|Purred: Sun Apr 3, '11 4:26am PST |
|Ok, don't worry! The thing about commercial cat food, whether it's canned or kibble, is that cats do not really chew these foods. This means that their jaw muscles never really get used much. What happens to you if say you never use your arms to lift anything heavy? If you suddenly try to lift heavy objects, you probably won't be able to do it, at least not very well.
So same with cats jaws, they are not used to chewing and they have to build up those muscles. This is a reason to start with smaller chunks or shreds of meat and work your way up in size over time. You will eventually get them to larger chunks of meat and rmb's. For getting bone into the diet now, you can smash them with a kitchen mallet to expose that marrow and make the pieces smaller, you can cut up game hen or rabbit ribs into small pieces, or just keep feeding the radcat as a bone source for a while. Another temporary option is to buy powdered eggshell (or make it yourself) or a pre-mix like Alnutrin to provide calcium in ground meat.
What I did when I started the boys out was to make cat food using the TC Instincts pre-mix, but instead of using all ground meat, I used half chunked meat and half ground. This way I got all their nutrients into them in a food that was like the consistency of their canned, but also, if they wanted to eat their entire meal (and they did), they had to eat those chunks too. I then transitioned them to all chunks.
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