Feeding Your Carnivore
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you know that historically a dog’s or cat’s diet was always raw?
It wasn’t until the
depression of the late 1920’s that the traditional meat, bones, offal and table
scrap diet fed to dogs and cats for centuries was abandoned when people had no
choice but to eat these foods themselves, and instead began to feed dogs with
stock and grain-based feed, to which they added extra protein and calcium in
the form of what was basically fertilizer meat meal, blood and bone. This was
the beginning of the enormous pet-food industry that we know today with grain
producers, realizing the profits to be made from their waste produce, began
what has become the insidious (and damaging to pet health) modern pet food
industry of today.
This new pet food was sold
as “scientifically formulated” and “good for your pet”, yet the food was mainly
cereal based, cooked at very high temperatures and finished with a cocktail of
colorants, preservatives and dubious ‘vitamins’ in an attempt to replace the
nutrients lost from the high temperatures used in the processing.
At this point, the pet food
manufacturers re-wrote the scientific classification for dogs and cats, and
started to change public perception by referring to them as omnivores, despite
their carnassial teeth and lack of large flat molars for grinding up plant
matter. The manufacturers went further; they started sponsoring the nutrition
lectures in vet school, teaching student vets that dogs and cats were
omnivores. They gave lucrative sales margins to vets who carried their food,
and so the corruption of our veterinary professionals began….
Being descendants from
wolves and wild cats, feeding a dog or cat a steady diet of anything that is
cooked, canned, dried or ground is simply unnatural for a dog, and over time,
doing so puts a strain on the dog’s system. Such a chronic strain may often
result in any number of the different kinds of health problems from which far
too many carnivores are suffering today; diseases that are now being referred
to as “genetic”.
Yet it was convenient, no
more pondering of what to feed that day, everyone loved the idea of simply
opening a bag or can. The fast-food industry for dogs and cats was born, and
with it began the diet related health crisis of pets that then swept our
western world. Dogs and cats started to
develop so many diet related illnesses that the veterinary industry boomed, yet
still we carried on feeding the same food that was causing the problems in the
This class is intended to
give you an overview to a more natural way of caring for your dog or cat to
provide better health and longevity.
We will cover the current choices in dog and
cat foods, along with ways to feed on a budget as well as for those who really
like to “dig in” to the details. We will
spend some time preparing a typical raw food bowl in our own kitchen for our
carnivores. You will see how simple and
easy it can be, even for the busy working folks with little time to spare. We will provide local resources for obtaining
quality raw food for your carnivore pet.
We hope you enjoy the class!