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This page is intended to inform the reader how to help reduce the risks of IBD and other diseases caused by improper diet. My motivation to write this is my own kitty, Abby, who has suffered the terrible consequences of poor nutrition and his owner’s lack of knowledge. Abby had a terrible disease called Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a condition which brings irritation and infection to the colon, leading to colonic cancer eventually. But your feline companion doesn’t have to go through what my cat went through. So here are a few good tips you should definitely take into consideration the next time you’re about to feed your pet. Here is how I do things. Here is the BARF diet broken down into simple steps anyone can follow.
1. Select your cat’s meat or chicken from markets where you buy your own meat products. This will reduce the risks of Salmonella and Toxoplasmosis. Don’t trust online products labeled BARF. In other words, be in control of what your cat eats.
2. Buy organs and muscle meat. The best thing is to buy organs from the same animal. In other words, if you are feeding your cat chicken, then get chicken heart and chicken liver along with chicken legs, wings or thighs.
3. Buy a multivitamin supplement, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. Make sure these do not contain yeast. Make sure the vitamin supplement has amino acids like Taurine. A deficiency of Taurine in cats will cause Central Retinal Degeneration (eye lesions) resulting in total blindness within two years if the deficiency is not remedied, Dilated Cardiomyopathy (enlargement of the heart's chambers resulting in thinner, weaker heart walls) and reduced reproduction in queens and growths in kittens. The National Research Council suggests in its literature a requirement of 400 mg of Taurine/kg of diet for growing kittens and for the maintenance of adult cats.
4. Get a grinder. I know, they are a bit expensive, but you’ll find it all easier to do with what I’m about to explain below.
5. Get two bowls. Bowl #1 will contain muscle meat like chicken legs. Bowl #2 will have the organs and the chicken wings. Notice that the bones in the chicken wings are thin, making it easier to grind. Yes, cats eat bone, but you need to grind it and break it into little tiny pieces for safety purposes. Now get what’s in bowl #2 and grind it all.
6. Get a knife and cut the muscle meat (bowl 1)in little pieces. This will make your cat exercise the jaw.
7. Now we have muscle meat cut in little pieces in one bowl, and grinded components (liver, heart and wings) in another bowl.
8. Now you need to mix the non meaty ingredients. You’ll need egg yolk (for vitamin B), your vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, and psyllium. Don’t worry about how much to put. You’ll find that the labels will tell you how much to add to each food. Buy cat intended vitamins.
9. Now, mix it all together, everything, and serve. If you will prepare it all so as to have food ready for 3 or more days, get a Ziploc bag, put the amount of food your cat will eat in 30 minutes, and put it in the fridge (you need the vitamins even though your cat has liver and heart to eat because there will be some nutrient losses from refrigerating). That’s it. You’re done!
Now, here are a few extra tips you’ll need in order to avoid health issues. Clean up after you’ve finished touching your cat’s raw meat. Also, wash your hands thoroughly when you’re done. Don’t let children get close to your cat’s raw food. Clean up your cat’s bowl before adding more food to it. Whatever your cat doesn’t eat in 30-45 minutes, throw away. This is precisely why you need to know how much food your cat eats in such period of time. After a while, the food will rotten and bacteria will attack so it’s best to know how much to feed to avoid having to throw away too much. Remember, it’s your money. So, you definitely want to get rid of left overs, clean up the bowl, and wait a few hours to feed the cat again. Since they don’t require food constantly, you’ll find it better to feed her twice a day only. If you notice, cats in nature don’t eat all the time, and sometimes spend an entire day with no food. Still they live and survive. Try to introduce him slowly to this diet. Maybe at first they will not be crazy about his new diet because (1) cats are creatures of habit and (2) Commercial pet foods somehow make our pets addicted to their junk. I personally started by cooking his meals. I never over cooked but left the inside completely raw. Then, little by little, introduce him to completely raw foods. Your cat will thrive on this diet.
Changes you’ll notice:
1. Your cat’s stool will be formed and will look normal instead of loose.
2. Your cat will not overeat because the fat from the meat will keep her satisfied with plenty of energy. Remember, fat has more calories than carbs or protein, this means more energy.
3. Your cat will not feel the need to use the litter box as much. This means you will not have to keep cleaning the box over and over in one day.
4. Hydration levels will ramp up, and your cat will urinate quite a lot. This is what you want. You want to avoid blockage or any bladder infection caused by lack of hydration. The moisture in the meat will keep your cat hydrated 24/7.
5. Your cat will lose extra weight and will look more muscular. Your cat will become more active, allowing excess weight loss, thus preventing obesity and diabetes.
6. You cat’s overall conditions will make a 180 deg turn, for the better, including the fur. You’ll notice a shinier, softer fur. You’ll also notice your cat will not shed like before.
It doesn’t get any better than this now, does it?
Good Luck Now.
For more information, you might want to visit www.catnutrition.org