So many ask why we feed raw diet to our cats. I fought the raw diet for a long time. But… after buying a early generation Savannah breeder who came to me after being fed a horrible diet of kibble and cheap wet food which gave her a urinary tract infection which I just could not cure. No meds, no special Urinary diet suggest by my vet would help, after 11 months of weekly urine tests with results being 1 week UTI, next week crystals, one week a little bit better but not cured, I had had enough. I talked with several breeders asking about their food and almost everyone I spoke with fed a raw diet. This got me on the research wagon and found out so much on why commercial food is horrible for our pets.
We have been programed to easy is best for our pets. Kibble is king, when it really is cat crack. Kibble is only 8-10% moisture. Can/wet food and raw is 80% moisture. Cats will NEVER drink enough water to combat the kibble they are taking into their bodies. This is hard on the kidneys. My Savannah girl had gone the can/wet food gamut with no good results even prescription urinary foods.
I decided I was going to stop the meds, off the vet recommended foods and go for the raw diet…I was all in, I figured I had nothing to loose and maybe something to win. Talked it over with my vet who didn’t know much about feeding a raw diet. (I’ve sense learned many vets don’t know about the advantages of raw over store bought kibble and canned.) She was on board as she knew I had done everything humanly possible to cure my breeder girl.
So raw diet it was. I bought a grinder, ground up a chicken diet, she gobbled it down. I showed up as usual to the vet for a urinary test. CLEAR. The first clear I had ever had with this cat. Following week, clear again, and so on.
After that, I fed the birds the kibble cat food, and all our cats were moving over to the raw diet. Been on raw ever sense. I grind, package up in Ziploc freezer bags and put in the freezer, thaw, feed… Sure it’s work, but so is taking your pet to the vet all the time for urinary infections. Now I see the vet less often, I cannot tell you how happy that makes me…and my healthier cats are happy too!
I found on youtube, Dr. Karen Becker, she wrote a book “real food for healthy pets” It is all about the advantages of a ancestral diet. No one cooks for the feral cats or the wild cats do they? They eat raw diet for the most part if not all raw!
I do not require my clients to feed their cats raw, but be warned of the problems that CAN come with commercial foods. It’s all good until it isn’t any more.
I have lost many cats over the years to kidney disease. I never knew it could have been the food I was feeding them. The commercials told me it was good for my cats. I believe it too.