The subject of feeding raw diets to pets continues to polarize. I won’t get into the controversy here. I’m a raw food believer. I’ve been feeding Zip a raw diet for most of his 9 years. I’ve witnessed over time the impact: lean body mass, bright clear eyes (except during allergy season), calm demeanor (I do think this is related to feeling sated & to an internal balance from good nutrition), absence of doggie breath, regular compact firm stools, moderate thirst. His pancreatitis is kept at bay, and his grain allergy. I can tell that he feels good in his body. He’s got a light trot & a curious happy demeanor. Sure, some of this might be caused by any number of other factors, like temperament, exercise, attention, stimulation, and so on. But I do believe that if you take care of the inside, the outside takes care of itself. Natural health expresses itself in the skin, the eyes, the coat, ease of movement, and so on.
If you’re a raw feeder, you’ll enjoy a month of 10% discounts on any frozen raw diet, and any frozen raw bones or necks. If you’re new to raw, please take home a free copy of Raw Food Basics, an excellent pamphlet by Bravo that’s the best primer on raw diets I’ve ever read. And come back to take advantage of our raw food discount all month (we also carry Nature’s Variety & Primal, and can get any other raw diet you are looking for on a weekly basis). Cats do well with Nature’s Variety medallions…you can cook them partially at first, leaving the center raw, and mash them into the current food to ease the change. The ideal dental remedy for cats by the way is chicken or turkey necks…the sinew gets between the teeth like floss, and is the next best thing to brushing. Remember, you don’t have to feed 100% raw to have a positive impact on your animal’s health; you can top-dress the current diet, replacing as little as 30% of the base diet with raw. Start with a little bit at a time & gradually increase, so that the GI tract can acclimate.