Is it okay to feed my adult cat raw hamburger?

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Is it okay to feed my adult cat raw hamburger?

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Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking - Is it okay to feed my adult cat raw hamburger? The answer is...no. This is my opinion.

This is a controversial topic. There are two very conflicting opinions on this. Actually – I think you will like this article - Raw Meat Debate: Should You Feed it to Your Cat? This goes through the pros and cons of each.

Another article that might be helpful to you is Nutrition in Cats.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra


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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.