|Purred: Sat Feb 12, '11 11:05am PST |
|Hi Penn & Teller's mom! I think that a raw diet might help with your cat's tummy problems a lot, since you know what you are putting into it! I personally feed a frankenprey diet without supplements added to the diet, except for l-lysine when the boy's herpes virus threatens to break out or sometimes I'll add taurine.
I buy my meat from the supermarket and from the aforementioned hare-today.com. We have a somewhat "upscale" local market chain that I buy most of the meat from, they have a good amount of local and organic meat, but I will also buy meat from Stop-N-Shop if I can't get to the other store. Try to buy at least some free range and organic meat, as well as "regular". Grass fed beef, for instance, has more nutrients than beef from cattle fed commercial pellets. Also, it is preferable to feed meat not loaded with antibiotics and hormones. Stay away from Purdue if at all possible when sourcing your poultry. It's impossible to feed organic and free range meats all the time, but if you can get some, it would be a great addition to your boy's diet.
Also it is important to feed as many different protein sources as your cats will eat, or are not intolerant to. Buy chicken, beef, turkey, rabbit, lamb, quail, bison, anything you can find. Many people feed pork, but I've only fed it a couple of times; it should be safe if it's sourced from USA or Canada. Don't feed grocery store ground meat unless you really trust the store and know that it was just ground that day and intend to feed or freeze it immediately.
Hare-today is great, they are located in PA and raise their own rabbits and I believe some of the other meat. They sell both ground meat blends that have bone and organ mixed in and chunks of meat and bone. I buy the small rabbit chunks quite often as well as the ground beef blend because the boys love it and it's easy to mix things like taurine and lysine into a ground food.
Since your cat's jaws aren't used to chewing and gnawing, start with very small pieces of meat and bone. It takes a little while for cat's jaws to build up strength enough to chew through larger bones. Good smaller bones are chicken necks and wing tips, game hens, and chicken and rabbit ribs.
In addition to the sites that someone else previously mentioned, also check out rawfedcats.org, this site discusses the frankendprey diet.
Good luck and feel free to ask questions and tell us how it's going!
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