Cats are predators by nature. In the wild, they’re used to hunting their food and eating it raw. Some even eat everything including bones. Kindly enough, they leave the intestines of large prey for the scavengers.
A lot of home cats often depend on processed and stored protein and carbs which reduces the nutrients they take in from food. And that’s just one of the reasons why a lot of owners consider putting their kitties on a raw diet.
As predators, kitties are obligate carnivores which means they MUST eat meat because a lot if not all don’t have the ability to digest vegetable matter. You can also turn away from carbs as they only have a limited ability to digest them which makes them different from humans and dogs.
Because cats have a short and acidic digestive tract that tirelessly works in about 12 hours, food poisoning is something owners have to worry less. But of course, this is not to encourage you to feed your cat that unrefrigerated loin from yesterday’s party.
Believed to be originated in the dessert, kitties don’t drink that much water. Kitty may be drinking water, but is she drinking enough?
According to AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standard, Raw Food scored the highest of 70-75% moisture content which meets the minimum level of 63% to keep your kitty hydrated.
With raw food diet and their daily water intake, their urine is less likely to be concentrated and odorous which does not only benefit their health but also your comfort as the owner.
Coat, Fur, and Hairballs
Being fed the right diet which contains unsaturated fatty acids, omega-3, and omega-6, your kitties coat is likely to shine a few weeks later. Kitties’ coats need those fatty acids to maintain the healthy growth of fur.
A healthy fur means less shedding. Less shedding means dramatically reduced furballs.
Fact: cats are can have heart disease. And is common among overweight kitties. It turns out that those nights when kitty wakes you up because their hungry is a result of the nutrient deficiency in her diet.
As owners, we can control that and make sure that their nutritional needs are met. Experts say that kitties don’t tend to overeat when fed with a raw diet.
Imagine food and toothbrush merged into one. By being ahead of the future, this is what meat does to cats.
Chewing raw bones and connective tissues of meat help clean their teeth.
The contrary says about feeding them with carbs. Carbohydrates encourage plaque build-up and gum disease. By reducing carbohydrates from kitty’s diet, you’re putting the spread of infectious bacteria on hold.
And because cat’s dental health is passed on by genes, you’re doing the next generation of kitties a huge favour.
A raw diet may be beneficial but the condition of the meat also plays an important role in keeping your cat healthy. Be mindful of the freshness of the meat. If necessary, don’t hesitate to heat it up in the microwave just to make sure that unwanted organisms aren’t already lurking on your kitties’ food.