Over the years, the commercial pet food industry has come under fire for frequent recalls and substandard ingredients. We hear horror stories of Salmonella, antibiotics, and worse. And we also have a growing awareness around fillers like corn and other carbohydrates that are overloaded into pet foods. As a Persian owner, sometimes it’s difficult to know what to feed. Many members of Persian-Cats.com feed their Persians a raw diet with great success, but we realize that approach may not work for everyone depending on lifestyle, accessibility, and budget. So we decided to survey our members to learn about which commercial foods they feed their Persians,Read More →

This report explores the differences between what consumers think they are buying and what they are actually getting. It focuses in very general terms on the most visible name brands — the pet food labels that are mass-distributed to supermarkets and discount stores — but there are many highly respected brands that may be guilty of the same offenses. What most consumers don’t know is that the pet food industry is an extension of the human food and agriculture industries. Pet food provides a convenient way for slaughterhouse offal, grains considered “unfit for human consumption,” and similar waste products to be turned into profit. ThisRead More →

Wysong is a company that makes several cat food products:     Dry food Freeze-dried raw, which is a complete diet and can be fed dry or rehydrated. A lot of people use this as a stepping stone into a fresh raw diet. Canned foods, in both complete diets and pure canned meats in a wide variety (I.e., beef, chicken, duck, venison, rabbit, etc.) Things like vitamin supplements, mothers milk replacer, and a supplement you can add to fresh meat to complete a raw diet. If you’re interested in a freeze-dried raw food, try Wysong Archetype. The freeze-dry process removes moisture, but it’s not heat processedRead More →

I had fears about bacteria and parasites, and they inhibited me from trying to feed fresh raw meat for a long time. Then I began to actually believe that unheat-processed, properly balanced raw food for cats is really the food their bodies are made for and meant to eat. I think giving real fresh human-grade meat is great. But longer term, giving only this unsupplemented as a main part of a diet is going to result in deficiencies which can be serious. For example, without sufficient calcium and taurine, a cat will get very sick. Raw meat has much more calcium than cooked, but rawRead More →

From what my research has shown,Trichinosis1 is found in pork; therefore, pork is to be AVOIDED when feeding raw. Highly avoided! I would never give raw pork to my girls. In fact, when we do have pork at our house, I cook the pork chops so done, they are almost burned!!! I am very new at this feeding raw meat and really consider myself a “rookie” when it comes to feeding raw meat. But I am trying to educate myself along these lines. When I say I feed my girls raw meat, I certainly don’t want to encourage anyone else to do so, until theyRead More →

Liver Lovers When possible, I try to use the same species. If I am mixing a chicken batch, I use chicken livers. With duck, I use the duck livers. I do avoid feeding beef liver to my group at all, since most of them cannot handle it and will vomit shortly after eating it. Also, if I put too much of ANY liver in, I get sick kitties. So for me, it’s quite a balancing act! Since I feed mostly chicken, and chicken livers are easily found by me, that’s what I usually use. Jonesing for Bones On the subject of bones… it’s cooked bonesRead More →

I personally think any amount of fresh, raw meat is of benefit to the cats, no matter how small. It will keep those who do eat it, used to the taste, texture and scent of fresh meat, while you work on getting the “hold out” to try it at least. Switching adult cats can be very slow and frustrating. Some of mine were converted with the first meal, but most took about 2 weeks. I had one that held out for 2 months, and the last one held out for a full year, before I was able to get them totally off commercial and ontoRead More →

The mail order things are very expensive! At first I thought they were great prices, but unless you buy huge quantities, they are the same price wise as the local shops, at least for me. The pinkies, are just that – little, hairless, pink things. Unless you look hard, they really don’t look like an animal. The adult mice are fur covered, and well, they are mice. The only prep I do is pop about 6 mice into a baggie, float in warm water till thawed and no longer cold. I usually rinse them off then, pat them dry, and serve on a plate! MyRead More →

Raw yolks are fine. They are a great source of protein and nutrients for cats. Raw whites are not good. In small amounts they are ok, but on a regular basis an enzyme in the white will bind with certain nutrients, and the cat can become deficient. You can either soft boil the eggs, or float them in hot water for 5 minutes to deactivate the enzyme in the whites, or just not use whites at all.Read More →

It’s important that you give the cats some type of fiber when feeding raw, other wise they will get constipated. Some people use psyllium, but I think it is easier and safer to just add pumpkin or steamed winter squash, such as butternut or acorn. I rotate the other veggies, such as yams, carrots, the green veggies, etc. but even if i am just mixing a small batch, i always add a butternut squash. I use a 85-90% meat/organ/bone mixture and then 10-15% veggies. So for every 10 pounds of meaty bone and organs, I add 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of veggies. Fully halfRead More →