At Buffalo Creek Farms, we believe that all animals should eat a diet that is as close
to natural as is possible. For purposes of this discussion, “natural” is defined as food
that has not been processed or cooked. It is my opinion that many health problems with
kittens and adult cats would be eliminated if they were fed sensibly, in a manner that
matches their basic genetic and physiological makeup. It is my intention in this article
to give you a solid foundation for feeding your kitten by providing all the resources you
need to help your kitten live a longer, healthier and happier life.
This may sound familiar because the same applies to foods that we (people) eat, but
some basic rules to follow and questions to ask would be: (1) Would your grandmother
recognize it as food?; (2) Can you pronounce each of the ingredients?; and (3) If you
left the food on a shelf, could you go back and still eat it ten years later? If the answer to
any of these questions is “yes,” you might want to ask yourself why are you eating it or
feeding it to your kitten.
Your kitty is a carnivore. Cats are the only true carnivore on earth. Being a carnivore
means their nutritional needs are met eating meat. The most perfectly balanced food for
your cat is a mouse. Mice, rabbits, birds, fish, and bugs are also natural foods for cats. I
do not consider beef, pork or other red meats to be appropriate for your cat because they
would not be part of a natural diet.
In addition, I prefer a raw diet for cats. If you cook the meat in your cat’s food, you are
destroying every essential amino acid that benefits your cat. I have done a vast amount of
research on this topic. That research led me to how I feed my own kittens, which is what
I’m sharing in this article.
The most well-known study was done by Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr. Following are
some of the mains results of the study. A link to the full study is at the bottom of this
article if you’re interested in reading more.
“The controlled feeding experiment took place over ten years, between 1932 and 1942,
and over 900 cats were eventually included. The optimum diet consisted of 1/3 raw milk,
cod liver oil, and 2/3 raw meat, with one group receiving cooked food instead of raw.
The findings were astounding. Within a few generations, the cats receiving cooked food
facial deformities: narrowed faces, crowded jaws, frail bones and weakened
an excess of parasites
all manners of disease
female cats became more aggressive while males became docile
difficulty with pregnancy and after three generations, pregnancy failed
kittens born of these pregnancies often did not survive to adulthood
kittens showed skeletal deformities and organ malfunctions”
One thing I would like to point out is they used raw milk in this study. All cats are lactose
intolerant. When milk is pasteurized, it destroys the enzymes a cat needs for digestion.
Never give a cat any dairy. Cats on a raw meat diet have a more acidic system that helps
prevent parasites and urinary issues. Also, a cat’s digestive process is much faster than
that of a human, so it does not give bacteria time to flourish the way it would in a human.
The most common cause of death in cats is kidney disease. I think part of the reason
for this is the way we often feed cats a dry food diet. Cats can become dehydrated very
easily because they are not big drinkers. In a natural environment, cats would get most
of their moisture from the blood of their prey. The other issue is that most commercial
cat foods list corn as one of the first three ingredients. Feeding a carnivore a diet high
in carbohydrates is a bad idea. Common health issues linked to commercial diets are
diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, fatty liver disease, hair balls and
asthma. Below you will find a link to an article by Lisa A Pierson, DVM. Dr. Pierson’s
article goes into these health issues in much greater detail. She is a strong proponent of
wet food. Here are some of the reasons cited in her article:
“Of course, in order to be on board with the ‘preventative nutrition’ argument, a
person has to understand the following facts:
1) Carbohydrates wreak havoc on many cats’ blood sugar/insulin balance.
2) All urinary tract systems are much healthier with an appropriate amount of water
flowing through them.
3) Cats inherently have a low thirst drive and need to consume water *with* their
food. (A cat’s normal prey is ~70 – 75% water.)
4) Cats are strict carnivores, which mean they are designed to get their protein from
meat – not plants.”
When we feed a cat commercial food, we give them health problems very similar to
common health problems experienced by humans. Put quite simply, this is because we
are feeding them like humans, not the carnivorous animals that they are.
Finally, I would like to give you a recipe for food for your kitty. I do grind the bones and
all in my food. You can add a calcium supplement to start. It is my belief that calcium
from a natural source, such as bone, is processed better by your cat’s system than in
supplement form. I use brown rice because it is a good way to add extra water back into
the diet since we are not feeding them whole mice. I also use sweet potato or pumpkin
because my kittens are Persian and they need that fiber to move the hair out of the system
and prevent hairballs. Another ingredient you can add if you find it is heart meat. As
is any organ that is high in electrical activity, heart meat is high in Turine. Turine is an
essential element for your cat’s health.
Use ground turkey meat and add a calcium supplement, such as kitty bloom, or any one
available. I highly recommend grinding it together so the kitten cannot pick out any
ingredients they do not like. You can put the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Feel free to double the recipe if you need more. Whole pieces of chicken are excellent if
you have a grinder for the bones. Make sure you use a fine grinding disc so there are no
big pieces of bone.
Cook the rice with sweet potato and egg. Then add all the following ingredients to the
food processor and mix. Put daily portions into sandwich bags. Defrost by putting in a
cup with hot water. Never cook the meat!
2 lbs ground turkey
1/2 lb chicken livers
1/2 cup dry brown rice (cook according to directions)
1 small sweet potato
1/4 can pumpkin
kitty bloom calcium supplement
kitty bloom vitamins
Here is a link to the site for kitty bloom supplements
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