A Raw Food Diet
A Raw Food Diet
My name is Gustov and I am one of 10, yes 10, cats that have been rescued by my humans. A little over a year ago, my humans changed us from a canned, wet food diet to a biologically appropriate raw food (BARF) diet. There are a lot of points of view regarding which is the best diet. Anyone doing a little digging on the internet can find facts to support their point of view. My purpose is not to debate which diet is the best. I simply want to explain our raw diet and how well the raw diet has worked for us Sager cats.
My humans purchase their food from a somewhat local meat co-op, which allows them to purchase the raw meat in bulk at a reduced price. The raw ingredients include bone-in chicken thighs, turkey hearts, chicken livers, chicken gizzards, egg yolks, and a mixture of vitamin supplements (taurine, vitamin E, vitamin B complex, fish oil). All of the items are ground up to a chunky, ground beef like consistency. It takes roughly 2 hours for the humans to make about 120 pounds of cat food. The food is kept frozen and thawed in the refrigerator until ready to be used. Each of us cats get 2 ounces of food, twice a day.
As a kitten, I was found on a blood and urine soaked towel on the doorstep of a shelter, near death, with a severe bladder infection. I came to my forever home about 8 months later. Not long after, I ended up hospitalized with another bladder infection and urinary tract blockage. Since cats do not generally have a high thirst drive (as a dog does), so it is quite easy for a cat to get dehydrated, thus leading to bladder stones and infections. With my history, I am particularly susceptible to these infections. Eating the raw diet helps keep us properly hydrated. Proof of this is the very large urine clumps in the litter box. We are all getting plenty of water from our diet, but still love to play in the moving water fountain.
You would think that with 10 cats who are all 100% indoors, the house would smell like a dirty litter box. On the contrary, when people visit my humans, they say that they cannot smell litter boxes at all. I previously mentioned that the urine clumps are very large; however, the feces are quite small and hard. The raw diet contains very little that we cannot digest, so there is very little waste. The last couple of cats that the humans rescued had large, wet, smelly feces for the first few days, but only for a few days. Small, hard feces means very little smell. The humans have also commented that they do not have to dump the litter boxes nearly as often, which means they save money, which means they can spoil us more.
One last thing I want to mention is that my coat has never looked better. When we have gone to the shelter to visit the nice people who work there, they comment on how well we look. I really believe that the raw diet makes our coats really shiny and healthy.
A raw diet is not something that one should begin without doing some research. If you are interested in more information, visit www.catinfo.org. You can also visit my Facebook page “Gustov Sager and the Sager Cats”. I have a photo album of our cat food making day. You can leave a message on my page and the humans will give you more information.