Raw food - end of story

by Gintaras
(Mendocino, CA)

I am so stuffed! Burb!

I am so stuffed! Burb!

Living with cats for over 35 years - that means I've helped many a cat friend make the transition.


It also means I've learned a great deal what it takes to give my cat friend a long healthy life. It's natural food - food that they would eat in the wild.

Feed them raw food - raw chicken liver - they love that - also make sure they get muscle meat and fiber - give my cats some nuggets that are made from 100% meat and include fiber from veggie/fruit sources. I use Wysong Archtype as a filler for raw food.

But the bottom line is raw and fresh. Raw chicken parts including bone - and yeah, a healthy cat will crunch up and eat most of a chicken thigh bone - that's a big bone for a cat! Also available on the net is rodents - Google food for birds of prey.

If this is too much for you to digest, at the least start feeding your friend some raw chicken liver - even old nugget eaters seem to go for this.

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Aug 03, 2014
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kidney diet
by: gintaras

Though I have not used it, from the research I've done a ketogenic diet should be useful in treating kidney issues. The question though is what fat to use and how much. Again from my research seems that a good fat to use is coconut oil, and give enough until stools are very loose then back off a bit on the dosage.

Aug 02, 2014
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raw food is not dangerous
by: gintaras gircys

I have fed my cats raw food, mostly chicken liver, for years with no problems. Look at it this way - care and treat the food as if you will eat it and there will be no problems. Also, they love chicken bone - chicken bone is not dangerous if it is raw; raw chicken bone granulates when chewed - what is bad is cooked chicken bone which can splinter when chewed on. And if you feed your cat raw, remember to add supplements: two good one are Nuvet and Nupro.

Aug 02, 2014
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That's a great point
by: Kurt (Admin)

I'm sorry for your loss, Kai. High carbs are definitely a problem.

You raise a great point about the risks of feeding raw chicken to your cats. This is a concern that I have always had as well.

Dr. Lisa Pierson addresses some raw food diet safety issues here. If you read all the information on her site, she makes a compelling case for raw food, but you'll also see that it's a tremendous amount of work and does require some cooking.

Aug 02, 2014
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Considering raw but...
by: Kai

I just put my all time favorite cat down because of kidney problems brought on by a bladder infection. ALL the vets seem to prescribe cat food that has almost no meat in it, lots of grains. But cats can't digest carbs so isn't that akin to starving the cat? Anyway, after doing a smattering of research only (so far), since chicken is the primary meat recommended in making raw cat food...and most of the chicken we get (at least around here) is so tainted with salmonella and other toxins that people are told to thoroughly cook the crap out of chicken before eating, isn't is risky feeding cats raw chicken? I don't want my babies dying of food poisoning.

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