We all know that diet is the foundation of health. As we note in our article, Why Feed Your Cat a Raw Diet, our doctors and our governments tell us that we need to eat fresh food. We need 2-4 servings of fresh fruit per day, and we are advised to eat 3-5 servings of fresh vegetables each day. And yet we expect our cats, designed to derive ALL of their needed nutrition from ONLY small animals they hunt, to thrive on the most highly processed food there is, full of carbohydrates. Even if “real meat” is advertised as the number one ingredient in that food, the moisture was sucked out of it before it gets to your cat, or many of the vitamins need to be replaced synthetically because they were destroyed by high heat.
We are marketed cat food with advertising touting the inclusion of "healthy" ingredients like peas and carrots, cranberries or blueberries. Sounds delightful! ...to a human, for a human. Did we forget? Cats aren’t out there eating the grain stores of farmers. They eat the mice that eat the grain. Cats aren’t out there raiding the vegetable garden. They eat the rabbits that raid our gardens. Cats aren't out there snacking on blueberries. They eat the birds that eat the berries.
Now that cats have moved indoors full-time, and we have become 100% responsible for their diet, their health problems are telling. In fact, cats need fresh food, too in order to truly thrive. Our cats are dying of kidney disease and cancer, and they are afflicted with diet-induced illnesses: Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD), Diabetes, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Hyperthyroidism, Pancreatitis, and Megacolon. Feeding a species-appropriate fresh food diet has a role in helping not just manage but prevent ALL of these health problems.
Our Nutrition & Health articles include
Cat Food versus Cat Health
What is Digestibility and Why Does It Matter?
My Cat Has Diarrhea - What Do I Do?
My Cat Is Vomiting - What Do I Do?
My Cat Stopped Eating Raw - What Do I Do?
Raw Feeding and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Cats
What IS Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?
Medicating and Assist Feeding Your Cat
Kefir for Pets
Water - An Essential Nutrient
Water - 15 Tips to Increase Your Cat's Water Intake
Feline Health Resource Links
Anti-inflammatory supplements are very important for our cats. But before you jump into giving your cat The Golden Paste, please read
Turmeric & The Golden Paste - Unsafe in Cats?