|Purred: Tue Jan 14, '14 3:03am PST |
|Hello everyone. I have been reading a lot of conversations on this website for a few weeks now, and it is fantastic. Some great advice!
We picked up our cat, Hera (snow spotted bengal, 15 years old, ex-breeding queen) from the cattery two weeks ago, after going away over Christmas and gave her her normal commercial cat food. 24 hours of cat diarrhoea EVERYWHERE, trip to the vets and steroid injection later, I decided enough was enough. Vet concluded cat IBD as she had previously had all sorts of checkups and tests and they couldn't find anything wrong with her apart from this unexplainable diarrhoea outside of her litter tray. After we came back from the vets we tried giving her her food again and she had immediate diarrhoea both times. It was like her own food was poisoning her. Poor Hera. We couldn't carry on like that.
So, desperate to find something that wouldn't provoke the same reaction, I started researching, and found this forum. Tried her on some raw pork, she LOVED it, waited, no diarrhoea. Tried her on some raw chicken, she LOVED it, waited, no diarrhoea. Tried her on some raw beef, she LOVED it, waited, VOMIT AND DIARRHOEA! So, we deduced that she had become intolerant to beef, and I had decided that raw food was the way to go.
Anyway, we have been experimenting this week to find out what she will eat and keep inside her. All looking good, apart from the beef. She LOVED lamb heart. It was so nice to see her chewing away on raw meat chunks (she only has four teeth left). She also has more energy, is happier, and is doing solid poos for the first time since we got her 7 years ago. So, I have prepared a few weeks' worth of food and popped it in the freezer. After much deliberation I used the frankenprey model: 80% muscle meat incl. a little heart, 5% crushed and chopped chicken wing bones, 5% liver, 5% kidney.
I have two questions then. The first is that she is SO hungry all of the time. We previously left cat biscuits down for her to graze on, but on the raw food she's getting one meal in the morning, and one in the evening. I calculated the exact amount according to her weight, and we weighed her before and after the raw food two weeks, and if anything she has gained a little weight because she is finally absorbing the nutrients in her food. I am giving her 3% of her body weight. Is she just enthusiastic about the raw food and wants more due to greed or do we need to feed her more? Or is she just getting used to the new routine?
So my next question is about taurine. Now I have seen that a lot of people supplement the raw food with taurine when it is GROUND and frozen because it oxidises, but do you think we need to supplement Hera's food with taurine if it is frozen in small chunks with heart in every meal?
I hope you can help.
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