You may have noticed that our frozen raw section for cats is growing! More people are choosing to feed their cats raw food for a variety of reasons.
Cats are geared to getting their hydration from their food rather than drinking water from a bowl. When cats are fed a highly processed, heat treated diet, they tend to be chronically dehydrated–especially here in Arizona. That can lead to fur-balls, lethargy and other complications.
Raw diets have more moisture so your cat can hydrate from their protein source.Cats are also obligate carnivores and lack enzymes for digesting plant matter. Raw food has a higher meat content. Raw diets also contain small bones which are good for teeth and gum health.
If you have a new kitten, it is a great idea to give them a raw diet from the start. Domesticated cats tend to eat the same things they were introduced to as a kitten throughout their lives. If you are trying a raw diet with a grown cat for the first time, transition is key.
Tips for Transitioning Cats to Raw:
- It often takes longer to transition a feline than a canine
- They might not like the food cold, so allowing the raw food to warm up to room temperature before feeding is helpful
- Start with small portions (25% raw) and slowly work your way up to more
- Integrate the raw into your cat’s current food, matching the protein source if possible
- Some cats might like the freeze-dried crunchies better
Primal has a good information sheet on transitioning your cat to raw, so ask us for a copy! We are here to answer any questions you have about a raw diet for your cat.