|Posted on January 13, 2013 at 12:45 AM|
Raw feeding is not only a Siberian's preferred diet, it is the diet nature developed the carnivore to feed on, digest and thrive with. Imagine trying to convince a rabbit that he needed a well round diet including freshly grilled steak! That makes as much sense as trying to overcome millennia of development and refinement of the cat and forcing it to eat carbohydrates and add ins such as blueberries, potatoes or rice ...
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|Posted on December 1, 2012 at 3:45 AM|
Ever wonder what scientists have learned about the nutritional needs of cats? Here are brief summaries of four research projects conducted in the past ten years:
|Posted on November 1, 2012 at 4:45 AM|
Cats' bodies aren't equipped to digest carbohydrates efficiently. They lack the salivary, intestinal and pancreatic enzyme activity necessary to break down and digest carbs.
Since domestic cats evolved to eat very low amounts of grains, common sense tells us a diet high in carbohydrates can create ill health in your Siberian cat.
A high-carb diet decreases protein digestibility. It also causes an in...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM|
Despite ample evidence that soy in processed foods is harmful to man and beast, use of soy products continues to spread, infiltrating the ingredient lists of countless people foods and commercial pet foods.
The plant estrogens in soy are well-documented endocrine disruptors, as evidenced by cases involving creatures as diverse as rare exotic parrots in New Zealand and captive North American cheetahs.
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|Posted on October 1, 2012 at 4:40 AM|
Felines have a unique nutritional biochemistry that is significantly different from other animals. As obligate carnivores, they must consume nutrients in animal tissue to meet their very specific nutritional requirements.
Cats have minimal need for carbohydrates, and while they can use some carbs as a source of metabolic energy, those nutrients can't compensate for a lack of protein.
When it comes to protein, kittens requi...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 1, 2012 at 3:50 AM|
Another study was published recently proving cats digest the protein in raw and even cooked meat diets better than the protein in extruded dry food diets. And in fact, many similar studies have been published over the years.
Felines are obligate carnivores -- they cannot survive without animal tissue in the diet.
Cats are nutritio...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 1, 2012 at 4:15 AM|
In 2007, an international pet food crisis caused dogs and cats to suffer kidney failure and even death after eating pet food produced in China that contained wheat gluten contaminated with melamine*.
Even though many standards for pet food have changed and improved since this tragedy occured five year ago, did you know that you may still be involuntarily providing a daily dose of toxins i...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 20, 2012 at 3:45 AM|
A study was published in October 2011 on the digestibility of three different feline diets -- a raw beef-based diet, a cooked beef-based diet, and a high-protein extruded (dry food/kibble) diet.
Raw food in process at ForestWind Siberians, Winter 2012:
The study involved 9 shorthair domestic cats, adult females.Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 1, 2012 at 5:00 AM|
Did you know that it is impossible to feed your pet a biologically appropriate, relatively natural diet from a can or bag unless you’re willing to spend a small fortune on grain-free formulas made with true human-grade ingredients?
These brands are less than 10 percent of pet foods available on the market. They are hard to find and well beyond the budget of most pet owners. In fact, if you’re buying pet food made with true human-gra...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM|