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Barf for the cat: disadvantages of raw meat nutrition


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The barf diet can also have disadvantages for cats. Feeding raw meat and bones sounds very natural at first, but not all velvet paws are made for such a change in diet. Therefore, you should be aware of the risks that Barf poses to the cat.

Danger from pathogens and deficiency symptoms

One of the biggest disadvantages of the barf diet for the cat is the risk posed by pathogens in raw meat. While a large part of bacteria and viruses are killed during cooking, these are still contained in the raw meat. Therefore, pay attention to thorough hygiene when preparing the barf feed for your darling. Otherwise, salmonella can lead to severe diarrhea. Under no circumstances should you feed raw pork. It may contain pathogens that cause Aujeszky disease, which is always fatal in cats.

Cats also need more than just meat for a healthy diet. Carbohydrates and fiber must also be administered. The same applies to the nutrient taurine, which every cat needs but cannot produce to a sufficient extent. Raw meat contains taurine, but not in sufficient quantities. If your Stubentiger gets too little taurine, it can go blind or have heart problems.

Bones unsuitable for cat feeding

Even if it seems so natural - giving a cat bones has almost exclusively disadvantages. The bones of older feed animals in particular split easily and can cause injuries in the gastrointestinal tract. But bones from young animals can also have a negative effect on your cat's digestion. It can lead to constipation and consequent damage to the intestine. In the worst case, your cat's feces turn white, become very hard and dry. This is a clear sign that you have fed too many bones and should see a veterinarian.

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