An oft-cited study was done by Francis M. Pottenger, which left little doubt to the importance of enzyme-rich raw foods for cats.
Each Instinct Raw Frozen Diet is formulated to mirror a cat‘s ancestral diet: 95% chicken, turkey, organs and bone; 5% vegetables, fruits, and other wholesome ingredients; and 0% grain and gluten. There’s never been an easier way to feed a biologically appropriate, raw food diet.
Plates are easier for cats to eat from than bowls. Small plates allow cats to put their heads down without interfering with their whiskers. When eating small prey, cats' whiskers are held straight out from their faces. When cats try to eat from a bowl, their whiskers are forced backwards, which for some cats may prove bothersome, causing them to walk away from the food. Feeding two to three meals per day is suggested. Leave the food down for no more than 30 minutes and then take away any leftovers. You may cover the food and return it to the refrigerator to try later and then discard it. Never place food that has been served back into the original container. Kittens will eat more than adult cats and seniors will eat less. Kittens should be fed several times a day to keep up with their active metabolisms and growing bodies. Whether feeding kittens, adults, seniors, or pregnant or lactating queens, the recipe is the same. However, this recipe is not recommended for cats with . If you forgot to thaw the food out or need to quick-thaw the food that is not completely thawed, put the food to be thawed in a plastic baggie and zip it closed tightly. Float the bag in tap water for about 30 minutes or until thawed. You may change the water out after 15 minutes with tap water again. It is imperative you do not use warm or hot water. Meat may be warmed in hotter water for serving but not for thawing. The heat will activate the bacteria that may be present in the food. Take the serving of thawed food from the refrigerator and transfer it to a zipper type baggie. Press it flat then zip it closed tightly. Let it soak in warm water, in a shallow bowl, for a minute or so then replace the water with warm water again and flip the bag to the other side for another minute. This will heat it up a bit. Cats prefer their food at mouse body temperature (98°F) but room temperature works just fine. You may also opt to remove the raw food from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving. This method is fine if when served, it is eaten right away. It seems no one agrees on whether microwaves damage the amino acids, vitamins, and minerals in the food when heating. I have been unable to find any definitive sources that agree one way or another, so to be safe, always warm the food in a water bath and never microwave it. Your cat evolved to eat its food raw and makes efficient use of the nutrients in a raw diet for optimum health.
Make the Switch to Raw at Your Cat’s Pace
Balanced Blends Raw Chicken Dinner for Cats
The basic premise of feeding a raw diet to domesticated cats based on Nature's model is that it resembles, as closely as possible, the natural, species appropriate diet that Nature herself has been providing for all small species of cats for millions of years.Third, cats do not have the capability to createtaurine from methionine and cysteine, like dogs do. This means that acat must ingest sufficient taurine in order to meet its taurinerequirements. The excellent news is that taurine is found in virtuallyall meats, especially beef heart. By feeding a cat a raw diet, the catshould receive the best, most bioavailable form of taurine via itsfood. There is one proviso: do not grind the food. Grinding increasesthe surface area of the meat and thus exposes more of the "good stuff"to the air. This results in oxidation of taurine and a resultantdecrease in overall taurine available to the cat. Additionally,grinding creates the perfect environment for bacteria growth, andbacteria also utilize the taurine in the meat, thereby furtherdecreasing the total amount of taurine available to your cat. Thus, ifyou feed your cat a ground raw diet, it may not receive all the taurineit needs to thrive, as is the case with a group of kittens fed whole,ground raw rabbit in this .If you regularly feed ground raw to your cat (which I do not recommendunless your cat absolutely will not or cannot eat bones), then it isadvisable that you supplement with taurine using either fresh beefheart (unground) or a commercial taurine supplement.