Balanced Blends Guide to Raw Feeding: Why a Balanced Raw Diet is Important

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This article is part of a series sponsored by Balanced Blends, a raw pet food company, answering some of the most common questions around feeding a raw food diet to your cats.

In today’s article, we look at understanding a balanced raw diet and why it is important.

What is a balanced raw diet?

A balanced raw diet is nutritionally balanced with sufficient amounts of all the essential nutrients a cat needs for optimal health. A nutritionally balanced raw diet comprises a variety of ingredients (muscle meat, organs, etc.), which are carefully put together to provide essential nutrients, such as fatty acids, calcium, vitamins, amino acids, and others.

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Why is “balance” important in a cat’s diet?

Balance in a cat’s diet is important because it promotes and maintains overall health. A balanced diet will contain nutrients in their optimal amounts. If a diet is not balanced, it is missing vital nutrients, causing dietary deficiencies that can lead to serious health issues. Dietary deficiencies can be hard to detect by cat parents until serious symptoms manifest, which is why it’s so important that cat parents ensure that the diet they feed is nutritionally balanced.

What to pay attention to when balancing a raw diet?

A few key items that are important in a balanced diet are:

  • Calcium to Phosphorus ratio – not only are these 2 nutrients important, so is their ratio. The ideal ratio is 1.1:1. Proper amount and balance of these nutrients helps promote healthy skeletal systems.
  • Omega 6:3 ratio – typical diets are high on omega-6 fatty acids, which increase inflammation, and lack omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation. A balanced ratio of the two fatty acids helps with inflammation control and overall health. A ratio in the range 6:1 to 2:1 is currently considered ideal.
  • Vitamins and Minerals – depending on the recipe, some diets may lack vitamins and minerals that are essential. Taurine, for example, is an important nutrient for cats and needs to be added if the recipe lacks it.

How to balance a homemade raw diet?

While it is more convenient to buy commercial raw cat food that is already balanced, balancing a homemade raw diet can be done through:

  • Finding a balanced recipe – since making a balanced homemade raw diet can be challenging, your best option is to look for a balanced recipe. Dr. Lisa Pierson has a wealth of resources on making your own raw diet and an excellent recipe on Catinfo.org.
  • Using supplements – premixed vitamin and mineral supplements designed to supplement homemade raw diets will ensure that your diet is properly balanced.
  • Balancing over time – while not every single meal may be perfectly balanced, feeding a variety of ingredients that provide different nutrients over time will achieve balance over time.

How do you balance your cat’s’ diet? Share your tips in a comment!

This series is sponsored by Balanced Blends. For more information on their raw dinners for cats, please visit their website.

Next in this series: Find out how a species appropriate and nutritionally balanced diet can be beneficial to your cat’s health.

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7 Comments on Balanced Blends Guide to Raw Feeding: Why a Balanced Raw Diet is Important

  1. Maureen
    December 1, 2017 at 2:37 am (2 years ago)

    I order most of my meat and organs from Hare-today.com, great quality and fair pricing. I either mix up my own supplements of add Alnutrin , I rotate 6 or 7 protiens and once evry 6 weeks or so I grind cornish game hen and chicken, add the appropriate amount of boneless meat (to diilute bone content) and organs once a week the cats get rabbit chunks and rabbit organs. Once week or so I give them chunks of meat with EZ Complete by foodfurrlife.com, this needs no organs and is a complete meal that seems to be very appetizing judging by the way my cats eat so quickly when I feed this.I have done a ton of research about raw diets and am very comfortable in my belief that my cats have a balanced diet, over all.Oh, I also supplement with som efreeze-dried Primal Pork and some RadCat.

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  2. Giata
    November 21, 2017 at 11:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I mak a raw diet for my cats also but why put pumpkin and carrots in the mix if you add the correct amount of vitamins and taurine? I don’t get it. No cat eats carrots and pumpkin in the wild.

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    • Ingrid
      November 22, 2017 at 6:02 am (2 years ago)

      Small amounts of vegetables can be used as a natural source of vitamins.

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    • Kelley
      November 22, 2017 at 7:49 am (2 years ago)

      Giata, my cats enjoy the taste of carrots and I put the pumpkin in their mix for healthy digestion.

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      • Giata
        November 30, 2017 at 7:38 pm (2 years ago)

        Great if your cats will eat that but it’s not an ingredient for a natural cat diet. They eat meat, not veggies. If they’re healthy they won’t need anything for digestion.

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        • Kelley
          December 1, 2017 at 8:07 am (2 years ago)

          To each his own Giata. My cats eat MEAT with a small amount of carrots and pumpkin. My cats are in perfect health.

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  3. Kelley
    November 16, 2017 at 8:25 am (2 years ago)

    I feed my two exotic short hairs a balanced raw diet by mixing their meat with a product called TC Feline. It contains all of their vitamins, minerals, organ meat, etc. To that mixture I add 2 organic egg yolks, a little organic carrot puree and organic pumpkin puree. I then freeze this mixture into individual servings and defrost them as needed. My fur babies love it. They are happy, healthy and their coats are beautiful!

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