|Purred: Tue Aug 19, '14 4:43am PST |
|Ah, here's more info on your question! This sounds like a cat that would do really well on prey model raw. This is what we also call "Frankenprey", where you feed a variety of raw meat to mimic the diet your cat would get in the wild by eating whole creatures. It's the same proportions as ground - 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver and 5% other secreting organ. The difference is that you feed the raw meat on the bone so your cat can gnaw and chew. You could see how he does by feeding a small, chewable meat/bone combo like a raw chicken wing tip. He may have to rebuild his jaw strength so you can start slowly and see if he likes it. The other thing you could try is to take one of the thighs you have and smash the bone up a bit with the hammer (don't take the meat off, just try to get the thighbone in smaller pieces). Just don't cook any bones - that's when they become brittle and splinter into dangerous pieces. A raw bone is not dangerous and provides a lot of dental benefits too.
One last thing. You really shouldn't mix raw and dry food within 12 hours of each other. Dry food is full of so many ingredients that are not part of a cat's natural diet, that it takes a very long time to digest. Raw food moves through their systems very quickly and can back up behind the dry in the digestive process. Raw's quick digestion rate is one of the reasons you don't have to worry about the bacteria in the food, but if it sits too long in the digestive system, that bacteria can be dangerous.
Hope this helps!
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