new diet - a few questions to help me get started?
hey guys! I'm.. sort of new, in the fact that this is my first post, but I've practically read this entire forum, so hey.
so I'm REALLY into this idea of a raw food diet.. I think it makes a lot of sense, and everyone seems to be having great success with it, and I really want to do right by my adorable kitten, you know?
so I've done a bunch of research over the last week or so, sourced out my meats. stocked up (found organic milk fed veal liver.. that sounds healthy!) and me and my boyfriend spent a couple hours last night portioning out weeks then days worth of meals and freezing them. so, all the things I can control are going well, and now the only problem is Jango. he's an 8month-ish old scottish fold.. we got him from the humane society and him and many other cats were abandoned by a breeder when they were very young. I assume he's been mousing or something since then, though being 6 months old and only weighing about 4.5lbs when we got him, I also think he was pretty malnourished. but I thought the switch to raw might be easier for someone who had been mousing perhaps?
so, me, being excited, gave him some chicken a couple nights ago before we were actually ready to start his diet, and he went crazy for it (it gets stuck in his teeth a little and he whips his head around trying to dislodge it, too cute.) and now I realize I probably gave him WAY too much, probably about 4 oz (I hadn't gotten a scale yet, and being canadian, had no actual idea how much an ounce was.) which is what he would normally need to eat a day almost, and he wolfed it all in one sitting. (he's done that before too, one day I was giving him food everytime he wanted it, which I read is an okay thing to do for a kitten, and he just ate so much that he didn't eat for 1.5 days after.. greedy little piglet.) needless to say, this gave him an upset stomach and runny poos. (which just kind of seems like a reaction to too much rich food after being a cornavore for a few months and mom getting over excited and giving him too much meat) but what I'm more worried about than that is the fact that he has seemed REALLY lethargic since then, hardly even wanting to play, as well as unwilling to eat anything else raw. do you think I should be worried about the lethargy?
and just trying to give him a couple pieces of chicken today proved impossible, despite trying to hide them, coax him with tuna water, pretend I dropped them (which he's usually all over) or even once I switched to a bit of beef to try to switch it up. do you think this is just a temporary wariness that I can work him past, or do you think I came on too fast and made this a lot harder for myself then it would have been? any tips that anyone found REALLY helpful to getting their cat to eat? I was thinking I might try cooking some chicken for him, and then slowly moving less and less cooked until he's back to raw? any thoughts? any help would be much appreciated.
also, just a general question on the diet, I understand that the 80% 10% 5% 5% model is based on whole prey, which makes sense, but this diet is also based on that pottenger study, right? and if so, when his findings that the ultimate diet for a cat included 1/3 milk, why do we not include any milk in his diet?
anyways, sorry for the novel, and any help is much appreciated, and I'm looking forward to being an active member here.
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