Please help my research for cat food. =A0 Before lots of people started feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food) what were they feeding their cat?
Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food? =A0

If you were living with a cat/cats back in those days, what did you usually end up feeding them?
Thank you very much for your help!
Marie
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Hi Marie,
I feed my cats a homemade diet and having been doing so for almost 4 years.
They are thriving on it. I have a link in my signature for more information.
Lauren

See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe
Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html
http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html
Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
Please help my research for cat food.   Before lots of people started feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food) what were they feeding their cat? Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food? If you were living with a cat/cats back in those days, what did you usually end up feeding them? Thank you very much for your help! Marie

I'm thinking Ralston Purina was among the first commercial cat foods.
Look at their site and maybe even send them an email. I'm sure they
have lots of information.

Brandy  Alexandre®
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Well, would you?
Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of people started
feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
what were they feeding their cat?
Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food?
Sure. It's called "table scraps." Dogs lived on it too, somehow.
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Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of people started feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type ... a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food? Sure. It's called "table scraps." Dogs lived on it too, somehow.

I believe that for the most part, cats have historically been kept to do
a job: pest control. As a result they were generally expected to feed
themselves if they were successful at their job. Puss probably got the
occasional bowl of fresh warm milk by the hearth, and was quite loved,
but until our society had acquired a certain amount of luxury you
couldn't probably afford to have an animal that didn't pull its own
weight.
-Alison in OH
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Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of ... It's called "table scraps." Dogs lived on it too, somehow.

I believe that for the most part, cats have historically been kept to do a job: pest control. As a ... amount of luxury you couldn't probably afford to have an animal that didn't pull its own weight. -Alison in OH

Good point. But you know there were some big-hearted cat lovers out there,
not to mention kids, who snuck the cats some goodies from the table every
now and then! The more things change the more they stay the same, right?
*S*
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I believe that for the most part, cats have historically ... animal that didn't pull its own weight. -Alison in OH

Good point. But you know there were some big-hearted cat lovers out there, not to mention kids, who snuck the cats some goodies from the table every now and then! The more things change the more they stay the same, right? *S*

I suppose cats and dogs became domesticated when people threw them
scraps of food from their fire. I could see doing that with a wolf,
but with a big cat? I'm not so sure about that.
dgk (Email Removed) wrote:
I suppose cats and dogs became domesticated when people threw them scraps of food from their fire. I could see doing that with a wolf, but with a big cat? I'm not so sure about that.

Here are some theories, I don't know which ones are scientifically
"approved" and which aren't.
Wolves could have been domesticated by scavenging from the midden
heap the garbage. This abundant source of calories would be easier to
obtain than prey, and would select for dogs that were either outcasts
from the pack unable to take down large prey by themselves and
desperate for food or those that were unafraid of strange stimuli so
they were not repelled by the humans nearby.
Humans would soon find that the semi-domesticated wolves followed their
encampment as they moved, and would encourage this relationship as they
discovered that they would be warned of raids by other humans when the
wolves barked or otherwise defended their food stash.
There are also suggestions about hunters killing momma wolves and
finding their large-eyed, big-headed offspring irresistable (as the
characteristics of babies make all species predisposed to shelter and
care for them). They'd bring the cute pups home and raise them up in
their dwellings.
Konrad Lorenz thought they might have brought the smaller, yappier dogs
indoors to defend their dwellings, as they left the larger ones outside
as general guardians against wildlife and other humans. Regardless, the
wolves left their packs and thereby their way of obtaining food when
they joined forces with humans, and so the humans had to reciprocate by
providing food to their new companions. Scraps of meat and leftovers
would probably have been the main fare.
As for cats, however, we have to look to the origins of agriculture
(later than the hunter/gatherer, nomadic cultures) and the small
desert cats that followed along as their rodent prey infested grain
stores. The cats would have been encouraged a la the temple cats of
Egypt but there would be no reason to do more than let them go about
their business. So true domestication didn't really take place. Humans
and cats lived side-by-side, separate but equal as they say. Emotion: smile
That's why I'd say that, prior to the advent of commercial food for
cats, their "traditional" staple would have been mice, voles, birds,
etc. Also known as a raw-foods diet!! Emotion: wink
-Alison in OH
Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of people started
feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
what were they feeding their cat?
Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food?
If you were living with a cat/cats back in those days, what did you
usually end up feeding them?
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"Back in those days" (before commercial pet foods were manufactured) were
the 1860s! (Steve probably remembers those days). Before then, diets for
cats and dogs consisted of mostly table scraps and leftovers from the dinner
table, although some people prepared actual meals for their pets.
The first canned food was Ken-L-Ration, produced in the early 1900s by the
Chappel brothers in Rockford, Illinois. The "meal" was introduced in the
1930s by Paul Gaines. It was called a "meal" (Gaines-Meal) because it
consisted of several dried, ground ingredients that were mixed together and
sold in big (100 lbs) bags.
In the early days of pet food manufacturing, very little was known about
feline nutrition so the same food was marketed for both species - the cans
and bags were merely labeled differently.
Here's a little trivia: Pet foods weren't sold in grocery stores until 1957
because store owners and customers didn't like the idea of pet foods being
sold next to human foods, but the convenience and economy of buying pet
foods at the grocery store while shopping for the family's food quickly
won-out. Before 1957, pet foods had to be purchased at feed stores and farm
animal feed outlets.
The metal shortage of World War II gave a boost to the dry food market, but
dry food didn't really become popular until the extrusion process was
developed. Before then, canned food was more popular.
Phil.
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