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The natural cat food diets are becoming more popular as the cat owners look for alternatives to regular food for their feline companion. A nutritious diet is essential to the health of your cat. Holistic practitioners say that a proper natural diet can promote the health of your cat to a whole new level. But you cannot just pull any bag off the shelf that says “natural cat food”. You have to be selective and it requires knowledge to sort through the often confusing natural-diet options and find out the right choice for you and your cat. It is quite important to work with veterinary nutritionist in order to provide a balanced natural diet for your cat.
Cats are carnivore animals; therefore, they should be fed meat. Carbohydrates and several other processed stuff in regular cat food is not what nature intended for cats, but it is what society has come to accept. The owners should feed their feline friends natural diets with high-meat, high-protein and bones. Besides meat diets, you may see diets that include meaty bones (with or without fruits, grains, supplements and vegetables).
The second option for your feline companion could be 20 percent cooked vegetables and 80 percent cooked meat with added supplements. If you are want canned or kibbled foods for your cat, you should look for the minimal processing of optimum-quality, whole ingredients, preferably human-grade and organic. Natural diets typically do not have any artificial preservatives, flavourings, colourings, sugars or fillers. Commercial raw meat frozen diets are also available in the market and they are great timesavers. You just have to defrost the frozen foods and warm it slightly to take off the chill, and serve.
One possible danger of raw-meat diets for your cats is bad bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, particularly if your cat is ill, fairly young or older. Therefore, you should follow all safety measures and purchase meat from the trusted sources. You should boil meat products before giving it to your cat.
Why Consider a Natural Food Diet for cat?
You should consider natural food diet for your cat because it closely approximates the food that the cats would get in the wild and it is the diet to which the physiology of cat is naturally attuned. Cats eat a varied diet in the wild, including brains, organs, and occasionally, intestine and stomach contents as well as:
• Small mammals
• Mice and other rodents
• Snakes and other reptiles
However, most of the feline caregivers neither have resources nor the time to offer live prey to their feline friends, and others may feel squeamish at doing so.
Is Raw Meat Safe for Cats?
Cat’s stomach is more acidic than that of human being, and while cats often eat day-old carcasses in the wild with no ill effects. Thousands of people are successfully feeding their cats raw food diets, by taking certain precautions like:
• Buy from the trusted source instead of commercially-packed meat in the supermarkets
• Use the raw meat right away, or freeze the mixture of meat in individual serving-sized packets for the future use. The freezing also destroys many bacteria.
• Add pro-biotic (available in health food stores and online pet supplies stores) to the meat which will enhance intestinal tract health of your feline friend
• Use safe food handling techniques like clean and sterilize all equipment and include food dishes and cutting boards after each use
• Always discard any uneaten food after half an hour
• Consult with your veterinarian before providing raw meat diet to an immune-compromised cat