|Purred: Tue Jun 5, '12 7:57am PST |
|My thinking about feline diets is evolutionary. First I believed the myth dry food is better for their teeth (it sure looks like they are chewing kibbles). After my last vet explained cats don't really chew their food, I continued to feed dry food while adding canned food, switching both cats from Science Diet to Blue Buffalo for a healthier recipe. However, the 2007 pet food recall was a huge wake-up call that what we buy at pet stores is not good enough for our cats. So while buying d/d rabbit and pea (Hill's dry, Royal Canin wet) from a dermatologist who treated Wilbur for many allergies, I started wondering if I should cook for my next kitten instead of buy something off the shelf.
The answer: Until somebody makes grain-free wet food with everything and only things cats need, home cooking is the way to go, whether it is more expensive or not. But is there any commercially available wet food to spare me the time it takes to cook for my cats? I assumed there is not.
So after years of believing cats must eat what I can buy at Petco or Petsmart (even if it is not purrfect) I am beginning to think it is important to learn about feeding raw food to cats, even if for no other reason but to learn more about feline nutrition. How do you find an uncooked rabbit to buy, anyway? To gain a better understanding of feline dietary needs I think the best place to start is a forum for people who feed raw food to their cats. Maybe someday, I actually will buy a raw mouse or rabbit, even if I end up cooking it.
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