Feeding Pets as Nature Intended–Part 2
(Dr. W.) Armed with understanding it becomes possible to sort through all pet feeding fables and lore. The best pet food is clearly that food which animals are genetically adapted to, the food of the pre-modern ‘276 miles’ as previously explained. For cats and dogs, that would be primarily prey – whole prey, uncooked, including their vegetation- and probiotic-filled viscera. Modern, cooked, carbohydrate-based pet foods are a far cry from that!
Do we think our pets’ bodies don’t notice? Animals were designed for natural foods, therefore health will best be achieved by feeding natural foods. When scientists succeed in making animals in their laboratory (they can’t even make a single cell), then they can feed them foods made there.
But alas, pet owners throw their hands up in dismay since they are led to believe that pet feeding principles are different than what common sense would dictate for them and their children. Is it reasonable, as nutritionists would have everyone believe, that the only way we could know what lions should eat, or bears, ants, elephants, rhinoceroses, hyenas, robins or eagles should eat, is to cage several of each and perform long, complicated, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover scientific feeding studies? Would you not reasonably say, "What? I already know what they should eat. It's what they’re already eating."
We don’t need a nutritionist to tell us how many milligrams of vitamin B6, or international units of vitamin E, or grams of protein these creatures need. They obviously get what they need by eating their raw, whole, natural food. The simplicity of this is so overwhelming it is essentially passed over by the entire food industry and scientific community.
What does your pet need to eat? The answer: What it would eat if it were released into the wild. Granted, today’s companion animals cannot be turned loose, but that does not mean we should not model their diets to retain as much of the character of the archetypal pattern as it is possible to achieve.
Use the same intuitive sense I have urged you to use when feeding yourself and the family. You know that fresh, whole, natural foods eaten in variety are healthy. This is not nuclear physics. But people will subject their pets to something they would not ever tolerate for themselves – eating the same lifeless processed food at every meal for a lifetime. It’s like nutritionally torturing your pet’s body. But hey, if it’s in a pretty bag and claims to be 100% and is seen on television endorsed by a movie star, why not?
Conventionally processed pet foods are a compromise and should be selected from manufacturers you carefully scrutinize to determine that they know what they are talking about and are truly committed to health first. Packaged foods (even those heat processed) and properly selected supplements can be rotated into the diet with benefit. You don’t have to be a purest.
It is a very important principle in toxicology that dose makes the poison. Anything can be harmful if in excess. So feeding well-made processed foods in rotation and variety with raw foods is not a problem. But note the words 'rotation' and 'variety'. Feeding anything, regardless of its health merits, day in and day out creates a dose that can be a poison.
Yes, indeed. The Egyptians even used to worship cats as gods. Over 3,000 years later cats have not forgotten this, either.
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