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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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How to transition cat properly

My kitten (7 mos) currently eats "pre-made" raw patties that are whole carcass. HOWEVER...I'd like to get him to start eating wing tips, chicken necks, actual meat pieces instead of ground. The natural choice I thought was chicken, but he will have NOTHING to do with it. Not even cut pieces of chicken breast. He only likes red meat, which makes it hard to feed whole carcass type meals (picturing kitty jumping on a cow now). Any suggestions on how to get him to eat poultry or the like to start? I've even tried some small whole fish and he's just not into it. He'll sniff it for a bit, then jump down from where he eats, run up to me, meow incessantly again as though I've made some huge mistake. Suggestions anyone?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 12:34 PM
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Re: How to transition cat properly

Cornish game hen is more readily eaten than chicken b/c the bones are smaller and softer. But if it's the taste he's not liking, CGH IS chicken so they will taste the same. You can try cutting up small pieces and mixing it into the premade stuff, gradually increasing the chicken and decreasing the premade.

If that doesn't work, you can try other things, like quail (many cats prefer the wilder-tasting stuff) or mice.

Do try to transition off the premade. It's expensive, contains stuff cats don't need, and provides neither the dental nor the psychological benefits of being able to rip, tear and chew.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 02:29 PM
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Re: How to transition cat properly

Here are some tips and a couple of links for you, Scintillater:

Put some chicken on a plate right next to their current food while they're eating for several days; just enough so they can smell it while they're eating and begin to associate the two together.

Then drop a couple of very small pieces of chicken on top of the current food for a few days to see if they'll try it. If they do, slowly increase the amounts of chicken and once you're half and half, you can slowly increase the size of the pieces (still making it half and half for a few more days).

Also, in conjunction with the slow mixing, you could sprinkle freeze-dried meat treats on the chicken. Stella and Chewy's makes some, as does Whole Life and many others. Cats often find these treats irresistible and they melt a bit when they get damp, so they stick a little.

There are some more ideas in this article Transitioning Your Cat to a Raw Diet and in this one: Transitioning Dry Food Addicts to Canned.

Good luck!
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