The following was written by Miranda Wagner in October 1997. I have known Miranda for about ten years; she is an esthetician who waxes my legs, so I see her every month. Over the course of time, I have talked about my cats and my work with their diet. When I saw Miranda on October 11, she said she had been feeding her two cats raw meat for the last month and how dramatically they had changed for the better. She had so much to say that I stopped her and asked her to please write it down so that I could publish it. What follows is just part of what she said to me.
"Peewee was a feral kitten who grew up skinny, scared of everything, hair falling out, poor appetite, very slow to trust, didn't understand play. I have had him for 4 1/2 years, since he was a baby, and have very patiently tried everything I knew to help him adjust and be a happy kitty. Several (2?) months ago, at the recommendation of Susan Dorey, I decided to try a raw chicken, turkey, and fish diet for both of my cats.
"Before my very eyes, I saw PeeWee not only start showing up for dinner and breakfast, but turn into the most loving grateful sweet little lap kitty you ever saw. His hair has all grown in, is shiny and thick, he doesn't spook if I rattle a bag or just go about my daily business. In fact it seems to me that he actually is challenging himself to do what cats can do best: be curious. He sleeps with me at night, allows me to hold him, obviously adores me for coming home every night (I'm sure he thinks I've been out hunting chicken all day) and giving him a meal that nourishes his body and soul. He is an indoor/outdoor cat and has noticeably reduced his own hunting of birds, lizards, and mice, which makes me happy. I can't say enough how this shift to raw flesh diet has helped!!
"I have found that by buying a lot at once, cutting up 10 days' worth of food, freezing it in freezer bags, and taking out one bag at a time, removes any fear of handling the meat and [I] know that it is always fresh and safe. It took a little trial and error to get to this point, and [I] plan to expound on this with time. This diet works."
Miranda concluded to me that she would never revert to canned and/or dry food. She was convinced that the benefits of the diet far outweighed its extra cost at the grocery store.
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