Cats are predators. They evolved eating a prey based diet, and more importantly, eating that food raw. Cooking degrades nutrients in meat, causing the loss of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Meat utilized in highly-processed pet food is cooked at high temperatures. The nutrients lost must be added back. This supplementation isn’t exact. There are nutrient losses that are not always replaced. Cats within the wild often eat the whole prey animal if it’s small, and can eat nearly everything except the intestines of a bigger prey animal. This includes the bones of prey, as the raw bone is very digestible and is their primary source of calcium. Cooking bone reduces the nutrients available, making it brittle and dangerous to ingest.
Providing your cats with a diet that’s modeled on what they might dine in the wild has many benefits, both for you and your cat:
Greatly reduced stool odor and volume
Healthy coat, less shedding, fewer hairballs
Weight loss, if overweight
Better dental health
Better urinary health
Cats are obligate carnivores, they need to eat meat. There are not any vegan cats. Their digestive systems are adapted specifically for a meat-based diet. A cat’s alimentary canal is brief and acidic, and processes species-appropriate raw food highly efficiently in about 12 hours. this provides little or no time for bacteria to proliferate, so cats are naturally immune to gastrointestinal disorder .
Cats haven’t any requirement for carbohydrates and limited ability to digest them. A raw cat chow diet is more digestible than a diet of plant-based foods. Because they evolved eating a diet with almost no carbohydrates, they need just one enzyme system capable of handling them. this is often quite different from humans and dogs, both having multiple enzyme systems that digest carbohydrates.
Greatly Reduced Stool Odor and Volume