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February 24, 2009

The Primal Eating Plan for Cats

By Worker Bee
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If we subscribe to the idea that our bodies are hardwired to thrive on the food consumed by our ancestors, it should follow that the same is true for domesticated animals. After all, we are little more than domesticated hunter-gatherers. A few months back, we discussed the Primal eating plan for dogs. Using the same principles that guide the Primal Blueprint, it makes sense that the descendants of wolves would thrive on raw meaty bones. This prompted a few readers to ask about cats. Can cats thrive on a Primal eating plan?

The answer is unequivocally yes. For anyone who’s ever owned a cat, this should come as no surprise. They’re natural hunters, always stalking something, whether it be your toes moving underneath a blanket or bugs of all kinds. They even have the same gait of the big predatory cats, skulking around like they own the place.

Whereas dogs are happy getting their food from the pack leader (you), cats have an undeniable individual streak. Let them outside and they’re liable to get in a turf war with the tabby down the street, or plunk a bird carcass on your doorstep.

Getting more technical, cats are outfitted with all the accoutrements of your classic obligate (as in “must eat meat to survive”) carnivore: sharp teeth perfect for ripping and tearing; and a short intestine designed for meat digestion but ill-suited for vegetation. They can handle vegetables, and even eat the stuff to throw up sometimes, but they’re certainly not required for optimum feline health.

As you may have already guessed, commercial cat food simply doesn’t cut it. We liken it to shopping on the inside aisles of the grocery store – buying canned soups, potted meat, and frozen dinners – and shunning the perimeter. That wouldn’t be feasible for a person trying to eat right, and it’s the same situation for a domestic cat. It’ll certainly survive on kibble, but it won’t thrive. And isn’t that what the Primal Blueprint’s all about? Thriving, rather than merely surviving; optimizing one’s health, instead of just getting by; and living a full, energetic, active life well into old age. If all that stuff matters to you, it may be a good idea to try out a Primal cat diet (or just for the reduced vet bills, if it’s a financial issue).

We won’t lie – converting a cat to a Primal eating strategy can be tricky. Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, and they have no qualms looking at you like a crazy person if you offer them something unpalatable. They also have more specialized nutritional requirements, especially compared to dogs. “Throw a dog a bone” doesn’t exactly apply to cats here. “Throw a cat a meaty bone that’s pliable and small enough for them to break up, with plenty of meat for a good phosphorus-calcium ratio, along with some beef liver for taurine content and powdered bone meal if the little guy won’t eat actual bones” is more accurate. Sound confusing? At first, it is. But let’s try to shed some light on the Primal cat diet (because your vet – who probably pushes a certain brand of commercial food at exorbitant prices – definitely won’t be much help).

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

If you’re feeding kittens, give them as much as they’ll eat. Adult cats only need meals amounting to about 2-3% of their body weight each day.

Cats need taurine to live. It’s good for their hearts and their eyesight, and most commercial cat foods don’t supply enough. Taurine is also very heat sensitive, so overly processed dry food degrades a lot of the taurine before it even gets to the cat. Luckily, taurine is readily available in organ meat, so don’t skimp on that. Calcium is another important part of the Primal cat’s diet – if your cat refuses to eat the bones or the organs, you can supplement their diet with bone meal or a taurine powder.

Raw foods naturally have more moisture, so don’t worry if your cat isn’t drinking as much water as before.

The Transition

If you’re lucky, your cat will take to the Primal eating plan like a regular MDA reader. If not, here are a few tips for transitioning your commercial-fed cats to raw.

No more 24-hour buffets
If your cat has constant access to unlimited stores of dry kibble, you need to limit that access. Don’t just plunk down a big bowl every day; instead, give your cat access to dry food only a couple times per day, for about half an hour each time. This way, your cat won’t be constantly sated. A bit of hunger will serve you well in the transition to raw, and it will get the cat accustomed to scheduled feedings.

