Cat: Better Home Diet or Industrial Food?

Cat: Better Home Diet or Industrial Food?

Homemade diet

In some people, feeding your cat raw meat can trigger an uncontrollable "repulsion".
Some think it's unhygienic, proving to treat the feline like a human. This is a rather gross underestimation (which the animal itself would not like).


Others speculate that feeding your cat raw meat or allowing it to hunt are circumstances that can "incurge" the animal.
It is better to specify immediately that the cat is both a natural predator and an obligate carnivore. Like many living things, even the domestic feline can survive on an inadequate diet. However, this can promote the onset of certain diseases and reduce life expectancy.
Regardless of personal reasons, forcing a feline to follow the wrong diet is a behavior that is as irresponsible as it is biologically incorrect.





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Hygiene

Cats do not suffer from bacterial contamination of food as much as humans.
After killing, feral cats only eat part of the prey and tend to store the rest for the future. This means that the contamination of the meat is a perfectly natural factor and easily countered by the animal organism.
Cats are biologically and physiologically very different from humans. They have a very short intestinal transit time (around 12-16 hours), during which bacteria do not have the material time to multiply, spread and produce sufficient toxins.
That said, raw meats aren't all the same.



Choice

When choosing the foods to be included in the home diet of the cat, it is better to prefer whole cuts of poultry and rabbit.
If you have come back from a prolonged storage time, it is advisable to rinse them or cook them superficially.
To facilitate the feeding of the feline it is advisable to grind everything. The cat is instinctively led to hide the prey or to withdraw to eat it comfortably. Chopping food is a useful way to prevent the cat from walking around the house with a carcass in its teeth (most of the time, they hide under a bed or under a table). Furthermore, if more individuals live together, this warning limits the fights a lot.
It is better to avoid buying ready ground, which is abundant in fat, probably contains more toxins than microorganisms and has a lower shelf life.
For those who consider the cat's home diet a too demanding system, we specify that it is sufficient to invest a couple of hours every 3 months to work a good amount of meat and then freeze everything (even in blocks of 6 servings).
It is useless and counterproductive to remove bones from meat. These are a primary food source of calcium and phosphorus (mineral salts). On the contrary, if they are not part of the ingredient already purchased, it is better to add a small part of them.


For those who DO NOT have the time, space or desire necessary to prepare a home diet, it is advisable to look for a "frozen diets for animals" store.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for traders to use only carcasses or too many raw vegetables or vegetables. At the time of purchase, it is better to investigate the quality level.


Commercial Diet

Not all commercial pet foods are created equal.
As for the cat, it is better to exclude all dry food and focus on canned meat.
It is advisable to prefer foods based on chicken and rabbit, leaving the fish a marginal role.
The food labels of cat food are not accurate at all and it is not always easy to evaluate the quality level. It may be necessary to contact the company in question to verify the chemical composition of the food.
Attention should be paid above all to the content of:

  •  Carbohydrates, which should be almost absent, or total calories (preferably 1-2%).
  • If the amount of carbohydrates is unclear, make sure the percentage of fruit and vegetables is
  •  Lipids: moderate.
  •  Proteins: dominant among the energetic macronutrients.
  •  Water: abundant (> 70%).
  •  Calcium: 2,5% on dry matter.
  •  Phosphorus: 1,5% on dry matter
  • Calcium-phosphorus ratio = 1,8: 1,0.

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