Purr-fect Cat Therapy Inc

Sharing the Natural Healing Power of Cats 

THE SIBERIAN FARM CAT DIET.

The Siberian originally hails from Russia, where they have appeared in artwork and folklore for 1000 years. The ancient, long-haired Siberian breed are known to have incredible intelligence. Their thick coats protect them from the freezing elements. They’re a naturally developed breed, a working cat from the subarctic forests of Siberia, prized for their hunting prowess and ability to keep mice and rats from the food stores. Siberian cats today still roam Siberia farms and  Russia alley cats are still very much on the same fresh and natural meat base diet. Hunting or provided a diet consisting of homemade beef grind, boiled white fish, raw goat milk, quail eggs, rabbit, day-old chick ect. Siberian cats require extra care to prevent any potential health issues that may otherwise occur by feeding them a diet consisting of low-grade commercial foods that are unsuited for the breed’s requirements. 


 

The Natural Diet At Purr-fect Cat Therapy 

Cats are obligate carnivores and have flesh-tearing teeth, which means that they must eat a balanced, meat-based diet. They have a special need for certain amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, which are found in high levels in meat. If a cat does not eat a diet containing these special amino acids, like taurine and arginine, serious and often fatal diseases can develop. If cats are not provided with a sufficiently high level of taurine, they may develop a heart condition (dilated cardiomyopathy), experience reproductive failure, abnormal development as a kitten, or suffer from retinal degeneration. Living in the wild their natural diet would be mice, rats, and other small rodents, thus at Purr-fect Cat Therapy we feed primarily a homemade raw meat diet. 



 

Commercial Food v.s. Natural Diet.

Many pet food manufacturers take the waste products from the human food industry and turn them into profit. Most brands, from supermarket, pet supply store chain foods to so-called premium pet foods, use inferior if not downright disgusting ingredients as well as artificial flavorings, colorings, preservatives and other chemicals which have been proven to have harmful effects on the health of our companions. The American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) 10th annual Pet Food Conference, held January 31 in conjunction with the 2017 Dry dog food as the largest globally, racking up nearly US$30 billion in sales and growing 4.6 percent a year. It accounted for almost 40 percent of the US$75.25 billion global pet food market. 

Many veterinarians use “fear tactics” to persuade their clients to buy their commercial food. It is easier to sell cat food, than explain why better options would be healthier. Besides, selling food brings in more money to the veterinary clinic and the pet food companies that provide sponsorships and incentives to top-selling clinics. If you want to know more about how your veterinarian views nutrition, ask them when they took their last nutrition class not sponsored by a dog or cat food company. Employ a veterinarian that understands cats and how to feed them.(The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association is a great resource to find a just such a veterinarian). 


Poor Diet = Costly Health Problems


Many of the major diseases that are common to cats are related to problematic diets, many of which are recommended by most veterinarians. In my years of rescuing and caring for felines, these are the problems I’ve seen related to years on an inadequate diet:


  • Feline urologic syndrome (FUS)
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Taurine deficiency
  • Urinary crystals and blockages
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Food allergies
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis 
  • Fatty liver disease (hepatic lipidosis)

Dry kibbled cat foods are inadequate and inappropriate diets for the cat. The most common problems with cats on commercial diets are reoccurring bladder and kidney problems. Because cats normally do not drink a lot of water, they need moist food to digest meals properly, and to eliminate digested byproducts via the kidney and bladder. Commercially prepared dry food will make cat urine more alkaline causing the precipitation of crystals, and increase their susceptibility to infections. Dry food containing soy, corn, or wheat flour, potatoes, peas, wheat gluten will increase alkalinity of the urine (feline urine should be acid). Also, dry foods are very high in carbohydrates, and can be very addicting to cats, thus it may be difficult initially to change them to eat healthier varieties of food. Cats, in particular, can be resistant to a change in diet. They tend to fixate on whatever food they are weaned onto and will resist switching to a healthier diet. You may find that some cats are very difficult to wean off dry food, further supporting the junk food analogy. They’re literally addicted to the carbs and additives used in these diets. The one best thing you can do for your cat is to stop feeding dry food and feed a meat based, grain-free raw, homemade or canned diet which is consistent with the needs of a carnivore. 



Benefits of a Raw Meat Diet.

