Natures Menu explain the benefits of raw feeding
We’ve got a very special guest post today from one of our favourite cat food companies, Natures Menu. We’re currently feeding our two with their Chicken & Turkey pouches alongside a prescription dry food and it’s gone down a treat! We’ve had a look at the Natures Menu range before here, and they’ve put together a great article on the benefits of raw feeding your cat and how to transition to a raw food diet.
Have you considered raw feeding your cat, but don’t want the hassle of creating your own raw meals at home? At Natures Menu we work with a team of in house vets to produce species appropriate, complete and balanced raw meals for cats packed with all the essential vitamins and minerals your cat needs.
What is raw feeding?
Cats are obligate carnivores and have been hunting their own prey for years. Their digestive system is equipped to handle raw meat and bones. Sometimes known as the BARF diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Feeding), raw feeding entails feeding a mix of raw meat and bones as an alternative to more processed foods such as wet and biscuit based meals.
Some benefits of a raw diet for cats:
- Highly palatable — cats often demonstrate their love of raw food when they go hunting
- Great for managing obesity — can even help diabetic cats to naturally lower their blood sugar
- Maintains healthy urinary tract — high moisture content to aid in urinary health
- Improve dental health with raw meaty bones and chews, such as duck wings and necks, and no added sugars.
- Taurine — unlike dogs, cats have to eat meat to obtain this essential nutrient from their diet. Natures Menu complete raw cat meals provide this in the right balance so nothing needs to be added
- Digestive issues — highly digestible and grain free, cats often produce firmer, drier and less smelly stools
- Improved skin and coat condition — from the natural oils in the ingredients
Some hints and tips for starting your cat on the raw diet:
- The key to successfully transitioning your cat to a raw diet is patience. Cats may love the new food straight away but sometimes they can be very suspicious.
- We advise to introduce it slowly and don’t give up too quickly.
- If the cat is used to a dry biscuit we advise to transfer the cat to wet food first to familiarise them with the new wet texture.
- We recommend the ‘two bowl technique’
- Place a single defrosted nugget in a separate bowl beside the normal portion of food
- Repeat at every meal until they begin to show an interest, this often takes 1–2 weeks
- Slowly reduce the previous food while increasing the number of nuggets
- Be patient, it is normal for this process to take as long as 8 weeks
- Always defrost thoroughly, cats prefer food closer to room temperature
- Do not allow your cat to starve themselves, this can lead to liver problems in some cases
- Always try to vary flavours of foods given to prevent latching onto one variety and to ensure a diverse diet
If you have any worries or concerns during your pet’s switch to raw please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Natures Menu by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 0800 018 3770.
Natures Menu have been producing raw pet food since 1981 and today offer a variety of raw complete and balanced meals, gently cooked 96% meat cat food pouches, and just meat options for those wishing to create their own raw meals at home. Order online for free home delivery on orders over £29.
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Natures Menu believe dogs and cats deserve real, wholesome food, free of artificial colours and flavourings, meat derivatives and other nasties.
That’s why they’re proud to be Europe’s leading experts on raw dog food and raw cat food.
Their award winning range of complete and balanced raw meals, gently steamed cans and pouches, raw meaty bones and natural treats provide a convenient, simple and safe way to feed dogs and cats a healthy diet every day.