When it comes to food, a lot of cats are picky and only want to eat their favorite brand. But what about raw food diets? Are these kind of diets good for cats? Or should you stick to dry food only? In this blog article we will discuss the pros and cons of this type of food.
In essence, a raw food diet exists of uncooked and unprocessed food. This can include muscle and organ meat, but bones as well. Sometimes, this kind of food is called the BARF diet, referring to “biologically-appropriate raw food” or “bones and raw food”. Cats and felines in general are obligate carnivores. They need meat to survive. Proteins, amino & fatty acids, vitamins and minerals are vital for cats to remain healthy. All these things can be found in meat.
It seems to be a growing trend among cat owners to create a homemade dish of raw food for their beloved cats. However, make sure you do proper research before you start cooking yourself (or not cooking if you understand what I’m saying). Getting the right balance of the different ingredients, vitamins and minerals is important for a healthy cat.
There are a lot of advantages, but there are also some risks involved if you decide to go for a raw meat diet for your cat. Raw food may contain pathogens that can cause life-threatening infections, such as Salmonella and E.coli. Cooking food removes most of these pathogens, which is why humans usually cook their food. Cats usually digest raw foods better than humans, because their body is adjusted to deal with this kind of food. Or have you ever seen a cooking cat? They have shorter and more acidic digestive tracts to cope with raw food.
The biggest risk of handling raw meat for your cat comes down to cross-contamination for you and the rest of your family at home. These pathogens could remain in their bowl, on preparation surfaces or even on your cat! Make sure you have a contained area at home to prepare this food and wear gloves while doing so. Don’t forget to sanitize it thoroughly when your are done! If possible, try to handle the food when it is still frozen.
If you are not sure, go to a specialized store to buy raw cat food or ask some tips on how to do it yourself.
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