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Old 06-19-2010, 12:49 PM   #11
 
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Cats are omnivores...
Not true. While they may indeed eat the contents of their prey items' stomachs, cats are classified as carnivores. Unlike dogs, where you could argue carnivore versus omnivore, cats are obligate carnivores. The link you provided actually discusses why this is, but basically their body lacks the enzymes to completely metabolize plant proteins. In otherwords, they can't digest plants like they can flesh/organs.

I feed my cats a high quality, grain-free canned food. If I had the time to go raw with them, I definitely would. The swich from dry to canned has them much more active, healthy (I had a cat with barfing issues. No longer), and pooping less. I bet they'd do even better on raw.

Raw is awesome, but you have to make sure you meet an animals nutritional requirements if you do that as an only food source. For example, don't feed a chicken breast to a cat for every meal. Obviously, the cat needs all sort of things, including vitamins and minerals, that it wouldn't get from that chicken breast. But there are great sources on the web to help you go raw correctly.

I recommend www.catinfo.org highly. I think there's info for anyone interested in going raw on there, too.

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Old 06-19-2010, 01:31 PM   #12
 
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Our first lab was a rescue looking for a place to die in peace. She LOVED carrots. She was 40 pounds overweight, and was on a very strict diet, and carrots were her favorite. And yes, if you feed a dog enough their tongues will get that orange hues.

Glock's favorite treat is movie theater Hot tomales. Those red candies. He will do anything for one. Right now I'm teaching him to fetch the paper and throw soda bottles in the trash. We can get through each session with just one broken up into tiny pieces.
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:34 PM   #13
 
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Don't get me wrong, I'm definately not argueing, or saying that cats should eat similiar to humans.

I just think that 1-5% should have some vegetable matter.

It's very true that they can't digest plant matter. Then again, when they eat a mouse stomach, the matter is already partly digested.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:08 PM   #14
 
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I know, it's a huge no-no, but believe it or not, that's how they get their calcium in the wild.
Cooked bones are what the problem is as far as a no-no. Cooked bones splinter, raw bones do not. My dogs eat raw turkey necks, chicken wings & backs daily, and have for years. People see them eating this and think, "OMG, what are you doing??". I point out that my dogs have been eating this way for 10 years and they have to step back and scratch their heads.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:13 PM   #15
 
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Not true. While they may indeed eat the contents of their prey items' stomachs, cats are classified as carnivores. Unlike dogs, where you could argue carnivore versus omnivore, cats are obligate carnivores. The link you provided actually discusses why this is, but basically their body lacks the enzymes to completely metabolize plant proteins. In otherwords, they can't digest plants like they can flesh/organs.

I feed my cats a high quality, grain-free canned food. If I had the time to go raw with them, I definitely would. The swich from dry to canned has them much more active, healthy (I had a cat with barfing issues. No longer), and pooping less. I bet they'd do even better on raw.

Raw is awesome, but you have to make sure you meet an animals nutritional requirements if you do that as an only food source. For example, don't feed a chicken breast to a cat for every meal. Obviously, the cat needs all sort of things, including vitamins and minerals, that it wouldn't get from that chicken breast. But there are great sources on the web to help you go raw correctly.

I recommend www.catinfo.org highly. I think there's info for anyone interested in going raw on there, too.
Great post, I agree with you 100%. My cats have never had kibble and once as an experiment I put a few pieces of kibble out for them (given to me as a sample from a local pet store) and they turned their noses up and walked away. Smart kitties.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:16 PM   #16
 
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I'm glad for this thread, I never knew any of this stuff.

I always fed mine kibble... and one died of kidney issues....
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:06 AM   #17
 
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I wouldn't be surprised if most dried foods contained a lot of salt, which would probably contribute to kidney problems as cats wouldn't naturally eat much (or any, really) salt.
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