Originally Posted by Elly
1. While I am doing 50% Wellness canned, will the meaty boneless chunks (without the Instincts premix) provide them with all the nutrients they need?
2. Is there any problem feeding the all raw with the Instincts IC premix and no raw bones - ever?
Yes. They need the bones, and these premix things are just a way for people to make money. Work to get off off the commercial stuff ASAP! If you're just using this to transition, fine, but I don't see a need for the premix thing. Just mix canned into the raw, gradually increasing the raw and decreasing the canned. Start offering bone-in stuff ASAP to get them thinking about it -- Cornish game hen quarters are a good way to start. Lots of food info here:
3. When we make it to 100% raw, if I stop using the premix and feed them a mixture of meaty chunks (w/10% liver and taurine supplement) how many times a week should they have raw bones and how much? And if my boy never eats the raw bones, what are some other options?
He will. It can take a little time, but keep at it. Remember that cats who are on commercial food have NEVER used their jaws as Mother Nature intended. They have no jaw strength, no muscles built up. Once the cats are eating smaller meaty chunks well, increase the size -- to the size of a mouse. Chewing apart larger chunks is not only great for the teeth but also strengthens the jaws and prepares the kitty for bone.
It took my cat Lincoln (age 11) 5 weeks to eat bone well. That's not too bad. Took Calvin (age 6) about 3 weeks.
I4. I've poured over Dr. Lisa Pierson's site (catinfo.org) and she suggests to 3 lbs meat add 4 oz of liver, 2000 mg of taurine, 400 mg powdered Vit E, 100 mg Vit B and 2000 mg wild salmon oil. What are other's thoughts on this? Are the supplements necessary? [/quote
No. Add salmon oil at least a few times a week--making sure it has no soy added. You can add taurine if you like, but as long as you are feeding plenty of dark muscle meat (beef, venison, beef heart, dark chicken), your cat is getting more than enough. I do add taurine (sprinkled on top of beef or venison usually) a few X a week just to be safe and b/c it's easy and can't hurt. The other stuff is unecessary.
I like Dr. Lisa's site for the info it provides generally, but I don't recommend anyone follow her recipes. WAAAAAY too complicated, and unecessarily so. Just feed 80-85% meat, 5-10% bone, and 10% organ, half of which should be liver. Feed that over time, not daily. I feed mice 4-5 meals a week, which have bone in them, so I only feed bone-in chicken (Cornish game hen) 2-3 meals a week. All other meals are meatymeat, with liver and kidney added several times a week.
You're on the right track -- just don't make it more complicated than it needs to be. It isn't rocket science.