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Health benefits of a natural raw food diet in cats 

Benefits of a raw food diet in cats

 

Increases energy level

Prevents dehydration

Prevents the occurrence of uti's and kidney stones

Improves gastrointestinal track

Decreases the risks associated with diabetes

Shinny coat and less hairballs

Better weight management

Save money with less expensive vet bills

Have an overall healthier happier cat!

The science behind a raw food diet in CATS

Cats’ have short gastrointestinal tracts that have a high acidic content; designed to break down raw meat.  In humans we have a longer gastrointestinal absorption process which increases the risk of humans acquiring food poisoning because bacteria can proliferate.  Cats have a 12-hour absorption period which is a natural occurring property that protects them from e-coli and salmonella.   In the wild cats often eat the entire animal including the bones, fat, cartilage, muscles and skin.  The bone provides a plethora of calcium necessary for strong bones and teeth.  Bones also act as a natural toothbrush cleaning the teeth. 

 

   

The dangers associated with dry cat kibble

|Increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, urinary tract infections and dehydration.

Cats only have one enzyme that can break down carbohydrates.  Their bodies are not designed to be able to process carbohydrates like humans.  The major concern with dry kibble is that it contains mostly starch and carbohydrates.  Carbs get converted in to sugar causing an increased risk of your cat developing diabetes It also causes dehydration in your cat which increases the risk of UTIs and other gastrointestinal issue   Cats are very sensitive to dehydration and feeding a cat dry kibble loaded with carbs increases dehydration.  Cats naturally do not drink a lot of water as they don’t have the same salivary glands as humans or dogs to notify them that they are thirsty.  They consume most of their water from animals in the wild.  A mouse contains approximately 65% to 75% moisture. 

 

The source of protein matters and in dry kibble they have a blended source of protein from animals and plant-based protein.   

A cat’s natural diet consist of animals they catch in the wild such as rodents. These animals contain less than 2% carbohydrates.  Dry cat food depending upon the manufacturer contain anywhere between 25% and 50% carbohydrates which is a staggering number (considering that they don’t have the enzyme amylases which humans have).  Amylases is a critical enzyme that aids in the breakdown of carbohydrates in humans; this increases the risk of obesity and diabetes in cats.

the real truth behind cat kibble

 

When cat kibble is manufactured your furry friend would have no interested in the product.  It needs to be sprayed with flavorings, preservatives, additives and unique odors to entice your cat to consume it.  Cat’s often over-eat due to the poor nutritional value in dry cat food.  Another factor that decreases the nutritional value of cat kibble is the bio-availability of the nutrients.  Cat kibble is processed via a heating mechanism and then dried.  The heating process loses essential nutritional. 

   

Benefits of providing a natural raw food diet in Cats.

Natural raw food is very dense in nutrients and is loaded with all the essential amino acids your cat needs to thrive.  It can aid in weigh loss if your cat has obesity issues due to your cat needing to consume less calories to obtain more nutritional value due to the density in raw food. 

 

Improves their energy, digestions and better urinary health.  As a cat owner before I became knowledgeable about the importance of a raw food diet.  I fed my cats a combination diet of dry cat food and Purina wet food.  My cats struggled with UTIs and kidney stones which is a very common occurrence in the feline community.  Switching to a raw food diet can save on costly vet bills.  We had to take our cat Howard to the vet where he was diagnosed with a UTI.  We were provided with antibiotics for treatment.  Before he was diagnosed with a UTI we were very concerned about his health because he would urinate on the bed and other areas outside of his litter box, which is a sign that a cat might have a urinary issue.  Since switching him to a raw food diet he has not had a single UTI.   Their urine may not smell as strong.

 

  Cats naturally have a strong odor to their urine to due a higher concentration count which enables them to stay hydrated.  Feeding a cat, a natural raw food diet will aid in hydration and hopefully make your litter clean up a lot less smelly.  Your cats’ stool can also improve my switching to a natural raw diet.  A normal cat fecal matter should be a hard stool without much odor and diarrhea.  When you switch to a raw diet you might notice this your cats bowl movements have decreased to once a day or once every two days; which is a benefit for the cat owner because it saves on litter/having to clean the litterbox as often.

Another benefit of a raw diet is your cat could have a healthier coat, less shedding and fewer hairballs.  We all love our animals but if we could reduce the amount of unwanted hair in our home and reduce the amount of times our animals vomit due to hairballs, it’s a great idea!

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