Don’t use starvation to induce acceptance
While a hungry cat (see above) is more likely to try new foods, completely starving your cat in order to force it to eat raw is dangerous. When cats don’t eat for a couple days, they go into survival mode. Their livers start to process body fat for energy, but a cat’s liver is easily overwhelmed by the sudden flood of fat. The liver can become swollen and damaged – hepatic lipidosis – which leads to extreme nausea. Nausea means no appetite, which starts the terrible cycle all over again. Left untreated, hepatic lipidosis can kill. If the cat refuses to eat raw, don’t hold out on the kibble.

Consider canned
Canned wet food can be a nice intermediary between raw and kibble. If your cat’s already accustomed to wet food, you can probably cut out the kibble altogether and use a raw-canned mix for the transition.

The bribe
As you’re reducing the amount of commercial food and increasing the raw food, sometimes it helps to trick the cat into eating the new stuff. You can drizzle tuna juice, rub crushed kibble, or even smear some wet cat food on the raw meat if your cat isn’t taking to the Primal eating plan. He’ll come around eventually.

Appeal to their sensibilities
A dog will eat a half-frozen turkey drumstick in a second. A cat won’t even consider it food. Because cats are hunters (whereas wolves are often scavengers), they’re more attracted to fresh, warm meat. Especially when starting out with the Primal eating plan, be sure the meat is at room temperature, or even a little warm. Half an hour before you feed your cat, just put the meat in a ziplock bag and place it in a bowl of warm water. Never microwave, because that can cook bone and cause them to splinter.

Start small
Start with just muscle and organ meat. Your cat probably won’t take to chomping chicken bones right off the bat, and minced meat isn’t too far off from what they’re used to. Eventually, you can start including chicken wings and other small bones; chop these up too, if he’s still squeamish, and monitor the feeding. Gradually move on to whole hunks of meat and organs, along with whole bones. Before long, your cat should be grabbing entire carcasses and ripping hunks of meat off.

You could always, of course, buy commercial raw food for your cats. It’ll be far more expensive than making your own or feeding kibble, but there are some good brands out there. Just make sure the ingredients are 100% meat, with plenty of bone meal and organ meat listed, and you should be fine.

Thoughts on feeding your feline family members? Let us know in the comment board!

Hotash, Geoffrey van Dijk Flickr Photos (CC)

Further Reading:

The Primal Eating Plan for Dogs

The Definitive Guide to Primal Eating (for Humans)

Raw Meat (for Humans)

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Son of Grok
7 years 7 months ago

If your cat is too “finicky” to go primal then teach the cat what primal really is… eat the cat! 😉

The SoG

Theresa
Theresa
7 years 7 months ago
My dogs have been eating raw since 1995, and I love the effect it has on their health and longevity. My cat, alas, has never been willing to switch. She won’t even eat canned catfood or even canned tuna. To her, dry cat food is the only edible substance. I’ve tried many types of meat (both cooked and raw) and she acts like they’re all poison. Eventually, the dogs get whatever she rejects. If you can figure out the magic key to get her to switch, please tell me! She’s old no (about 18) and very small and slender (about… Read more »
agd
agd
6 years 7 months ago
I wanted to say that it took me over 2 years to convince one of my cats to eat raw. She didn’t even want to eat canned either. First I got her eating canned and then to raw. I put dry into the canned cause she was crazy about the kibble and in order to eat the kibble she had to eat some of the canned too. I also tried other things she liked, like sardines etc to add to it. Once I got her eating dry and canned then I started working on canned and raw. With this I… Read more »
dragonmamma
dragonmamma
7 years 7 months ago

I remember a study a couple of years ago in which researchers tested numerous foods to find out the best diet for a cat. You know what they came up with as the perfect food containing all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions? A ground-up mouse!

Surely, a dedicated primal pet lover wouldn’t mind throwing a mouse in the blender every day, right?

agd
agd
6 years 7 months ago

Well you can actually order ground up mice from a place called Hare Today Gone Tomorrow!
So if your willing to pay for it you can get it with out having to deal with the messies part of it to boot!
Cheers!!

