Keeping Cats Well-Fed

Your kitty is what s/he eats. What Hippocrates said - "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" - is just as true for cats as it was/is for humans. A properly-fed cat is also a healthy happy cat who should be able to stay out of the vet's office other than for wellness checks.

As we have told (reluctant to feed raw) folks on my forum for years - spend money now on real food i.e. highest quality meat, or spend it later on vet visits especially if feeding poor quality commercial food.

All of a cat's needs should come from an almost 100% meat (including bones and organs in prey ratios) diet with no supplements. With the exception of accounting for the freeze-rethaw nutrient loss, any supplementation is purely for insurance as we have no knowledge of your particular meat sources or choices. If you can get freshly butchered/caught grass-fed meat, you do not need to add any minerals, vitamins, etc.

Buon Appetito!

Cats have a natural distrust of new foods, so don't take it personally if yours snub healthy food at first. Take a step back, and look critically at just why your cats don't seem to care that you almost dislocated your shoulder wielding a cleaver/hatchet to chop meat and/or built up muscles like Popeye stirring meat and what not for them. Bottom line with cats there are 3 practical reasons for lack of acceptance aside from general suspicion related to change:

Read more: Why won't my feline bosses accept my humble offerings of yummy raw meat?

Thankfully, these days there are plenty of excellent choices when it comes to commercial canned food e.g. Nature's Variety Instinct, Wellness and Merrick grain-free, By Nature's Organics, etc. There is no excuse for feeding psychedelic or even monochromatic kibble to cats. It's wrong on so many levels. Please do not feed your cat dry food, period; here's why.

Read more: Choosing a good commercial food for cats

If you're just not ready to feed raw, why not give cooking a try? Done properly, it's superior to a commercial diet.

Read more: Cooked meat diets

Although cats' nutritional needs are rather unique, they aren't particularly hard to satisfy if one sticks to meat. Because meat is an expensive ingredient, we get cheap harmful ingredients from far too many manufacturers, instead of what should be in commercial food:

Read more: Please don't let your cat be a "kibblehead"

Why a raw diet, and how to prepare it..

How to feed kitty right. Watch for additional articles on fiber, calcium:phosphorous, pre-made raw diets, etc.

Usually we recommend cats eat smaller prey with lighter bones, but Lee's Jespah has other ideas

Although this is a pro-rawfeeding site (and a lot more), we recognize that there are lots of reasons why it is not feasible for everyone to feed a raw diet. To that end, there are 3 articles in this category - one on a cooked diet for those not quite ready to make the plunge into a raw diet yet, one on how to go about choosing one of the better canned commercial cat foods, and another on the pitfalls of kibble.

All the extras such as preparing eggshell powder, meat broth/stock, and meat treats at home.