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Welcome to Feline Nutrition
There are many things that go into keeping your cat healthy and happy. Genetics and environment play a part. But, there is one thing that has a huge effect on your cat's health, and that is diet. Cats are predators that evolved to eat a diet of raw meat. It is only over the past 70 years or so that we have tried to feed cats a diet based on foods unsuitable for a strict carnivore. Grains, vegetable and plant matter and highly processed and cooked meat products. It's no wonder cats suffer from so many diet-related diseases. We're changing that.
You are here because you want to learn more about how to keep your cat healthy. Diet is the most important change you can make in your cat's life. We hear over and over again from pet parents who have changed their cats' diet and now wish they had done it sooner. They can't imagine feeding their cats any other way. Not only do they see improvements in their cats' health, but they feel a great sense of relief knowing they control what goes into their cat. No more mystery ingredients.
Contemplating a diet change for your cat can be a bit overwhelming at first. We remember what it was like in the beginning. We were so used to leaving our cats' nutrition in the hands of others. But, leaving it to others didn't work out so well, did it? Cat nutrition is complicated, right? Well, not really. It's actually pretty easy.
We want to help you come to the right decision and feel confident about it. We want to help you do it right. And there is no single right way. There are many right ways to do it, so there will be a way that works for you and your cats. Whether it is a commercially prepared complete diet, a ground meat product you supplement yourself, a homemade raw meat diet, whole meat cuts, whole prey items or a combination of these, your cat will see the benefits of a diet closer to what she evolved to eat.
Where to start? You've already started just by being here. The next step is to read. We have a wealth of information on health and diet, practical how-to articles and videos and many stories from people just like you who changed their cat's diet and never looked back. Visit the Answers area where we tackle the questions that you have, from basic to advanced.
After you've read and have gotten a good sense of where you're going, start the transition. With some cats it's immediate. With some it will take a bit of patience and persistence. Stick with it, it's worth it. And please, let us know how it all works out for you. We want every cat, everywhere, to have the chance at a healthy diet. Starting with yours.