Join the Feline Nutrition Education Society!
Having established the Feline Nutrition website as our home base and launched the RawFedKitty campaign, Feline Nutrition now moves to the next stage in our advocacy efforts: membership. We didn't call ourselves a society by accident. We invite you and everyone who cares about cats to join us in changing the way people think about the term "cat food."
Our purpose in creating Feline-Nutrition.org has been to provide a website second to none, with thorough and documented feline nutrition and health information, carefully cited and footnoted to the science journals and studies — the research of the scientific community. Science is a word that has been badly abused by the status quo; we intend to take it back. In addition, to show how a bio-appropriate diet impacts the lives of cats and their humans, we offer compelling stories from real people in real situations.
Our mission is to communicate to all who keep cats. Too many have never heard of a raw diet, believing dry plant-based food to be acceptable, or at least adequate. Many find out about a raw food diet only after searching for something that will help their sick or dying cat. The Society will continue to message change in a way that is lean and smart, speaking in a way that people will actually listen to. We communicate in a deliberate, moderate way about the benefits of bio-appropriate diet for cats, the dangers of dry food and the ease with which one choice, a bad choice, may be replaced by another. With solid documentation and a professional, measured message, it will be difficult to be dismissed as fanatics with no scientific data to support their "beliefs." ¹
Why Your Membership Matters
Joining the Feline Nutrition Education Society helps to advocate for change. With a united and growing membership base, we are taken seriously by traditional and new media, and able to liaise with like-minded organizations to promote proper nutrition for cats. Helping to change how people think about feline nutrition will only happen from the bottom up, with the help of members like you — people who have taken the time to learn the issues associated with sound feline nutrition. In the United States, we are the feline diet and health "special interest group" in Washington. For Canada, Europe and everywhere cats can be found, we are the raw diet ambassadors to the world.
Who Should Join the Feline Nutrition Education Society?
Everyone who cares about cats and their health should join the Society. Whether you are a nervous beginner looking for information and help or have been feeding a raw diet for years, we want and need your support. If you seek to network with others who understand feline nutrition or want to be more involved and advocate for change, Feline Nutrition is your home base, your community. We also encourage membership for those involved in cat-related businesses or organizations, such as enlightened retailers, raw diet and food companies, rescue/adoption groups, breeders and veterinarians who understand bio-appropriate feline nutrition.
Feline Nutrition is a "big tent" organization. We include all those who want to change how we feed our cats. Whether you are a proponent of ground or frankenprey, homemade or commercial, BARF, raw meaty bones or think "ditching the dry" is what you can do right now as a first step, you are welcome. The Society is a place where you can feel you belong. The methods of feeding will vary, based upon what works for each person and their cats, with tolerance for all methods and unity in our common purpose.
Where We Are Going
The Society is evolving and will continue to do so. Even two years on, these are early days. We have short and long term goals, and we'll add to them and adapt as we progress.
Our goal in the near term is to grow our membership and expand the scope of the help we can offer to those who want to feed a bio-appropriate diet. We are building the Feline Nutrition Resource Center, where our members have ready access to raw diet and food retailers, both local and online, manufacturers of raw food products, raw savvy rescue organizations, raw food co-ops and the sometimes elusive raw savvy veterinarians, worldwide.
Watch for our One Page Guides in Feline Nutrition. Available online as PDFs, the Guides are professionally designed communication tools to help you to change how people think about feeding cats. They are to-the-point guides on such issues as "Cats Are Cats!" "What Should You Be Feeding Your Cat?" "The Dangers of Dry Food," "Raw Feeding for Beginners" and "Transitioning to a Raw Diet." E-mail or print them out to help people you know understand the issues involved in feeding cats a biologically appropriate diet.
Feline Nutrition will liaise with others that have concerns about how cats are fed, including rescue and adoption groups, enlightened shelters and breeders and other feline advocacy organizations. We provide information for new cat owners on proper feeding for their new family members and promote the health benefits of species-appropriate feeding.
Members of the Society receive Feline Nutrition, e-mail membership bulletins to keep you up to date on developments within the Society and the RawFedKitty Campaign. Don't miss it!
Establishing the Foundation
The Feline Nutrition Education Society, organized as a not-for-profit advocacy and lobbying membership association, is now establishing the non-profit Feline Nutrition Foundation in order to accomplish our longer term goals.
The Foundation will establish a certificate program² in feline nutrition as the first step in creating a formal feline nutrition certification program.³ Further, the Feline Nutrition Foundation will work to establish a program of raw diet nutritional testing and evaluation, and initiate and be involved in institutional scientific studies regarding feline nutrition.
"Advocating change is always difficult. Advocates often become radicalized, then discouraged, divided and finally fatalistic and embittered.
The Feline Nutrition Education Society has spent two years building a big tent environment. It is inclusive, a place for all who care about feline nutrition and understand the need for change. Unity of purpose is essential in resisting those who currently frame the discussion: those who look reality in the eye and say 'it does not exist.'
The Society is fundamentally a pragmatic organization. Using the same tools that others use to bind people in a web of misinformation, we will systematically rebuild from the ground up. We are re-framing the discussion with moderate messaging, technology and tenacity. Giving up is not an option."
Executive Director, Feline Nutrition Education Society
1. A bio-appropriate raw diet for cats is not about "beliefs." If you have not seen this page before, you are really not going to like it.
2. A certificate program is generally the precursor to a certification program. A student receives a certificate upon successful completion of a course of study.
3. A certification program is one in which a student has successfully completed a required amount of coursework. The student then sits for examination. If the student successfully completes the examination, he or she holds certification in a particular field of study for a designated period of time, subject to continuing education and re-examination. The successful student is permitted to proclaim such certification by appending the appropriate initials for the certification title to their names. Certification is associated with learning institutions or the established governing body of a professional association, frequently both.