Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Albert, AB, Canada
Re: Help me with my math please!
I also had problems knowing how much to feed Muffin and Doran when i started feeding raw. I was surprised by how much they could pack in! my girls get about 1/4 lb every day each (2 meals). The boys were more than willing to eat double that most days. Since they are each now about 12lbs they still eat a lot, but not quite as much as they had been scarfing down.
I used to be really worried about making sure each cat got the right portion...I still feed Torri seperately, just she she'll eat, but the rest of the cats have found a system. I put the food in 2 bowls, then put each of the bowls in a kennel. Muffin and Doran jump in and eat some, then leave. Then Jitzu goes and eat some, then the boys come bck when she's don e.
If any of them were losing/gaining too much weight I'd probably be stricter about it, but as it is everyone seems to be nice and healthy.
I do feed Torri in our room at night, she won't eat if any other cat is nearby, so she wasn't gaining the weight I wanted her to. Now she's maintaining a healthy weight, although how is a mystery, lol. She eats maybe 1/2 of what I think she should eat...Well, she is small.
Bascially feed them way more than you think they need. They'll generally stop eating when they're done.
As for bone content, I still have to be creative for Torri...she rarely eats bone. I dry egg shells, then crush them really small. A few times a week she gets a dinner with really soupy 'sauce' (blood sauce, lol...or sometimes egg) and I mix the shells in. It sticks to the food, and she loves whatever gooey topping I give her, so she eats it.
With any of the cats if I need to give them something they really don't want I grind it up small, mix it with cheese whiz and wipe it on their front paws...lol they can't resist!