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I am new to the group and find it very interesting. I guess raw meat is the ultimate diet for cats. My kittens are eating Blue Buffalo and Natural Balance wet food for breakfast and free feeding Natural Balance kibble for the rest of the day. I was told that this diet is second best to a raw diet. Is cooked meat any good for a treat? Will raw meat treats/snacks spoil them?
 

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Well, any kibble isn't a great idea-canned is better. And Blue Buffalo, I believe, has had some issues. Not really up on that as I feed raw, but do a search.

Cooking meat (whether you do it or the pet food co does it) removes vitamins and minerals. That's why they have to add back in all that stuff in pet food. So if you feed very much cooked meat, you run the risk of unbalancing the diet. Occasionally as a treat is fine, but don't make a habit of it.

Hope that helps. :)
 

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Are you saying that wet cat food has more nutritional value than cooked meat? Sounds like it's a nice treat, kind of like us liking ccookies.
 

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Canned food is meat, with other stuff added (most of which they don't need, like rice, etc), that has been cooked. So it is pretty much the same as cooked meat except that the canned cat food has added back in the vitamins that cooking killed.

What I'm saying is that a little bit of cooked meat as a treat won't kill the cat. But if you want to feed meat, feed a well-thought out raw diet, not cooked. If you don't want to feed raw, feed high-quality grain-free canned to avoid vitamin/mineral deficiencies (like taurine, which is essential for cats but killed by cooking).

More on this: http://rawfed.com/myths/cookedfood.html
 

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Anybody out there want to comment on the concept of giving the girls a raw meat meal once or twice a week. My gut tells me they'll go on a hunger strike when I try to feed them some of the best commercial food money can buy. Am I right?
 

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You can feed a raw meal once in a while but I personally don't see the point, unless you're feeding a meaty bone to clean the teeth.

Willie eats raw and I know he would still gladly inhale any dry food I offer, he eats canned food when I forget to defrost something. so no it does not mean he'll refuse commercial food, it COULD happen if your cat adores it and isn't fond of commercial foods already, but I don't think it's extremely likely.
 

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My girls love the canned food I'm serving. My reason for offering them a raw meal from time to time is just to enhance their life experience. Kind of like me and my sweetheart going out to a nice restaurant from time to time. Would the cats eat the meat right off a drum stick or should I cut the meat off for them?
 
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