Joanne
5 years 8 months ago

Hare-today also sells whole, frozen mice. I feed one mouse to my 17-year-old cat every morning. She gets fed something else later in the day. Now two other cats of mine are becoming interested in the mice.

One cat just loves the week-old quail.

pixel
pixel
5 years 9 months ago

why not just throw a live mouse in a bath tub?

cathy
cathy
3 years 7 months ago

Open your front door and let your cat outside a few hours a day. They will find all the mice, birds, squirrels, lizards etc they need, Fresh and Free!

Dakota
Dakota
3 years 30 days ago

They also stand a good chance of being killed.

liz
2 years 5 months ago

Cats are an invasive predator that wreak havoc on native species. Please don’t let your cat outside to kill all of the local wildlife, when you could do the responsible thing and provide it with a proper diet. Not only that, cats are safer and healthier when they remain indoors. I have 2 cats which I feed a raw diet, and besides giving them plenty of attention and playtime inside, I also let them safely enjoy the outdoors in a 4×8 enclosure on the patio.

Jason N
Jason N
7 years 7 months ago
I have fed out kitten Raw food since we brought him home. All pet stores carry many brands now where I live. There is one that is all meat and very identifiable bits of organs and bone in it. It is very satisfying to see the little guy tear into some meat and crack some bones. Awesome. I don’t eat grains, why would I feed it to my carnivorous pet? I was waiting for the vet to question it, but perhaps they picked up on my ‘readiness to defend it’ stance and didn’t pursue it. The foods are usually beef,… Read more »
Alf
Alf
7 years 7 months ago

I agree entirely. The Primal Cat Diet makes perfect sense. They are nutritious, high in protein and healthy fat, and relatively low in carbs. Anyone could thrive on cats, I know many who do. You mention that cats are 80% muscle meat, 10% organ meat, and 10% edible bone, but don’t leave out the fur. I’d say cats are another 20% fur, which adds up to a total of 120% deliciousness. I very much look forward to this Primal Cat diet, I’m glad it is finally being accepted into Earth’s society.

Caleb Holm
Caleb Holm
1 year 3 months ago

Hey, that’s funny! Alf!

Calvin
Calvin
7 years 7 months ago
Great post Mark, If someone truly loves their cats/dogs they won’t feed them the typical corn/wheat based crap that gets passed off as food. As in humans, just look at most pets in our country . . . O-B-E-S-I-T-Y is epidemic, and many of the same diseases that accompany it. Of course, most blame lack of exercise, rather than placing 80% of the blame on diet–partially excessive access to & quantity, but mostly the corn and wheat insulin response, allergens, and anti-nutrient components. I’ve heard the arguments: e.g. the cost difference between real food versus the price of 50lb sacks… Read more »
Greg
7 years 7 months ago

Ok I agree with whats in the article but for me the question is what is least expensive way to move in the direction of feeding a cat this way? For example what raw meats can I ask my butcher for that might be very cheap and suitable for cats?

Donna
Donna
7 years 7 months ago

My next door neighbor has mother and daughter cats. She feeds them tuna fish and they love it, eat it all up.
My grandma had a cat and she fed them raw meats, it was as healthy as her, skinny as her, and that cat lived a loooong time-so did grandma, they were so much alike:)

Robin
Robin
5 years 5 months ago

Tuna is lacking an essential amino acid, perhaps the taurine mentioned in the article, anyways it is lacking something essential for cats health. Salmon or other type of fish would be a better choice plus organ meats.

Sally
Sally
7 years 7 months ago

I feed my cat a grain-free commercial kibble. Its not the most ideal, but it’s what I can afford and it’s convenient. He also loves to sneak some kale/spinach/collards/other greens whenever he can!

matt
matt
7 years 7 months ago

this is perfectly aligned with all the studies by Francis Pottenger

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_M._Pottenger,_Jr.

and there is of course the Weston Price/ Francis Pottenger Foundation

http://www.ppnf.org/catalog/ppnf/pottenger.htm

where they advocate an almost identical style of eating as Mark proscribes. They are friendlier to carbohydrates than MDA and they advocate more fermented carbs and more dairy and dont address exercise at all.

that said, Hooray for Pottenger and Price.

as for getting cats onto it…it can be tricky. starting them off young seems to help.

