|Purred: Mon Jun 21, '10 11:19pm PST |
|"Barn cats are NOT the healthiest cats, and housecats are living well into their thirties these days."
Send that guy this way and I'll show him some extremely healthy barn cats!!! Yes, mine may have their share of problems but they are not diet related - for example Jack and Jill are partially blind from herpes infections in their eyes.
I see so many "healthy" house cats who quite honestly look horrible compared to mine. Cats fed dry food do not look or act nearly as healthy as those fed something species appropriate. I work at a shelter who feeds all their cats dry food - and lots of those cats have been there for their entire lives (some are 10+). But seeing the havoc their high quality kibble diet has done to them - obesity, dry fur, some with diarrhea, bloody stools, throwing up, diabetes, organ failure...mostly due to their diet. Honestly, its heartbreaking. I have a really hard time giving them their dry food...so when I am there I take a few large cans of Felidae wet food to give them to just make myself feel better.
Comparing them to my barn cats, I don't know what to say. The farm cats range in ages 2-15 years. They (probably) don't have a very good genetic background...I'm sure that some have their moms brother as their dad. But I haven't had to deal with the now common day health problems with them. Winters used to be horrible, almost every cat getting sick with a horrible cold...this winter (with them all being raw fed cats) one cat had a very mild cold with being off his food for one day.
The whole point of this speel is that barn cats can really easily be healthier than house cats. It can easily go the opposite way as well. It just is going to depend on what food they are eating.
As far as the whole 30 year old cat thing - wasn't the oldest living cat actually FED partly raw food???
I just googled that and this came up http://www.messybeast.com/longevity.htm
"Puss's case is not very well documented and doubts have been cast on its authenticity. The oldest reliably recorded cat was a female tabby named Ma, owned by Alice St George Moore of Drewsteignton, England. Ma was put to sleep on November 5, 1957 at the age of 34 years. Although 2 years younger than Puss, Ma's case is more reliably recorded. As a small kitten, Ma got her paw caught in a gin trap (steel jaw trap) and it was doubtful that she would survive. Though she survived, the injury worsened with age and Ma was cared for especially carefully. This was believed to be the secret of her longevity. Ma's natural diet of meat from the local butcher and a relaxed lifestyle (her owners were classical musicians) were also considered factors."
Note the last sentence
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