|Purred: Wed Jul 11, '07 2:54am PST |
|1. Every cat has their own special needs and requirements, but here, portions are sectioned according to our weights. Buffy gets the least, since she's the smallest (and stops eating when she's full, so mom has found a the perfect portion size), and me and Willow get fed almost the same size, except I get a teensy bit more. Mom would give Willow much less, but she wants Willow to get a little more fat on her bones. She wants to put me on a diet, but when I'm done my food, I bully Willow and I eat her portion as well. But mom is noticing that I'm slowly starting to lose weight, so maybe this is the right portion size for me. Personally I would prefer to eat the whole package at every meal.
2. Quite the contrary, I've experienced GOOD effects! I used to have terrible poops and smell (I couldn't digest the carbs in kibble), but since being put on a RAW diet, my poops now have a poop shape (versus pudding) and there's hardly any smell at all. Plus, it's given me extra energy, and when I'm done my meal, I go racing around the house in a fit of zoomies. Willow and Buffy didn't have any problems that needed to be fixed, but mom has noticed their coats and energy levels have increased. Plus, and mom could just be imagining this, it seems us three are bonded to mom a little more. When Buffy has snuck outside, she'll now come racing back to mom at first call, when before she would just fart around and drive her nuts (guess a free-feeding diet of kibble didn't give her much excitement about coming back to the house, lol)
3. Mom doesn't feel comfortable yet in her ability to feed us a completely homemade RAW diet, so she buys us the pre-ground up stuff from the store. We get a Canadian brand called Pets Go Raw, which is nice and bloody and raw-hamburger-like. We like it better than the other brand we were eating before, Arusha, which wasn't as bloody. Plus, this brand has more bone chips in the meat, and while mom isn't sure this actually works, she wonders if it has any part in cleaning our teeth and strengthening our jaws (when we crunch down on the bone).
4. The pre-ground stuff from the store. Mom prefers Chicken or Turkey (right now it's Chicken, since the store carries Chicken, Fish, and Beef). Once in a while, when the store is out of the Chicken formula, she'll bring home Beef and we'll feast.
5. Compared to kibble, it's EXPENSIVE, but compared to a canned-diet, it's actually cheaper (before mom finally managed to convert Buffy to Rawdom, she let Buffy eat a canned diet and managed to figure out the costs between canned and RAW). Mom spends roughly $28 a week for the three of us, when it used to be $15 for the whole month on kibble. It gives mom the willies, but she says she'll keep feeding it to us, no matter what.
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