Monday, July 27, 2009

Some People Should Not Own Dogs and Cats

Let’s admit that some people are bad pet owners. Some are cruel, some neglectful, some fail to train their animals, and so forth. Here I focus on diet. Some people cannot deal with the fact that dogs and cats are carnivores that require raw meats and meaty bones to be healthy.

In an interview with a Sydney newspaper, a cat breeder confessed that, being a vegetarian, she could not bring herself to feed her cats meat. In fact, she claimed, she is feeding her cats a vegetarian diet – no meat products at all. Even vets who push kibble acknowledge that cats are “obligate carnivores” who cannot metabolize vegetable proteins and carbohydrates. Cats lack the necessary enzymes to use vegetables and grains as food. It is monstrously cruel to keep cats on a vegetarian diet. She should give up cats and raise rabbits.

My daughter, who loves and keeps a cat, is terribly squeamish about raw meats. She claims they are revolting and nauseating to her. She herself eats little meat -- a bit of sanitized, plastic-wrapped, boneless, skinless chicken breast, sometimes a fish fillet, and occasionally shrimps. Oddly, bacon is acceptable, but all other kinds and cuts of meat revolt her. Naturally, she has difficulty feeding the cat appropriate raw meats and meaty bones that the cat needs to thrive. Fortunately, the cat lives in home, where 12 Labrador retrievers and two Papillons enjoy raw-meaty-bones diets. My daughter serves the cat meaty bones and cubes of chicken, beef, and pork that I cut up. She dumps them from a container into the cat’s bowl, while holding her nose. She is nauseated by raw meat, so it is very difficult for her to feed an “obligate carnivore” appropriately. If she didn’t live in a virtual butcher shop, she should not own a cat.

A recent puppy buyer gave all the signs of being horrified about my feeding puppies raw meaty bones. She watched with revulsion as 7-week old Labrador retriever puppies tore apart and chomped down raw chicken quarters. Her body language was exquisite. I knew that nothing I could tell her about why puppies need raw meaty bones was going to overcome her emotional reaction to raw meats. She promised to feed rmb (it’s in my puppy contract), but after a week with puppy, she told me she found a 2-inch bone fragment in his stool, so feeding rmb was just too dangerous. Her vet told her to feed Science Diet, which she adopted with huge relief. Now she does not have to smell and handle those nasty raw chicken parts and beef livers.

Perhaps, I should not have sold her a puppy, suspecting as I did that she was incapable of feeding rmb. My hope is that her husband and son will fill in and feed the puppy rmb, at least often enough to keep his teeth clean and gums healthy. I am afraid she is just one of those people who should not own a carnivorous pet.

Not everyone wants to keep a snake that requires live mice and baby chicks as food. Not everyone can feed live rabbits to dogs, even if they are ideal whole prey. I confess that I could not bear to see my dogs tear apart live rabbits or chickens. So, I compromise their diets with already-dead meaty bones and organ meats. Where do the compromises stop before carnivorous diets become inadequate to sustain pets’ health? I trust Tom Lonsdale, DVM, Yahoo rawfeeding groups, and my own evolutionary background to keep me on a proper path, feeding raw meaty bones.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

How Could We Ever Believe Dry Kibble and Cooked Mush Are Good Food for Pets?

From childhood, we heard our mothers tell us,”Eat your vegetables!” Mothers insist children eat a balanced diet, which for human omnivores includes fruits and vegetables, cereals, eggs, dairy products, and meats. Mothers are seldom heard to say, “Eat your potato chips! or “Finish that bowl of candy!”. Mothers know that a healthy omnivore diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, dairy products, and fresh meats.

Wolf mothers bring their pups pieces of raw meaty bones and regurgitate partly digested raw meaty bones for their babies. Wolf mothers do not urge their pups to eat cereals, fruits and vegetables, unless they are starving, because wolves are carnivores that thrive on meat and meaty bones. Wolves will eat eggs and grasses, but their main diet is meat and meaty bones.

Wild cat mothers feed exclusively on prey and bring prey parts home to their babies. Carnivore mothers feed their babies portions of the whole prey they eat themselves. For wolves and wild desert cats, whole prey provides a balanced diet of muscle meats, organ meats and bones. Chewing meat and tearing meat off bones keeps their teeth clean and bodies healthy.

Dogs are a subspecies of gray wolves. Dogs’ digestive systems are species wolf. Cats are close relatives of wild desert cats. Cats’ digestive systems are pure wild cat. Whole prey provides a complete and balanced diet for domestic cats and companion dogs.

When people adopt dogs and cats as family companions, what are they taught to feed them? Veterinarians and massive advertising campaigns tell pet owners to feed carnivorous pets exclusively on kibble (dry, cooked mostly carbohydrates) and canned cooked mush (also heavy on carbohydrates). What?, you say. Carbohydrates are not part of wolf and wild cat diets. In addition, cooking radically changes the composition and texture of food. What a colossal non-sequitor to feed carnivorous pets cooked carbohydrates! How did this happen? It’s a long story of profiteering and professional corruption that I hope to tell when all the data are collected. Stay tuned….

The primary victims of this global scam are millions of dogs and cats, whose health and longevity are sacrificed to human greed. Secondary victims are pet owners, who pay billions of dollars to buy the food that is killing their pets and to pay for veterinary services their chronically sick pets require.

The solution is to think for yourself, to feed your pets the carnivore diet they evolved to eat, a diet that keeps their teeth, gums, and organ systems healthy. Ignore all advice to feed carnivorous pets a high carbohydrate diet that will kill many of them slowly, and some rapidly.

To feed raw meats and meaty bones, pet owners have to unlearn all they have been taught about pet feeding. There is no “100% compete and balanced” manufactured food. No high-carbohydrate kibble, cooked at high temperatures and extruded from machines, can possibly be a good diet for any living organism. No cooked canned mush can keep your pets’ teeth clean and gums healthy. There is no science that can guarantee your pet a healthy diet. Trust Mother Nature and thousands of years of evolution to devise a healthy diet for your carnivorous pets.