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The maze of cat food claims can be confusing. There are more varieties
of pet foods in America than people food in some parts of the world,
each claiming to be the best. There’s regular ol’ cat food, hairball
formula, weight formulas, higher priced special foods and as if the
commercial kibble wasn’t enough now the raw food focus
the dog world is in is shifting to cats. What’s a cat
owner to do?!
There’s the common foods found at grocery stores
and feed stores which are inexpensive due to the use of grains. Cats,
like dogs, were not developed to thrive on grains
but these kibbles keep them in reasonable health. Most people serious
about health and production opt to get a ‘higher grade’ cat
as Iams, Science Diet or Purina. As if this isn’t confusing enough
there’s dry foods, moist diets and canned foods.
companies use words like ‘balanced’ and complete to market packaged
foods, as if foods from nature weren’t balanced and complete for cats
over the last many centuries. However, even those using raw diets must
do a little research and use the right foods.
For example, if using eggs be sure and cook the
whites – raw egg whites can cause a vitamin deficiency.
Raw fish and liver should be fed in moderation. Some use milk in a raw
diet while others believe milk has no value.
diets have become popular with dog owners but not so much with cats.
Lack of studies and experience can be intimidating. That said, it is
known that cats need meat to survive.
taurine and other nutrients are needed and found naturally in meats.
When a cat catches and eats a mouse or bird he’s not picky about eating
the whole thing save for sometimes the head (one of my cat eats
everything head to toe!). Animal fats are important to a cat’s health
- Avoid cooked bones for cats – RAW bones, ground
with meat, they can handle but cooked bones have a
tendency to splinter, causing problems.
foods usually have a kitten formula and an adult formula often for
several life stages. There are special foods for weight, kidney and
urinary issues, allergies and even for senior cats.
The best food depends on your cat. What works for one
breeder and management might not be ideal for another.
Research, look at facts and feed for long term health and fertility
your good queens
and the boys
- There is
also the prepackaged raw food such as “Primal” or “Wild Kitty” that
comes packaged in one ounce ‘nuggets’ for ease of feeding. Some of
these are packaged in single serving containers with chicken, duck,
turkey and seafood that sound almost like a human restaurant menu. :)
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