|Purred: Tue Jan 17, '12 2:27pm PST |
|There are two issues I'd like to address here. First is that BK is absolutely right, raw feeding involves much more than just serving some muscle meat. A balanced diet has to include 10% bone, 5% liver, and 5% other secreting organ (kidney, spleen, thymus, etc.); these are not optional, but requirements. In addition to the great article that BK wrote, you can also check out catcentric.org and rawfedcats.org for more information. Additionally, I'd like to mention that although it's great that Milky loves raw chicken, it is best not to only feed one protein source to a cat. It's fine to start off with, but you want her to get used to other proteins too. I know you said that she doesn't like turkey, but both beef and pork are readily available and one can often find lamb too.
The other thing that I want to mention has to do with what Gummi mentioned about feeding canned food to balance out the raw. I would be leary of doing this. The vitamins, calcium, etc. found in the canned food are meant to balance out the protein (or meat) found in that can of food, they will not also balance out additional meat from raw feeding. It's fine to feed canned as well as raw, I do it myself, but the raw food still also has to be balanced over time. That means that let's say over a week, you have to have balanced out your 80% muscle meat with the bone and organs. The same thing would apply to whole prey. You wouldn't feed a quail chick or mouse to balance out several meals of chicken and beef meat chunks.
The amount to feed your cat is usually calculated at 2 - 4% of the body weight of the cat per day. You feed to the lower end if you have an overweight or more sedentary cat. You feed more to the 4% if you have a very thin or active cat. You would feed even more than 4% to an actively growing cat.
I hope this helps out. I think it's great that you want to try out raw with Milky, it's just important that you get completely educated before you jump into it.
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