I’ve been told this twice now in less than a week. It is rubbish!
The first time was by the woman I bought Kitty and Rose from. She was concerned about feeding sheep and goat meat to the puppies for fear that they’d decide to do some sampling on their own.
The second was last night by a guy from Michigan I was talking to about organic farming. He said his cats would likely look at me and say no go to raw meat (no surprise there given they are kibble junkies), but he said, he didn’t think feeding raw meat to dogs was a good idea because it turned them into killers. I told him no, that wasn’t true. He said he had seen it happen. That was when I told him I really needed to get off the phone to go and paint my toenails.
I am not saying domestic dogs cannot turn into killers. I’ve seen it myself, especially in a pack situation. Yes, they do run deer and they can and do get into livestock and maim and kill them, especially if they are in a pack situation. Put domestic dogs into a pack and they do things that they wouldn’t normally do on their own.
But does feeding a dog raw meat turn it into a blood thirsty killer? No.
Giving your dog a bowl of ground meat or even tossing him the haunch of a deer is not going to make him go out the next time he’s hungry and drag down a deer, sheep or a stray cat. Eating raw meat is a long way from the act of killing and consuming the meat.
Cats, however, are different. Their manner of domestication was much different than dogs. The common theory is that wild wolf-like creatures started to hang around human civilizations consuming their rubbish. Those that were able to withstand the close proximity to humans had a higher survival rate than those who could not. Why? Because they were well fed. They reproduced and gradually became tamer. While dogs are anatomically carnivores, they are optimistic consumers. If it can be consumed and sustain life, they will eat it.
On the other hand, cats started to hang around human civilizations not to eat their rubbish, but to prey on the rodents that were attracted to the grain supplies and of course the rubbish. Cats were domesticated approximately 10,000 years ago; while dogs may have been domesticated as many as 100,000 years ago. Some people, including myself, do not even consider cats truly domesticated.
I suppose, in some way, it is unfortunate that I cannot ask Gel to go out and run down a deer or two. It would help to feed my critters, but I am surely glad I can send him out on a blind fetch and know that he isn’t going to savage the sheep or goats while bringing them back. My cats, on the other hand, they are still scheming on how they can work as a group and bring down one of the lambs.