these studies did little to advance raw feeding in cats for two reason;
- the cats health were compromised by the lack of Taurine in cooked meat.
(thus all commercial cat foods have additional Taurine suppliments)
- milk is not a useful source of nutrition for cats beyond adolescence,
and many adult cats do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase
to aid in milk's proper digestion.
Pottenger did not take into account these Taurine & Lactase factors,
so his studies are flawed and conclusions useless by todays standards.
It should be noted that raw milk is excellent for humans living near a farm,
but impractical for the rest of us. http://www.realmilk.com/where2.html
many raw milk benefits are in Kefir which is easier to buy commercially.
I'm not trying to debate the raw vs. commercial food issue (I use both),
I'm simply pointing out that your cut&paste was taken out of context.
Some people are tempted to opt out of the modern industrial food system altogether. But doing so can put them at risk of the very diseases that were banished from the food supply decades ago.
Concerned about health, Ms. Tardiff, the California nurse, bought organic and less processed foods whenever possible. She decided to try raw milk, believing the unpasteurized product would supply helpful organisms.
Instead, she got a dose of an unhelpful germ: campylobacter, easily killed by pasteurization. The ensuing intestinal illness caused a debilitating nerve disease. Ms. Tardiff communicated by blinking for months, and still cannot stand or use her hands.
“This has been life-altering,” she said. “All I want to say is, ‘Be careful.’ ”