|Purred: Fri Nov 30, '12 7:15am PST |
|So, essentially, it seems like it doesn't hurt anything if they get extra muscle. So, start with the right proportions of other stuff, and add some amount of raw meaty bones, and if it's not enough, her poo will be soft. If it's too much, it'll be white and chalky.
So, I guess my long term plans are
1. Continue to give the pre-ground raw, supplemented with a chicken heart each meal until my chicken hearts run out
2. Buy mixed chicken hearts and gizzards, and follow #1 above, except she'll either get a chicken heart or gizzard with the pre-ground.
3. After she's been eating gizzards for awhile, buy a pack of quail and murderize it into small bits, and follow #2 above, except bone-in quail pieces get added to the rotation with chicken hearts and gizzards.
4. After she's been eating bone-in quail for a while, add chicken wing pieces to the rotation. Then maybe chicken neck pieces. It sounds like everyone's primary source of bone is wings and necks.
After she knows all of the above are food and she's able to eat them, then try moving to the frankenprey model. I don't think it'll be difficult to move her off of the pre-ground at that point, because she really does prefer scissoring through pieces of meat.
When I get there, I'll probably need advice on how to get her to eat kidney or whatever weird stuff I get from the international food market, and what kinds of proteins to give her, but I can save all that for when we get there.
Thanks so much! The whole frankenprey thing seems incredibly intimidating at first, so thanks for the hand-holding while I dip my toes in the water.
BTW, after 3 weeks on the pre-ground raw, our cat's coat looks GREAT. She's more playful, has more energy, almost like she's a kitten again (which includes the occasional kitty crazies, though not as bad as when she actually WAS a kitten).
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