|Purred: Tue Mar 11, '14 3:25pm PST |
|(My apologies as this will be a long post)
I am so happy! The kittens (now 10 1/2 months old and 13 and 10.6 lbs respectively) had their first meal of bone-in raw Cornish hen wing tips. The first time, I just gave them each a wing and my fiance supervised Kaylee in the bedroom and I supervised Amelia in the kitchen (Kaylee was growling and hissing, so we separated them for this meal). They both did really well, each eating about half of their wing. The second time we tried the bone-in about a week later, they both did fine again. I am ecstatic!
They eat boneless meat just fine, and have had boneless pork, chicken, beef, rabbit and ground beef, as well as ground whole rabbit (no fur). They are currently getting a mix of THK Prowl, S&C's, NVI Raw medallions in Venison, Duck or Beef, and random raw meat chunks such as chicken gizzards and hearts when I can get them at a good price. They have also had moose liver. I also supplement with coconut oil and digestive enzymes. What is the best way to continue to include these in a raw diet?
I think we are finally ready to get into more prey-model raw style and have less commercially prepared foods. So, I have a few questions/need refreshers on a few things:
-How do I calculate the amount of organ to feed? I know it should 5 % liver and 5% other secreting organ, and I think I want to fee organ once or twice a week instead of daily. How would I calculate this?
-They seemed to struggle with some of the bones in the Cornish hen wings they had. Should I use a mallet to smash the other pieces of the bone-in meats a bit before I give it to them? I don't want them the break teeth on the bones, but I want them to get the tooth-cleaning action of gnawing the raw bones (we also brush their teeth). Should I be grinding the bone-in meats up? I have heard that rabbit, mice and some chicken cuts might be considered edible bone as well. Where can I find skinned mice for sale and has anyone had success feeding them? Or could their difficulty have been related to not being used to using their teeth?
-Since they are not yet one year old, should I just wait until they are one year old to calculate the organ and proper bone amounts? Basically, should I keep letting them eat as much as they can for now of boneless and adding bone-in and organ a few times a week?
-They are currently fed twice a day, but I had planned to decrease to 2x daily once they turned a year old. Should I feed once a day or twice a day with the raw?
-For those of you who occasionally travel and feed raw, do you ask your pet-sitters to feed the raw food? If so, how long do you suggest it be defrosted/thawed for before feeding it? I don't want to demand too much from my cat-sitters, especially since they are not being paid. Could/should I continue to keep THK and S&C's on hand for those times we are out of town for a night or two?
Sorry if this is a little jumbled. Just wanting some answers and reassurance before we make the total switch.
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