posted on Feb, 1 2009 @ 09:41 AM
low ash cat food, or an indoor cat mixture is good if he only likes crunchies. This is VERY common in male house cats.
For my boys: a mix of raw plus crunchies and the OCCASIONAL can of wet food (makes the poo smell awful!!! and there's too much filler *cereal* in the
wet usually) the number one ingredient on most if not all canned cat foods is water, animal byproducts and then cereals, the cereals is the bad
For cats that don't like raw foods, lightly braised and semi raw until they get used to it.
raw chicken is great as it has TONS of minerals, proteins and fats that a cat's digestive system needs. Even the larger bones of a chicken are safe
for a cat to chew on NEVER COOKED as they will splinter RAW only.
Fish is okay for cats but lacks many vitamins and fats the cats need. If raw its always better.
Raw beef is also great for them.
A raw egg as a treat or scrambled and runny.
If using oil to cook meat for your cat use only a little bit or they may get constipated/runs or may vomit a few minutes after eating.
Stay away from pork as it takes too long to break down and can cause tummy troubles, diarrhea and/or constipation.
cat's have a slough of natural enzymes and bacteria in their stomachs and intestines that are designed to break down meat and small bones, crunchy
cat food and wet canned cat food aren't all that great at keeping the cat's system in check.
I don't feed raw all the time, only about once per week
Chicken, fish (trout is cheap but debone as trout bones are fine), stewing beef with a good marbled fat on it or lean ground beef, a raw egg with a
little cream mixed in (for one who loves milk - the other is lactose intolerant so no cream for him). Gizzards are great for them too (though I
usually don't feed the liver of chickens or turkeys). Tuna raw or cooked is NOT good for cats.
One of my cats oddly enough isn't crazy about raw food, he prefers it medium rare and cooked with a bit of butter. Butter as opposed to oil or
margarine is easier on their tummy
he is crazy about raw eggs though!
The benefits of a raw supplement or a raw diet are:
shiny coat less shedding, better breath, less smelly poops, softer consistency of poops and smaller size (easier on the cat and you), less likelihood
of mineral/vitamin deficiency, healthier teeth and gums, less intestinal gunk and cleaner bowel as well as less tummy troubles. less infection and
illness in general.
***It is a wives tale that feeding a cat or a dog raw meat encourages aggressive behavior. May make them more energetic and playful but certainly
won't turn them into mean or aggressive animals.***
Always talk to your vet before starting your pet on a new diet regime, and it's good to have a check up done on them before starting so you can
ensure it's what's best for them.