Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The post about raw fed cat poop


Momma is gonna talk about my poop again, isn't she?

The other day I gave my cats a couple of cans of wet food as a treat. I do this from time to time, mostly because we have failed to thaw out enough raw food, but also because I pretend it is a little nutritional insurance. We do not know everything about nutrition and even less about feline nutrition, so feeding many different sources of protein and different recipes gives a little bit of coverage nutritionally, just in case.

and my cats adore it. They go insane when they hear a can pop and act like kids do when there is birthday cake.

When I do, there is some evidence of it in the litter box. but never so clearly as what I scooped the other day. I got three perfect examples of poop from when they ate raw food morphing into poop from when they ate canned. Raw food produces stool that is very dry, crumbles easily, doesn't pick up much litter and barely smells. Canned food produces stools that are wetter, smellier and bulkier. Just look:


Even if they could prove to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that raw food held no nutritional benefits for cats over canned, I would still feed it for the poop. There is never a stink bomb in my house, there is far less stool produced because most of the food is utilized by the body, and I use less litter because it doesn't stick to the stool and I don't throw it away.

Since I have seen first hand the dramatic improvement in cats when being fed raw including diabetic cats with reduced glucose levels, cats with uncontrollable diarrhea clearing up almost overnight, cats with urinary crystals no longer suffering, not sure there is anything that would get me from feeding raw.

10 comments:

  1. Feeding raw totally turned around my human's dad's cat, Smokey! She was doing really poorly and my human spent a boatload of money having her tested left and right. Once she was on raw (with the additional elimination of chicken, which she seems to be allergic to), she put back all the weight she lost, and her litter box is exactly as you would expect with raw!

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    1. Same for my Shadow. I thought I was going to have to put him down last year but now he’s his normal self and getting fat.

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  2. Claire has had cats since she's born. She went from "good-qualitly-kibble-fed cat" to "canned-food-fed cat" to "high-quality-canned-food-fed cat" to us, who are "2/3-raw-food-1/3-high-quality-canned-food-fed cats". And she totally agrees with you : beside being healthier, her cats went from huge-atomic-stinky-whereistheemergencyexit poop to dry-barely-smelly poop over time. Purrs

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  3. Three of the four cats here are raw fed. At his age, we're just glad Pierre eats! But the result is that even human noses know when Pierre steps into the litter box to do his business. They don't get that from the rest of our business. It's a big contrast we see -- and smell -- here every day!

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  4. The Hubby was a meat-cutter; years of germ and proper raw food sanitation rules were jammed into his brain, and nothing I do, say, give examples of, etc. can get him to change his mind. When I retire, and am able to be the full-time car caregiver I wish to be,*I* will feed the cats a raw diet. Jack, you are SO handsome!

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  5. And when you live with a large cat family no stink poop is a big deal lol

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  6. Yep, my poop looks like that because I eat both raw and canned foods. ~Ernie

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  7. What canned food brands did you feed them? We do pretty well around here with 95%-meat brands with tiny amounts of carbs but we still wish we could get some raw into their diet. And when we do, they act like it's birthday cake!

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  8. Mom started feeding me raw years ago because of my uncontrolled diarrhea. Before that, she tried everything and nothing worked. I was a mess for a couple of years. Like you said, a raw diet cleared it up almost overnight.

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