The Raw Food Diet!
Cats are carnivores, plain and simple. In the wild a cat will catch its prey and eat it, flesh, bones and organs (including the vegetable content of the stomach), fresh and raw. The pet food industry has convinced 3 generations of people that kibble and canned food is a healthy balanced diet for our cats when, it is the most unhealthy diet we could give them. Commercial food may be the main reason so many are dying at ten or twelve rather than twenty-two or so...
I usually use chicken or other meat, plus supplements, depending on what’s going on, and whether someone needs, say, probiotics, or lysine. Supplements I'm using for every meal are Solid Gold Seameal multi-vitamin, Earth Animal internal flea powder, garlic, and nutritional yeast. I grind whole, cut-up (usually) chickens in the grinder featured in this handout. Bones, organs, and some but not all of the skin go through the grinder. I add a bit of bone meal, as the muscle to bone ratio is skewed in commercial chickens
Other meats provide varied nutrients, and should be used also. I use chicken mostly as ist’s less espensive, and I feed a LOT of cats! I serve it with warm chicken broth over the top, to warm it. They love the broth. Cats love mackerel, though it has too much mercury in it for frequent use. Small fish are inexpensive...sardines in water, or smelt. They are lower on the food chain, so contain fewer toxins. I add the supplements & vitamins given to you, and sometimes sprinkle extra yeast over the food, or a dried treat. I give raw meaty bones morning and evening. Keeps the teeth and gums healthy. Contrary to myth , cooked bones are okay too.
Commercial cat foods contain grains (wheat, soy, corn, peanut hulls), meals (rendered animal parts including pets killed in shelters), rancid oils and grease, sweeteners, fish by-products, animal by-products, sometimes “4D” animals (dead, dying, diseased, disabled), chemicals including preservatives, food coloring, BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin, which are potentially cancer causing, and this is just the short list. It's no wonder that there has been an explosion of chronic degenerative disease occurring in today’s domesticated cat population!
Indeed cats are actually obligate carnivores, which essentially means that the nutrition they require must come from the meat, organs and bones of the bodies of other animals. A cat who is well nourished and free of toxins and undue stress is a cat whose internal terrain is well-balanced. This kind of equilibrium automatically gives rise to an immune system that's healthy and strong and able to function at peak performance to protect the body from succumbing to chronic illness.
Our cats never get fat, and avoid so many of the chronic problems seen so often in others.
Making your own food is safer, less expensive, and more convenient than having a sick cat! In emergencies, there are frozen raw foods available. But they are all “mushy”, so you need to give them raw meaty bones, too!