Just like dogs, cats are highly sensitive when it comes to food allergies and infections. The bacteria and viruses attack cats more than dogs which makes them highly vulnerable to life-threatening diseases and situations caused by food. Their diets must be balanced and calculated with the right quality, amount, and nutritional value that could help them stay healthy and safe. In this regard, there are some basic differences between kibble and raw cat food that must be kept in mind since some raw food diets can turn fatal for cats in some cases.
One of the most overlooked things among pet owners is that they do not keep much care about the hygiene of their pets. Although they are much concerned about the physical appearance and cleanliness of their pets, however, some of them fail to observe the gut health of the pet, especially cats.
Since many doctors today suggest raw food diets for cats and dogs, pet owners have focused more on raw diets as they provide an instant energy boost and long-term health and growth. However, one downside of raw food for cats, in particular, is that it might contain harmful ingredients, bacteria, or even infectious contents that can put a cat in a life-threatening situation. For instance, raw salmon may cause salmonella or L. monocytogenes, just like it happens in the human body.
Moreover, cats tend to eat insects, leftovers of veggies and fruits, wild leaves, and plants since they are canines and wild. That is why they are more prone to catching infections and gut disturbances from these things.
There are a few things one must keep in mind regarding raw cat food diets and how to preserve them to make them safe for your cat:
- Make sure the raw food is kept in a cool and dry place, ideally a refrigerator.
- Keep it clean, covered, and away from other food items.
- Make sure it is air-tight and does not contain any bacteria.
- If you plan to cook it or half-cook it, make sure to put minimum ingredients and spices.
- If the food pack is opened once, make sure it does not get frosted for too long. Defrosting process must also be carefully done.
- Don’t keep leftovers for too long in the refrigerator. If your pet doesn’t eat it, dispose of it after a day.
Having a cat can be fun unless its diet is not maintained. Although raw cat food provides a natural amount of nutrition to the pet, it also has risks of spreading bacteria that can cause foodborne diseases in the animals. To prevent this, one of the best ways is to ensure a hygienic and clean environment and food for your pet. If you are careful about the gut health of your cat, you will never let them eat any unwanted or dangerous insects, bugs, plants, grass, or leftover meat from anywhere else other than the one that you feed them.
Just like kibble and processed food, raw cat food is essential for the growth and health of the cat. However, the only danger regarding this type of diet is that it might contain dangerous bacteria and naturally produced contents that can be dangerous to your cat’s health. But if taken good care of, your cats’ raw food diet can keep them healthy, growing, and happy pets.