Diet is the foundation of health. The fresher the diet, the more nutrients are available for the animal's system to utilize in building immunity, healing from illness and warding off disease. Raw food diets have been shown to help the body deal with many common ailments such as flea infestations, hot spots, continual shedding, poor dental & gum health, allergies, gastro-intestinal problems such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, immune disorders and degenerative diseases. 


Raw diets have been common practice in European countries for decades, especially Germany, where it is commonly recommended by veterinarians. The fear of feeding raw meat in this country seems to stem from a fear of salmonella, E. coli and parasites. In over 20 years of feeding raw food and seeing countless animals on raw food diets through our rescue, salmonella and E. coli have not been seen to be a problem. Remember, pets' digestive systems are designed to accommodate raw meat. Parasites could be contracted through eating wild, whole prey or game meats, but is much less likely to occur with properly handled human grade meats. Infection is more likely to occur through a pet's ingestion of feces or soil, or from poorly handled meat.


The actual research sited in the US in support of a raw diet is rather convincing. A long term study conducted by Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD, between 1932 and 1942 was initiated a bit by accident. Dr. Pottenger kept cats as laboratory animals for experiments in human health. As his research and cat population grew, he resorted to feeding them raw meat scraps from a local packing plant instead of cooked kitchen leftovers. Within a few months, he noticed distinct improvements in the cats eating raw meat. This prompted Dr. Pottenger to undertake a whole new experiment. He segregated cats into different groups - some of which were fed a cooked meat diet and others who received a raw meat diet. All observations were noted in great detail over many generations of cats. At the end of the study, Dr. Pottenger concluded that cats fed a heat processed diet were deficient and suffered from innumerable ailments ranging from low immunity, irritability, and allergies to skeletal deformation, organ malfunction, poor development during kittenhood, low birth rate, birth defects, infertility, and shortened life-span. If you wish to learn more about the Pottenger study, you can purchase a summary of the study as book or video from the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.


Benefits of Raw: 

  • Improved Oral Health
  • Stronger Immune System
  • Reduced Risk of Arthritis and Bone Disease
  • No Coat Mats 
  • Better Digestion
  • Increased Energy
  • Improved Coat Health
  • Better Skin Health
  • No Litter Odor 
  • Less Poop 
  • No Concentrated Urine 
  • Less Risk of Taurine Deficiencies 
  • Stronger Hearts 
  • Striving Cat Mentally and Physically
  • Better Muscles and Head development 
  • No Pet Skin Allergies 
  • Longer Pet Vitality 
  • Fewer Trips to the Vet 

An Overview of the Effect of Diet on the Allergenicity of Cats to Susceptible Humans.

A cat diet with a high omega-6/omega-3 (n6:n3) ratio may stimulate sebum and Fel d 1 production. Modifying this ratio by adding ingredients with a greater concentration of omega-3 fatty acids may induce a lesser (reduced) inflammatory status in the animal and, thereby a lower production of Fel d 1. Article and Study SOJ Veterinary Sciences 


Learn More About the Raw Food Diet.

Safe Handling Procedures for Raw Meat.

  • Make sure the raw meat you use comes from a reputable source and is as fresh as possible.

  • If you’re feeding ground meat, be sure to grind it yourself to reduce the risk of bacteria. Ground meat has more surface area to attract bacteria and other nasties, and you don’t know where or for how long it’s been sitting around unless you grind it yourself.

  • Handle raw meat safely. This means taking sensible precautions like washing your hands after handling raw meat or anything (bowls, surfaces etc.) that has come in contact with raw meat.

  • Wash chopping boards, surfaces, knives and bowls with hot soapy water followed by disinfectant to make sure there are no germs. A mix of 1 tablespoon bleach to 4 cups water is an effective disinfectant, alternatively you can run used items through the dishwasher.

  • Store raw meat safely. Freezing until you’re ready to use it is the best way to store raw food, and make sure any raw meat is kept well wrapped and separated from other foods in the freezer.

  • Thaw frozen raw meat properly, by defrosting it slowly in the fridge. Never try to speed up thawing times by leaving frozen meat out at room temperature or microwaving it.

  • Raw food should be served to your pets in stainless steel or glass rather than plastic bowls, which can harbour bacteria.

  • Feed your cat in an area that is easy to clean (no carpeting or upholstery nearby).