December 28, 2018 4 min read

In recent years, animal feed manufacturers have been offering our pets a wide range of dry and canned food. 

Despite all the conveniences that these foods bring, some pet owners prefer to feed their pets with so-called natural food.

There are certain rules which you need to follow if you 
made a decision to feed your little pet with a natural food.

The natural diet of your animal should be as similar as possible to the food that these animals find in wildlife. There is no place whatsoeverfor any kind of soup, porridge or sausages.
Cats are predators that eat small birds, rodents and even insects. The fundamental part of cats’ natural diet is made fromprotein and animal fats. The digestive system of these small predators is equally well adapted to the absorption of carbohydrates.

Cat nutrition should be diverse and it needs to take into account some key factors – the dependence on arginine and taurine (found in fish, chicken hearts, beef hearts), as well as the dependence on animal and vegetable fats. 

The lack of these substances in a cat’s food may cause the dysfunction of cardiovascular, reproductive and nervous systems, impaired liver function, and it can also affect your pet’s appearance. In addition, fat is what makes the taste of food so attractive to these animals. 

A well-balanced diet for your small predator should include proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins.

All These Nutrients Can be Found in the Following Foods:

  • — Meat, edible meat offal, fish and seafood;
  • — Milk and dairy products (cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, buttermilk);
  • — Eggs (preferably quail eggs);
  • — Fats and oils;
  • — Vegetables, cereals, greens.

In order to ensure aproper digestion, you need to monitor the food temperature. You cannot give your pet a food which is too cold or very hot.

The rules of separate nutrition are also very important. You don’t want to combine dairy and meat products orraw and boiled food in one meal.

It is also not a good idea to mix natural food with canned products or add meat and fish to cereal. 
You need to set time intervals between feeding your pet with different products.

Thecat should be given meat every day. It is best to give a raw meat which was put in the freezer for 48 hours and then unfrozen and showered with boiling water.

The size of the pieces shouldn’t be too big or too small (2 × 2 cm). You can feed your cat with boiled or steamed meat foods with no salt or spices in them.

Basic Rules for Feeding Cats with Natural Food

  • Your pet’s diet should include chicken and edible meat co-products, beef, veal, turkey, rabbit meat and tendered chicken necks for brushing the teeth. Minced meat is a good option for both small kittens and old animals.

Do not feed cats with raw pork and lamb. This kind of meat can be a source of parasitic worms and can causeserious diseases (paralytic rabies, Aujeszky's disease). If you feed your cat with pork or lamb meat, make sure to properly boil it. A complete ban on pork or lamb makes no sense and looks more like a "reinsurance" than a reasonable decision. Nevertheless, cats do not like too much variety in food and if your pet enjoys eating chicken or beef, then you can easily forget about pork or lamb.

  • Fish might be a part of your animal’s menu. However, it has to be a boiled low-fat sea fish with no bones in it.
  • You can also add some seafood in the cat’sdiet (squid, shrimp). 
  • You cannot give your cat pollock, especially mixed with porridge.
  • Eating very fatty fish can cause a deadly disease called steatite. Eating fish that is high in phosphorus and magnesium can lead to the development of urolithiasis which is especially dangerous for neutered cats. 
  • River fish might be dangerous for your cat’s health as it can be infected with worms or contaminated with harmful substances from the sewage.
  • Dairy products (cottage cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, yogurt) need to become a part ofthe cat's daily nutrition. If your cat has no problems with digestion, you can also give it some milk.
  • Chicken egg yolk or raw quail eggs should be given to a cat no more than once a week.

You should also add some vegetable oil (sunflower, corn, olive oil ) or butter to the food every day.

  • You can add vegetables and cereals to the pet’s diet in order to improve digestion, but it shouldn’t be too much, since a cats stomach can’t digest this food well enough. 
  • Cats should never eat beans and buckwheat. Oatmeal, rice or semolina must be boiled in water with added a vegetable oil. Kittens and lactating cats might be given some milk porridge with butter.

The daily diet of a small predator must contain grass grown from oats, barley, or corn.

The cat should always have enough water and this needs to be fresh – boiled or tap water is not a good option.

You can’t give your cat food from your table as it has too much salt and spices. In addition, cats shouldn’t eat fried orsmoked products, pies, canned food, and sausages. Sweets, flour and bakery products, coffee, and salt are poisonous for your pet.

With a proper nutrition consisting of natural food, the animal receives all necessary nutrients, vitamins, and microelements from the food, so there is no need to supplement the nutrition with any vitamin complexes. The exception is a vitamin deficiency condition or a prescription from a veterinarian.

If your pet is cheerful and playful and its fur is soft and shiny, it means that it is healthy and gets everything it needs for life with food. Such acat will delight its owners for many years to come.

Kawaii Meow
Lover of Japanese culture, cats, and self-help hacks. The biggest cat online store.

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