If it's true, does anyone have an idea of the science behind it - how does the milk remove the toxins?
Do you have a website that you can recommend explaining how to feed my indoor cat a raw diet? Her coat is no longer shiny and her tail has lost its bushiness. Even though I buy an expensive dry food, I don't think its best for her. Especially after having an outdoor hunting cat who brought home rabbits and devoured them.
It has nothing to do with removing toxens (milk soaked liver) In fact it started when home made pate's were in vogue, duck livers.)
I am not a vet but have been involved with cats and their mannerisms and behavior for years. I foster mother cats and kittens every 8 weeks and study them. I volunteer at one of the biggest NO KILL animal shelters in Florida 2 to 3 times a week as a behaviorist and try and match people to cats.
Cats are really not domesticated, they permit you to share their enviorment not the other way around. In the wild they ate fresh kill and if any left over would bury it. Its unlike the meat we eat. We would not even be able to chew it. They should be fed a good quality wet and a good quality dry food. The dry food is just for our convienence not theirs, They never ate cereal in the wild . Read the label of the food, try and eleminate corn flour and or corn gluten, better with brown rice or barley as a filler. Make sure meats contained or poultry are listed first. Let the cat eat wheat or rye grass which grows in 3 days in a small pot, it aids their insides, digestion and helps eliminate hair balls. Science Diet, Blue, Purina Pro Plan , Nutro are some good foods. Iams has changed slightly over the years. People know very little about these fantastic animals , they are true survivors and can love you and show you affection to the death.
"Cats are really not domesticated, they permit you to share their enviorment not the other way around. "
Giving rise to the old saying...
"Dogs have owners, Cats have...staff"
LOL panini! =D "Overweight" is a Beagle characteristic! "Working" dogs have to work. Otherwise they get fat and neurotic (like tearing up the house when nobody's looking!). Do you have any "play" groups in your area that offer agility or (especially) flyball? Beagles love that stuff. Then you could use chicken livers as treats afterwards ;-)
I agree with you about cats Chef Ed. Most of the commercial diets contain w-a-a-y too much cereal for cats. They're obligate carnivores and need meat as their primary dietary ingredient. That's tough to accomplish in commercial form, though. I'm on the fence about raw diets. Raw meats can be unsafe for animals too, due to the way we process it. The other downside is that homemade or -prepared diets don't usually address the supplemental nutritional requirements for pets. There are supplements available to correct this, though. One manufacturer that makes a powder to be added to homemade diets for cats or dogs in various life stages and health is called "BalanceIt". I used it for a while, but it got to be sort of a pain making diets for numerous individuals! (me, SO, pets ...). For those with the motivation and desire to provide "the right" nutrition, it's a better alternative than commercially available forms ... especially for cats. Worth looking at anyway.
Milk proteins have the ability to bind iron (some of it as lactoferrin). I have always thought that soaking liver in milk reduced the metallic taste of the liver by removing unbound iron.
other metals also bind to milk like copper and zinc so it is not a stretch to think that toxic heavy metals could also be bound by milk proteins hence the notion of detoxifying the liver.