Did you know that what you feed your cat directly affects how messy the litterbox chores will be? I’m not trying to be sardonic here. Truly! =-)
What pet owners often forget in the often uneven pursuit of vegan living is that cats are carnivores; cats eat meat. Cats evolved to eat, not only meat, but raw meat that that and their bodies process it much better than all the vegetables and grains that we try to stuff in them. I think the video I’m posting here shows exactly this point better than anything I could say about it. Watch.
What did you think? Huge difference, right? This video was made by the Feline Nutrition Foundation, a non-profit organization commited to animal welfare and health. They didn’t pay me to post it and they don’t sell cat food. They do what is healthy and natural for animals so they may live as close to the life their creator designed for them to live.
Now there are several ways to approach this. You can try a web search for how to feed a raw diet to your cat and you will get all sorts of techniques, recipes and approaches. Much of the information contradicts itself. Refuse to get overwhelmed. Once you understand that kibble or any form of dry food is horrible for your cat and that the over-processed can food at the grocery store is only one step removed, you will want to take action. Go easy on yourself. Try this:
- Buy fresh hormone free chicken thighs or rabbit meat at your local Fresh Market or Whole Foods. If you eat fresh foods yourself, like I do, and you have five cats to feed, again, like I do, you will be going there 2 to 3 times a week anyway.
- Don’t get crazy about it. Wash the fresh meat off really well and pat dry. I cut it off the bone but I don’t bother grinding it up. A cat in the wild has to use its teeth, no one grinds it up! And don’t bother cooking it. If you do, then it is no longer raw, is it?
- If that seems like it’s too expensive or time consuming, buy an over-the-counter brand of raw food. Your local pet store will have them in the refrigerator section.
- Some people buy fresh meat and then freeze some of it. They simply bring it to room temperature in a sink of water and feed it as soon as it is no longer cold before bacteria can begin to proliferate.
There is no reason to get uptight about this. We’ve just been programed into thinking that cats should eat like we do. If you are still not sure, by all means, consult with your vet. At least, give it a raw food diet a try. You will probably see a marked difference in your cat’s health, alertness, happiness and bowel movements. You will definitely smell a difference!