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RAW VS COOKED…. “Pottengers Cats”

We all know that diet is crucial for a healthy pet.  There are so many choices now that it’s hard to know what is good and what to stay away from.

I read an interesting chapter in the book “Natural Remedies for dogs and cats” by CJ Puotinen about a study performed called “Pottengers Cats”.

In 1932 Francis M.Pottenger Jr. M.D. was a physician, author, and president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association.

He noticed that the resident cats, which appeared to be well fed on a diet of raw milk, cod liver oil, and cooked meat scraps had been rapidly declining.

This observation inspired him to embark on a 10-year study of approximately 600 cats.

The cats were housed in a sheltered outdoor environment conducive to a happy thriving feline community.

All the cats were fed a diet of 2/3 meat, 1/3 milk, and small amounts of cod liver oil.

Group 1 received:  raw meat, raw milk, and cod liver oil

Group 2 received:  cooked meat, raw milk, cod liver oil

Group 3 received:  raw meat, pasteurized milk, cod liver oil

Group 4 received:  raw meat with either canned, condensed, sweetened condensed milk, & Cod liver oil

The observation:

Group 1:   This was the only group to reproduce generation after generation of healthy kittens with broad faces, adequate nasal cavities, broad dental arches, strong and correctly shaped teeth and bones, excellent tissue tone, good quality fur with a minimum of shedding, and an absence of gum disease.  These cats were resistant to infections, fleas, and internal parasites.  They showed no sign of allergies and were gregarious, friendly, and predictable in their behaviour patterns.  Miscarriages were rare, and litters averaged five kittens, which the mothers nursed without difficulty.

Group 2:  All the cats in this group suffered nutritional deficiencies.  These cats developed skeletal and dental deformities; heart and vision problems; thyroid imbalances; infections of the kidney, liver, testes, ovaries, and bladder; arthritis and inflammation of the joints; and inflammation of the nervous system with paralysis and meningitis.  Their second and third generations had abnormal respiratory issues.  Females were irritable and males were docile and passive, a sexual role reversal not seen in group 1.  Vermin and intestinal parasites abounded, skin lesions and allergies appeared frequently and adult cats died of pneumonia or infections of the bone while kittens died of pneumonia and diarrhea.   The cats had serious reproductive problems including sterility, miscarriage, lack of maternal instinct, difficult labors, and high infant mortality rates.  Many females died in labor.

Group 3:  similar issues as group 2

Group 4:  Even more issues that group 2 & 3

Each new generation was adversely affected by its parent’s inferior diet.

One of the most exciting discoveries was that the health deterioration caused by cooked foods could be reversed, although it took 4 generations to completely restore to perfect health those cats whose predecessors consumed cooked meat or pasteurized milk.

This study can be found in the book “Pottenger’s Cats” published by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

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