What are two myths about raw diets?
If you are considering switching your cat to a raw diet, you have likely heard several myths that surround this culinary preference. It’s important to make an informed decision about whether or not a raw diet is the right choice for your cat.
Myth One: There are dangerous parasites in raw meat that can affect my cat and even potentially harm my children.
While parasites can certainly be found in raw meats, these risks are extremely low if you’re purchasing meat that’s been packaged and labeled for human consumption. With proper handling and hygiene, you can further reduce any risks of spreading parasites or food-borne illnesses in your home.
Myth Two: Diets are time-consuming, costly, and unnecessary because of the availability of quality kibbles on the market.
There are hundreds of available commercial cat foods on the market. However, not only are all commercial foods not created equal, but many of them use a significant number of preservatives, fillers, and other ingredients that cats are not easily able to digest. Commercial pet foods tend to have high concentrations of grains and vegetables in them. Cats are obligate carnivores by nature, which means that they need to eat the meat of other animals in order to survive.
The cost of a raw diet is similar to what you would pay for a quality commercial cat food. You may even spend significantly less if you’re able to find specials and sales on meats that you can freeze until you need them.
Do a lot of research into the raw diet specifics before you determine that it’s the right choice for you and your cat.