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  1. A repeat from Jo’s article:

    There’s no way for me to get around not buying commercially available food. It’s a matter of selecting some of the best, or at least the middle ground, from what’s on the shelves. I try to add real meat to the wet that I buy when I can(boiling chicken parts), and that’s the best I can do for the time being. Time and money are the obstacles. I can’t cook 5 pounds of chicken every day for the amount of cats that I feed.
    It’s a shame that we can’t trust the people who claim to care most about our cats’ health, second to us.
    And, I have absolutely no faith in manufactuer claims that their certain foods have special benefits such as “urinary healthy”, “hairball formula”, “weight control”.

  2. Michael,

    Making raw diets can be mind-blowing and complicated. But if you want to try to do it, I can hook you up with a really fine expert who can simplify the process. And there are some good commercial raw food diets on the market-(at least here in the USA. I think it is just us who may be concerned that the cats won’t like it- so – as far as my story goes, I procrastinate.

  3. Michael,

    You are absolutely correct that if cat guardians made their own raw diets and stopped buying poor quality commerical brands our cats would be a lot healthier.

    But people shop for THEIR convenience. That’s why they feed dry food. It is a hell of a lot easier to open a bag and pour it into a bowl then walk away. Too many people free feed their cats (again for their convenience) which causes obesity in many cases.

    Making a nutritionally SOUND and correct raw food diet is a LOT of work. If folks are using commercial food for convenience, most cat owners won’t take the time to make the proper raw meat diet- which can end up to be more dangerous than a high quality commercial food.

    Fortunately there are several excellent pre-prepared raw food diets on the market that are made with human grade meats and the right combination of vitamins, minerals and other necessary ingredients. They aren’t cheap. But in the long run- they help to prevent expensive vet bills down the road.

    • Jo, I am one of those cat caretakers who should make their own cat food because all the information is available but I don’t. I do though buy high quality wet cat food and give Charlie a bit of dry for night grazing but I feel guilty. I support the manufacturers which I criticise.

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