Marc Feel Good Eating
7 years 7 months ago

SOG LOL 😉

My cat loves my cod fish liver…..she stares me down until I share.

Marc

Bill
7 years 7 months ago

Well done. Actually, what got me to eating Primal was the research I did before adopting our greyhound, who has been eating raw for the past 13 months. The change in his appearance was astounding. So that got me to thinking. And here I am, 10 months later, eating very similarly.

No cats here, although we have toyed with the thought of getting a cat for the greyhound. ;^)

Kat
Kat
7 years 7 months ago

I had some leftover fish bones the other day. I thought “If I were a cat these would look delicious” so I gave them to my cat. She smelled it, look at me like was crazy and walked away. Go figure.

Richard Nikoley
7 years 7 months ago
I use Evo. It’s processed but is grain free, has a bit of plant nutrition, but is otherwise 95% whole animal, including bone and organ. http://evopet.com/ I use for my dogs (no cats), but they have a cat line. There’s nutrition info on the site, and it’s pretty impressive. I It’s done wonders. My 11-yr-old male rat terrier dropped 20% of his body weight and is now more active than when he was 6. Essentially, he’s as active as the 3-yr-old female. In addition, I give them a dollop of lard in their food just about every day, and a… Read more »
agd
agd
6 years 7 months ago

Tried this with my guys for a very short while cause they gained a ton of weight and had the smelliest poos EVER!

Henry Miller
Henry Miller
7 years 7 months ago

My cat would rather feed himself. He eats the kibble, but only in winter, in summer there are plenty of mice. (His coat is not thick enough for winter, he tries but the cold drives him back in)

Ryan Denner
7 years 7 months ago

“Primal Pooches” was probably one of the best picture/caption combos on this blog!

gkadar
gkadar
7 years 7 months ago

My cats (5) won’t consume a diet that is 100% raw. Accordingly they are fed canned foods that do not contain grain, potatoes or wheat gluten. Oh yeah… what’s with that eh? Feeding wheat gluten to dogs and cats? Bizarro!

onelasttime
onelasttime
7 years 7 months ago

Nice post! Obesity in pets is a huge issue with me. I don’t understand why we “love” our pets to death with excess and poor food choices. On good diets and feeding quantities that correspond with body composition pets can life long, healthy lives.

And don’t even get me started on the lack of exercise most owners provide. I don’t have a cat but I hate to hear about hyper dogs on drugs when all they really need is a good run everyday and some mental stimulation.

Danielle T
7 years 7 months ago
Nice timing, I’ve got an 18-year-old cat who just endured her second surgery for thyroid tumor. She’s been anorexic and down to under 7 lbs. I know it’s crazy but I love this cat. She’s been a feline eating machine since the surgery and bounced back so well eating off my plate–chicken, steak, pork and her favorite SALMON. She already is visibly gaining weight, five days after the surgery. I was thinking that sharing my meat with her would be short-term, just until she got her weight back. But maybe I will just continue to let her eat this way.… Read more »
Mike B
Mike B
7 years 7 months ago

I wonder if frozen pinkies (baby mice, available frozen for feeding to small snakes) would be a nutritious snack for cats? They’re not fully developed yet, but they still have organs and bones and a little muscle.

agd
agd
6 years 7 months ago

I have been told to start with the pinkies and then move up to larger due to the fact that the calcium to phos ratio is not correct in the baby animals since they are still growing and developing.
I don’t know how true this is but it does make sense.

Michael Hitch
Michael Hitch
4 years 6 months ago

I’ve fed my cats small rats and mice for a long time, they much prefer it. To add some mix, I add some quail for them. I started this for them because African wildcats(What cats are domesticated from.)eat mice and some birds mostly.

