|Purred: Sun Aug 26, '07 7:07am PST |
|When it comes to raw, most kitties end up eating less from a portion perspective, because it's more nutritious.
No matter what you eat, the number one thing that will help you lose weight is portion control. So, for example, your person looks at your food packaging or the recipe, and measures out the recommended amount, and once you've eaten that for the day, she doesn't give you any more. (Of course, we know that whining and crying usually makes them feel guilty enough to give us more!) If she likes to put out dry food and let you snack all day, she should only put out a day's portion, according to the portion size listed on the packaging. And she shouldn't back down if you eat it all and then cry for more later in the day. "Missing" one meal won't cause any health problems for you as long as you're healthy to begin with.
Please be sure your person researches well before switching over. Some good resources are Dr. Richard Pitcairn's "Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats" and http://www.charlesloopsdvm.com/catdiet.htm . I have been eating Dr. Pitcairn's recipes for a few years and have done well health-wise.
There are also pre-prepared, frozen raw foods you can buy. I remember that one is called Bravo, but I don't remember the others. Maybe some other kitties on the board do.
Another important thing -- if, after you research, you decide to eat raw, don't let anyone tell you it's not as nutritious as what comes out of a can. NOTHING provides a "nutritionally balanced" meal, no matter how careful you are. And the people-grade meat your human will use is better than the stuff that goes into canned cat food.
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