An eye-opener: POTTENGER'S CATS

Between 1932 and 1942 Dr. Francis M. Pottenger conducted a feeding experiment on 900 cats, in order to determine the effect of heat-processed food compared to raw food. The differences were startling. Today the majority of the records are in the archives of the Price-Pottenger Foundation, which (in 1983) published the book "Pottenger's Cats - A Study in Nutrition".

Here is a selection of quotes from this book:

Raw Meat Group
"The cats fed a diet of 2/3 raw meat, 1/3 raw milk and cod liver oil show striking uniformity in their sizes and their skeletal developments. From generation to generation they maintain a regular, broad face with prominent malar and orbital arches, adequate nasal cavities, broad dental arches and regular dentition.
Each sex maintains its distinct anatomical features. No evidence of infection or degenerative change. Tissue tone is excellent and the fur of good quality.
Gregarious, friendly, ... and when thrown or dropped as much as 6 feet to test their coordination, they always land on their feet and come back for more "play."
Miscarriages are rare and the litters average five kittens with the mother cat nursing her young without difficulty."

From left to right: 1. Female cat on cooked meat (and raw milk), has dull eyes and poor fur. Three kittens, 4 days old, dead.   2. Female cat on raw meat (and milk), has fur with smoothness and luster. Four kittens fully developed, healthy and active.

Cooked Meat Group
"The cats fed a diet of cooked meat, 1/3 raw milk and cod liver oil reproduce a heterogeneous strain of kittens, each kitten in a litter being different in size and skeletal pattern. ... One of the earliest defects noticed in the cats on cooked food is poor dentofacial development.

The long bones of cooked meat cats tend to increase in length and decrease in diameter with the hind legs commonly increasing in length over the forelegs. ... In the third generation, some of the bones become as soft as rubber.

Heart problems; nearsightedness and farsightedness; underactivity of the thyroid; infections of the kidney, of the liver, of the testes, of the ovaries and of the bladder; arthritis and inflammation of the joints; paralysis and meningitis—all occur commonly in these cooked meat fed cats.
By the time the third deficient generation is born, the cats are so physiologically bankrupt that none survive beyond the sixth month of life, thereby terminating the strain.

Cooked meat fed cats show much more irritability. Some females are even dangerous to handle and three are named Tiger, Cobra and Rattlesnake because of their proclivity for biting and scratching. The males, on the other hand, are more docile, often to the point of being unaggressive and their sex interest is slack or perverted. In essence, there is evidence of a role reversal with the female cats becoming the aggressors and the male cats becoming passive as well as evidence of increasing abnormal activities between the same sexes. Such sexual deviations are not observed among the raw food cats.

Vermin and intestinal parasites abound. Skin lesions and allergies appear frequently. Pneumonia and empyema are among the principal causes of death. ... Their fur shows inferior quality and their dispositions are much more nervous and irritable than those of normal cats.

Abortion in cooked meat fed pregnant females is common, running about 25 percent in the first deficient generation to about 70 percent in the second generation. Deliveries are generally difficult with many females dying in labor. One cat proves unable to deliver her kittens even after 72 hours of labor. The mortality rate of the kittens also is high as the kittens are either born dead or are born too frail to nurse. .. The average weight of the kittens born of cooked meat fed mothers is 19 grams less than the raw meat nurtured kittens.

Cats can be so reduced in vitality by just one year of a diet considered adequate for human consumption that it may take them from two to three years to recover from the injury, if they can recover at all. "

From left to right: 1. regenerating cooked-meat kitten with orbital and malar arches underdeveloped   2. second generation cooked-meat kitten with small head, retracted mandible and underdeveloped orbital and malar arches   3. raw-meat kitten, healthy and well-developed

  • The normal, wild cat subsists upon rodents, birds, reptiles, insects, fish and a small amount of vegetation and maintains regular features and normal functions generation after generation.
  • Ordinary house cats, living a semi-wild life, also maintain regular features and functions generation after generation.
  • In contrast, cats which are prevented from hunting, subjected to a life of ease and fed prepared, cooked foods show tendencies towards maldevelopment.

    The elements in raw food which activate and support growth and development in the young appear easily altered and destroyed by heat processing and oxidation. What are these vital elements? Their nature is not known at this time." (1942)

    You can buy "Pottenger's Cats - A Study in Nutrition". from Price-Pottenger Foundation www.price-pottenger.org

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    "Health officials can no longer ignore that pasteurization of milk may be menacing many more individuals than it is protecting."."
    F.M. Pottenger

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