Why should cats eat RAW Food?
A lot of cat owners feed their cats a commercial non-raw diet which consists out of canned wet food and dry kibble. This was an accepted concept for a long time, but slowly more and more owners and breeders want to switch their cats to a raw diet. Therefore, I would like to summarize the many reasons why feeding your cat raw food is a good idea.
1. First and foremost, cats are obligated carnivores. They need to eat meat to get all the necessary nutrients. Some of these nutrients can not be synthesized and can only be found in meat. To survive and stay healthy in the wild they need to hunt, kill and eat the flesh, bones and organs of their prey. Their systems are designed for a meat-based diet. For example, raw bones are highly digestible for cats and is their primary source of calcium. Cooked bones don’t have this amount of nutrients and are dangerous for cats to ingest because they splinter after being cooked.
Lots of people seem to be afraid that their cat will get sick if they eat raw food, but cats are naturally resistant to food poisoning. Their digestive tract is short and acidic and processes raw food in about 12 hours. This gives bacteria very little time to reproduce and become harmful.
2. By cooking the meat, vitamins, minerals and amino acids get lost. The meat that’s been used in highly-processed pet food gets cooked on high temperatures. To still have all the necessary nutrients, they will need to be added back, but this is never exact so not all the nutrients will be replaced.
3. Raw food has no synthesized additives or unnecessary products. Processed cat food has lots of preservatives, flavours, colours, stabilizers and other fillers. You can find naturally occurring preservatives in the form of grape seed extract and others.
4. Raw food is meat, JUST meat. Processed cat food has less real meat in it than you think. Even the best brands will never beat raw. The cuts of meat used are often not suitable even for human consumption.
5. Improved digestion. Cats are not designed to process carbohydrates; they simply do not need it. A meat-based diet is much more digestible than a plant-based diet. In the wild they lived off a diet with barely any carbohydrates, so they evolved in only having one enzyme system capable of handling them.
6. Reduced stool odor, quantity and volume. When you feed your cat what it needs, it will use most of the food instead of passing most of it out. By feeding your cat raw you can cut the volume and production of your cats’ stool in half. When feeding a lot of carbohydrates, your cat will have issues digesting all these, which results in a bigger amount of waste then necessary.
7. Increased energy. Cats get most of their energy out of protein and raw food is packed with protein unlike the processed foods. Cats are constantly ‘burning’ protein for energy, so it makes sense couch potatoes will say goodbye to their couch!
8. Moisture level is higher. Cats need lots of moisture to prevent urinary problems. In the wild they rely on their food as a major source of their water intake. Raw food contains about 65-70% moisture and this is about the same amount a mouse contains. Processed food like kibble has a very low moisture percentage which can eventually lead to urinary tract infection and kidney disease caused by chronic dehydration and alkaline urine.
9. Dental health. To prevent plague build-up, cats need to chew on bones, meat and tissue (NOT kibbles). It’s like a natural toothbrush. Carbohydrates are starchy and encourage plague build-up.
10. If you do it right, feeding raw will be cheaper! They need less of it and won’t be snacking all day.
As you have just read, there are so many benefits to feeding raw. As long as you know how to handle raw meat safely, you and your cat will be very happy you made the switch…
Order your raw food from us!
We have been feeding our cats raw for a long time and have been experimenting with different recipes. Now, we have created a recipe with a few secret ingredients which will keep your cat happy and healthy for a very long time. Our cats have never looked this amazing, never had more energy and there are no odors in our house.
Below a little bit more about our product.
We like to source our products local, that is why our chickens come from local farms. Never frozen whole chickens that have been handled with care by the supplier and us. We make use of every single piece of the chicken, from the gizzard to the wings, everything has a purpose. The bones provide lots of calcium, the meat lots of protein and the blood gives the essential moisture needed. We add hearts for natural taurine and livers for vitamin a, vitamin k, iron and phosphorus.
Just like humans, cats need fiber to easily process their food. We add squash to ensure the right fiber content.
To make it complete, we add the necessary supplements like vitamin B and E. This all together, makes the perfect balance for your feline.
Unlike commercial raw food, our product does not get oxidized. We process the food quickly and correctly and therefore the food still has its natural colour and moisture content. Our packaging is smart, air-tight and reusable, which makes our product environmentally friendly. We package in 250g and 500g containers which keeps your product fresh at all times. No big bags that get freezer burnt by opening it too often. No fancy colours, but simple, reusable containers. We make small batches at a time, which gives us greater opportunity to maintain quality throughout the process.
Most likely the greatest thing we can say about our product, is that we feed it to our own cats and they have the best health, energy and shiny coats. We feed what we sell, us breeders and fellow cat lovers can feel confident that our product is safe, nutritious and loved by cats.
Made by us, we are always here to answer all your questions and to provide help where needed.
Why we don’t use many vegetables, or other filler in our food.
Simply put, cats do not have the enzymes, or digestive system to break down or make use of vegetables. Cats are obligate carnivores and receive all the nutrients they need from the prey they eat. We fill in the blanks with the extra added nutrients they need that they would get from killing whole prey.
