Friday, January 18, 2008

Little Chunky Monkeys

We got some snow yesterday, about 4". It was beautiful! It's been a long time since I've seen any accumulation of snow. We are due to get some more tonight into tomorrow as well. Hopefully I'll be able to get out and take some photographs.

After it stopped raining (the snow went to sleet and then freezing rain) several of the cats went outside. This is the first time many of them have seen snow. They seemed to enjoy it as much as the dogs. What I did notice, perhaps because of seeing the cats on a white background, is that several of them are a bit chunky.

I never thought a cat would get fat on a raw meat diet, but all of my cats are spayed and neutered. In a wild environment, they would not be altered and they'd have to hunt for their food. While most of my cats get a lot of exercise, the lack of sexual hormones likely contributes to chunkiness if they are consuming more calories than they are burning. Time to cut back on their food intake a bit.

I was just reading through the December/January issue of Animal Wellness. There were lots and lots of natural pet food advertisements: Look Mom, no grain; extra meat; bla, bla, bla. I saw that Feline Future had two such advertisements. At one time, Feline Future was just that, Feline Future. Now it's "Feline Future Cat Food Company." Like all the other companies advertising in Animal Wellness and everywhere else, they are making food for your cat.

There was a time where you bought the Instincts powder and added it to raw meat (muscle meat, liver and heart), raw egg yolks, water and salmon oil from capsules. Then Feline Future started to add egg yolk powder (read: processed), then they added extra taurine so you wouldn't have to source heart, then they added liver powder (processed!) as a separate item to add if you couldn't source raw liver. Because kittens and adult cats have different nutritional needs (not!) Feline Future now offers a kitten formula (suitable for adult cats too though) which does contain powdered liver.

Most recently, to make it even easier for consumers, Feline Future has excluded salmon oil capsules (because it's so hard to poke and squeeze them into the mixture) and are adding instead "micro-encapsulated Omega-3 powder."

Powder, powder, powder, what's next, powdered raw meat?

Feline Future's Instincts powder is a good place to start if you want to feed a raw meat diet to your cat, but feeding it long-term is not ideal.

There was a time when I thought Feline Future was in it for the cats. Now, they are a pet food manufacturer and like all of them: interested in the bottom dollar.