Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: northern Minnesota
Re: Liver - how much is too much?
I am by no means an expert, since I've only been raw feeding my dogs and cats for a few weeks. From what I've read, if you are feeding a completely raw diet, the liver content should be 5% of the total meal, and the total meal will generally be between 2-3% of the animal's ideal body weight. When I worked out the calculations with my cats' ideal weights, I came up with between .2-.3 oz of liver daily, which is a very small piece of liver.
Since I'm new at raw feeding and am still developing my "eye" for portion sizes and food weights, I am weighing everything on a postal scale. I understand, though, that these recommended food proportions don't require daily compliance. They are guidelines for feeding "over time". So if you feed a little larger piece of liver one day, you can feed a little less the next day to even things out. Or if you only feed liver a couple of times a week, you can feed larger pieces equivalent to the size of three small, daily pieces.
Of course I have no idea how any of this relates to feeding raw liver to a cat who otherwise eats canned food.