Human beings are the only mammals on the planet who eat cooked or processed food. Though we eat many kinds of raw food, human bodies absorb many nutrients better when food is cooked. This is not the case for all other mammals.
Researchers believe domestic dogs share a common ancestor with the European Wolf; domestic cats are believed to share an ancestor with the African Wild Cat (both shown above). Our pet dogs and cats may share our homes, sometimes even our beds and are an integral part of our families. Nevertheless, they have hunter anatomies not unlike their wild relatives. The raw pet food movement seeks to replicate a wild, biologically appropriate diet to maintain the best possible health for our pets.
In the wild canines eat the whole animal, including the stomach and its contents. The contents of prey animals contain partially digested grasses, seeds, grains, nuts and other plant matter. It also contains digestive enzymes important to the canine system. Without these foods a wild canine would soon suffer serious nutritional deficiencies.
Cats are a little different. A wild cat will often ignore the prey stomach. What’s important to felines are the organs. Prey organs are loaded with taurine, an essential amino acid that cannot be synthesized in their bodies. A lack of taurine can lead to tooth decay and blindness in cats. All canned and dry cat foods are supplemented with taurine. In an appropriate raw diet taurine is supplied through added organ meat. This way the feline body absorbs taurine naturally. No synthetic supplements necessary.
In fact, nothing synthetic is necessary for dogs or cats. A biologically appropriate diet delivers all the best vitamins, enzymes and bacteria along with important protein and fat in the most natural way. The way dog and cat bodies are supposed to. It’s pretty simple.
The benefits to our cats and dogs can be seen in lots of ways. Healthier, shinier coats. Whiter teeth. Leaner body mass. Improved stool and odor. What you cannot see is an improved immune system and improved digestion. All of which leads to a better quality of life for your pet.
One more benefit: Fewer veterinarian bills!
Dogs Are Not Humans
Well, of course they aren’t. Though, sometimes it can be hard to tell. Our relationship with canines goes back millennium. They know us pretty well. But, how well do we know them? It’s important to know our best friends have a digestive system very different from the human system. Canine digestion is designed to absorb a raw wild diet with a very short, very acidic digestive tract. Perfect for quickly breaking down the nutrients in raw meat and bones.
Cats Know They Are Not Humans
Cats love being cats. Who of us hasn’t often felt that we are their pets? But, how well do we now them? It’s important to know that our feline friends have a digestive system very different from the human system. Feline digestion is designed to absorb a raw wild diet with a very short, very acidic digestive tract. Perfect for quickly breaking down the nutrients in raw meat, organs and bones. It’s also a great choice for finicky eaters!