Raw Diet for Pets

Sebastian [15 years old]

Sebastian [15 years old]

I’m a researcher. I research practically anything and everything. When my cat was diagnosed with kidney disease and hypothyroidism a couple of years ago, I did exactly what the vet suggested. I bought prescription diets for the kidney disease and gave Sebastian his meds each day. The meds are a tricky beast – they require frequent blood work until the ideal dosage is determined. It got expensive.

During the last vet visit, I was told that Sebastian now has hyperthyroidism. Great. I had stopped his meds and was trying a more natural remedy. Maybe it wasn’t working but I had to try. I’m not sure if it was the meds or the special dry food but he was either over-grooming or just simply losing his fur. When he ate the wonderfully expensive prescription foods, literally minutes after eating, he would throw it all back up in a nice little pile of food morsels. He had so much going on that I wasn’t sure what was causing what anymore. So I stopped it all. I stopped the prescription food and the thyroid meds.

I have been adding holistic drops in his food ever since and he might throw up once a week now. Recently it’s been a tad more but I think it’s because I changed his drops. Right now I’m only giving him drops for his kidney disease. I’d like to get that under control. He drinks a lot and when he pees, it’s like he is peeing cement. It’s so hard to scoop his litter. I don’t see a difference since using these new drops.

Sebastian always weighed around 20lbs. He is a big-boned cat…LOL. Seriously though, he does have a large frame compared to other cats. So he wore the 20lbs fairly well. He now weighs between 11-12 lbs. When you pet him, you pet a boney cat. He doesn’t look boney until you touch him. I’m sure this is partly the kidney disease and partly the hyperthyroidism. But I can only work on one problem at a time.

Raw_Beef copyIn my research, I have been reading more and more about raw diets. It’s amazing how there is always controversy with everything anymore. Bottom line is that cats and dogs are made to eat raw food. They eat mice, rats, squirrels, rabbits, etc. They eat the organs, meat, bones, and whatever else they feel like eating. I reached out to a family friend who has been making a raw diet for her animals for a long time and has had wonderful results because of it. She gave me some tips to try. Honestly, it seems like a ton of work and I’m not sure where to get half of what I needed.

I found a raw food brand, Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct who does the grinding of meat, organs, and bones and prepares them into nice patties, bits, or nuggets – frozen. I found a pet store who sells them and bought a trial bag of the bites. The bites thaw faster. So far I’ve only been giving Sebastian them as a treat. But so far – Sebastian [loves them!], Molly (mom’s cat) [won’t eat them], and Sadie (my dog) [loves them!]

I’m slowly doing this transition only because I am traveling for a week or so in May and don’t want to change his diet just to put him back on dry food while we are away. So for now, I give them as treats until we return from our trip. At that time, I plan on switching Sebastian to a completely raw diet.

Once I get him established, I will look into doing the same for my dog.

One thought on “Raw Diet for Pets

  1. Tracy – I love your research enthusiasm! and willingness to try alternatives. Treating feline kidney disease also requires sub-cutaneous fluids. This will help hydrate his kidneys, make his urine less concentrated, and hopefully pee less.

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