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I'd call it "quasi-domesticated." Even in my parents' generation, cats were not indoor creatures. They may have been indoor/outdoor, but they definitely spent most of their time outdoors, and got much of their food from catching wild critters.Treefork said:Not to mention cats have been domesticated for about 3000 years so your basic housecat is about as wild as .... a dairy cow.
There are, but that's not what most people think of when they say "commercial foods." I can't even get a decent commercial food at the local petsmart. either grocery store chain in my area, or any of the department stores. Each one of them leads off with some sort of meat byproduct, or with a grain. While I don't completely avoid grains in my cats' food, it shouldn't be the first thing in them. That's why I specified "common" commercial food diets. Most people have to go out of their way to get decent food that has real meat in it.gremlin said:Also, while there are "junk food" type prepared diets out there, there are also good quality prepared commercial foods.
I agree that for cats, the main ingredient should be whole meat and not a "byproduct". Raw meats should be human grade and handled as if we were eating it ourselves. In fact, sometimes I wonder if that would even be safe for cats since we cook our food. Hmmm - maybe raise chickens and rabbits to butcher and use for yourselves and your pets. New hobby!sirdarksol said:As for the rest, I agree. I don't think anyone was thinking of only feeding their pet raw meat. The question, though, was the safety and nutritional value of raw meat.
konstargirl said:Okay. My older sister gives her cats fresh meats everyday and she weened them off commercial cat food couple of months ago. I was wondering if giving cats fresh raw meat safe?
I get how it could be thought that it's not safe for the animals (although cats and dogs both are built to easily handle most bacterial and parasitic issues; just be smart about the meat that you use. No pork, and be particular about where you get the meat), but how could it possibly not be safe for the person preparing it? Any time we make food with meat in it, we handle raw meat. As with any other time preparing any such dish, you've got to wash your hands and utensils afterward.anaugle said:I do not think this is safe for any animal eating it or any human preparing it.