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RAW FOR CATS AND DOGS


Katherine’s Official Gospel

Did you know that... research has found evidence which indicates that the mucus secreted by the intestines very much determines the kind of bacteria that will grow there. In addition, it has been found that it takes more than one year on the average for a new diet to produce any noticeable
change in the flora (bacteria). Now you know! source: Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management by Dr. Bernard Jensen

Introduction To Part 1

Homemade food or any type of food you feed your dog or cat should be nothing more than a simulation of what they would get in the wild. What a concept, huh? And no, dry food is not natural.

Now I know what you are thinking...

You are saying but dogs and cats are no longer wild, they are domesticated. This is true, but domestication has not changed their constitution. So let's really look at how similar our domesticated pets are to their wild cousins. Let's become aware of these similarities... because if the theory that domestication has changed our pets is true... then why, why are our pets so similar still to their wild cousins... and why do they still exhibit similar physical and psychological traits to their wild cousins?

Now here's where the fun really begins!

Part 1 is the most exciting part of my book both for me to write and read. I hope you have as much fun reading part 1 as I do!

Act 1 - Scene 1:
In The Raw

Evolutionary changes can takes thousands of years and although our pets have been domesticated for a while now, commercial pet food and terribly unnatural diets are relatively new.

Even if one goes back 50 or 100 years, one would see that many dogs were at least fed table scraps, raw meat, etc., and in some cases the cat (or dog) would hunt for additional food. Of course, many cats (and some dogs) still hunt (or at least try). Dogs and cats still come into heat every 6 months. Their canines are still larger than their incisors. Large canines are used for ripping, unlike a rabbit which has incisors that constantly keep growing for gnawing on foods.

Lions are known to have purrfectly white (never dirty) 50 millimeter fangs, a leopard’s are about 32 mm and a cheetah’s are about 25 mm. According to Jack Hanna, host of the TV show Animal Adventures, the extremely rare, but incredibly beautiful clouded leopard of Asia has the largest fangs at over 50 mm (2 inches).

That’s ridiculously huge when you think about it (yikes).

Their sense of smell is still 1000 times more powerful than a human's even though most dog and cats no longer hunt for food based on their sense of smell.We all know dogs are used for finding narcotics because of their keen sense of smell. But, did you know your dog or cat, with their keen sense of smell, can be used as an early warning device? They will give you a certain look if you have bad breath and get to close to them.

A dog’s neck muscles are still their strongest muscle for ripping and tearing the meat off their prey.

The dog or cat will still eat as much food as fast as they can because in the wild they never know if a relative or a competitor higher up on the chain will come along and tell them to get lost. As a result, a dog or cat can still be, shall we say, overly protective of their food.

The digestive system of a dog or cat is still about the same as their wild cousins and a dog or cat's jaw still only goes up and down for maximum ripping power unlike a horse's jaw which moves sideways for maximum chewing and grinding.Cats still have the tendency to chew with their molars. The cat’s molars were designed to cut through meat, tendons, ligaments and more!
This feline habit of chewing with molars is most easily noticed if you feed a chunk of meat to your cat. Next time you see a lion or any feline on TV eating its prey, watch for this habit. Dogs, well what can I say except open the mouth and pass the gums, look out stomach, here it comes. Dogs swallow whole. Many cats walk just like their distant cousin, the leopard. The leopard who hunts mostly on stealth is known to be able to place its back foot in the exact foot print
of its front foot to minimize noise.

Cats are also known to play with the food they catch. This similar behavior is also common among the elusive ocelot of the Amazon.

Like the puma, who hunts on stealth and who has been known to jump 30 feet, cats still have incredible jumping ability because of powerful hind legs. In addition, most cats still do not like water too much, although there are a few exceptions to this rule including the marvelous jaguar, whose name is a native word for "he who attacks but once" has been known to take a dip now and then.

Even though dogs and cats no longer need to hunt, many dogs and cats still have black hair around their eyes if they were originally a day hunter. The black hair is Mother Nature’s way of eliminating glare. If the dog or cat was originally created to hunt at night, the hair around the eye will be a light colour to attract the most amount of light for exceptional night sight. Look for this feature! You will see it on a lion or any other carnivore including your pet!

On pages 21 to 23 of Dr. Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy for Small Animals - Volume X, he basically notes that cats (and dogs) still prefer their food served warm at approximately 78 to 103 degrees Fahrenheit (25.6 to 39.4 degrees Celsius which is the approximate temperature of fresh prey). Other characteristics of their eating habits include their preference for infrequent meals that have a high water, protein, and fat content. The dog or cat is still said to rely heavily on their sense of smell in the selection of foods.Like their feline cousins, our cats are still careful about getting their whiskers wet or dirty while drinking from a bowl or eating their food. African wild dogs, coyotes, wolves and our dogs, well, they couldn’t care less about their whiskers, they just want the food.

Taking all of this into account, as you will see in part three http://www.pet-grub.com/part3/ of this book, we feed meats high in fat and hot water is added to the food to volatize the odour, make it moist and make it warm since cold food shuts down the digestive system. All of which helps to recreate and simulate the warmth, moisture, smell, and taste of a fresh kill. For those with cats, you may find it advantageous to feed your cat’s food in a shallow but wide bowl so your cat’s whiskers won’t get dirty. Those people with dogs will most likely find it is advantageous to feed the food (a bowl is optional).Domestication may have changed the loyalty of the dog or cat, but it has not changed their general constitution and in some cases their behavior has not changed either.

We all know dogs still bury bones and dig them up two weeks later and eat them rotten with no problem. Dogs still scratch the ground after urinating or defecating, not to hide their mess (because let’s face it, they’re never on target anyway). No, dogs scratch the ground because they have scent glands on their feet. There was a PBS show on cats showing how the regular domesticated cat does just about everything that the King of the Jungle (the lion) does. This includes male cats even killing kittens that are not of their genes. Dogs still make their bed before sleeping! Yeah, have you ever noticed how a dog will walk in circles before laying down for a rest? Now why would a dog do this? Simple, because in the wild, a dog needs to make the grass, especially tall grass, lay flat before it can lay down comfortably. Isn't it interesting how a domesticated dog still exhibits this "wild" behaviour even though the domesticated dog doesn't sleep in tall grass anymore! Female cats will still lick their kittens during hot weather just as a female cheetah does in Africa... why? Because as the saliva on the fur is brushed by a gentle breeze, it acts as a natural hot weather coolant.You know, I'm not kidding when I say homemade food is just common sense and that's all.

Katherine’s Official Gospel

Did you know that... essential fatty acids are either of 2 fatty acids which the body requires, but cannot make from other substances and which must therefore be supplied by the food. The names of these 2 are linoleic acid and linolenic acid. Now you know!

source: Fats and Oils - The Complete Guide to Fats and Oils in Health and Nutrition by Udo Erasmus

To read the rest of Katherine's text on the web, go to the following address
http://www.pet-grub.com/part1/scene1.pets

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