Felines are obligate carnivores.
Cats are super picky eaters, and sometimes it requires a lot of patience from cat owners when trying to find the food their feline friends love to eat.
We suggest a raw food diet for cats if you’re ready to make the transition. If your cat is putting their nose up at their existing meal it’s a good time to consider making a switch.
The SprucePets.com tells us:
“Feeding cats a raw diet means feeding them uncooked animal muscle meat, organ meat, and bones. This type of food is sometimes called the BARF diet, which stands for “bones and raw food” or ” biologically-appropriate raw food.”
Commercial diets are available, and we have some great recommendations for what you can buy at all of our stores.
We interviewed the store manager of Salty’s Pet Supply, Tim Gonzales about a raw food diet for cats and why this is one of the most popular questions he gets from cat owners!
Q1. Why should pet parents consider feeding their cats a raw food diet?
A1. The main reason is that cats don’t get enough liquid on their own (moisture is SO important). Since this is such a common problem in cats and urinary issues are something cat owners worry about, a raw food diet for cats is a wonderful solution. Also, there are freeze-dried raw diet options and adding water is an important step which is another reason to feed a raw diet. We recommend both types of raw diets.
Q2. Do cats need veggies and carbs in their diets at all?
A2. No! They don’t need either! They can only tolerate carbs in small amounts.
Q3. What are the health benefits of a a raw food diet for cats?
A3. The number one benefit we talk to cat owners about when they ask if a raw diet is the right choice is healthy skin and coat. It’s amazing the difference you’ll see. Second reason? Along with this comes fewer hairballs and better digestion.
Q4. Is feeding cats a raw diet safe?
A4. The brands we carry specially treat their food, so it’s safe for pets.
Q5. What ingredients are in a raw cat diet?
A5. Muscle meat, organ meat full of taurine, ground bone or eggshell for calcium and kelp or another mineral supplement added back in to make it a complete diet.
Q6. Which brands do you all recommend for cat owners?
A6. Cat specific:
- NW Natural
- Wild Coast Raw
- Meaty Rox
- Animal Essentials
“I think that with cats, it’s always important to remember that if your cat is picky, consider rotating the proteins. Rotate within the same brand, and all you’re changing is the protein source.
So you’re adding nutrients that aren’t in the other protein.
Explore what your cat likes,” -says Gonzalez.
Medical Disclaimer: Our staff are not nutritionists or DVMs so please check with your Vet or holistic vet before you start a new diet for various health conditions.
Do you also have a dog? Read “Raw Diets for Dogs: Does a Raw Diet Make Sense for Your Dog?“