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Old 03-01-2009, 07:25 AM   #11
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Cats shouldn't need much if any veggies. They are carnivores. Dogs on the other hand will eat a bit of vegetation. The veggie slop more closely mimics the half-digested food they'd find in an animal's digestive tract when digging in.

The pup used to love when I'd toss her an apple as a snack too. She could mess with that thing for awhile and eat what she wanted. Whole celery or carrots tended to just become a shredded mess that I had to clean up.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:40 AM   #12
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Cats shouldn't need much if any veggies. They are carnivores. Dogs on the other hand will eat a bit of vegetation. The veggie slop more closely mimics the half-digested food they'd find in an animal's digestive tract when digging in.

The pup used to love when I'd toss her an apple as a snack too. She could mess with that thing for awhile and eat what she wanted. Whole celery or carrots tended to just become a shredded mess that I had to clean up.
My dogs adore beef liver, and luckily we can get organic beef liver. Our dogs (I have 3) will eat just about anything other than green veggies. I don't blame them, after all they are dogs!

One thing I will often do is crack a raw egg over their food, they absolutely looooove that!
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:08 PM   #13
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I dont own any pets (would like to, but time constraints stop me) but, I am appaled as to what many feed their animals. All these corn based diets are making for some fat animals.

But, on the note about what to feed your cats, I found a cool article on Mark's Daily Apple about it.

He goes into ways to introduce such a diet to a cat, timing, and the taurine problem.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/natural-cat-diet/

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The Primal cat diet should (roughly, not hard and fast) approach the approximate dimensions of your typical prey animal:

80% Muscle meat (including fat, skin, tendons, sinew, cartilage)
Chicken
Beef
Fish especially oily fish like mackerel, sardines, or herring (which thankfully are a lot cheaper)
Turkey
Ground meat

10% Organ meat, half of which should be liver
Kidneys
Liver
Hearts
Brain
Pancreas

10% Edible bones (as opposed to a huge beef shoulder or something)
Chicken wings
Whole fish with small bones
Chicken/turkey necks and wing tips
Carcasses
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:53 AM   #14
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When I got my cats I wanted to feed them the best possible food so I looked at making my own for a while. I ultimately decided against it as the homemade food diet for cats is a lot more complicated than it is for dogs--you need to ascribe to closer ratios of different types of meat, bone, and organ meat, and even then you should buy vitamin supplements to ensure the cat is getting adequate intake. Dogs don't require near as much attention.

Right now I feed them a high-quality, high-protein wet food--the EVO brand. When we fed them dry food we fed them Orijen, the protein content is something like 70%, double the protein content of supermarket and many prescription cat foods. They were adopted as adults from a rescue organization and their health and energy levels are tremendous compared to when we first got them.

We recommended the brand to a friend of ours whose cats have numerous metabolic issues, including diabetes. Her diabetic cat now doesn't require as many medications and no longer pees outside the box, indicating its blood sugar is getting under control.
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