|Purred: Thu Jul 14, '11 8:59pm PST |
|Hello everyone! So I came across this forum while looking for raw food diet info online. I have read until I think my eyes have fallen out and I would really love to bounce things off some actual people feeding it.
Here is a little intro just so you can get to know me a bit. I have two cats, Lancelot, and more recently Figaro. Lancelot was a feral boy who moved into my feed and hay shed. Horse feed attracts mice and they are kind of just part of life at the barn (hence barn cats) so he had a ready source of food. I have sat in my kitchen and watched him hunt, kill, and eat an entire small gopher. So raw was kind of a no brainer for him, no troublesome transitions. Now realizing people were good and petting was nice took some time, lol. He is brown tabby and white, medium hair about 3. Figaro was taken in y my sister in LA when a neighbor decided they were going to put him down because they liked their new kitten more. He is only a year and a half to two. Well some apartment drama later and a stint locked in a spare bedroom at my mom’s house simply because sister and Kitty had nowhere to go (mom has pretty severe cat allergies) and he has landed here. He has also taken to raw with no issues and a few days ago had his first RMB, a chicken wing tip, and crunched the whole thing no issues. He is blak, short hair with a small white chest patch.
I have always done holistic foods, avoided cheap stuff, and been into animal nutrition. Something brought on by my first cat, also a black short hair named Marbles. My parents had him for a long time before my moms allergies worsened and he ate basically the cheapest grocery store kibble available. When I took him on I wanted to stop the itchy flakey, extreme dandruff and mats he had. He turned out to be allergic to pretty much every grain there is, and chicken and beef, probably turkey. He ate venison, duck, or rabbit canned food the rest of his life and passed away of acute kidney failure at 12. (No shock there after what I know now, but my parents had no idea, they just fell for pet food advertizing like most people).
So, anyway, here is what I feed now. I feed canned in the morning and mix in fish oil. I use weruva, tikicat, newmans organics, and some of the jerky venison Zwipeak that I mix into the newmans own (lancelot isn't a pate fan, so it gives him the chunky chewy texture he likes). Mainly because when I feed raw I feed frankenpray and Lancelot will drag it all over the house if I don’t stand between the kitchen and living room and keep him in the kitchen. Also because they both take breaks with the raw, they will eat half, go groom themselves, maybe take a potty break, and then come finish the rest about 40 min later. And I have to make sure they each get what they need to so one doesn’t eat all the liver and the other all the muscle meat etc. I do not have time for this in the morning before work. I need to be able to put down a dish and have them each eat without me having to play referee. Locking them in separate rooms results in no eating.
Ok, dinner is raw. I proportion and freeze everything in 3 oz baggies once a month. One month consists of 15 bags with 2.5 oz chicken, mostly RMB (for things like wings I add some extra meat chunks). I use wings, ribs, the small bones in the breast (not sure what they are called) and 0.5 oz liver. 7-8 bags are a gizzard and enough lamb meat to make 3 oz. And the last 7-8 are chicken hearts (1 if large 2 if small, I shoot for between a half and full oz heart) and enough beef to make 3 oz. Then I alternate, basically balancing over 2 days.
Basically I am looking for someone else to tell me if I have the ratios right and if this is ok. I have just found out about the other secreting organ and have been looking all over the place but having trouble finding anything. It is driving me batty!
That was long, lol. Internet cookies to everyone who got through all that.
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