Don’t let labels deceive you…
One of the biggest hurdles with telling people about feeding raw to their furkids is this ingrained idea that pets can only be fed pet food. When people bring a furkid into their home, one of the immediate questions they ask themselves seems to be “which commercial canned food/kibble should I buy for my furkid”. You see it on pet forums where there are tons and tons of threads asking what is the best brand of pet food to buy.
Even people with the best intention and immense love for their furkids. Mummy knows…that’s what she did when Daddy first brought me home. Research into what was the best brand of pet food to feed me when I was old enough (she eventually decided on mostly Wellness Core canned food and occassional Wellness Core kibble). It didn’t even occur to her then that food for pets does not necessarily have to be pet food. That’s why spreading the word about other alternatives like a raw diet is so important. So that people can make informed decisions.
Isn’t it strange that people immediately associate a pet with commercial pet food? It seems to be a very successful brainwashing which the pet food companies have done. It’s become “natural” for pets to be fed pet food when that’s probably the least natural thing! So few question why it has to be pet food, is pet food really nutritious and suitable and is it really safe. Well..in my own opinion…it doesn’t have to be pet food, pet food is not necessarily nutritious or suitable (especially kibble) and from all the pet food recalls we’ve been hearing about, they’re definitely not always safe.
Imagine eating processed canned food or biscuits every single day of your life. You wouldn’t be very healthy. That is what you condemn your furkid (and yourself) to if you buy into the pet food companies’ idea of food for pets equals pet food. What’s sad is that many do it unknowingly. There is so much literature out there these days about nutrition for furkids, it seems such a shame that so many still make blind decisions about how they feed their furkid. Some stuff you can start reading (and these are written by vets) are:
- Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to Longer, Stronger Life by Elizabeth M. Hodgkins (Mummy has read this book and thinks it’s pretty informative)
- Natural Heating Solutions
If not for your furkid’s wellbeing, then I have a “selfish” reason for pawrents to consider. A healthy furkid means saving tons of money and trouble for a pawrent. One of the key reasons why Mummy and Daddy feed me raw is that a healthy me means less time at the vet and less money spent on the vet. Vets can cost a ton of money especially when it comes to major illnesses and the amount of time spent at the vet can be ridiculous (Mummy and Daddy once spent FOUR hours just waiting for our turn at a vet). And then having to deal with the problems illnesses bring at home such as not using the litter box properly and having to force feed medicine can be very stressful on a pawrent. A pawrent’s life is easier and happier with a healthy furkid.
I know a lot of people think that nothing is as easy as opening a can and plonking the contents in a bowl or scooping out a cup of kibble. But before I was put on a raw diet I was eating a combination of mostly canned food and some kibble between the age of 1 month to 3 months old, and Mummy doesn’t remember my meal times to be instantaneous and zero effort either. The recommendation on the canned food was that I be given about 1 can a day and I was fed tw0 to three times a day. So Mummy would scoop out 1/4 of canned food in the morning and put the rest of the can in the fridge. The next time she fed me, she had to scoop out another 1/4 can, boil water and warm up the food over a bowl of hot water because cold canned food is pretty gross. That took time man….
Don’t let labels deceive you and make your decisions for you. Just because something says it is “pet food” does not mean it was made with your furkid’s best interests in mind. Just because a raw meal prepared at home by your own hands and with your full knowledge of exactly what your furkid is eating does not have the label “pet food” on it doesn’t mean it is not good for your furkid.
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