Tiger's Success Story with the Raw Food Diet  

  • Tiger - From Crisis To Stability

    Tiger is a 13-year-old, male Maine Coon cat.  When Tiger was about 8 years old, he developed a combination of urinary tract problems and diabetes. The problem slowly and gradually manifested itself and eventually Tiger was voiding unusually large amounts of urine and was constantly thirsty. At the time, I did not realize this is an symptom of diabetes.

    One day, we discovered a small amount of blood in Tiger's urine (an indicator of a bladder or kidney infection) and began to treat him with a morning and evening dose of a combination of half apple cider vinegar and half water. I would use a half filled eye-dropper (approximately 8 drops) and place the drops in the back part of his mouth. After a few days, this home remedy seemed to effectively alleviate the problem of blood in Tiger's urine. Even though we were correcting his pH using the vinegar/water combination, Tiger continued to lose weight  and over the course of a few months he became very thin. In addition, his reaction time was very slow and he seemed to be confused.  Eventually, Tiger reached a crisis state and we finally realized there was something else going on with him besides reoccuring urinary tract infections.  A trip to the vet and a blood test revealed that Tiger was diabetic. I remember feeling very surprised as this never occurred to me that he could be diabetic. From the very beginning I fed Tiger a high-meat low grain dry biscuit (which I thought would prevent a problem like this).

    The vet prescribed Lantus; and we struggled to find the right dosage for Tiger. It seemed that he never responded to the insulin he was receiving and his blood sugar remained abnormally high. We did not realize that the insulin pen was not accurate at low dosages (1 or 2 units) of insulin and he was only getting a small portion of the Lantus that he needed.  Finally, we bought regular syringes and we drew insulin from the insulin pens into the syringes where it could be accurately measured. In this way, we could accurately measure 2 units of insulin.. Eventually we upped the amount to 3 units twice a day (given at meal times).

    In addition to the correct amount of insulin we wanted to get at the actual cause of the diabetes.  Research reveals that cats do not eat dried biscuits in the wild. The natural diet for a cat is a raw meat diet. As unsavory as this may sound to us humans, it is what a cat's digestive system is created to handle. An extensive research on the internet revealed other high quality all meat dried biscuits for Tiger; but, this is the same type of diet that Tiger was eating when he developed diabetes. There must be something about this diet that causes diabetes in some cats.

  • Setting out to find a raw food recipe for a cat, revealed many good ideas on the internet.  After experimentation I settled on my own recipe (see below). Tiger is thriving on this diet.  If you decide you need to put your pet on a raw food diet; you may need to adapt this recipe to your own pet and the availability of which raw meats are available where you live.

    Tiger has been fed this diet for 4 years now and he looks GREAT. His coat is thick and shiny and he is strong and agile.  Of course he is presently given 3 units of insulin twice a day at the same time we feed him. I am presently experimenting with giving Tiger mashed up cedar berries every day to see if I can eventually wean him off of insulin. I will keep you updated on my progress in this area...

    Tiger was originally 21 pounds, then lost weight down to 6.7 pounds at the height of his illness, and is now presently at 18.8 pounds.

    Regarding Insulin: We found this information on what type of insulin is best to give a cat: http://petdiabetes.wikia.com/wiki/Lantus:

  • Because of a cats' faster metabolism, long-acting insulins like Lantus (and perhaps Levemir) are gaining a good reputation in veterinary research for regulating cats for a full 12 hours at a time, often better than some of their shorter-acting cousins.

    Proponents of Lantus in feline use point out that it lasts a full 12 hours in many cats, has a very gentle onset, a negligible peak, and (some claim) less chance of triggering hypo or rebound than faster-acting insulins. 

    Presently, Tiger's appetite is good and he LOVES his raw food diet. Tiger is alert and responsive. He runs and not walks to his food bowl.  He has maintained a healthy weight and (as I already mentioned) he is once again alert and responsive. Below is the recipe I feed him.

  • Cat and Dog Food Recipe

    12 lbs liver (use raw only and organic meat if possible) Organic meat can be purchased from Whole Foods Market.
    12 lbs gizzards (raw and organic)
    20 lbs of ground turkey thigh meat (Trader Joe’s or Sam’s)
    12 whole eggs (beaten)
    3/4 cup parsley flakes (organic)
    1/4 cup of olive oil
    1 cup water
    8 dropperfuls of 2% J Crow’s Lugol’s Solution
    10 *Selenium capsules (200 mcg each: as L-Se-methylselenocysteine) broken open and added to liquid

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    I mix all ingredients into 2 batches; as my 13 quart mixing bowl is not large enough to add all ingredients together at one time. If you do this, divide the amounts above in half for each batch.

    Mix together the eggs, olive oil, parsley, iodine, selenium and water with whisk and set aside.

    Grind the gizzards and livers in a meat grinder **.  Keep all meat nice and cold for safety reasons. Also, the meat seems to grind better when it is very cold (but not frozen of course).

    Next, add both ground meats and the pre-ground turkey thigh meat together with the liquid mixture of eggs, iodine, selenium, parsley, etc. Stir until all is well mixed (This is probably the hardest part of making this recipe). I wear disposable gloves and use my hand to do the actual mixing. This is much easier than trying to use a large spoon. It is important to wear gloves though.

    Finally, place the portions of the cat food in plastic containers (about quart size is good) and immediately place these in the freezer.  Your pet food will keep in the freezer for 3 to 6 months.

    You can thaw-out the frozen meat in refrigerator for approximately 2 days before serving your pet. Nutritional yeast can be sprinkled on top of the food (optional) to give your pet added vitamins and minerals.

    Pets are crazy about this food and will grow sleek, thick fur and bright eyes after just a few weeks. They will also have more energy and be much healthier.

    * You can buy Swanson Health Store brand of SeMSC Selenium available at http://www.swansonvitamins.com/
    You can also buy the Lugol’s solution of Iodine: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/j-crow-company-lugols-iodine-2-2-fl-oz-liquid

    **My meat grinder brand is: LEM Model #779  ... Head size #8

  • Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Thank you

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    Note: If possible use naturally raised hormone free meat.  This is especially important of liver; as it is the detoxifier of the body and may contain toxins if is is from a conventionally raised animal.

    For more information check out this informative website:

  • Insulin dosage: 3 units of Lantus twice a day (12 hours apart) = six units total in 24 hours.  

    Result of the raw food diet and the insulin: Tiger has filled out and become a strong and healthy cat again.  We are grateful for his recovery.

    Note: We were previously given a insulin pen by the pharmacist. This proved to be a problem because it is not accurate for measuring out small doses of insulin (you will want to be as accurate as possible for effective and safe treatment). We successfully removed the insulin from the "pen" using a U-100 Short Needle Syringe. I recommend the 31 gauge 5/16" .3ml (cc) for 30 unites or less. This can be found at Sam's Pharmacy or most other pharmacies. This is the syringe that I use to give Tiger his insulin. He actually purrs and loves getting his shot.

    †Iodine and Selenium are necessary for proper thyroid function. The fact is that every cell of the body uses iodine. Please note: It is very important to take Selenium in addition to Iodine as the conversion of T4 to T3 requires Selenium. Harm could be done if you just take Iodine by itself.

    E-mail me if you have suggestion, questions, or comments. Thank you. Aleea


    Tiger McDonald


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