|Purred: Sat May 18, '13 7:36am PST |
|Well, when I started out I fed ground raw, but I mixed in small chunks of meat for chewing purposes. I used ground turkey and chunked up chicken thighs/breasts at a 50/50 ratio. I used a pre-mix (Instinct TC, which I think is called something else now) that had calcium so that I didn't need to use bones.
After a couple of months I started feeding a prey model diet and now the boys mostly turn up their noses when I try to feed them ground raw. I buy ground raw with bones sometimes from hare-today.com though. I very rarely make a ground mix with anything added to it.
The diet that I feed my cats is grain free canned for breakfast, usually NV Instinct or Dave's, raw around 3:30pm, and raw again around 8-9pm. Two of my cats are 4.5 years old and the other 2 are 3.5 years old. So I've been feeding a 2/3rds unsupplemented raw diet for 4 years now. Everyone is very healthy (well, except for BB, but he's a different story), shiney coats, lots of energy, etc.
Supposedly, if you really feed a proper prey model diet, you shouldn't need to supplement with anything, but I've been reading this week that many people do anyway, so I have to admit that I'm wondering about maybe adding in some B vitamins, vit. E, and taurine. I don't know how you could mix supplements into chunks of meat though. I would love to add some fish oil to their food occassionally, but I have yet to find one that I haven't had to throw out because my cats refuse to eat food with it added.
If you do decide to go with a ground diet, you can always feed chicken gizzards as a treat on the side. They are great for getting some chewing in for your cat.
Check out rawfedcats.org for some info on prey model feeding.
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