Raw diets are the most natural and healthy diets for cats and dogs. All cats, small or large, are true carnivores, obligate carnivores. This means they must eat meat to survive. Cats cannot be vegetarians. Because they evolved to fill this top predator niche, their bodies are specifically geared for processing a prey-based diet. Both cats' and dogs' ancestors hunted prey animals for food, and cats and dogs in the wild today still do. Raw feeding is a way to feed our pets a more natural and bio-appropriate diet. A diet that fits their true nutritional requirements. The benefits are enormous. Eating raw meat makes the most sense for our animal companions while eating processed food, especially dry kibble, makes no sense at all.
Commercial pet food is processed and cooked at high temperatures, removing all of the fundamental nutrients your pet needs, and almost all of the moisture, otherwise the food cannot be processed and preserved. Fillers and additives are used to try to make up for the nutrients and taste that is lost. Then preservatives are added in so that your pet food can sit in a warehouse for months, then on the shelf at the store for many more months until it finally ends up in your pantry. Watch the documentary Pet Fooled for an eye-opening look at big commercial pet food companies.
In addition to all of the chemicals and preservatives used in processing pet foods, it is common for pet food manufacturers to use meat from rendering plants that “recycle” euthanized cats and dogs. That means trace amounts of the drugs used to euthanize them will also be in the food. It is also legal in the US and Canada to make pet foods containing meat categorized as 4-D (dead, diseased, dying, and disabled).
You know exactly what's in your pet’s food when you feed a raw diet. And you know it’s free of chemicals and preservatives too. You can rest easy knowing your cat or dog is getting all of the nutrients needed to thrive through the sources nature intended, a truly species appropriate diet.
Pets on a natural raw diet have healthier immune systems – often never having skin problems, ear infections, allergies, or other common health problems. This means eliminating or reducing vet visits and costs. Obtaining your pet’s ideal weight, and keeping it there, is done naturally and easily, without any “dieting". These are just a few of the benefits to feeding raw. Ask any raw-feeding owner – they would never dare switch their pets back to kibble after seeing all the benefits. Join the rebellion against processed food, feed raw and be your pet’s hero.