I picked up the May issue of Reader's Digest* because the cover story is "50 Secrets Your Pet Won't Tell You." Most of the "secrets" were not impressive, but the final two secrets bothered me.
#49: "Did you hear about the hype about grain-free cat and dog food? That's what it is: hype. There's nothing wrong with feeding me grains--they can actually be an important part of a balanced diet. Before you may any change, talk to your vet."
#50: 'If you switch me to a raw diet, I may end up with cracked teeth or a bacterial infection. . . .that's why the ASPCA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other institutions all strongly discourage raw diets."
Now, anyone who's researched cat nutrition knows that cats do not need carbohydrates in their diet. They need a species-appropriate diet, and there's no "hype" about that. I urge any cat lover to read this excellent website about feline nutrition. Also, Connie from tails from the foster kittens wrote this great nutrition post.
As for feeding a raw diet, this tip is just a scare tactic. Cats' digestive tracts are designed for raw food, and process that food about twice as fast as humans. There are endless benefits to feeding raw. (What you should NOT do is feed an imbalanced raw diet. Don't assume that by throwing your cat a chicken breast, everything is good. Cats have complicated nutritional needs.)
I am very disappointed in these "secrets." It is sad when articles like this just spread mis-information. I have emailed Reader's Digest this blog post and urge you to contact them too. Their email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
*There seems to be a disconnect in their website and magazine. I could find no reference to any of their magazine content, to show you what I'm referring to.