Dry foods and many canned foods are packed with ingredients that are wholly inappropriate for carnivores and contribute to disease. Plant matter, carbohydrates, vegetables, and fillers are not health-supporting ingredients for cats.
A mouse, on the other hand, offers a pretty complete and near-perfect nutrition package for a cat. Meat, bone, bioavailable essential fatty acids, ample taurine, vitamins, and key minerals.
So why not do our best to ‘build a mouse’ and feed it to a cat? Or take a second look at the food you’re feeding and see how close to mouse-ness it is?
A Mouse-Related Note: Prey to Play
To be sure, we are almost always making some compromises when it comes to honoring the true nature of a cat. A cat’s natural predatory drive — their instinctive craving to hunt down and kill prey — isn’t satisfied when we simply serve up a mouse-inspired dish of food. Interactive play is a vital part of keeping these furry little killing machines from the boredom and behavioral issues that can compromise physical and mental well being. I highly recommend reading Ingrid King’s online essay about the importance of play.