Do you think that it is good to feed your pets “raw food”?
Do you think that it is good to feed your pets “raw food”. I have been reading a lot of articles about raw food for pets, and I was wondering if anyone out there has done the raw food, or has tried raw food with their pet.
Thank you for your time.
Yes but I'll admit out of my 3 dogs and 2 cats only 1 gets a raw food diet. The improvement in her overall health has been amazing. She has allergies to almost everything. She would suffer with large amounts of hair loss, painful patches, and lumps. We switched her from blue buffalo to raw and she now has a nice shiny coat. Before people made dogs domestic they ate raw meat they caught. There is a lot of research out there that shows it is far better than anything any company will ever mass produce.
I wrote a hub about feeding raw to dogs. I used to have both my dogs on a raw diet but unfortunately I had to switch them to kibble because of cost. If i could afford it, they'd still be eating raw. They were much healthier when on raw and enjoyed their food so much more. I did quite a bit of research on raw feed and read quite a few books as well.
I had a wonderful experience feeding my cats raw food from Oma's Pride. They got turkey or cow livers for iron, chicken or cow hearts for taurine, and duck necks for calcium. Occasionally to mix it up I'd get other things like whole ducks or rabbit.Their immune systems got stronger, their fur shinier, their eyes brighter, and boy were they enthusiastic at supper time! Oma's Pride usually has pretty decent prices if you have a dealer near you.
We have always had cats, and for several years fed them raw meats. Chicken livers and gizzards were always around. For our cats doing so actually helped them be healthier. The raw meats made their breath fresher, their teeth healthier, and they were much more active and spent days running around rather than sleeping in the cat house. Weve also had cats that will not eat raw foods, my current cat doesn't eat raw meats, she likes a special brand of organic duck cat food and eats romaine lettuce off the counter and loves it. Raw food isn't always good for all animals as some will not eat it, but for a lot of animals it is what they need.
Thank you everyone for your answers. I have been on the rebound about feeding my cat’s raw food, simply because of too much information on the internet. What I was looking for was honest answers, and that is what I got. So now I will be trying out raw food on my cats today. I know my cat Snoogins will like it because he eats anything and everything. I am just hoping that the new guy will like it.
I think that I will be giving their diet a half and half mix: Dry food and the raw food. I am looking forward to the end results, and I am hoping to help keep my furry pets healthy and happy.
Thank you everyone for you time and answers, I liked all the answers that I got!
I know a few people that feed raw diets. Dried kibble is meant to replicate the natural diet and supplement with anything missing they might need to stay healthy. I also have the opinion that sometimes they also supplement with things that are not good for our animals natural digestion. I am picky about kibble brands.
Here are some thoughts: I personally believe that the closer we get to the natural product, the better is it for our dogs (and our) bodies. Dogs are designed to eat meat. In the wild, they eat it raw -- and REALLY fresh. Because worms and bacteria grow over time exponentially, I would think that it would be good if a dog could eat fresh from a fresh kill. However, as the meat rests over time, then perhaps some human help is needed.
My dog does not eat raw. She doesn't like it. She does, however, have her own crock pot. She loves lamb and rice and chicken and rice. Yes, I buy frozen meats for the family and she gets her own... (I don't add seasonings to hers -- but I do add veggies.) She also loves chicken hearts and livers. She is very healthy with this diet -- and I feel it is safe for her as it cuts down on bacteria growth and meat decay that causes disease.
Of course, my cat eats raw often -- but she is a natural huntress and kills her own birds, snakes, rabbits, vermon, ect on a daily basis. No clean up for me and no fuss. I supplement with kibble.
I really don't think feeding your cat or dog raw food is a good idea. If you want your cat to have a long life span, you should feed him the food he is suppose to be eating.
I guess the real question is: "what should an animal (cat or dog) eat?" What is the best formula for nutrition and long life? Is it human interpretation of the science based formula, does it have fillers, does it not? Is it what a wild animal eats
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