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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-13-2014, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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I am trying to talk my BF around to the possible benefits of the raw food diet for cats, especially as our 7 year old cat has IBD, and raw seems to be what people find to be most beneficial. Problem is BF has more years in the veterinary industry than I do (he is a vet tech) and he won't believe anything about the raw diet unless it's a peer reviewed study.

So does anyone know of any such studies? Anything I can link him to written by a scholarly source?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-13-2014, 07:32 PM
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I don't have links to studies offhand, but if you google Dr Lisa Pierson, she has a TON of info on her website and it gets pretty in depth. Hope it helps
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Also, she does phone and Skype consultations if he'd like to speak with someone directly about it. She just needs the medical charts first - all the info is on the site.
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The problem with this is that there isn't a lot of "good" journal articles and studies out there that support raw. Is that because raw is bad? No it's because no body would benefit from funding for a raw based study. Most pet food studies are funded by pet food companies.

There are a few positive ones but they either aren't peer reviewed or their methods weren't great.

That being said there are a LOT of vets who endorse raw feeding. Dr Pierson is one and she is fantastic another is Dr Hodgkins who wrote a lovely book called "Your cat" which has a section on raw feeding as well, though not as detailed as Dr Piersons, still a very good read.
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I would hope that a vet tech would be interested enough to take more in depth courses into feline (and canine) nutrition and not default to the standard "raw is bad".

I know my vet requires their tech's to continue their education and feline nutrition is something they are all required to study (cat only vets).

It's one of the reasons I chose them, they are more educated than the default vet school ideas on nutrition.
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Well, put it to him this way - what's better for us as humans to eat? Processed foods or fresh foods? I don't think you need a "study" for that. It's just common sense!

You can also check out this website: http://healthypets.mercola.com/

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I vote for processed. Cheetos, salami, pepperoni, ANY kind of cheese.....

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I vote for processed. Cheetos, salami, pepperoni, ANY kind of cheese.....
Those TASTE better but that's the extent of that. lol

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Taste is everything!
LOL! I wish! Can you please tell that to my every growing thighs and rear end?

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