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First post and question: Approximately how much??

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I call them- Zila and Zul

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Purred: Sun Feb 6, '11 6:48pm PST 
Hi everyone, I'm happy I found a forum that I can post to about raw food for cats!!! Just recently switched my cats to raw. We're doing the Raw Meaty Bones thing. ::Yay!!::

I'm wondering though, about how much do *you* give your cat(s) per day??

Measurements like "a fist-sized amount" or "2 drumsticks" would be greatly appreciated. Or pictures if you have them! Thank you, thank you!


I've been reading on a bunch of sites about how much to give a day... X% of body weight at this age, X% at this age.... or X grams/kilos/etc... but I don't have a kitchen scale and am kind of confused.

Thanks soooo much for any help!! And sorry if this has already been talked about in a previous post. =)



A little more background:
I have two cats, Zila (4 mo. old) and Zul (~7 yrs) and have switched them over to raw cold turkey (or cold chicken, haha) 3 days ago. They LOOOVE it! They've eaten chicken necks, chicken heads, heart, some other organs, breast and almost all the attached bones I've given them. Probably about a good two handfuls a day, split into two meals for the older cat, and 4 little meals for the younger one. They aren't having any problems with digestion that I can tell. They are both indoor/outdoor cats and catch mice, etc., outside already anyway so maybe they are already used to raw.I will definitely give them more than just chicken as I find good sources of meat. Really looking forward to all the health benefits they will get from this diet!!
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SnowFlake

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Purred: Mon Feb 7, '11 5:39am PST 
Its 2-3% of their body weight. Snowflake weighs 8 pounds and I feed her 2 oz a day. Dont forget to 80% meat 10% bone 5% liver and 5% other organs.

Edited by author Mon Feb 7, '11 5:39am PST

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BK

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Purred: Mon Feb 7, '11 9:17am PST 
BK is pretty active and I let him eat as much as he wants really. He self regulates very well. He averages about 3.5 oz per meal. Without a scale I'd say it's a big handful. The good news is that it's harder for them to get fat on a raw diet because there aren't any carbs. I do recommend getting a scale however, just to be sure of your percentages. You can get a cheap one for under $10. It doesn't have to be perfect, but you need to be sure you're in the ballpark for your bone, liver and organ percentages unless you do whole prey.
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Shade

My name is not- Kittyfloss!
 
 
Purred: Mon Feb 7, '11 10:39am PST 
At 4 months of age, Zila should be eating as much as she wants to fuel her growth and her kitten devlishness! big grin

I agree with BK that you should probably try to get a cheap kitchen scale as it takes some of the guesswork out, but that being said, I don't really weigh my cats food very often. I feed 1/4 to 1/6th of a game hen for an in bone meal, depending on which cat, 17lb Smudge or 10.5lb Chaucer. Other meals could be a medium sized chicken neck with 2-3 gizzards and maybe a quarter sized piece of chicken liver. Or 7 pieces of beef or lamb, about 3/4" to 1" cubes. Just take into account that I feed 3 meals a day.

You can keep an eye on your cats to make sure they aren't getting too thin or fat and adjust up or down as necessary. Also, I see that when you mentioned heart you also referred to "other organs", just remember that in raw feeding a heart is considered muscle meat and not an organ.

Purrs,

Shade
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I call them- Zila and Zul

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Purred: Tue Feb 8, '11 8:06pm PST 
Thanks for all your suggestions and help! I think I've been giving too much bone, so I'll try make sure it stays at around %10.
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BK

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Purred: Wed Feb 9, '11 4:00pm PST 
The best way to tell if you have your bone percentage correct is by watching the poop! I find bone almost impossible to measure - after all, it has meat on it. How can you accurately tell? Plus every cat is slightly different. Either I can't measure correctly or BK needs a little more bone than other cats. When I have it right his poop is perfect. Not enough and his stool is soft, too much and it's hard and white - too white. So although you should always aim for 10% just keep a close eye on the litter box.
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