|Purred: Tue Jul 16, '13 4:00am PST |
|Kittens should be given as much to eat as they want and can eat up to 10% of their body weight, but normal for full grown cats is just like dogs - 2-3%.
Grinding is not looked down on so much for cats as it is for dogs because feeding dogs is so much easier - my 55lb lab mix can easily chomp through a whole chicken - but my cat can't, and some will be picky about it, creating imbalanced diet issues. For dental health for cats, if you feed ground, I also feed chunked gizzards - these are great "cat sized" bites of meat and they're tough, providing a good dental workout.
Yes, grinding food removes taurine because it oxidizes so you'll want to add a supplement - I use Alnutrin. I also add fish oil capsules (anchovy oil) and occasionally Toby gets a bite of my salmon sushi or a sardine packed in water, but not too much fish. Toby eats mostly a diet of poultry -- I feed chicken, turkey, duck and goose - he also likes beef and mutton in small amounts.
Also, very important difference I failed to mention -- you cannot starve a cat into raw like you can a dog -- cats are prone to developing hepadic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) if they go too long without eating -- this is particularly true of fatter cats -- but cats as a rule should never go more than 24 hrs without eating. There are plenty of sites (and people here!) who can help you through transitioning a cat from kibble to raw.
This is my boy, Toby - who is now 16 weeks old and has been raw fed since I got him at 6-8 weeks old. Properly raw fed cats tend to enjoy better health, shinier coats, bright eyes, and lots of energy.
Edited by author Tue Jul 16, '13 4:12am PST
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