The guy whose health scare inspired us to try something new
Raw foodie who loves fresh wheat grass and playing fetch with her soccer ball
Loves treats, teenagers, and balancing in high places (also a raw foodie!)
The Cat Food Project
In case you wonder why we’d go to the trouble of making our own cat food, here’s the story:
The day after Christmas 2010, our Ragdoll cat, Shadow, became lethargic, and a call the the vet ended with Michael heading to the ER. Shadow was running a high fever and was totally out of sorts. While at the ER, after a lot of time and tests, we learned that once Shadow recovered from an infection that he also very likely had a cardiomyopathy and would have a shortened life (2.5 years is how long most cats live with these) and be on medication.
We ended up taking Shadow to a specialist in Leesburg, VA, and the diagnosis was confirmed. At that point, we had some decisions to make. We’d heard that cats on a raw diet eat much more closely to the way nature intended, and we did some additional research and learned that a grain-based diet can be harmful for some cats. After reading the whole health for happy cats book, we were ready to make our first batch of food. Here are our videos about the process:
The results of our efforts were worth the effort! Within a couple of months Shadow lost his droopy belly, within 6 months, he started to put weight back on but in different places! Instead of the soft squishy fat cat we were used to, he was becoming a strapping boy.
UPDATE: It’s now nearly 6 years later, and we are absolutely convinced this was the right choice for all three of our cats. Our now EIGHT-year-old Shadow still has lots of energy and most days he can leap to any destination he chooses with confidence. In a wonderful side effect, he also no longer has as many respiratory issues (ok, boogers) as before.
Our two SPCA kitties (Gemma and Leah) also love their raw diets, and their health has been wonderful.
It really is amazing the difference food makes. We’d always “walked the walk” with our own food, and now our cats are also on the “food program” too!
Here’s the disclaimer: We’re not vets, we don’t know your cat, and we’re not sure if raw food is going to work for your animal. Our animals have absolute thrived on this diet, but our results may not be typical. Talk to your cat’s veterinarian before you do anything you think might be harmful to your animal. These videos are about our story and show the methods we use to create our raw cat food mixture and are not intended to be veterinary advice.