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!

While still not enough is known at this time about a cat's exact nutritional requirements (such as the exact ideal ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids to Omega 6), this much we do know - they have always been, and continue to be obligate carnivores with carbohydrate requirement of no more than 5%.

Food offerings been snubbed by your kitty? It's happened to the best of us, so pick yourself up and move on. You can do it:) Check this article for reasons why your (non)cooking might have left something to be desired, and use the following cheat ingredients:

Pork chunks Recipe

This recipe is for those kitties who like their meat cut up into chunks, as opposed to ground-up. It is better for cats as it gives their jaws a bit of a workout. Not as much as with raw meaty bones or whole prey but it's something. My cats prefer chunks to ground, so this is what I feed on non-whole prey days.

Since different meats and veggies have varying amounts of calcium and phosphorus, it is imperative that you first determine how much calcium and phosphorous there is in a given type of meat so that you can then calculate how much calcium to add to a lb of meat to attain the ideal Ca:Phos ratio which ranges from 1.2 - 1.4 Ca: 1 Phos We have a calculator available to forum members that does this very easily.

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.