Sunday, February 1, 2009

Natural Cat Food - Do it Yourself Easily and Quickly

In the last decades of the 20th century, people were generally hoodwinked into believing that processed and prepared food was better for your health and that of your pets.

Happily, people are now realising that this isn’t the case. More and more people are looking for a healthy diet for themselves and their pets.

When you search for a healthy diet for your cat, you really can’t go past natural cat food. Nature does know best, despite the clamouring of the pet food manufacturers. Of course they clamour - it’s big business.

But it doesn’t mean that the clamouring is based on fact.

So how do you set about finding a natural cat food? You probably have certain criteria, such as:

  • it must be easy as you’re busy
  • it must be nutritionally complete
  • it must satisfy your cat mentally as well as physically
  • it must be realistically priced

As the demand increases, businesses will spring up everywhere that offer natural pet food. Some will indeed do their utmost to fulfil this honestly, but sadly, there will always be others who will cut corners on quality and truly natural cat food.

Who do you trust?

The only person you can really trust, when it comes down to it, is you!

But I don’t have the expertise, I hear you say.

No, you may not now. But you can learn. And learn quite fast. All you need to do is to follow natural laws.

Lets look at a wild cats diet first, as that’s the most natural cat food there is.

A cat will kill and immediately eat small animals up to about their own size. This can tell you five important facts:

  • the food is very fresh
  • the food is raw
  • the food is warm
  • the food contains bones
  • the food is mostly muscle meat and bones, but there are small amounts of offal

I can hear questions forming in your mind - can you really feed cats raw meat? Doesn’t that contain harmful bacteria or parasites? Won’t the bones splinter and pierce the intestinal tract?

You know, nature doesn’t get things wrong. It’s had a long time to perfect things. If the raw meat and bones in natural cat food created health problems, cats would have died out long ago. But we all know, that given the right conditions, wild or feral cat populations can grow very large.

So yes, raw meat is the healthiest and best natural cat food you can give your cat.

And no, raw bones won’t create problems. It’s cooked bones which can splinter and create all sorts of health issues. But cooked bones aren’t natural, so it’s logical that they have the potential to create mayhem.

And no, bacteria and worms are not a problem for cats.

So nature has got it right. Raw food is best!

Of course, it’s not that simple - nothing ever is, is it? You need to know the right balance, what to supplement and why, how many meals a day, what sort and size of bones are suitable, how to feed growing kittens and pregnant queens, how much offal and what kind, because you can get it wrong and then your cat can suffer the consequences.

And the big question on how to convert an adult cat to raw food - this can be quite a challenge. It’s not dissimilar to the concept of raising your kids on fast food, then telling them it’s all raw fruit and veggies from now on. You’re likely to have a riot on your hands!

However, once you get the hang of doing it yourself, it’s a doddle. And the best thing about it, is that the health of your cat will steadily improve to the best it’s ever been. And the spin off from that is much lower health professional fees.

Don’t you just love a win-win situation?