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Mythbusters

One of my friends recently purchased a dog and asked me about feeding it natural food. I explained the principles, and his first question was whether raw meat could cause...

One of my friends recently purchased a dog and asked me about feeding it natural food. I explained the principles, and his first question was whether raw meat could cause worm invasion. These myths about natural food are the main pet peeves and problems of clients, which they are afraid of or which stop them from transitioning.

 

In this article, we will explore the six most common myths about BARF. And if you still have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

 

Myth 1. Most domestic cats and dogs are artificially bred breeds, they are used to eating processed food, they do not need meat

Is it true? Let's find out.

 

Despite the fact that dry food appeared in 1860, it has been massively consumed only for about 50 years.

 

Although dry food appeared in 1860, it was only widely consumed for about 50 years. The structure of the gastrointestinal tract couldn't change in such a short period of time. A wild tiger, a domestic Sphynx, a wolf, a Spitz, and a street cat that lived 100 years ago have the same digestive system. Only the color, coat length, ear shape, and size have been artificially altered. The process of digestion and food assimilation remains the same. "Special breed nutrition" is just a marketing ploy by manufacturers.

 
 

Myth 2. You may have heard of it: "There are many parasites in raw, uncooked meat products"

 

Scientific fact:

Cats and dogs naturally have high stomach acidity, which allows them to destroy parasites with hydrochloric acid in their stomachs.

*Wildfood uses certified raw materials that undergo sanitary testing for the presence of parasites, according to human food safety standards.

Vets recommend preventing worm infestations with special pills every 3-6 months.

Why do we have to do this if our pets eat commercial food without parasites?

The answer is simple: marketing.

 

Myth 3. There will be an excess of protein and phosphorus in the meat-based diet

Cats and dogs have a protein-fat metabolism, meaning they cannot have an excess of protein from meat-based food.

The overabundance of vegetable proteins can be caused by commercial feed because many contain wheat, corn, peas, and rice - all of which are vegetable proteins that cats cannot digest and absorb.

Did you know?

Feeding only muscle meat can cause an excess of phosphorus in your pet. This is an improper type of nutrition.

There should be a balance of calcium and phosphorus in the cat's body. Therefore, in addition to muscle meat, the cat should also consume viscera and meat-and-bone products which are great sources of calcium. For dogs, you also need to add vegetables.

 

Myth 4. On a natural diet, pets rarely have stools and suffer from constipation

 

Did you know that having a bowel movement once every 2-4 days on a natural diet is normal and not constipation? This indicates good food digestion, and it takes several days for the formation of solid waste.

Industrial food contains many carbohydrates that are not absorbed and digested by the cat or dog, so they may have bowel movements every day or several times a day.

 

Myth 5. Cats and dogs should not be given bones

 

Did you know?

Indeed, pets should not eat bones - tubular bones, sharp, bare bones and especially boiled bones, their structure changes, pets cannot digest boiled bones, they simply clog the intestines and cause obstruction.

 

We give pets products that contain both meat and bone together, even small kittens can easily cope with chicken heads or necks. These are soft bones that are covered with meat, they are highly digestible and are the best source of calcium.

 
 

Myth 6. Pets need to chew dry food to prevent tartar

 

Did you know that dry food contains a lot of carbohydrates, which contribute to the development of tartar? Eating meat-and-bone products is not only an excellent source of calcium but also helps train the jaw muscles and prevent tartar. Pets chew on these pieces thoroughly before swallowing, which helps to brush their teeth in a natural way.

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