|Purred: Wed Jun 6, '12 7:04am PST |
|So, for anyone who is interested in hearing about the first stages of a transition, I wanted to let you know how my night and morning progressed.
So last night I went to the farmer's market and got two 1/2 lb organic free range chicken thighs - total cost was $4.70. That is a little less than the cost of a single day feeding for my cats (3 cans @1.89 a can). I did not get thighs with the bone in, as I don't have a grinder or anything, but they did have all fat and skin. I cut the pieces into half-inch cubes and weighed them into 2-oz. portions and stored them in baby food tupperware containers. I labeled the cups so I can track how much each cat eats. My cats are about 12 lbs, so I plan on splitting the cups of chicken into two 1-oz. feedings, and leaving a single can out at dinner to make up the extra, as they will probably be a little hungry still. I am home from work this week so I have time to give them attention and monitor how good of an idea this is.
For those interested, I have 3 cats but only 2 have any interest in raw food. The third cat is older and lived most of her life - as far as we can tell - on the street so I am very much hoping to move her to raw eventually. Not sure why she decided against raw after living on what I assume were NYC subway rats for years
The only thing keeping me from going head-first crazy into this is my schedule with work (and, in 2 months graduate school) makes it hard for me to split my cats meals into two. I usually drop 1 can per cat and come back at night to freshen/refill bowls. I am not sure how I will make a raw feeding schedule work yet
The first feeding went off pretty well. I expected them to want more than they ate but considering I usually drop a single piece as a treat they probably just got a little bored. Raw food tends to make my cats run around like wild tigers for 10 minutes, and today was no exception. They growled a little at each other, even though they had separate plates, so I had to separate them at first, and then they both decided they would rather drag raw chicken all over the house until they found the perfect place to chew, and then go back and do it all over again for each of the 10 or so chunks. That's going to be annoying, as now I have to disinfect my whole apartment LOL
I am going to put up a blog to track their progress and also make notes for myself so I can learn from my mistakes. I can post the link when it is up if anyone is interested!
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