|Purred: Tue May 1, '12 7:04am PST |
First time posting, but I have been reading the forums for quite awhile now
I am kind of at my wits end right now. I'm really hoping some of you have some ideas to help me keep one of my raw fed cats (Cinder) on a balanced diet. Not only is he a VERY picky eater, but he has a super sensitive digestive system, and will throw up a lot
I've had him on raw for about 8 months now. It's been quite a struggle finding stuff he will eat (and then what will stay down) as well as keeping things balanced. For the past couple months I've been adding in some canned food (Nature's Variety Instinct and Halo) so that he'll get some part of his diet balanced, and so I can hide supplements/ground in it.
Unfortunately Cinder seems to go through phases of likes and dislikes. He'll eat something with relish for awhile, then suddenly stop (even when I mix things up, although variety can be hard with him). For example, he would scarf down any canned food I gave him - now (even though its only a couple meals a week, and different flavors) he will only eat about half of what I give him (and NEVER leftovers)
All raw poultry is out - he won't touch any of it in any form, and when he nibbled it came right back out. (Tried all parts of chicken, turkey, duck, and pheasant)
His favorite used to be boneless pork chunks, but now its a toss up whether he will eat it or not. Same goes for boneless beef. Boneless lamb and rabbit he may nibble on, but isn't too keen on either and will leave most. He will not even lick any raw organs, and if I grind them and rub them on the chunks he refuses to eat. Ground raw beef kidney he throws up. I've only been able to get him to eat freeze dried beef liver chunks (some times) and ground raw pork liver (if mixed into canned food). I am also able to get him to eat ground raw green tripe and spleen if mixed into canned.
Cinder's favorite boneless meat right now is beef heart, and he enjoys pork heart as well. He also ate lamb heart when I had it. It's too bad he likes this best since he can't get it more than a few times a week! >.<
Bone has been by far the hardest to balance. Right now I'm sprinkling Calcium Hydroxyapatite on his boneless chunks and mixing a bit in with canned food. He nibbled a bit of ground pork ribs a few times, then refused. I've tried ground beef and ground rabbit (from Hare Today) and both he's thrown up. He also throws up the all beef Stella and Chewy's freeze dried. My next step is to try grinding some fresh rabbit bones and see if he will eat those, or maybe I can hide it in his canned food. He won't even consider chewing on a whole rabbit bone (I've tried many, many times) - even ribs cut into smaller pieces with meat on them!
For a couple of months he was absolutely in love with whole mice, but then he started throwing them up If he has one a week he is usually fine, but he started leaving the guts behind from the larger mice, and then stopped eating them all together. I haven't been able to make another order from Rodent Pro for small young mice yet as our freezer is too full atm
And finally, he used to get whole canned sardine once a week (Fishy Friday!) but has stopped eating those too. To be fair though, the other cats are also getting pick about them /sigh.
Any advice is greatly appreciated! Sorry for the long post, I wanted to get all the info out there lol. Like I said, this is getting very frustrating and stressful. I can't do more than a few canned meals a week or he gets the runs, so I'm trying to make raw work for him!
Edited by author Tue May 1, '12 7:16am PST
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