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of 20) had at least one
mineral or fatty acid below
AAFCO (2012) or NRC
(2006) minimum recommended concentrations for
www.PetfoodIndustry.com/articles/6492 domestic cats."
In another study,
published in the Journal of
Animal Science, Swanson
While most raw foods use only muscle meat, some
tested whole chicks versus other chicken-based diets,
people try to more exactly replicate what cats' and dogs'
including kibble, canned and raw ground chicken.
ancestors ate by giving them whole-animal prey items,
"While all cats remained healthy during this study, we
such as feeder mice traditionally used for reptiles.
did notice a couple hairballs (mainly composed of hair
"I do not recommend this," said Katz. "[However], if
and feet) in cats fed whole chicks," he said. "I think more
a client came to me saying that they fed this, I would not
research would be useful to answer these questions."
tell them it was bad. I think most people are a bit grossed
out by such things."
Safety concerns with raw pet food
Scientists have studied the nutritional value of whole
Whole-prey, raw pet foods may have nutritional risks,
prey diets for domestic cats and found that they may not
but other studies have found serious health risks from
provide sufficient nutrition.
raw pet food.
"It really depends on the species and age of [prey]
"The riskiest bacteria for dogs and cats are Salmonella
animal, but most do not appear to provide sufficient
spp. that can cause gastroenteritis and even septicemic
amounts of all essential nutrients," said Kelly Swanson,
disease," Paul Overgaauw, DVM, PhD, of Utrecht
PhD, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences
University in the Netherlands. "For example, one
and Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University
publication reported fatal septicemic salmonellosis after
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "As stated in our Zoo
feeding raw meat to two cats. Contaminated raw meat
Biology paper, a majority of whole prey samples (15 out
products with Salmonella have also been identified as a
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