Raw Diets for Cats Said to Lengthen Lives & Boost Immunity

If you are a cat owner, you should know that the wrong diet could encourage health issues such as allergies, diabetes, cancer, and kidney disease. Cats need foods that boost their immunity, which means returning to the natural diet of its predecessors. Before cats became domesticated they thrived on small prey, grasses, seeds and nuts. The bones of prey cleaned their teeth, fiber came from fur, and the innards of prey provided moisture and sometimes grain and berries. As cats turned domestic, their diets turned to kibble. Many homeopathic veterinarians say that the digestive system of a cat is not suited for dry cat food. Some even recommend giving your cat bites of raw chicken neck once a week to exercise and clean their gums and teeth. Feline digestive systems are meant to handle and process meat, bones, and most bacteria but a diet laden with grains or vegetables can be difficult to digest. Many problems stem from an unbalanced meal. Imbalances in pH levels can lead to lead to bladder and urinary tract infections for kitty. Overworked organs, undigested food, and imbalances in pH make toxins that weaken the cat’s immunity system, which leaves a cat defenseless against illness.

Dry foods rob your cat of the moisture needed to digest foods and remain hydrated. A perfectly healthy cat should not be thirsty.

If you or your cat is not easily swayed by a change in diet, you may want to start out with a moist, low-carb diet or raw food supplement. Studies have shown that cats that were fed raw meat diets were much healthier than those fed cooked meat. Raw diets have also been shown to prevent intestinal cancer, cystitis, and disorders of the immune system.

Turkey, chicken, and beef are the safest meats, raw or cooked, for your kitty. Any type of organ meat is super for the vitamins and minerals it holds. Vegetables will supply fiber, vitamin A & C, and water. Vets also recommend adding in some fish or salmon oil for the omega-3 fatty acids, and some crushed eggshells for calcium to a cat’s diet.

Try to keep your cat away from onions, which destroy red bloods and cause anemia in felines. If your cat is a fish lover make it a rare treat as mercury is a cat concern; two to three times a week is safe. Never feed your cat chocolate. Even in small amounts it can be detrimental and life threatening. If you suspect your cat has partaken of this sweet treat, take him to the vet immediately.

Contact your veterinarian or animal nutritionist for a specific diet plan for your cat. Also be aware of any behaviors or changes in kitty’s habits that could signal a problem.

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