|Purred: Sat Nov 17, '12 10:20am PST |
|Welcome to the raw forum - let me try to help!
1. You should keep an eye out for taurine but you're fine for a while without it and adding hearts and gizzards is a good step. The more urgent matter is calcium - please don't go too long without giving her bones.
2. Can you tell your husband you baked it and not actually do it? It's actually much better for her if you leave it raw. Her system was designed to deal with raw meat and with any bacteria that might be on it. Once you add bones to the mix you won't be able to cook it either.
3. Have you considered doing what we call Frankenprey? Kittens take to it easily and you can avoid the cost of the grinder. You just feed a variety of proteins in the following proportions: 80% muscle meat, 10% bones, 5% liver and 5% other secreting organ. These proportions don't need to be each meal, you can do it over the course of a week or so. Then you don't even need to add supplements and can save even more money. You could start her on small bones like chicken/hen ribs so she builds up jaw strength until she can chew things like wings and necks. This means you can (and should) also give her different kinds of meat - beef, turkey, rabbit, lamb, etc. The bones from those might be too big but you can mix things up - a chicken neck and some beef is fine.
4. If you're not ready to try that, maybe you could ask a butcher to grind you a whole chicken with the bones and organs included? I just wouldn't go too long without including bones in her diet somehow. You can add powdered calcium I believe, but it's best when it comes as real bones.
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