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​ Does it seem natural for a cat to lick a pulp of minced meat reduced to pate?

If possible, do not mince, minced meat is not natural for the cat!

There are a number of great reasons to completely avoid chopped foods in your diet

of your cat, one of the most important reasons has to do with its teeth: the truth is that those teeth are the only mincer your cat will ever need!

Nature designed cats' teeth millions of years ago, long before humans invented meat grinders :-D

Cats have used those teeth to "grind" their prey since then for many millions of years .... until today

Creating a meal with various pieces of a hypothetical prey is called a "Frenken Prey" feeding.

In this diet when preparing a meal, the idea is to use Mother Nature as an example to feed them as naturally as possible. All cats have been created, equipped with a built-in meat grinder .... ;-): the incisors, which are positioned so that they have a very strong closure, are intended to be used for tearing, the canines are for the tearing and cutting of whole pieces.

A cat's sharp teeth can also crush large edible bones

in pieces small enough to be consumed.

It is perfectly natural for cats to use their teeth to gnaw part

whole, carcasses, pulpy bones.

​It seems natural for a cat to lick a pulp of reduced minced meat

to pate?   Those sharp teeth in your cat's mouth are there to cut,

to crush and grind whole prey and large pieces .... don't you think?

If your cat doesn't use its teeth, they were designed with the purpose of

be used, they are very likely to get sick, get covered with tartar

or cavities, fall out or need to be extracted due to severe infections.


Teeth and dental formula of the adult cat

 The adult cat has 30 teeth,

real hunting weapons: 12 incisors, 8 premolars, 6 molars and 4 canines.

The incisors are very small and are used, together with the tongue, to scrape the bones of the prey. The premolars and molars are blade-shaped and serve to sever muscle fibers and tendons (the meat of the prey) and to break bones. The last premolar in the upper jaw and the only molar in the lower jaw are called carnassial teeth.

The 4 canines, as in all felids, are particularly long and sharp, they are very robust, and richly innervated, this makes them specialized sense organs: with the canines, the cat feels the exact point in which to bite to kill the prey. instantly. The compact and globular skull allows the cat to develop optimal chewing strength.

The cat's jaw, like that of all carnivores, exerts only a vertical movement which is mainly used for grinding and cutting. Actual chewing (use of molars) is minimal.

The saliva begins the preparation of the food bolus and lubricates the esophagus.

​ Between the canines and the premolars there is a space, which the cat often uses

to lay down and "carry" small prey (eg lizards) without killing them or

bite them, keeping them alive.

Feeding  a whole pieces improves oral health and.

Over time, a diet of chopped foods cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_may cause plaque

and tartar that inevitably go to fix themselves  on the teeth,  this can cause

gum irritation, which can    lead to a myriad of problems;

such as weak, inflamed g engives e unhealthy, which  n cannot

so  support   firmly i tooth causing loss.
Gingivitis and periodontal disease are also an indication of a presence

chronic increased amount of unhealthy bacteria  in the mouth. These bacteria,

regularly ingested, they volta affect the entire system of the organism.

Over time, this can be a major factor in that

contributes to the onset of molte  serious systemic diseases.


Avoid the risks of professional dental cleanings
Many people take their cats to the vet for regular grooming

teeth. This procedure is not only expensive, but it is also very stressful

for the cat, and requires anesthesia, which always carries with it some degree

risk.  Alimentare i  gatti as nature intended, in most cases

eliminates the need for this procedure.

This is because the "natural scrubbing" and "flossing" action it is in

able to carry out raw meat, meaty bones, the  connective tissue,

helps keep teeth white and clean,   pink, healthy teeth e strong.

Raw chopped meat is more digestible
In addition to the question of oral health, there is another point against meat

ground,   is the question of digestion.

Ground food  facilitates ingestion fast food by the

cat e because  need no effort to tear, break, etcc

it takes very little time  food  to arrive  direct in the stomach_cc7819094-136c3bad5

often does not have time to  produce the necessary digestive acids . 

Such quick meals can end up causing irritation or digestion  and

this is the cause  of the vomit that we can often notice in the cat .

One of the great benefits of feeding whole pieces is that

requires some work on the part of the jaws and teeth; Tear away

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flesh with meaty bones takes a certain amount of time, precisely time

necessary for the stomach   to activate its gastric juices.

Why avoid commercial ground food.

