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Commercial Food versus Natural Diet

Pet food is an 11 billion dollar a year industry in the US alone. Many pet food manufacturers take waste products from the human food industry and turn them into profit. Most brands, from supermarket foods to so-called premium pet foods, use inferior if not downright disgusting ingredients as well as artificial flavorings, colorings, preservatives and other chemicals which have been proven to have harmful effects on the health of our companions.

A lot of nutrients are destroyed during the processing of these foods and claims of 100% complete and balanced nutrition are no more than wishful thinking. Dry foods are particularly damaging since they are heavily grain-based. As true carnivores, cats have no use for carbohydrates, which in excess can lead to obesity or diabetes. The low moisture content can also dehydrate animals from inside. Cats that are fed dry food commonly suffer from urinary tract and kidney problems because they never drink enough to make up for the lack of moisture in dry food. If you insist on feeding commercial food, please choose more “natural” canned brands that use high quality meats and no artificial additives such as corn, cornmeal, chemical preservatives, wheat and by-products. Dry food is best avoided altogether.


Cats evolved primarily in the desert, therefore are well adapted to limited water resources.  As desert-dwelling animals, their ultra-efficient kidneys are able to extract most of their moisture needs from their prey and naturally conserve water by super-concentrating the urine. Since they are not natural drinkers: they get their water from their food.  The end result is that cats have a very low thirst drive, and will not drink water until they are down to 3-5% hydrated or 98-95% dehydrated!!! (a level at which, clinically, a veterinarian would administer fluid therapy) Their natural diet includes birds, bugs and rodents.

Dry food is dehydrating, and feeding it is one of the most harmful things that we do to cats and dogs. It puts tremendous strain on their kidneys, so the kidneys wear out and eventually fail. Cats eating only dry food take in only half the moisture of a cat eating only canned food. This chronic dehydration may be a factor in kidney disease, and is known to be a major contributor to bladder disease (crystals, stones, FUS, FLUTD, cystitis). DO NOT FEED YOUR CAT (OR DOG) DRY FOOD ONLY. The idea that dry food is good for teeth has been disproved and there is evidence that commercial foods (canned and dry) along with vaccines are the two most significant causes of dental disease.

Caution: adding water or milk to dry food does not solve the problem; and the fact that there are always bacteria on the surface of dry food means that adding moisture can result in massive bacterial growth--and a very upset tummy.


Dogs are carnivores too, but they are also successful scroungers. Their natural diet includes prey animals (raw organs, muscle, skin, bones), herbs, ripe fruit, compost. They have no requirement for grains: fiber is supplied in vegetables, fruit and organ meats.  As human companions (for 10,000 years) they have done well on a diet consisting of fresh foods and whatever they could scrounge. Since the introduction of commercial diets, there has been a significant decline in their health.

Benefits of a Raw Meat Diet

A natural, raw meat diet, supplemented with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids resembles most closely what cats and dogs would eat in the wild—and the closer you stick to nature the better. Good health starts with a good diet and you will notice the overall appearance of your animal improve dramatically once you start them on natural food. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what your beloved pet is eating. Though it may be more expensive to feed a natural diet than to buy dry food from a supermarket, you will probably save a lot of money in vet bills due to improved overall health.


Horses evolved to graze most of the day, on a variety of grasses.  Modern feeding practices (sweet feed and pelleted food, twice a day feeding, etc) contribute to digestive, behavioral and physical problems.  Soil depletion further complicates our efforts to provide all the nutrients they need. Many horses do well on just good quality hay, pasture, fresh water and free-choice minerals or Himalayan Salt. I emphasize "free-choice", the salt blocks found in most feed stores are designed for cows with rough tongues.  Horse's tongues are smooth and they cannot possibly get the amount of minerals needed, this is why you may notice your horse chewing on your wood barn!  When given a free-choice mineral supplement or Himalayan Salt, this gives them the freedom to decide how much they need which eliminates the guessing game.



What is holistic nutrtion?

By definition the word “holistic” refers to the integration of body, mind and spirit. Holistic nutrition strives to bring balance to all of these aspects of the human being. The holistic view sees the human body as a whole unit with intricate systems that depend on one another to operate optimally and efficiently. At a fundamental level, holistic nutrition focuses on the biochemistry of the human body, and recognizes the importance of creating balance if imbalances exist.

Food is the foundation of holistic nutrition. With an emphasis on quality ingredients, a holistic eating lifestyle consists of organic, whole foods that are grown locally and enjoyed in-season. A key element of holistic eating is to incorporate foods that are nutrient-dense while avoiding foods that have been depleted of their nutrient content, such as processed foods or foods that have been degraded during growth and/or preparation.

At the heart of holistic nutrition is the understanding that good digestion and good health go hand-in-hand. Poor digestion is the precursor to countless illnesses (both directly and indirectly) and as such can have a significant impact on body, mind and spirit. With this understanding comes the knowledge that the human body digests a varied diet much more efficiently than a diet that lacks variety.

Holistic nutrition also recognizes that diversity among the population is as important as diversity in the diet. It takes into account a person’s heritage and biochemical individuality to formulate the optimal diet.

Proper nutrition is the basis for optimum health and well being. Holistic nutrition is the natural approach to developing a healthy balanced way of eating while taking into account the person as whole. Holistic nutrition is considered to be part of holistic health.

Holistic health is an approach to treating a person’s well being by taking into consideration all aspects of life. A long term course of action includes emotional and spiritual health along with the physical body. Modern medicine focuses on treating a symptom rather than the root cause. If a person is experiencing a symptom or chronic condition, the problem has most likely been developing for some time and becomes deeply seated. The goal of holistic nutrition is to facilitate a health recovery plan as well as build a strong foundation for long term optimum health.

Holistic nutrition focuses on:

Educating yourself on basic nutritional terms
Incorporating natural and organic foods
Overcoming obstacles in practicing holistic nutrition
Creating simple holistic menus
Developing a customized holistic diet
Addressing the role of natural holistic supplements
Reviewing the latest nutritional studies
Addressing chronic health conditions with holistic nutrition

The basics of holistic nutrition:

Food not only provides the energy needed to function in our daily lives but constantly supplies the nutrients which are required to build and regenerate body tissue, bone, muscle, fat and blood. The nutrients in food are also necessary to produce substances for the chemical processes that take place in our bodies millions of times a day.

Why is nutrition important?

We are what we eat. Nutrition is important to every area of human life – it is our fuel. The foods we eat and our ability to digest them properly are at the foundation of our beings. In the absence of quality nourishment good health gives way to disease, brain function diminishes, and the ability to live spiritually weakens.

Nutrition becomes paramount as we consider the toxic environment we live in today. We are now faced with a burden that humans have not confronted before. To help manage the daily burden it is imperative to eat foods that will provide clean sources of fuel without further bogging down the body. Whole, organic, seasonal foods offer a significant amount of nutrients not found in foods that have been processed or denatured. The body absorbs and utilizes vitamins, minerals, and essential fats from food sources much better than from supplement sources; although supplementation is becoming increasingly more necessary for many who need added support due to toxic overload. Knowing what to eat and what not to eat is becoming more important each day, as we continue to live in a stressful, toxic world.

There is no one diet or eating plan that will suit everyone nor is everyone in need of the same nutritional requirements.  By scanning a body with the Biofeedback device offered by Sleepy Moon Farm, this will help reveal the nutritional requirements specific to you or your pet, and lay down a foundation of where to begin living an optimal healthy lifestyle.

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