I think I may have almost killed my cat, while trying to make her vegan. She acted as if she had been poisoned and would not eat for weeks. I guess it must be possible to raise a vegan cat. The author of VEGETARIAN CATS AND DOGS seems to think so. However, biologically, cats are carnivores with short and acidic digestive tracts. I learned from Arnold Ehret that carnivores need to eat raw meat with the blood and bones.
It is difficult to recall that time when my cat became sick because I felt so guilty. I know she was eating things like avocado, almond butter, mango and quinoa. I also tried to give her herbs for her sneezing because she had respiratory issues off and on for a few years. I still have no idea what made her stop eating.
I took her to one vet who told me she was dehydrated and had diabetes symptoms. They gave me medication for her lack of appetite and told me to continue the dosage even if she starts to eat again. I went home and Googled the medication. I read a couple of forums in which pet owners reported that their pets became dependent on the medication and would not eat without it. Since my cat already had a huge appetite, unlike I had seen before, I decided to toss the medication. That was two years ago and she has been eating ever since.
During that same scary summer, I took her to another vet for a second opinion. She told me that my cat had irritable bowel syndrome. This was more believable because she would occasionally vomit her food. Naturally, I thought this had more to do with her diet than some internal digestive malfunction. However, the vet prescribed a homeopathic medicine and told me to switch my cat to a raw diet. I went home, Googled the medicine, and discovered that it was basically a small dosage of strychnine poisoning. I decided to toss that medication as well.
When I purchased the first bag of raw pet food from my local pet store, I knew that this would not become her regular food. Besides the price, there were too many ingredients in the food…mixtures of vegetables, grains and meats did not seem to comply with natural law’s mono-eating . I went online and found Darwin’s Pet Food. I liked it because there were not any grains or additives. However, the only way to make it affordable was for me to order a six month supply. So I stocked my freezer with meat and, while my cat clearly became healthier, this did not solve her irritable bowel syndrome.
One day, I decided to cook Darwin’s pet food. I tossed it into the oven and what came out was a rubbery looking piece of mass that was difficult to slice. From that day forward I decided to purchase human grade vegetarian-fed, antibiotic-free, poultry for my cat. She is most healthy, when I alternate days of ground poultry with days of chicken liver and blood. No more sneezing or vomiting and it cost a little over a dollar a day.
Two weeks ago, a friend called me from a fish market and I asked him to bring me a whole raw fish for my cat. Apparently, this was the strangest request that the fish butcher had received. However, local meat butchers told me that they have many customers asking for ground raw meat, blood and bones for their pets. Pet owners are starting to wake up and realize that commercial pet food is slowly killing their pets. The raw pet food industry has capitalized on this new revolution, making sub par raw pet food four times more expensive than regular pet food. Thankfully, I have found an affordable solution that has eliminated my cat’s health issues.
Although I had already been feeding my cat raw food, for the last two years, this was the first time that she would be eating a whole raw fish. Day 1: I doubted my cat’s ability to tear the whole fish apart so I went to work with a knife, cutting bite size pieces with small bones. She ate all of the flesh off the bones. Day 2: I cut larger pieces; some with more bones. Initially, she left the pieces with the bones. When I came home that evening, everything was gone. Day 3: I cut larger pieces with larger bones. This time, she favored the bony piece. Day 4: (Pictured above) I let her have the rest of the fish.
The sound of her crunching through the bones, is what fueled the fire for this article. I was so excited because, after all of these years, she was finally putting her jaws and canines to use. She normally uses my plants to clean her teeth and gums. Now she finally has bones which also provide calcium. Although, going forward, when I purchase this occasional treat for my cat, I will ask the fish butcher to chop it in smaller pieces. It has been a long journey but I believe we are finally on the right track.