There is currently a great movement of the market around production

of ground food type BARF  for our animals, together with the other grounds

mentioned above,  c and there are many  other to not feed our cats with food

commercial chopped.  One of these reasons has to do with checking

you have  on the  procedures for handling the food you buy;   we don't have

idea of how the food that was used is  stato managed, what kind of facility

has been used, what kind of sanitation procedures, how correctly it is

been kept frozen from processing until it arrived

at our home. 
And speaking of purchases, in principle, these preparations  are very expensive.

Often they contain  bone ground,  organi ma _cc781905-5cde-3194bdd -136bad5cf58d_ what are the proportions of flesh, bones or organs but  , how much liver / heart  o_cc781905-5cde-3194cfbad.   In addition to this, many  preparations also contain vegetables, fruits, rice and psyllium, which are often used as cheap fillers.

Since these mixed ground foods,    often contain a

 bone overdose, (because bones are cheaper than meat

boneless) many producers regularly include vegetables e psyllium in

their recipes, because if this were not the case, excessive amounts of bone would cause

chronic constipation in our cats.

On the contrary,   Mother nature  draws its prey with the  correct proportions, therefore,

compared to the model of nature, processed, frozen products with their own

proportions  often distorted of flesh and bone, vegetable ingredients  inadequate,

are actually far inferior to a diet of whole pieces of meat,

not ground.

  By looking at nature and following the basic guidelines for the proportions of flesh, bone and organs present in a  preda, we are able to feed our pets with  the healthiest and most natural diet possible.


Natural Project Invertito 
Many people are so used to thinking of cat food as a mushy pile of "goop" that they  have   even decided to buy their own mincers _cc781905 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_elettrici e con grandi spese ,  macinare il proprio raw cat food according to different recipes.

Such an investment of money and time would be much better spent  per  high quality raw food, as the quality of the meat with which _cc781905-5cde-3194_badcb3b-136 our pets, carnivores,   is the key.

Grinding the meat, affects  significantly decreasing some of the nutrients naturally present in raw foods, grinding increases the surface of the exposed meat_cc781905-bbc3b-3194 that in this air bad way is attacked more quickly by the bacteria that start their work, destroying amino acids essential for the life of the cat. ( see section Taurine )

Another benefit of feeding with little  transformed whole chunks is the fact that their nutrients remain essentially intact, just as nature made them.

The ground Barf, whether pre-packaged o made  at home is, in essence, nothing more than an attempt by humans to reverse the nature of naturally designed foods " for carnivores.

The natural way is always the best alternative.
Finally, as if all this were not enough reason not to feed your cat a diet  pre-chewed, we can consider the overall mental, physical and psychological implications of feeding with _cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_whole raw foods.

The nutrition  for your cat made with whole foods,   stimulates him, not only involving him in the_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136__bad5cf58d 136bad5cf58d_mastication process, but all the muscles are involved .... from the legs, to the neck, etc. e  eating as his body was designed  make sure you _cc78194-5bad5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d__cc78194-5bcc5-3194bdcc5-31c5890-3194bcc5-136c bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ in a way that just licking mushy food could never do.

Something comes alive in a cat that is fully fed,    which involves all of its  sensi ...

If you feed your cat this way you know exactly what this means .....  if you never do it, you can't  _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_see what it means to your feline friend, when that spark of carnivores in him comes to life ... reminding him to be a real feline! _Cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_


Reasons to feed whole rather than ground pieces:
Teeth , gums and  general oral health improved,
Increased digestibility
Greater control over food handling and sanitation
Less spread of food-borne bacteria
Less nutrient loss
Cheaper than commercial ground barf
There is no need to spend money on expensive electric meat grinders
The challenge of eating whole foods   psychic engagement, restoration of the nature of the carnivore.

If by any chance, for some reason your cat does not have all of her teeth and you intend to feed her a raw diet, she will need to grind at least some, if not all, of the ingredients in her diet.

In this case, you can find a lot of info  on the page dedicated to the recipes of mashed food HERE,

or you can visit

you can find recipes and tips for preparing meals  which must include  bones and organs.

Please remember, though, that there are some  cats who no longer have all of their teeth, but still manage  a chewing large enough pieces of meat.

Although a whole raw food diet based on the "natural prey" or "assembled pieces of prey" model is the most natural healthy way to feed i  our cats, it is not a panacea for any or all diseases, nor should it be considered as such.

If your cat  is sick, we recommend that you seek a veterinary nutritionist who will be able to advise you on the best diet for your cat.   The material contained in this site is the opinion of the author and has been translated by me karin Pedrona,   for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing written here is intended or should be regarded as a veterinarian's opinion, and the author assumes no responsibility for the reader's use or misuse of this information.



© 2010 Linda Zurig All rights reserved - Article translated by Karin Pedrona

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