Bengal Cat Raw Diet

Ffirstly, we have to understand that for a Bengal Cat Raw Diet you need to understand what a healthy diet looks like for any Cat. You see, all cats have the same dietary needs as each other. That’s because in the wild, they would have eaten the same things. They are Carnivores, and they would not get their protein from plants or vegetables, they would survive. The cats in the wild would eat meat, bone, offal, fur, and everything else that a dead body would provide, it’s that simple. That’s why the Bengal Cat Diet is King.

Bengal Cat Diet

Just because cats are now domesticated, well within households anyway, but that’s another subject!. They still need proteins and associated nutrients to have the best healthy diet possible. Cat food manufacturers do offer all sorts of pre-prepared food, these come in the standard tinned wet, Dried and Raw food types.

Let’s put this into perspective, you are what you eat and pets are similar to us that way. Also, it is worth pointing out at this sage, Never Ever feed cooked Chicken Bones to your Bengal Cat. These can be very brittle and could splinter and cause damage in their mouths and intestines, stomachs and so on. It is just not worth the risk!

You see a cat needs a varied diet, but you should always be mindful when purchasing any pre-made foods to ensure that they don’t have any nasties in them such as these below:

Avoid These Nasties

  • Corn & Wheat Gluten – (This is an unnecessary filler which dilutes the meat content for a bigger profit margins)
  • BHA – (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
  • BHT – (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
  • Food Dyes – (Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, 4-MIE)
  • Rendered Fat – (Can be a source of bad micro-organisms)

  • Ethoxyquin – (A preservative which is banned for human consumption but is legally allowed in pet foods)
  • Glyceryl Monostearate – (An emulsifier used in low grade pet food)
  • Dextrose/Glucose – (Aides browning of the gravy)

  • Propylene Glycol – (A liquid used to stop food from becoming dry)
bengal cat food preservatives

Be Warned

So you see from this list above, there is a lot to take into account. Fear not because you can make the little differences in choosing the right cat food just by checking the labels. The Bengal Cat Diet is so important, but we are not saying don’t feed your cats wet or dry food, and you must feed raw food only! Nope, not at all, but a little knowledge goes a long way to help protect your cat. He or she will thank you for it later on down the line as they get older.

Bengal Cat Diet

So, let’s get back on track and talk about Raw Food. It is commonly known that a cat’s digestive system is specially adapted to handle raw meat. This does not change because the cat lives at home with you. The digestive system is way shorter than that of a human being, so it can process fat and proteins a lot quicker than a human can. Actually it’s about 15 hours compared to a human which is anywhere from 35 to 55 hours.

Digestion Times

Cats 15Hrs
Humans 55Hrs

We advise cutting your meat up into about Half Inch size chunks, unless you are feeding Kittens. If you’re feeding kittens, it would be minced reallygrey bengal cartoon character fine for the first few months from going onto solids. The reason for giving your cat meat cut into small sized chunks is because of the gastrointestinal tract. You see, all cats are genetically made to tear into meat using their strong jaws. You also find that they swallow them whole with very little chewing. The insides of your furry felines intestines are developed in such a way that it aggressively digests food rapidly, especially meat.

By grinding the meat up, this interferes with this and would change the digestion process. It would then also interfere with important absorption of nutrients. This is because it would pass through too quickly, you see.

I think we have established that Cats are not humans meaning they do not require fruit or vegetables to supplement their diet. Again this is clever marketing and they use these ingredients because they are cheaper and it seem more appearing to the human cat owners too.

Did you know that cats actually cannot turn plant matter into usable energy?. Most people do not know this do a search and you’ll find out.

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Taurine

A cat also needs a supplement called Taurine. This is essential, and it comes from Animal Offal, the secreting types are better such as the Kidneys, Liver, but also Hearts are good and contain a lower amount but still good to add.
Also, vitamin A is needed and this is taken again from raw meat. A cat cannot make this up in its body, so requires this through its food intake.

In addition to the above, a Bengal cat requires something called Arachidonic Acid. A cat requires this especially during it’s life stages of growth, lactation, and gestation periods. Arachidonic acid is found easily in animal organs. This can be obtained effectively by having a raw Bengal Cat Diet, so this is another reason to feed Raw Meat.

For more interesting articles, take a look at our Bengal Cat Facts Page

Better Litter Tray

Everyone who has had a cat before knows that it’s a rollercoaster ride cleaning the Litter Tray out. One day it’s all stinky and damp and gross and the next it’s a bit better but still stinky, never consistent. Well those days are gone for us, we will explain now.

That’s because a dry kibble diet produces a lot of waste because most of it goes straight through and into the litter box. The cat does not get much from it compared to a Raw Meat Diet. So in contrast A Raw Diet is healthier and produces smaller, low volume stools and yes less smelly. The bone is partly helping here too, and it keeps the faeces hard, and it is almost odourless too. You just have to get the balance ratio of the recipe correct. This is explained further on with a fantastic balanced recipe for you to use.