When you see ingredient labels chalked full of vegetables, grains, and “helpful ingredients”, it is simply a marketing ploy to convince YOU that it is good for the cat. When in fact, the cats only need meat, bones, and the few extra nutrients we add. Grains, a huge variety of vegetables and so on, are just filler to make the food cheaper to produce and ultimately less beneficial to your loved one
Why we don’t make seafood flavours
You will see a lot of flavours to select at the store for your furry loved one. You will notice and have most likely purchased many different seafood flavours. There are a few reasons we stand by as to why we don’t serve these to our cats.
-there are micro beads in the ocean and are in all parts of the food chain. Just like eating fish yourself, when fish is consumed, the micro beads they have been accumulating build up as it moves up the food chain. Being a part of that chain meaning you, or your cat, will be putting unremovable plastic into your body. There is no way to clean it out, and as with babies, their bodies can build up a large concentration quickly. Why even give them one piece of unnatural, toxic, harmful plastic in the name of “cats love seafood”?
-some types of fish can become very addicting to cats, so much so they will refuse other foods and possibly let themselves die. Tuna specifically is one that cats can become attached to and refuse any other food presented to them.
-fish can spoil very easily. Due to the high moisture content and various other bacteria present in the flesh, there is a very short shelf life to seafood-based products. The cold-blooded nature of fish creates enzymes that become efficient at low temperatures, which fish normally live. This environment creates enzymes that are very strong in cold temperatures. In contrast, putting beef into the fridge will force the enzymes into hibernation, due to the warm-blooded nature of the meat. With fish these active enzymes continue to break down and spoil the meat even in a cold environment, hence going bad quickly.
How to safely handle your cat’s raw food
When dealing with raw food you must remember, it is raw. Not just uncooked, but the fact it is made with fresh raw chicken or any meat means it carries new risks. It is nothing different than the way you handle your own raw meat; you just need to be aware every time you do handle the food. This way you avoid accidentally contaminating your own food area for the future. From freezer to cat, a few things to remember are:
-store on the bottom shelf of the fridge in another container or plate to avoid any drips of blood. Keeping the container away from “ready to eat” foods is essential, as you do not go through the cooking process before eating. This could pass raw chicken’s salmonella onto you. Remember, cats have the enzymes and metabolism to deal with it.
-don’t leave the uneaten food out for more than 30 minutes. Even though cats can process raw meat, the longer it stays warm the more bacteria can reproduce. Remember, in nature when a cat would be finished with a kill it would walk away. Letting other creatures break down the carcass and avoiding the potentially harmful build up of bacteria.
-use clean utensils, and then toss in the sink. Anything that touches raw food is a potential risk. The oils, moisture, and residue left on a surface can survive months if not cleaned properly. To avoid the need of a lot of cleaning every day, be careful to only get the bowl and scoop dirty.
-wash your hands well, like previously mentioned, the bacteria can live on your hands for months. This isn’t to say you don’t wash your hands enough, but a forgotten hand wash before eating, after handling raw food in a day can lead to becoming very sick.
-if you forget some in the fridge, don’t use it after 4 days of being pulled from the fridge. Try to mark or label when you pull the food and ensure you never serve old or expired food. Even though it is in a fridge, bacteria still grow but at a slower rate. The same goes for your own food.
Please, avoid heating our raw cat food.
You will come across a lot of articles that mention heating your cat’s food before serving. This is a heart felt gesture that resonates with trying to let the cat reconnect with its roots. This is really nice and anyone that has had hot food can relate. The fact of the matter is raw chicken being warmed, NOT FULLY COOKED, invites a ton of bacterial growth. This is one part of the argument people against raw food can say is bad. This is the chance to poison your cat. Or at least contaminate your own food supply.
You need to fully cook chicken to kill the harmful bacteria, or let your cat consume it cold. Letting it come out of the fridge for a few minutes on the plate, will be more than enough to satisfy your cat’s taste.
Benefits of our home made raw vs. others
When it comes to choosing your cats food, a lot comes into play. Price, quality, the ingredient list, and many more things. We have been trying all sorts of brands and types of food for quite a while and we think we have fixed all the major problems we have encountered when purchasing commercial food.
-Freezer burn. Due to the size, speed, and quantity of food they are producing, almost all frozen cat food you will find on the market will be freezer burnt. It will be dry at points, have a bag full of ice crystals and even frozen blood. Some of this is due in part to partial thawing which occurs in transit. Our locally delivered food never has a chance to be out of a freezer for long, maintain its safety and freshness.
We avoid these issues by selling you airtight portions, in sizes that are suitable for a few days of feeding and not relying on third party delivery. No need to reopen a bag multiple times before getting to the last portion. Every bit stays as fresh as the day you bought it.
-Oxidization. Forgetting about the other brands that vacuum seal their food, every individually portioned piece of food you will receive will be brown on the outside. This is the same reason your meat at home can discolour before cooking. It has been left out in the open without cover for too long. The iron present in the meat reacts with the oxygen and turns a drab brown colour. Still safe to eat when cooked, it however is less appealing still raw. The browning can lend to dryer product. This is something you are trying to avoid when switching to raw food. This dry aging process is very helpful when aging steak for human consumption, but it is never found in the cat realm of the food chain.
-Choice of ingredients. When compared to others, we have selected only what your cat NEEDS and wants. High fibre, high protein, selected nutrients in balance. We don’t put things that make you want to eat the food, things that make you believe are better for your cat. We have done the research to pin point the essential needs of your cat and stick within those walls. Don’t be surprised when you don’t see rice, random vegetables, corn, grains, salt, unpronounceable things and so on, on our label.
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