Originally Posted by melysion
Toby is on a half wet/half raw diet and one of the reasons why its only half raw is because I'm nervous of giving him bones to eat. I know the raw meals I give must be deficient in calcium and that the whole phosphate level balance must be out of whack, hence why I still give the wet.
Actually, you're far more likely to give to MUCH calcium than too little. Cats have a pretty low bone requirement -- max is 10% of the diet and most cats do best on 5%. That's not much. My cats get bone-in chicken maybe 3-4 meals a week out of 14, and mice 4-5 meals a week (bone in of course). Otherwise they get meatymeat, with liver/other organs in small amounts every few meals.
I'd like to give Toby raw chicken necks or wings to eat but am nervous about him choking. I tried him on some pinkies a while back thinking that if he ate them, then I would be on the way to solving the problem as, after all, they are the complete package as regards to cat nutrition, but he wouldn't go near them.
Well, pinkies aren't really that nutritious compared to adult mice but that's a good way to get a cat started. This is icky, but try cutting one in half. It really helps. Once they figure it out they all love mice.
I don't feed necks and the only wings my cats get are on cornish game hen quarters. IMO bigger chickens = too much bone. And Toby won't choke. The key is biggish pieces and he will gnaw off right-sized pieces. Those pieces may seem big to you, but trust me, he can eat them. Cats and dogs don't chew their food -- their very acidic GI tracts take care of that. They just get pieces off that will fit down their craws, and those pieces are fairly large.
Just keep trying! Start simple. Get a cornish game hen, quarter it, freeze 3 quarters, and offer him one. If he eats it, great! If not, try trimming off a little meat for him, or ribboning the flesh on the quarter so he can see that it's food. Remember that commercial cat food is unnaturally smelly on purpose -- so cats/dogs used to commercial food think food is supposed to REEK. Raw meat is surprisingly un-smelly and that takes some getting used to.