Riley & Tiki's Mom
7 years 7 months ago
My first cat had cancer and later died due to renal failure. He was severely overweight and I was never happy with the prescription food from the vet (mostly corn). I vowed to feed my new cats and new dog better food. I fed them a mid range food from a pet food store that was recalled as part of the Chinese wheat gluten melamine scandal. Luckily all 3 are okay. I still feed them commerical food, but the wet food is grain free and the dry food is wheat/corn/soy free. I believe it to be a good compromise for… Read more »
Colleen
7 years 7 months ago
I’ve been thinking of going primal with my cat. Since my boyfriend and I have been doing ourselves, we sometimes give him a little raw meat or fish. He really enjoyed the raw meat the other day. Please comment on quality of meat. My cat is an indoor/outdoor cat so he’s been a hunter since birth. When he was sick a few years back, I experimented with different foods- he loves sweet potato and some other flavors of baby food, avocado, and good yogurts. I found out he like yogurt when I was eating some and he jumped up on… Read more »
marilyn zorn
7 years 6 months ago
A year ago (when the infected cat food incident happened) my siamese developed severe allergies –nearly scratched herself to pieces. The vet prescribed steroid pills which I used out of necessity. Thankfully, on this site I heard of Felines Pride. They process natural raw foods for cats and since feeding Taffy this diet solely she has pretty much stopped scratching. I have been able to stop the steroid pills (after 3 months). It takes that long for things to get out of a cats system. If she happens to injest even a small morsel of anything else the scratching starts… Read more »
Ailu
Ailu
7 years 6 months ago
I got the best advice from the breeder I got my two Siamese babies from – feed my cats a high quality dry food (no meat by products, etc) and supplement it with a high quality protein, baby food being a great source. So ever since they were kittens I have fed them a tablespoon of chicken or turkey baby food (or alternatively, canned tuna) every evening. (And it lures them inside for the night too.) They are now 6 years old, and neither one of them are overweight or have had even one health problem. I decided against feeding… Read more »
marilyn zorn
7 years 6 months ago
Ailu, Thanks for the information. It never occurred to me that baby food would be a good source for the cats. My other siamese almost died of kidney failure due to the “bad” recall food. She has recovered completely, thankfully. I am going to try the baby food, as it should be free of extra additives. Have you read the labels on these pet foods? Chemicals I have never heard of…………. I try to eat natural myself–don’t do extreme primal, but I keep making small changes and I know that my health has improved as a result. Why don’t the… Read more »
Riley & Tiki's Mom
7 years 6 months ago

If you feed your cat baby food, make sure it does not have onion in it. Onions are toxic to cats.

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ken
ken
7 years 6 months ago

to & quantity, but mostly the corn and wheat insulin response, allergens, and anti-nutrient components. I’ve heard the arguments: e.g. the cost difference between real food versus the price of 50lb sacks of grain–well consider the real, long-term costs with supporting your vets business, not to mention your pets health, vitality, and longitivity . . . If your pet has to have some dry nibble food to help extend the real food, consider a lamb/rice mix–not ideal, but much better than

Trinkwasser
Trinkwasser
7 years 6 months ago

“consider a lamb/rice mix”

I need new glasses, I read this as a lamb/mice mix

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Joanne of Open Mind Required
7 years 4 months ago

If you live on the East Coast, you can get ground or whole mice, as well as turkey, rabbit, pinky rabbits, chicken, beef, pheasant, you name it, from Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow. Be warned: warmed up ground mice stinks.

The best part of feeding a cat a raw, whole prey diet is their sh*t doesn’t stink. I can actually pick it up with my fingers and hold it to my nose without wretching, which is what happens when I smell feces from a kibble or canned food diet.

