In the wild, dogs and cats do not live on prime minced beef. They eat almost all parts of the animals they kill.
This includes bones, fur, sinew, internal organs and the contents of the intestine which is often vegetable matter, as well as the muscle tissue (which is what we call meat). This provides them with a balanced and varied diet.
In feeding our pets we need to remember this. Meat alone is not an adequate diet for cats or dogs. It does not contain enough vitamins, minerals and poly-unsaturated fats.
Increased controls in the production of food for humans has almost eliminated cheap meat cuts for feeding to pets. Convenience foods have reduced the amounts of table scraps available. This has led to the large scale development of commercial pet foods.
The combination of canned food and dry food in biscuit form is the safest way of ensuring a balanced diet for your pet. By all means add fresh meat and table scraps as a treat but keep these to below one quarter of its total food.
Most vets agree that pets, today, enjoy better nutrition than they did ten years ago. Vets and the pet food industry now deal with nutrition at all stages of a pet's development. Special diets are available for puppies and kittens, mature pets, old pets, sick pets and obese pets. Each is a complete subject on its own.
Most dogs and cats enjoy a bone. Bones keep teeth healthy and supply calcium. Raw marrow bones are safest for dogs while cats may be fed raw chicken bones. Never feed cooked bones because they splinter and are not easily digested. This may cause damage to internal organs and/or cause constipation.