|Purred: Fri Jun 22, '07 11:30pm PST |
|I think some cats/dogs prefer certain brands over others. In my little pack, we all seem to prefer the runnier, softer, bloodier brands over the firmer brands like Nature's Variety Prairie. When mom was just starting out in giving us RAW, we didn't show much enthusiasm for the NVP, but we LOVE the stuff we're on now, which is Pets Go Raw (a Canadian brand). It's bloody and soft and easy to eat, and mom doesn't have to smoosh it or cut it up like she would with the Prairie.
There are two ways you can switch a cat or dog over onto RAW. There's slowly converting him, adding bits and pieces over time (starting off with just plain chicken, for example, then adding in the liver and heart) and removing the regular food over time. And then there's switching over cold-turkey. It depends on you, really. Switching gradually is easier on the animal's system, but cold-turkey is easier for those pushy owners like mom. One thing you have to keep in mind is, for switching cold-turkey anyway, the animal will go through a detox of sorts. The poop will basically be diarrhea (with some mucuousy film) and it'll last a week before it goes away and you really start to see RAW doing the good stuff. Mom switched me and Molly over cold-turkey, since we were willing to eat RAW, but Buffy wasn't sure what to do with raw food, so mom switched her onto a canned diet (we'd all previously been on kibble) and then slowly added some of our meat into the canned food. She'd add a little more meat over time and less canned, until one day Buffy pretty much just shoved her face into Molly's prepared bowl of meat, lol (from there on out, mom just gave Buffy the meat without any canned food in it). Me and Molly went through the detox, but since Buffy went through the switch so slowly, she didn't have any problems.
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