Isis
Isis
5 years 4 months ago
How very true! Our kitty was an exceptionally stinky one, and I’d gag walking by her litter box if it had only been a day since being completely cleaned out. We use a non-clumping litter so it’s a dump-once-a-week kind of deal. Then we started her on a whole prey model raw diet (which she took to like a charm right off, unlike most cats), and suddenly the litter box didn’t reek at all. We were so used to the extremely smelly reminder that at first we kept forgetting to empty it! Poor kitty… but we’re better at remembering now.… Read more »
Joanne
5 years 4 months ago

I feed my cats ground meat/bones/organs and chunk meat. They get along pretty well when they eat the ground meat, but when it comes to chunks they grab their share, run to a corner, and growl at anybody (except me, of course) who comes near. True carnivores in the kitchen.

Teresa Ann Foxworthy
7 years 4 months ago

Hi!

Does anyone know the solution for cat’s with kidney failure due to meds? Please help ASAP.

marilyn
marilyn
7 years 4 months ago

My siamese almost died from the food recall in 2007–caused kidney failure. My vet put her on iv and supportive care–thankfully, she pulled out of it and seems just fine these days. Other than that, I don’t know of any other treatment that you can do.

Ailu
Ailu
7 years 4 months ago

I also put my cat who had kidney failure on subcutaneous administration of saline solution, did it at home. It brought her out of kidney failure the first time, but the second time her kidneys failed it didn’t bring her out of it. But definitely worth the try. Also, buy some calcium carbonate powder at the drug store and mix 1/2 tsp with water and give it to her with a dropper; it will calm the acids in her stomach that build up from the kidneys failing. It really, really helped my cat to feel better.

Abby
Abby
6 years 10 months ago
We found early on with our cat that she would eat nearly anything that came her way if it didn’t eat her first, but due to wild cat in her gene pool, she suffers greatly when it comes to most things she might consider eating. Grain was a MAJOR issue for our cat from the start, but when she got pregnant, she began wasting away as we desperately sought alternative foods she could digest properly. The vet had expensive “grain free” alternatives, but nothing worked. We tried nearly every brand available to us in the many stores, from large chains… Read more »
Abby
Abby
6 years 10 months ago

We also suppliment their wet food with powdered variations of kelp, which they certainly don’t mind, and can be bought sodium free. They also have an extra bowl with roasted seaweed (usually Nori sushi wraps torn into shreds), which they will nibble at throughout the day between meals. For more finicky eaters, we found that starting them with the seaweed soaked in tuna juice or mixed with tuna worked wonders. Our cats are siamese polydactyls with both N.A. lynx and bobcat close in their genes.

agd
agd
6 years 7 months ago
I thought I would mention that I have been told that you need to be careful with kelp and seaweeds due to iodine with kitties. Kitties have a tendency to be hyperthyroid the kelp/seaweed has an effect on this. So be careful. Didn’t know if you were aware of this as I know its used a lot as supplement. One of mine actually does very well on a seaweed supplement. I will give him some occassionally for a while then change him back to another so not to over do but I do think there is something in there that… Read more »
Joanne
5 years 8 months ago

I gave my cats 1 to 2 drops of iodoral in their water bowl thinking they needed the iodine. In just over a week on of my cats salivated profusely for 16 hours, meaning he left puddles of saliva where ever he went.

Now my cats get sardines mixed in with ground turkey about once a week. That should take care of the iodine.

Kenny
Kenny
3 years 11 months ago

If we give our pets filtered water to eliminate the fluorine and chlorine the municipality adds, it will go a long way to help our pets iodine balance.

JaneA
6 years 5 months ago
If you’re interested in preparing your own nutritionally complete raw-food diet for your cat, I’d recommend you read “Natural Health Care for Dogs and Cats” by Dr. Richard Pitcairn et.al., and “The Natural Cat” by Anitra Frazier. These books both have recipes for a variety of tried and true, holistic-vet-tested diets. As for vets’ attitudes toward raw diets, my long-time (conventional) vet was just fine with my feeding my cats a raw-food diet. She asked me where I was getting my recipes and I told her I’d using recipes from the books above, and she was just fine with it.… Read more »
Heather Babcock
5 years 10 months ago

I have a question regarding this. I have been feeding my cats total raw for about a month now. Yesterday, we cleaned out the litter boxes to find no feces. They had urinated, but that was it. They all seem to be feeling okay, but I am a little concerned. Is there something I can feed them to help them clean out their bodies?

