When humans design their diets, they make sure to get their nutrition from a variety of sources and different types of food. We know that it’s important not to eat processed food three meals a day, every day – we need freshness and diversity in our meals. So why don’t we do the same for our pets?
The beginnings of the commercial pet food industry came about when a man named James Spratt realized that there was money to be made by packaging waste byproducts of the human food industry and selling them as food for pets. Fast forward a hundred years or so to the present, and lo and behold, the industrial manufacturing of commercial pet foods is a multi billion dollar business, despite the fact that a significant number of pets have gotten sick, and some have even died from eating contaminated pet food
Salmonella, e. coli, c. jejuni, l. monocytogenes, vibrio and c. bolulinum are among some of the known bad bacteria that can cause food borne illness in humans from eating undercooked meat and seafood so it is common for us to wonder “can my cat also be effected by these?”
A raw fed cat will generally eat less than one eating commercial cooked or dry food as they are getting more nutrients in much smaller portions so feel satisfied quicker. As far as the amount of raw food to feed you cat, this will vary, depending on things like your cat's age, weight, activity level, metabolism and overall appetite.
Cats are desert creatures. Meaning that they originate from hot, dry arid, climates where there is not a lot of water available. Those cats got their water from the food they ate. Most animals, ourselves included, are made up of approximately 70% water. When a cat eats the prey he has hunted, he is ingesting that moisture also, meaning he has very little need to seek out more water.
The one statement I hear more often than any other when discussing a raw food diet over a kibble diet is that dry food keeps cats teeth clean. This idea seems so very ingrained in the mind of the collective that it’s very hard for people to get how totally absurd it is. The truth is it’s a myth perpetrated by the manufacturers of dry food. It’s a great reason, they think, to get you to feed their food.