Proper Diet For Your Feline Friend
Diet is the foundation of health. At Ethereal Persians Cattery, we take extreme care to ensure that our pets receive an optimal, species-appropriate diet. For felines, this means a homemade RAW balanced diet. This eliminates the intake of all by-products, grains, preservatives, colorants, sub-quality ingredients, loss of natural nutrients and enzymes caused by rendering/dehydration processes, and questionable protein substitutes found in dry kibble.
We create our raw food diet by following the 80:10:10 prey model recipe; 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ with 5% of that organ content being liver. We use our home grinder to crush bones, and blender to mix the correct proportion of meats, organs, and bone. We use at least 4 protein sources (meats from at least 4 different animals) and add additional supplements as described in the Blakkatz recipe found below. We prepare 3-month batches at a time which requires us to freeze bulk quantities in a deep freezer. We thaw food every day and store small portions in the fridge. Our cats get fed two to three times a day, all they want to eat.
For easy, home preparation of raw pet food for beginners on a time and/or resource constraint, we recommend a product called TCFeline. It is a powder substitute for bone content and organ content that can be mixed in proper portions with meat in a matter of minutes. It is not as ideal as grinding bones and portioning organ content, but it is more species-appropriate than feeding kibble or canned, and your pet’s kidney and urinary function will thank you over time.
Our practices have been adopted by the recommendation of several holistic veterinarians such as Dr. Karen Becker and Dr. Lisa A. Pierson. We do not worry about salmonella, ecola, you mention it – poisoning because our pets digestive tracts are designed to handle larger pathogen loads than most people realize. In addition, we use human-grade meat and maintain a respectable level of cleanliness.
We have compared the impact of raw food vs kibble and canned, and can positively attest that cats on raw food develop no urinary blockage, no kidney stones, do not develop chronic conditions caused by dehydration, have odor-free breath, cleaner teeth, and healthier skin and coat. Feeding raw has been compared to a miracle food for animals with kidney stones and urinary problems, as well as inflammatory bowel disease because it has proven to reverse illness. For some, it is the only option. We hope that you adopt a RAW food diet for your pet(s). However, this is not a requirement for adopting one of our kittens.
“While our pets survive on kibble, they thrive on raw.”
DR. KAREN BECKER REGARDING KIBBLE:
An indepth look at the commercial pet food industry, the total lack of oversight, and what nutritional requirements cat and dogs actually have, compared to what they are being served. An eye-opener, on a subject rarely exposed.
Dr. Karen Becker, explains how to transition your cat’s diet from dry food to canned, to raw. Part 1
DR. BECKER’S LIST OF TOP 13 BEST TO WORST PET FOODS
- Homemade, balanced RAW diet
- Homemade, balanced COOKED diet
- Commercially available balanced Raw food diet
- Dehydrated or freeze-dried raw diet
- Commercially available cooked or refrigerated food
- Human-grade canned food
- Super premium canned food
- Human-grade dry food
- Super premium dry food
- Grocery store brand canned food
- Grocery store brand dry food.
- Semi-moist pouched food
- Unbalanced homemade diet, raw or cooked
Dr. Karen Becker explains the importance of balanced pet food and why you should start giving your beloved pets species-appropriate homemade food.