|Purred: Wed Apr 17, '13 5:44pm PST |
|I too would hesitate to feed only poultry, but I know that there are people who feel that they don't want to feed meat that is not representative of what a wild small cat would eat, so poultry, rabbit, and mice.
I would continue to feed some muscle meat with the medallions and include enough liver over the course of a week to make up 5% of the diet. But, you do need to find some kidneys or something for him too and, as BK said, you can't buy any poultry organs other than liver because they are too small. If you buy a game hen and cut it up, you will see the tiny kidneys near the spine toward the back of the bird. They are way too small form anyone to bother collecting and selling. Lamb kidneys are my cats' favorite "other" organ.
Other protein sources you can try are lamb, goat, bison, emu, and llama. I would cut the meat up into very small pieces at first until he gets used to them. I also would keep away from the beef, but maybe try to raw pork again with just a tiny piece or two to see how he handles it. You could alos try raw venison becuase, again as BK said, some cats can handle the raw form of a protein source, but not the cooked.canned version.
A point about using the quail as a source of bone. This will not balance out the remainder of his diet because a quail is balanced in and of itself, The same is true of whole prey mice, so you'll need to get some other bone in the diet eventually.
I have never heard of a rule percentage of this protein source vs. that protein source. The closest is that you should feed dark meat as well as light meat because dark meat has more taurine which, as I'm sure you know, is an essential amino acid for cats
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