|Purred: Tue May 18, '10 5:10pm PST |
|Hi Tigger. I just found this really cool site that discusses the water content of raw vs. cooked meats: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Water_in_Meats/index.asp. Pretty interesting. Watch out for enhanced meats, ones injected with flavoring; those are not good to feed cats. It seems to me that the water content of canned foods and raw meat are pretty equivalent. In case you haven't read these raw feeding sites read through rawfedcats.org, catnutrition.org, fnes.org, and felinefuture.com (they are selling a supplement, but they have a lot of sound information).
If you wish to ccok meat for Tigger I believe the easiest way is to parboil it; just boil some water, throw some shreds of meat in for a few seconds, and then let it cool off. Don't add salt or anything else. If you go this route what you would do is eventually start cooking the meat less and less until he accepts it as raw. You could also give him meat from a cooked roast jus so long as it isn't meat with flavorings on it.
You don't have to cook meat though, that is just one suggestion for a cat that won't eat the raw. Try mixing some raw (or cooked) in with the Whiskas wet and see if he eats it. I think though that if you are feeding a lot of fish flavors of the Whiskas you're going to have a problem because the raw meat on it's own will probably not be nearly as enticing to him.
Yes, you can feed him venison; many cats love venison. You can try any meat that you can find just so long as it hasn't gone bad and isn't salted, flavored, etc.
One other thing, you didn't mention what size chunks/shreds you have given him, but go for really small. He probably won't have a clue what to do with large pieces and it takes time for cats to work up the jaw strength to really chew raw meat.
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