December 01, 2018
I have noticed a real difference in my cats since I have included raw meat in their diet, cats are predators they evolved eating a prey-based diet, when you cook the meat a lot of the nutrients cat need are lost, including vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
When meat is cooked the bones become brittle and is dangerous to cats providing cats with a diet that is modelled on what they would eat in the wild has many benefits like improved digestion, greatly reduced stool odour and volume, healthy coat, less shedding, fewer hairballs, increased energy, weight loss if overweight, better dental health, better urinary health.
Cats digestive systems are adapted specifically for a meat-based diet, a cat’s digestive tract is short and acidic and processes a species appropriate raw diet highly efficient in about 12 hours. This gives very little time for bacteria to proliferate, so cats are naturally resistant to food poisoning. Raw meat is more digestible than a diet of plant-based foods since they evolved from eating a diet with almost no carbohydrates.
When cats are fed properly, they use most of their food, so there is much less stool volume, the stool produced can be cut in half, they also eliminate less often, sometimes once a day or even less. Their stool is often dry, a little crumbly and hardly any smell. In the wild, this makes sense for a predator that is small enough to also be concerned about being prey themselves since there is no smelly presence.
If a cat is feed carbohydrates, their systems will struggle to digest the excess carbohydrates since much of what they eat is not being efficiently processed by their systems, therefore you get smelly puddles in the litter box.
The condition of their coat improves goes softer and silkier, cats require unsaturated fatty acids, omega-6 and omega-3 in their diets, these need to be from animal sources therefore reducing hairballs.
Cats need protein, so you will find they will more than likely have more energy and play more often, cats essentially burn protein, turning it into energy in their liver in a process called gluconeogenesis.
If a cat is overweight, they will mostly likely to start to lose weight on a raw diet cats will naturally overeat when they do not get the nutritional deficiencies in their food, with increased energy they are also likely to burn off more calories.
Cats that eat in the wild do not usually get gum disease or tooth loss due to periodontal disease since they chew on raw bones, meat, connective tissue, skin and fur helps keep the teeth clean.
With carbohydrates it creates a starchy film that promotes plague build up and encourages gum disease and tartar with these problems it will lead to other parts of the body.