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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about diving into raw

So, I used to feed my dogs a raw diet but after months of diarrhea for my GSD I quit. Plus it was difficult to find a variety of prey for them to consume.

I am researching for China though because I think that finding the variety and quanitity for her will be much easier and canned is getting expensive.

I just defrosted some chicken legs that I have had for awhile that no one has eaten and I am going to give it a go tonight. She did have some chicken fat the other day when I was trimming our chicken breasts and she enjoyed it. Wish us luck!!!


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 03:42 PM
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Re: Thinking about diving into raw

We started Gracie on half raw, half canned last month. So far, I have thought it was well worth the extra work. We are using the pre-mix called Instinct (ordered off the internet) that you add your own meat or poultry to, and liver. Gracie looks great and she obviously loves it! Since we don't own a grinder, I roughly chop dark chicken or turkey parts, sometimes chicken wings without the skin, and mix / freeze portions in an ice-cube tray.

Let us know how it goes!

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Re: Thinking about diving into raw

If she doesn't end up eating the chicken legs don't be discouraged, many cats cannot handle bone at first, it's too difficult for them to chew. I'd start out with hunks of chicken and other muscle meats and only when she can take down good sized pieces of those would I move onto bones. If you are interested in doing an entire raw diet make sure you read around this forum and ask questions, you need to make sure you feed meat, bones, liver and another organ so that the diet is balanced.

I do think it is the best choice you can make for China and it is much cheaper than canned. I hope she likes it!!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-20-2009, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Thinking about diving into raw

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I figured she wouldn't be able to handle the bone since she is only three months old, she just chewed some skin and meat off of it and had some hamburger too. She enjoyed both. I have a good idea of what to do when feeding raw from feeding it to my dogs, although I understand cats need more of some things and less of others. Before I dive in 100% I need to buy a meat scale. For now she will just get chunks of whatever I can spare when i am cooking dinner!

I am huge into research so I won't do it until I know for sure what I am doing!


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