|Purred: Thu Nov 21, '13 5:02am PST |
|You can do this! You don't need a grinder and although the lack of freezer space is an inconvenience, the fact that the cats don't have underlying health issues means that you can buy your meat at a regular grocery store or specialty store. First see if your cats will eat chunked meat and bones. You should try a variety of muscle meats. For bone, start small. Try chicken necks, ribs, wings - small bones. You may need to help them at first by smashing the bones with a hammer to make them smaller. Also make sure they'll eat liver and kidney (this is what most people use for their "other" organ). Once you know they'll eat all the parts of a raw diet you can start measuring the percentages. The easiest way is to figure out what they eat per meal. Multiply that by 7 to figure what they need for a week. Then figure your 80/10/5/5 percentages. Now you know how much of each you need for the week. You can feed organs once or twice a week - they don't need to be fed daily.
I package individual meals in small plastic bags before placing them in a gallon freezer bag and pull out each bag as needed. Thaw overnight and place in a bowl of warm water to bring the meat to "mouse" temperature and serve!
The hardest part is figuring out what each cat will eat. Once you know that you can figure out your sourcing and routine. Good luck - let us know how it's going!
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