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Old 06-04-2012, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm almost out of chicken and I'm not planning to do grocery until Saturday. I do have some raw pork loin in my fridge. Is it ok to give pork to cats? I would assume its no difference than beef or lamb, but I never see any canned food based on pork, and I don't think I read anyone feeding raw pork on this forum. So just want to make sure.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've fed it for years as have other raw feeders, can depend on countries (apparently quite safe here) though I do know many in the US who feed it too
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Yup! safe here, too. My cats love it.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Really?? I thought I remember reading (on here, I think) that it was bad.
Though now I can give kitties pork ever so often, as it's way cheaper than even chicken. YAY!
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My kitties love the chunked pork stew meat I get at the grocery. Never had any issues. If you worry about it, just freeze it a couple of weeks before feeding. but personally i have never had issues with pork fed raw.
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Willie LOVED pork, it was his favorite meat. The concern was always for trichinosis, but I believe that's very rare in the US nowadays. It might change from state to state though. Most types are not killed by freezing. I felt safe enough to feed it, but you have to make your own choice.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks forks! Yay pork for my girls tonight! I think it will be the first time they eat pork. Hope they like it

Oh BTW, is pork higher in fat? Of course I'm only feeding them lean meat, but still, does even lean pork meat contains more fat than chicken or beef? I'm mornitoring my Meatball's weight. So if pork is fat, I might reduce the amount for her.
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It is no more fatty than beef, I think it is actually less.
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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pork is only fatty when it's bacon. pork doesn't marble like beef, so yeah, it's less fatty. the fat on it is visible. (read: any meat that dries out easily when you cook it probably has a low fat ratio. )

the only concern with raw pork is trichinosis and the way it's processed in the united states, it's veritably unheard of. people could even eat it raw if that's what made them happy lol.

i don't really know why you don't see pork cat food except that i think most of the hog is used in things like potted meat, spam, hot dogs, stuff like that. they make ham baby food.
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once again, it's almost impossible to find a definitive answer online and there are a lot of weird things lol

(from a petco site)
Pork - Fat is generally beneficial to cats, but the fat globules in pork are larger than the fat globules in other meats, and can clog the small blood vessels of a cat. Avoid any pork products, especially bacon, which contains the hazardous preservative, sodium nitrate.

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The tissue in pork is much different than poultry, fish, or beef, and many animals have difficulty processing the fatty parts of it. There are also several chemicals in pork tissue that can make many animals sick as well. Your pet is MUCH safer going a day without food, than eating pork.hmm, well I'm extremely bored at work, so i did some googling. Most places i checked agreed pork products, like most foods not specifically made for cats, is ok every once in a while. In fact, pork fat is an ingredient in lots of commercial cat foods. The only reason you don't see any pork-based cat foods (most will be chicken, beef, fish) is because all the pork leftovers (scraps) are used in things like hot dogs and bologna and therefore too valuable to use in cat food. *shrugs*

I dunno, I'm no expert, but I couldn't find any substantial proof that pork is any worse for a cat than chicken/tuna/beef

lol. first of all, it's crazy to say there are chemicals in meat unless they're added, but sodium nitrite (or nitrate) would be present in cured meat so i wouldn't feed my cats bacon or lunch meat. if it's raw pork loin, just cut off the visible fat. i'm not sure there is a difference in size of fat globules (???) but i don't think big hunks of fat is good for any living thing anyway.

i'm going with the economic factor that most pork is used to death in human food.
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