Destitute is an adjective, defined as “not having the basic necessities of life.”
There is a new campaign by large pet food manufacturers that advises against feeding raw food to cats and dogs. Raw food, they say, is unsafe and not as balanced a diet as, for example, anything Iams or Purina or Beneful makes. Raw food, they say, is incomplete nutrition and even dangerous.
A domesticated cat is descended from cats in the wild, and it shows in how they hunt prey. If given the chance, even a common housecat will hunt down mice, birds, sometimes insects, and eat everything of that animal, bones and all. Before man got in the way, all the nutrition a cat needed was contained in the animal that it caught–meat for protein, bones for calcium, internal organs for the different vitamins and supplements that maintained that cat’s health. What little plant that a cat needed (and it needs very very little) it got from the stomach contents of the animal it just killed. Sometimes a cat will eat grass, but only to help digestion.
An Iams or Purina or Beneful package will probably have corn or some other grain as one of its main ingredients. Cats don’t need it. It will have filler foods like ash, which is exactly what you think it is. It will have waste products mixed in, including benign tumors, growths, cow hooves, pig sphincters, and anything else that is discarded as not fit for human consumption or falls off the processing table and gets swept into a hole in the ground, ground up, mashed, puréed, and slathered with ammonia to kill whatever ambitious bacteria got caught up during this insane but profitable process.
It’s profitable because it’s cheaper to make. It’s profitable because in the long run, if your pet lives longer than 5 years, it will probably become obese or diabetic, or develop some other allergy or disease, and you will inevitably make your veterinarian rich.
Feeding your dog or cat one of these popular brands is like feeding your child only hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and soda for the first ten years of their lives.
Which brings us to people, who need enough sleep to have enough energy so that they don’t need to compensate by eating fast-jolting fast food that need to be eaten fast because there’s no time for breakfast because of traffic because more work has to be done to compensate for the broken infrastructure, institutional corruption, lack of trust, lack of patience, lack of understanding, but at least there’s never a lack of viagra, social networking apps, texting, or five-hour energy drinks.
Basic necessities of life. Sleep. Food. Community. Honesty. Choice. Peace of mind. A good live catch, when one can get it.
Related link: http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com