Most commercial pet food ingredients are cheap, as the better quality food goes for the higher priced human food market. Cheap food can mean anything from high fat content, meat by-products (hair, intestinal contents, chicken feet, rancid fat, dead or diseased animals), to low grade carbohydrates such as sugar, left over fast food or spoilt grain unfit for human consumption to the melamine used to bulk out American pet food imported from China.
None of this is normal or natural cat food and much of it is indigestible, so can you wonder that overall, cats health is on the decline?
What can you do about it?
The first and most important thing to do is change your cat’s diet to a homemade, raw, all natural cat food, for seven good reasons.
- Cats evolved on raw food over millions of years. They are best able to use this diet over all others.
- Raw food contains all the essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and other nutrients, in the right amount, in a balanced form. Cooking destroys many essential nutrients.
- Unlike processed cat food, natural cat food is easy to absorb and the cat utilises it efficiently.
- An all natural cat food diet ensures your cat has healthy teeth and gums. Despite the claims, no processed cat food does this.
- Parasites such as worms, fleas and ticks are minimal when you feed your cat this diet, as the environment of your cat’s body is not conducive to them. This is the opposite of processed food which makes your cat’s body a feeding ground for parasites.
- All natural cat food keeps your cats immune system in good working order, so reducing or preventing many diseases, particularly the serious ones.
- A hunting domestic cat is usually doing so to address an imbalance in their diet. A natural diet reduces a cat’s desire to hunt.
Whatever the health of your cat is like at the moment, changing her diet to all natural cat food will go a long way to the prognosis of her condition. However, it isn’t just a matter of substituting her processed food for raw meat. There are some important rules to follow and tips to consider.