Ailu
Ailu
5 years 10 months ago

Do you have doggies? Reason I ask, is they love kitty tootsie-rolls. Would think that ones derived from a higher protein diet would be pretty hard for them to resist. May explain the empty litter box. dunno… lol

Abby
5 years 10 months ago

LOL. Healthy dogs won’t usually eat poo, but if that’s a concern in your house, you might also try using a toilet trainer for your cats to keep the dogs out of them. We use the Litter Kwitter for our kittens when they’re born…works wonders for keeping poo out of reach of little ones…both human and other.

Kenny
Kenny
3 years 11 months ago

Most all dogs want to eat cat poo because it is so high in unprocessed proteins.

Cats didn’t evolve to be efficient digesters, they evolved to be efficient killers!

Sumer
5 years 10 months ago

We feed ours bentonite clay in their water, and diamotaceous earth to clear parasites and chemicals out. You could try that if they’re not passing food through. Some extra virgin olive oil works to help pass blockages as well. Are they taking in enough water and moisture? I wouldn’t worry too much about it unless it pass into 3 days, then see a vet. (eating those two clays won’t hurt humans either, if you get it in food grade)

Heather Babcock
5 years 10 months ago

Thanks for all of the responses!

We have no dogs in our house, so that rules out any poo eating. I added olive oil to the water this morning before work. They do drink a bit of water and they seems to be feeling fine so far. I did notice two little piles this morning, but not sure that all of them are going. I have called my vet due to the length of time since last poo.

@Sumer- Where do you find the clay and earth?

Sumer
5 years 10 months ago

We got the bentonite suspended in water from the health food store, and the clay needs to be food grade only for consumption and use with pets and humans, so we ordered it online. It wasn’t hard to find cheap on Ebay either. As for the olive oil, it’s best to put it in a dropper and give them a cc of it directly, they won’t likely drink it on their own, and it may mold that way in contact with water.

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Becky
Becky
5 years 10 days ago

Hi
I’m a paleo & am trying to turn my cats paleo as well. Can you give me an example of a “menu” for the cats. I get the idea but am wondering about execution. For example, if they weigh 10 lbs, 3% of their body weight is 5.8 oz. In that example, I just givem them 5.2ish oz of chicken wings and .52is oz of organ meat? And they can eat the bones?

Abbe K
Abbe K
5 years 3 days ago

I *Love* that this is posted, however this is the same diet recommended (percentage wise) for dogs (no veggies necessary!).

Becky – wings are pretty boney (something along the lines of over 40% bone), so that would be way too much bone long term. Add in other meaty pieces and you’ll be good to go. Just make sure they are eating every day. Some cats take a while to transition over (picky little buggers!).

We’ve been feeding prey model raw to our dogs/cats for two years now. They are so much healthier for it!

Lisa
Lisa
4 years 11 months ago

I thought chicken (and all other) bones were a choking hazard to cats…?

Susanne
Susanne
4 years 9 months ago

Only when they are cooked. Cooked bones can splinter, and are therefore dangerous for cats. Sharp little shards to rip their way through the digestive tract. Somehow raw bones are fine, though.

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Michael
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve been primal for 7 months and am now thinking Id like to convert our 6 year old kitties. This has got to be expensive from the sounds of it.

I spend $20-40 at Costco for these guys every other month and do keep food out 24-7.

Is it always raw uncooked meets you serve up? How many servings a day? Can’t the raw food be harmful?

If Someone had a recommended grocery list for this transition, that would really help. I definitely want to give it a shot – these guys are totally worth it!

