Short Takes

April 2018 Issue




Considering a Raw Diet?

Hygiene ranks at the top of the list of precautions

As cats are obligate carnivores, a raw meat-based diet sounds like the perfect option. Unfortunately, that “natural” diet also comes with some all-natural risks, including parasites and bacteria, such as Salmonella. Be aware of the symptoms associated with food-borne pathogens if you are feeding raw, and use good kitchen hygiene when preparing your cat’s meals to protect yourself and your family. If you want to make a homemade diet, consult with a veterinary nutritionist to be sure that your diet is balanced and provides all of the necessary nutrients for your cat.