The question can cats eat raw meat is a popular question, I have made proper research, ask questions, and made a poll on Facebook groups and Reddit groups about this question.
The rate of feeding cats with raw meat is on the rise, such that some cat owners ignore the advice of the vet. There will be a lot to discuss so let’s rock and roll.
From the poll I made on Facebook, I found out that 40% of cat owners who feed their cats with raw meat are from Europe and The United States.
I didn’t interact much with other parts of the world because, from my findings, the United States and Europe have the highest number of home cats as opposed to other parts of the world.
I took a poll of 314 owners of different breeds of cats, who actually keep their cats indoors.
I also interacted with some cat owners who kept outdoor cats, but most of them are not from Europe or the United States.
Let’s get down to the business of the day!!!
Can Cats Eat Raw Meat
Yes, cats can eat raw meat because cats are great carnivore/omnivores hunters known to hunt and eat live mice which is also raw meat, again raw meat contains enough protein, minerals, and vitamins needed to sustain and maintain a healthy life for a cat.
The only problem a cat may have is eating stale or contaminated raw meat.
Even in some parts of the United States, some indoor cats hunt and eat mice in the absence of their owners, you can only notice this when you see the remaining part of the mouse.
There are many dangers that come with cats hunting and eating mice which are as follows;
- Your cat can get lost while hunting mice.
- Cars may kill your cat while chasing after mice.
- Your cat can get sick from eating an infected mice.
- Cat may not live the expected life span.
- Cats can get worms from mice.
- Easy transmission of infectious pathogens.
Back to our topic of the day!!!
Why most Vet don’t recommend raw meat
Vets kick against feeding your cat with raw meat for five major reasons which are as follows;
When cats eat contaminated raw meat they get sick through ingestion of microbial pathogens like bacteria pathogens or fungi.
Vets find it had to approve raw meat basically because they think raw meat is easily contaminated.
2. Incomplete diet
Most vets believe that because of the domestication of cats, the system of a cat may not see raw meat as a complete diet, thereby lacking other essential nutrients.
The vet knows little about nutrition, and will always recommend kibbles, however, most cat owners don’t stink to kibbles.
3. Regulated proportion
This has been a challenge to most owners who feed their cat with raw meat, what portion of meat, and in what proportion will you mix to get a better and balanced raw meat diet.
This question should be left for animal nutritionists, not vets.
4. Sensitivity of cat stomach
Research on domestic cats shows that over 50% of domestic cats have a sensitive stomach and changing meals can cause unnecessary health challenges.
Giving raw meat to a cat with a sensitive stomach can sometimes be a big issue, so most vets believed cats can be sensitive to raw meat.
Handling raw meat is never an easy task because it can be easily infected with pathogens.
Most vets think some cat owners can not handle the hygienic practices involved in feeding a cat with raw meat.
What should I feed my cat
I made a poll about these on 8 cat owner’s group, not everybody responded, however, I kept a record of the response and I run an analysis on the response and came up with the results we will be discussing.
I love dealing or interacting with cat owners, not just what the vet says because the result of the poll turns out to be different from what the vets say.
In the first poll I distributed a questionnaire, the question was What do you feed your cat dry or wet food.
After this result, i went further to single out all those who said the feed wet food, because my goal is to know if raw meat actually hurt cats.
I sent back another questioniare to 311 people from their personal profile, funny enough only 280 persons replied.
I just wanted to know if cats can actually eat raw meat or if a cat have died from eating raw meat.
It turned out that out of these 280 persons, some of them feed raw meat, i then made a chart.
I still selected another group of people to ask further questions.
I love asking questions a lot.
I now sent another questioniare to 100 persons who agreed their feed their cat with raw meat.
Most of them find it had to tell me the truth or hesitated but at last i got what i wanted to know.
Down to my final pool before i conclude, i send out a questioniare to 200 persons, and asked how their cats takes the raw meat.
Before we proceed, let me say that most of them sent me recipes they use in feeding their cat with raw meat.
For those who may ask what is organs, this is the internal organs of an animal like kidney, liver etc.
I was talking to some cat owners about feeding their cat with raw meat, they said it’s fine, this is a difficult call to make because they are some myths about feeding raw meat to pets.