Raw Food Recipe

At Trinity Lodge, we make our own Raw Food, ensuring that all the health benefits are in there. Two great things about making a Raw Meat Bengal Cat Diet is that you know exactly what’s gone into it period. The other is that it’s way cheaper than the well known breeder’s pre-made raw food, which costs around £4.80 per 480g. I can make 1KG for just over £2 if you shop wisely. That’s a huge saving compared to the pre-made Raw Food you just need to set an hour aside and crack on!.

Our recipe is a well-balanced diet, we mean that it contains meat, a percentage of bone, offal, Taurine, and some Omega-3 Oils with some Vitamin supplements. So let’s crack on with the recipe.

chicken Bengal Cat Diet

Bengal Cat Raw Diet – Ingredients

Just a word of Warning though, do not give your cat Cod Liver Oil, no no no. This is very high in vitamin A and whilst we need this vitamin, Cod Liver Oils has high concentrations. So much so it which would be too much for a cat if given in large quantities, In fact it could be toxic.

So remember vitamin A is good, but leave out the Cod Liver Oil and go for Salmon or Fish Oil. Salmon oil does smell, so your cat might not like it who knows, but Fish Oil is a safer bet because it’s odour free to an extent.

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Suppliments

  • Wild Salmon Oil or Wild Caught Small Fish Oil. Make sure you get the capsules, not a liquid in a bottle, this is more convenient. This oil will replace the oils called Omega Acids. A cat would normally get this through eating the eyes and brains.
  • Vitamin E get this in the dry powdered form.

  • Vitamin B Complex Powdered form if possible please.

  • Light Salt – Make sure it contains iodine. If this is not available then go for regular Iodized Salt but only use half quantities.
  • Psyllium Husk Powder – An optional ingredient that may be helpful when first feeding raw food for cats. This is Fibre and will aid digestion if you are feeding Raw for the first time. It will help avoid any upset tummies. So if your cat is already on Raw, you can omit this ingredient.

Recipe Guide:

So for the perfect Bengal Cat Diet plan we use 4KG of chicken thighs, we get these at 1.75 a Kilo from our local supermarket these have the bone in and also have the skins on too. Remove about 20 to 25% of the bone from the total amount of meat used. For example, if you use ten thighs, then take out the bone from two of them. This keeps the calcium/phosphorus ratio correct. Remove the skin from half of the thighs.

14 ounces – (400 grams) raw chicken liver

28 ounces – (800 grams) raw chicken heart

16 ounces – (.48 litre) water

8 – raw egg yolks

4000 mg – Taurine. This is in addition to the taurine you may have added if you didn’t use hearts. Taurine is water-soluble, so you don’t have to worry about your cat getting too much.

8000 mg – wild salmon or wild caught small fish oil

400 mg – vitamin B Complex

400 IU – vitamin E

3 teaspoons – (16.8 grams) Light Iodized Salt or half of normal table salt

8 teaspoons – (16 grams) Psyllium Husk Powder (optional as above)

Start by slicing up the chicken thighs not too small, about half inch pieces or smaller if your cats new to eating raw food. Once the thighs are trimmed, add the bone, heart, and liver to the grinder.

Also add the fish oil at this point. In a small bowl add the salt, vitamin B powder, IU vitamin E powder and Taurine powder, along with the egg yolks and water then mixed all this up.

The originator from this recipe is here, we use this, and it works for us. They do have an online calculator for different weights, pop over and have a look.

Nutrients Bengal Cat Diet

We find Chicken Necks to be a fantastic source of calcium, especially because they form part of the Vertebra (spine). You will also find that they have other benefits too if you give them whole they act like toothbrushes.

Rooster Combs are good as an extra, along with Chicken cartilages. This is because there is Collagen in there which creates a perfect diet for your cat’s bones, cartilage and tendon development. These have very little if non-nutritional benefits though, so as stated they are an extra to your cat’s diet.

chicken necks for cats

Here at trinity Lodge Bengal’s we do not let our cats eat Lungs of any type. This is because they have almost no nutritional value and are high in phosphorus content.

Kidneys are a source of protein. Not all cats are willing to eat kidneys due to their distinctive, strong odour.

The Spleen has very little nutritional value. It is rich in phosphorus and poor in calcium. Like liver, it can cause loose stools. We don’t bother with these in our Bengal Cat’s diet.

A worthy note is that when Bengal Cats have a Raw Wet Diet, you will find they drink far less water. This is because the water content of this type of diet is about 76% This amount is more than enough for the cat’s daily intake.

Please remember though your cat should always have access to fresh water on tap literally! Other Bengal cats who are on a dry diet will consume lots more water. So don’t worry if your Bengal cat’s water consumption drops when on wet food, this is normal.

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