• Meat, organs, bone, and taurine are absolutely essential. All preferably raw; however a cooked diet is better than commercial.
  • Any supplements you use should be from animal sources e.g. fish oil, and not flax or hemp seed oil for Omega-3.
  • Meat, organs, and bone contain 0 fiber. On a whole prey diet, cats would ideally consume some fur and feathers. Some fur/feather might need to be trimmed off since some cats' digestive system have trouble with them. Next best choice is to add high-moisture low-glycemic index vegetables @ around 3-5% of your cat's diet. If your cat is allergic to vegetables, then psyllium or rice bran (~ 1/16 - 1/8 teaspoon daily) are okay again depending on how well your cat handles this fiber source.
  • Avoid grains completely as a large % of cats are allergic to them. At best, grains are an unnecessary source of carbohydrates for cats, these erstwhile capable guardians of ancient Egypt's granaries.
  • Cats need preformed Vitamin A as they cannot convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A. Interestingly enough, 2 studies have shown that although cats absorb beta-carotene presumably obtaining an anti-oxidant benefit from it. Of course they do not convert it to Vitamin A, so meat and organs should supply cats' vitamin A requirements, not vegetables.
  • Cats cannot convert Tryptophan into Niacin, so need preformed Niacin (B3). Meat particularly chicken breast contains healthy amounts of niacin.
  • Try to feed the entire animal, not bits and pieces because nutritional profiles (including taurine) vary among body parts of the same animal, not just among animals/birds. Rotate among a variety of animals and birds, don't feed the same thing day in and day out because some meats e.g. chicken and turkey have lower potassium levels than venison and rabbit.
  • Cats need ample amounts of amino acids Taurine and Arginine, both of which are available in meat.
  • Use herbs and nutritional supplements sparingly as a significant number of the herbs and supplements good for humans are not safe for cats.
  • Loads of energy
  • Elimination of stomach problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation
  • Shiny coat
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Smaller stools with virtually no odor
  • Clean sparkling white teeth
  • Nice clean breath
  • Elimination or decrease of itching and allergy problems
  • Maintenance of ideal urinary pH (6 - 6.5)
  • Strong immune system leading to better resistance to infections
  • A lot less shedding, with rare hairball sightings
  • Safety Concerns


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