Cat Food Myths: Is Pork Bad For Cats?
by Ian Germann
Choosing what to feed your pet is never easy. This problem is compounded by the plethora of information – some accurate, some not-so-accurate – circulating on the internet and in common conversations. For example, there’s a prevalent misconception that pork is bad for cats; but is that true? In this blog post, we’ll explore this common misconception and explain why it isn’t true.
While the exact origin of this myth can’t be located. There are various reasons why people may assume pork shouldn’t be fed to cats. For example, raw pork is never something you want to feed your cat(s). Many look to feeding “raw diets” to their pets, but this simply isn’t a good option with pork. Raw pork can contain potentially lethal parasites such as tapeworms and roundworms, and a virus that could lead to Aujesky’s disease. These issues are very similar to that of other raw meats, so pork should always be cooked before feeding it to your pet.
Pork is also particularly high in sodium and fat when compared to other meats, leading many to think that they shouldn’t feed it at all. Cats need both of these in their diet to stay happy and healthy, so that isn’t quite fair for our meaty subject. To avoid feeding too much fat and sodium, pork should be fed in moderation.
Putting the Myth to Rest
While these reasons are important to note, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t feed your cat pork. Pork is not toxic for cats to eat, and it can make a great addition to their diet. The key to giving your cat pork lies in proper moderation and preparation.
Pork should be served without spices or seasoning as these can be toxic to cats. Pork bones can splinter and pose a choking hazard and damage a cat’s digestive tract. It’s best to remove all bones before offering pork to your cat. Just like humans, cats can have allergies or sensitivities to certain foods, even pork. If you notice any adverse reactions, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in behavior, it’s advisable to consult a veterinarian.
Pork is a great source of protein, and as carnivores, cats need protein to thrive. It provides essential amino acids (such as taurine) that aid in overall bodily functions. Pork also contains B vitamins such as B12, B6, B1 and niacin, which play important roles in a cat’s metabolism and nervous system health.
Pork is also known to be one of the most easily digestible meats out there, perfect for cats with fussy tummies, as it’s less likely to cause stomach issues. It also works to promote hydration as pork contains water.
Evanger’s has great pork products for cats. For those wanting a grain and gluten-free, high-quality protein source for their cat’s meals, try our Pork Complement for a limited ingredient option that’s great for protein rotation diets and as a dry food topper.
Our Meat Lover’s Medley with Rabbit is also a great kibble option for cats of any age. With all the benefits of pork, this meal is 100% grain-free and rich in omegas, with added Coconut Oil for digestive health, skin and coat health, and natural Lauric Acid properties, which contain antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.
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