The Dangers of Feeding Raw Foods to Cats

Raw diets may not provide cats with the complete nutrition they need. These diets may also expose cats to the threat of food-borne pathogens.

  • Repeatedly adding raw eggs to a cat’s diet can cause a deficiency of the vitamin biotin. Symptoms of biotin deficiency include dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), loss of hair, and stunted growth.
  • Repeatedly adding raw fish to your cat’s diet is not recommended. Some raw fish can cause a deficiency of the vitamin thiamine.
  • Although cats may enjoy meat, it is not a wise choice for your cat’s diet. Raw meats may contain parasites, cooked meats can be high in fat, and neither offers a sufficient balance of nutrients to sustain kitty day to day.
  • Raw liver, fed daily in large quantities, can cause vitamin A toxicity in cats. This is particularly true if given in conjunction with a complete and balanced diet, already containing ample vitamin A.
  • Small soft bones (such as pork chop or chicken bones) should never be given to cats, as they may splinter and lodge in her mouth or throat.