|Purred: Tue Jan 18, '11 5:35am PST |
|Hi there! I'm glad that your cats have told you that they want to eat a raw diet too!
I don't have dogs, but I don't believe that there is a huge difference between dog and cat raw diets.
The lowdown: 80% muscle meat (includes heart and gizzards) / 10% bone / 5% liver / 5% other secreting organ (kidney, pancreas, etc.). For extra taurine you can feed any kind of heart that you can get your hands on and that your cats will eat. My guys love lamb, beef, and duck hearts, but really don't care for chicken heart. Gizzards are another good source of taurine and most cats love them. In fact, any muscle that is involved in movement of the living animal will have a good amount of taurine, e.g. chicken thighs have more taurine than chicken breasts.
One big difference between dog and cat raw diets is the size of bones that you feed. Try cats with smaller bones like ones from game hens, rabbits, chickens, smaller ducks, quail, and whole prey like mice, rats, and chicks.
No, you don't want to fast cats. You can feed them once a day if that is how your schedule works, but if you can manage twice a day that probably would be preferable.
Just in case you haven't read these sites, check out catinfo.org, catnutrition.org, rawfedcats.org, and ibdkitties.net.
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