[quote=Heidi n Q]
Originally Posted by "Cat'sBestFriend":99l6dm33
Then I thought: Well, maybe our cats need all the vitamins and minerals that are in store-bought cat food. But an instant later, I thought: Wait a minute, wild cats do just fine eating fresh meats, and they don't need added vitamins/minerals from a factory. So why can't our babies?
If you buy people cuts of meat you will not be meeting your cat's vitamin/mineral requirements. The reason why, is in the wild cats eat the entire prey, including internal organs and whatever meal the herbivorous critter last ate. We can still feed cats a raw diet from meats we purchase but I think there are also things you have to buy to supplement and ensure the cat gets all the nutrition, vitamins and minerals it needs. With commercial foods, most of them are properly balanced, though they vary greatly in quality of product.
Farley Mowat was a naturalist who was studying the Alsakan tundra and wolves. In conducting an experiment on himself, he decided to eat what the wolves were eating. He caught and ate voles, mice and other small mammals. However, he skinned and gutted them, depleting his body of much needed requirements. When he finally noticed this problem and what it was attributed to: that he was cutting out and discarding a large portion of the prey that wolves ate whole, he changed his experiment and began to also eat the internal organs of the mammals he was catching and his health condition improved.
"Never Cry Wolf
" by Farley Mowat[/quote:99l6dm33]
OK, that makes perfect sense. I totally forgot about them eating the other "stuff" - not just the muscle meat. Duh! I can't believe I overlooked that fact.
And, yes, that is gross. But in a good way. Very cool.