I got fired up when i got online to see what other websites say about feeding your cat with raw meat.
Just like I said before I love asking questions, so here are my questions for you?
- Are vets nutritionist?
- What is the difference between a vet and a nutritionist.
- In school how many nutritional courses do vets offer?
- Who stands a better chance of providing the best mixture of food, for animals vets or animal nutritionist?
- In proper hygienic practices, do you think a cat can die of eating raw meat?
- A cat that lives on kibbles only and a cat that lives on mixture of raw meat and homemade meals which one is likely to live longer?
I have more questions, but I will stop here, use the comment section to answer as many of my question as you can. Let’s roll on.
Myths about feeding cats with raw meat
Here are the common myths about feeding your cats with raw meat;
- A Raw Meat Will Make Your Cat Aggressive.
- Most Cat Owners Can’t Afford To Feed Raw
- It’s Dangerous To Give grounded Bones To Your cats.
- A Raw Meat Diet Isn’t Suitable For all cat breeds.
- A Raw Meat Diet Isn’t A Balanced Diet.
- Feeding Raw Meat Places Your Cat At Risk Of Salmonella.
- Feeding A Raw Meat Diet Is Time Consuming And Complicated.
- Raw Meat will kill your cat.
What other sites say about feeding your cat with raw meat
Here is what RSPCA Pet Insurance said about feeding cats with raw meat, “They must have meat to get the nutrients they require.
While it’s perfectly acceptable to feed your cat a commercial dry or wet food, you can offer variety in your feline’s diet by feeding it cooked or raw, fresh meat. Many cat’s love fish; however, it is not an acceptable food for daily feeding”.
According to Purina, Even though cats can eat raw meat, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have to. There are pros and cons to feeding your feline raw meat, which is why it’s important to look at both sides of the debate before deciding.
The Spruce said, You may think that random raw meat is healthy because feral cats and strays can subsist on this, but it’s important to remember that wild animals have shorter life expectancies than domesticated pets.
Here is what FAQcats said, Yes, cats can safely eat raw meat. However, when it comes to ground beef, the meat needs to be fully cooked.
What is my take about it as a cat owner and researcher?
I have lots of concern about meat hygiene, aside that feeding your cat with raw meat is never a bad idea, but what i think is bad idea are;
- Not giving your cat other types of food and going 100% raw meat.
- Feeding your cat with long stored raw meat.
- Not talking with a nutritionist and going on to do what others are doing.
- Feeding only raw meat without adding other parts of meat like organs.
- Not talking to your vet when you want to switch to raw meat.
- Giving Your cat undercooked meat
- Giving Your cat a stale or spoiled raw meat.
- Buying raw meat from any source and not a reputable butcher.
- Allowing your cat to eat mice.
Before I go let me ask you my last question, have you heard or seen a cat dying after eating raw meat from a reputable butcher store?
Let me answer some questions you may have:
Can cats get sick from eating raw meat?
No, cats can not get sick from eating raw meat, however, cats can only get sick from eating raw meat if the meat has been contaminated with pathogens like bacteria that cause food poisoning, or if the cat has a sensitive stomach or if the raw meat contains cat allergies.
What kind of raw meat can I feed my cat?
According to WebMD, here is a common recipe for your cat:
- 3 pounds of whole fowl or rabbit, including bones, organs, and skin
- 1 cup water
- 2 eggs (use raw yolks, and lightly cook the whites)
- 2000 mg wild salmon oil
- 400 IU vitamin E (powdered E in capsule form works)
- 100 mg vitamin B-complex (start with a smaller amount when beginning a raw meat diet; the vitamin has a strong odor)
- 2000 mg taurine, powdered
- ¾ tsp lite salt with iodine (when using chicken parts)
- Liver (add 4 oz if the meat you are using does not include organs)
- Psyllium (add when first introducing the raw meat diet to your cat.
To read more about this topic, please download this article by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM.
Conclusion On Can Cats Eat Raw Meat
The topic can cats eat raw meat, is depending on how and what you understand by raw meat.
Raw meat is good for cats, you can only feed your cat raw meat if you can find the right balance or proportion to feed.
However, you can talk to an animal nutritionist to give a chart to use.
Here is also a link of a heated argument about feeding your cat with raw meat.
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