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Feeding cats in a "Natural Way"

One of the most frequent questions I get is “what should I feed my pet”.  This is a very important question to ask, especially if you own a cat.  Cats are so different from dogs in terms of their nutritional needs, and understanding their dietary requirements is essential to optimal feline health.

If you want to feed your cat in a “natural” way, it is important to think not just about what type of food should be offered, but also the Cat Hunting In Grassmanner in which it is offered.

Let me start by giving you some information about a cat’s dietary intake in the wild.  The domestic housecat is thought to have originated in the Middle East.  Cats are well adapted to an arid environment and their kidneys have excellent concentrating ability.  They get most of their liquid from eating prey (a mouse, for example, is about 70% liquid), so they don’t tend to drink as much water.  Cats are solitary hunters and therefore take on prey much smaller than themselves, necessitating several small kills per day.  They are also obligate carnivores which means that they require animal protein in order to achieve good health.  Unlike dogs who are able to manufacturer specific amino acids if not present in their diet, cats lack certain key metabolic enzymes which means that if they are not eating animal protein, they will be nutrient deficient.  

May: The Ragdoll

ragdoll freeHistory of the breed: The Ragdoll is a relatively new breed of cat.  Developed in the 1960's by a breeder named Ann Baker in Riverside CA, her kitty, Josephine and Josephine's sons, Daddy Warbucks and Blackie, are the origin of this special breed of cat.
If you research the history of the Ragdoll, you will soon discover that there was a lot of controversy and drama around the creation and popularization of this breed of cat.  Ann Baker's dream was to franchise Ragdoll catteries and she got paid a royalty fee for every kitten sold.  She was very keen on promoting this new breed of cat.  As time went on, however, her claims about the breed became outlandish.  She promoted the Ragdoll as being immune to pain, having a human gene in them, and even went so far as to say that they represent a link between humans and space aliens. 
Another set of breeders, Denny and Laura Dayton, came on the scene several years after the inception of the breed.  Their goal was to legitimize the breed and promote them for what they are, exceptionally docile and friendly companions. 
The fact that Ragdolls have acheived world wide popularity is a testament to the fabulousness of this cat.  Had this breed not been so exceptional in their nature and beauty, it likely would not have survived the controversy of it's origins. 

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