Cats and dogs evolved as wild hunters, fending for themselves by catching prey or scavenging on fresh kills. That’s a far cry from the kibble most pet owners feed today. Should you consider feeding your pet a raw food diet?
10. Carnivorous Beginnings
Dogs and cats are both sometimes fed raw diets, but they have very different nutritional needs. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they rely almost exclusively on meat. Wild dogs have a somewhat more omnivorous diet, but increasing research shows they are also true carnivores.
9. The Changes of Domestication
Living with humans has changed pets. Dogs were probably domesticated in part when wolves learned that human trash piles featured easy edibles. Cats hunted mice in ancient grain store rooms.
8. The Difficulty of Digesting Grains
Dogs and cats have a digestive system that is relatively much shorter than that of a human being, which makes it difficult for them to efficiently break down grains. While most pets don’t get sick from eating grain, there is often a lot of waste.
7. Malnutrition and Allergies
Due to the difficulty of processing grain, high-grain diets may contribute to chronic disease due to high levels of malnutrition in some pets. Some grains, such as corn, are also common allergens.
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