|Purred: Thu Dec 27, '12 10:17pm PST |
|Below are the chronicles of weaning my cat to raw food. I thought someone else may find the things I found out useful too, so I wanted to make a thread on it. I have no idea how long his RAW conversion will take, but I'll try to only post relevant and interesting changes.
Fagin is a kitten - only three months old, and pretty flexible when it comes to eating. He prefers canned food over dry (not surprising), and after doing a lot of research, I concluded I wanted to start feeding him raw food.
Since he's a kitten, I figured no problem. Right?
Well, it's not as easy as I expected.
Step one was simply handing the BARF over. Yes, BARF. Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. Aussies love calling their raw stuff BARF. Don't as me why, just go with it.
Patty down, he sniffed it once, then turned up his nose. Denied his perfectly good Roo meat! I was surprised. (And if anyone's curious, this is what I feed him: http://www.bigdogpetfoods.com.au/product-view/kangaroo-barf-for-cats -38)
Then I thought - maybe it's because it's roo? I only give him chicken and turkey canned (can't find rabbit premix). So I took a step back and mixed half of the patty with half of his old canned food. Success. Ate it up like there was no tomorrow.
Same thing for breakfast, then I tried just the RAW again. He did the same thing - sniffed it, a few licks, then nothing.
Kitten overlord has me puzzling whether because of what's in canned food that's making him reluctant, or if it's because it's roo type. I'm going to switch over to turkey type next, since he's had that in his canned. I'm hoping I can get him to have both kangaroo and turkey, although since I know they have turkey and rabbit, I much prefer to use those...
We'll see, I guess!
In the meantime, kitten overlord demands more cuddles.
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