What are the pros/cons of feeding freeze-dried foods to my cat?FamilyPet
Why would you consider serving your cat freeze-dried food? For one thing, your cat may be on a raw food diet. Raw cat food advocates have long sworn by the health benefits of feeding cats raw, especially with the fears brought about by the pet food recalls, especially the major one that occurred in 2007.
Many commercially prepared freeze-dried or frozen raw cat foods are now offered as a convenient alternative to home-prepared raw food recipes.
Freeze-dried food is actually made from cooked fresh foods with nearly all of the water content removed through a special process. Freeze-drying works by first freezing the material and then reducing the surrounding pressure to allow the frozen water in the material to transform directly from the solid phase to the gas phase, without passing through a liquid stage. Then, when it’s time to feed your pet just add water to rehydrate the food. Remember, though, spoilage can occur once the food is rehydrated, so put any leftovers in the refrigerator immediately.
There are many benefits to using freeze-dried food:
• The final result is light and airy. Because of the light weight, you might want to consider using it when traveling with your pet.
• Lack of spoilage. Bacteria needs water to survive, but it can’t because there’s no water in a freeze dried food. However, once you rehydrate, do feed immediately, and then put any leftovers in the refrigerator where they will last for about 24 hours.
• Your cabinets will never be bare. Some people, especially those who live in storm-prone areas, worry that they won’t be able to get out of the house to shop and, hence, be without cat food.
• Easy storage. The package is small enough that it can fit almost anywhere.
• All natural. The process demands very little processing, so chemicals and hormones are minimal.
• Increased preservation of nutrients. The process includes very little heat, so nutrients, amino acids and enzymes are kept intact.
• Cost. Freeze-dried food can be more expensive, but some feel that it’s outweighed by the convenience and high-nutrient content.