The starting point for a cat or any living organism for that matter is to have a healthy diet for health and well-being. Cats are obligate carnivores and their systems have evolved from thousands of years of eating a raw food diet in the wild. A raw meat diet will closely approximate the food your cat would get in the wild.
Cats' digestive systems are finely tuned to handle things humans are unable to process.They have very strong stomach acids, as well as very short digestive tracts that are made to efficiently process raw meat and bone. In the wild cats sometimes eat some pretty putrid stuff with no ill effects. Wild cats die more often from infection due to injuries than from food poisoning.
In Nature cats eat their prey whole. Cats are naturally equipped with strong jaws and very sharp teeth that are made for ripping and tearing meat, and crunching through the pliable raw bones of small animals.
Cats eat a varied diet in the wild, including organs, brains, and occasionally, stomach and intestine contents of:
- mice and other rodents
- small mammals
- snakes and other reptiles
However, for various reasons most feline caregivers do not have the resources, nor the time to offer live prey to their cats; others may feel squeamish at doing so.
Benefits of raw feeding:
Cats fed a prey model diet of whole raw foods are compelled to use their jaws and teeth for the purpose they were designed. This slicing and tearing action of ripping apart whole, raw meats and raw meaty bones provides a scrubbing and flossing action that helps to keep gums healthy, teeth clean and white, and jaws strong. And a healthy mouth is vital to the overall health of any animal.
Feeding whole raw meaty bones, which require gnawing and jawing to consume, means that cats must do some work to process those foods with their teeth and jaws before it’s swallowed. This working of the food not only allows ample time for the cat’s naturally acidic gastric juices to be adequately excreted, but in fact actually stimulates the excretion of these juices, giving the cat’s system the best chance of properly digesting the meal.
The increased digestibility of whole raw foods also makes for smaller, less smelly stools that are completely biodegradable. By contrast, commercial, and even pre-ground raw food, require no such time or effort to consume on the part of the cat, and so are generally gulped down, eliminating the necessary time it takes for the stomach to properly prepare to receive the food. This gulping of food can result in an improperly digested meal that may end up as an unpleasant revisiting of that meal on a carpet or sofa in the form of vomit, or perhaps even an abnormal stool.
In addition, because commercial pet food often contains so many starchy, plant based ingredients like corn, soy and rice, that are completely unnatural for obligate carnivores like cats to eat, it isn’t nearly as digestible for cats as raw food. As a result, the consumption of such manufactured products often makes for unnaturally large, extremely smelly stools that take a very long time to decompose.
I feed my cats and kittens only a raw food diet, This I feel gives the kittens the best possible start in life.