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
Take a look at “Orijen” for cats – Champion Petfood (Canada). Its “biologically appropriate” – conforms to basic primal principles. I feed both cats and dogs on this food with good results. This company also has a primal compatible product line for cats and dogs called “Acana”. Its less expensive than the “Orijen” line but may still meet your needs. Champion PF’s provides a lot of information on these products so take some time to review it all and to make comparisons between their products. I did feeding trials with my own pets, including the usual gradual transition from the… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
My original post is still waiting on moderation so I’ll remove the link and repost it here – with additional info. Take a look at “Orijen” for cats – Champion Petfood (Canada). Literally award winning – Glycemic Research Institute (GRI) Low Glycemic – best pet food in the world – 2011/2012. Its “biologically appropriate” – conforms to basic primal principles. The animal ingredients are range/grass fed, pastured, organic, wild caught, diverse, deboned – and all are certified fit for human consumption. The plant ingredients are largely wild gathered and vet approved. Deboning is important for a high meat (80%) pet… Read more »
IUVENESCO
IUVENESCO
1 year 2 months ago
“Can’t the raw food be harmful?” This is a puritan mentality that needs to be dropped like a hot potato. To paraphrase the hunter’s wife: “You cook it, you kill it.” Nothing on this planet evolved cooking its food; as someone once noted, cats have digestive systems that can handle stuff that would make a human sick just thinking about. Personally, i eat almost exclusively raw food, including meat and eggs; not only do i not get sick, i haven’t been to a doctor in 30 years, and my metabolic age is mid-20s (i’m 60). Enjoy what nature gives us,… Read more »
Heather
Heather
4 years 7 months ago
There is a brand called “Taste of the Wild” that is a grain-free dry food. We feed it to our dog and our two cats, and it’s pretty inexpensive. They used to get IAMS, and we pay about $3 more for this. I wouldn’t leave food out for them. They’re just like people; they’ll eat when they’re bored. We feed ours twice a day. I don’t think you need to worry about feeding them raw meat if that’s what you want to do. I would just be careful that you’re only feeding them meat that hasn’t been injected with antibiotics.… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago

Read the label on “Taste of the Wild” and see their website for ingredient info. We used to feed their Pacific Stream canine formula – and it was preferable to brands with grains. But, it has canola oil.

Once I went primal it smelled rancid to me – even when it was far from the expiration date and properly stored.

The dogs are doing much better now on a food free of both grains and plant oils. I just made a reply to Michael that’s waiting on moderation – it has the link to the company that we buy from.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
OK, I just took my own advice and read the Taste of the Wild website info for cat food. Never fed it to my cats just the dogs. Lucky cats are spared the canola oil that they use in the dog food formulas. Looks like a good food as far as what’s stated on the website – although the link to the Canyon River cat dry food isn’t working. I’d want to know more than what they state on the website, though – especially for cats. Its important to know the pH and the percentage of ash in cat food… Read more »
Joanne Unleashed
4 years 7 months ago
It can cost you anywhere from 50 cents to $1.00 per day per cat. Chicken is cheap; rabbit is expensive. This is typically what I feed my cats. Monday-Ground turkey (90%) with sardine (10%) Tuesday-Chunks of cornish game hen Wednesday-Ground turkey (80%) with chicken hearts (20%) Thursday-Chunks of cornish game hen with chicken liver Friday-Ground rabbit or rabbit chunks Saturday-Ground turkey with chicken hearts Sunday-Chunks of cornish game hen I get ground turkey and rabbit meat from Hare-Today in PA. If I had more money, I’d feed rabbit twice a week. I was buying whole frozen rabbits, skinning, gutting and… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
I was just responding to a new post from Michael without first reading the article or the older comments. Now that I have, I noticed that Abby also mentioned Arcana favorably. I don’t agree with everything that Mark said about a proper diet for cats, although I am glad to see that he mentioned things like the risk factor of hepatic lipidosis. Cats do benefit from the inclusion of specific plants in their diet, especially if they are 100% indoor cats. Cats don’t just eat plants to make themselves throw up. Not even animal scientists have a consensus on why… Read more »
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