The Hows and Whys of a Natural Raw Food Diet for Cats - The Spruce
Because cats have a low thirst drive, they do not make up the hydration deficit at the water bowl when consuming a dry food diet.
The regulatory body for the commercial pet food industry does allow a certain level of mold toxins (found in grains) to be present in your pets’ food. For me, this is unacceptable – especially when feeding cats – since grains have no business in their diet to begin with.
I found this article very informative. I lost two cats last year, both were 17 – one had diabetes with kidney failure and the other one had renal insufficiency for six years. I can’t help but think dry food attributed to their issues. I recently adopted two older cats from the humane society, they are 13 and 15 and they currently eat one canned and one dry food meal a day. This article has me thinking they should go to a strictly canned food. They currently eat Fancy Feast and one could stand to lose a couple of pounds and also has slightly elevated kidney levels. I find the list overwhelming as far as choosing the best type of canned food. Any suggestions on an appropriate canned diet I could try?
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1) First and foremost, always choose a canned, pouched, or raw meat diet for your cat. No type, brand or variety of dry food is acceptable for any cat, but especially not for any diabetic cat!! This includes every single food that is labeled as for diabetics (such as Hills m/d dry, Purina DM dry and Innova Evo dry). I CANNOT emphasize this point enough. I have had several clients whose diabetic cats have been released from their dependence on insulin who subsequently relapsed because their people believed what they read on a bag of dry cat food. There is simply NO dry cat food, and there likely never will be any dry cat food that will be an appropriate food for diabetic cats! Increase the proportion of canned and raw foods in the cat’s daily diet. Feeding only canned or raw foods has been shown to help cats lose weight.* A ratio of 50% wet food to 50% dry also works well, but as little as 25% wet food can be beneficial for weight loss. 2) Look for a food that contains little or NO cereals, vegetables or fruits of any kind. Some of the most expensive of the wet cat foods available today contain hideous amounts of completely unnecessary plant-derived ingredients like corn, corn flour, corn grits, corn gluten, rice, rice flour, wheat, wheat gluten, soy protein, potato, sweet potato, carrots, apples, cranberries, blueberries and similar. These ingredients might be part of a well-balanced human diet, but they have no place in the diet of even a healthy cat, much less a cat already debilitated by the ill effects of a high-carbohydrate diet. Pet food companies put these ingredients in their canned foods because they are cheap and plentiful, and because they appeal to the pet food buyers mistaken ideas about what is good food for cats. These ingredients have no scientifically-demonstrated value for the cat; in fact these ingredients contribute unacceptable amount of carbohydrate, sugar, and fiber (gastrointestinal residue) that the cat is not equipped to handle. The use of these ingredients is solely the result of corporate profitability and marketing considerations!Help your cats experience true health and increased vitality by giving them food they were meant to eat. Experience the incredible results that feeding your cats a raw diet can bring.