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In recent years, raw food diets for cats have gained popularity among pet parents. Many people believe that feeding their domestic cats raw food is the healthiest and most natural option because this is what wild cats eat.
In this article, let's take a look at the BARF diet for cats and how it is highly beneficial for your pet's health.
"Biologically suitable raw foods" or "bones and raw foods" is what BARF stands for. The term raw is widely used in pet foods and encompasses many possibilities.
You may create your raw cat food at home or buy readymade raw meals from pet food manufacturers, which are available in many pet stores.
A proper BARF diet for cats comprises a lot of muscular meat, bones, and organs, just like what wild cats would eat.
Besides having high moisture and protein content, raw meat is abundant in vital nutrients such as taurine, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients are only present in meat.
Hence, a BARF diet is the closest possible natural diet to give to cats.
There are various possible benefits to feeding raw cat food, including:
Felines are carnivores by nature. So, they need meat to survive and exist. Because cats' digestive tracts are shorter and more acidic than humans', they often digest raw meals better.
On the other hand, you should be aware of the risks associated with providing your feline with raw cat food. This is because there is a possibility of pathogens like e.coli being present in their meal. Raw food that is not stored and prepared well can turn out to be a severe threat to your pet's wellbeing.
Do consult your local veterinarian before starting any new diet. Even if most cats can eat raw food, those with health issues may require extra precaution. Read more on the pros and cons of a BARF cat diet.
Besides that, did you know that vegetables and carbs are not required in cats' diets? In actuality, cats can only put up with small amounts of carbs, whereas they flourish when fed a high protein and moisture diet, like raw meals.
Learn more about whether your cat can get sick from eating raw and what you can do to make this meal a safe one for it.
Here's a list of raw food that you can safely feed your cat:
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Feeding between 2% and 4% of your cat's optimal body weight, divided into two or three meals each day, is typically advised.
However, because each cat is unique, you must consider the following considerations when choosing how much raw food to feed your cat:
To make things simple to understand, a senior cat who spends his days sleeping and only walks as far as his food bowl and litter box will require significantly less food.
On the other hand, a young, healthy, and energetic cat that spends its days playing and racing outside in the fresh air will require more food.
While your cat requires particular amounts of each nutrient to be healthy, more is not necessarily better. So, supplementation is usually unnecessary if you are feeding it a well-balanced and well-rounded diet.
When preparing a raw meal by yourself, get advice from your local veterinarian before you start anything.
By doing this, you can get some insight on how to provide a complete and balanced meal for your feline's health.
You will also be able to get an expert’s opinion on whether you need to add supplements to your kitty's meal.
Nevertheless, here's a general list of ingredients that may be found in a raw food diet:
Besides that, you will need some of these tools to safely prepare your cat's raw meal:
We understand that creating a raw diet at home takes some time. So, most owners prefer to buy pre-made raw cat food. So, we have made life easier for you by creating PetCubes' Raw Cat Food.
Our meals are made by experts who ensure all ingredients included in the diet are of the highest quality to meet your cat’s nutritional needs.
If your cat is new to raw food, start with tiny amounts first. The entire shift can usually be completed in a week, but the key is to do it carefully, as with any dietary change.
Kittens' digestive systems are often better than adult cats, so transitioning takes only a few days. Nevertheless, take your time in this as it will help your cat in the long run.
First, we recommend starting a partial raw diet by feeding a small amount to watch how it reacts to the new food. If everything goes well, gradually replace a portion of the original diet with the new raw diet.
Keep an eye on your pet. If your feline's stools are loose, wait until they are firm before continuing the switch.
Feeding a BARF diet for your cat can be the best choice you make for your pet's health. So get started on this diet, and you can see how your cat's well being becomes.
Dr Francis is one of the top wildlife nutritionists in Asia. Originating from Montreal, Canada, he left at 21 to pursue his Masters and subsequently a PhD in wildlife nutrition at Oxford Brookes University. Instead of taking the path of common animal science to learn about farm animals, or through the veterinarian space and taking a certificate in nutrition, he took the road less travelled to dive deep into the world of animal ecology, metabolism and nutrition.
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