There is a strong tendency among all the cat owners around the world to feed their cats with the food they believe is the best as they have seen this either on TV, advertisements or heard about this from anyone around them without in fact realizing the harm this food will cause to the poor cats.
Many of us have seen a kind woman in the street who wants to do something good to a stray cat and feeds it with whatever comes at hand be it milk, a piece of bread, raw meat or whatever she has at hand. In fact raw meat is very harmful for cats’ stomach bringing forward lots of bacteria. The same is about diary, extra bacteria can be really harmful for your cat, so, to be on the safe side, try to avoid feeding your cat with these products.
Milk is good for cats – number one myth
Many of the cat owners believe that cats should drink milk, so, everyone who keeps a cat is always ready to give (and gives!) cat this “miracle product”. Even in the paintings of great painters cats drink milk. However, you should know that in cats older than three months the amount of enzymes necessary for the digestion and assimilation of milk is reduced. So milk will result in diarrhea especially in adult animals.
Dry food cleans your cat’s teeth
This is the second myth which is very common, even among some veterinarians, but it is definitely not true. Regular dry food does not keep your cat’s teeth any cleaner than other kinds of food. Cats have very pointed teeth; even their molars are sharp edged, not flat. These teeth are designed to bite, tear, and chew raw meat, so when the cat eats kibble, it either swallows it whole or shatters it. Kibble does not scrape down onto the lower parts of the teeth or near the gums, which is where dental problems start. As the cat eats, its teeth get covered in a thin film consisting mostly of microscopic food debris and germs. This bacterial mixture is known as plaque. It’s soft and can be removed from the teeth by tooth-brushing. So don’t count on dry cat food to clean your cat’s teeth.
Raw meat is bad for cats
The third myth is based on the speculation that cats shouldn’t eat raw meat. But those who insist on it forget that any home affectionate cat by nature is a predator. Predatory animals in the wild do not think about the content of food nutrients, its caloric value and other things. They eat meat and that is raw meat. Raw meat, especially beef and poultry is very useful for cats. Cooking reduces nutrients in meat, causes loss of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Meat used in pet food is cooked at high temperatures and the lost nutrients must then be added back. But there are nutrient losses which aren’t always replaced.
So to feed the cat take some chilled (not frozen) meat, cut into small pieces for convenience, add to the plate a bit of your cat’s favorite vegetables (about a quarter of the whole volume of food) and call your cat to dinner. He will be happy to eat not only very tasty but also completely natural food. Cats are carnivorous predators and they differ, for example, from dogs in their nutritional needs. The cat is so constituted by nature that it needs a large amount of animal protein. It lacks the specific enzymes for adequate digestion and assimilation of plant origin protein.