Originally Posted by Katie Finlay
Hi there, I'm new to the forum and also new to raw feeding...kind of. I've been feeding my dogs raw since November, but haven't switched the cat yet. I just finished reading Natural Nutrition for Cats by Kymythy a Schultze, and feel like I'm ready to take the plunge. But now for a few newb questions:
Do I have to make the recipes? Or can I feed raw the way I do with my dogs (throw it in a bowl, and pronto, it's ready). Obviously I'd use smaller ingredients, but you get the idea.
I feed dogs and cats, too, so I hope I can help.
Yes, toss-it-in-the-bowl-whole is the best way to feed! Schultze even says so (I like that book a lot). She offers the recipes but says that whole prey or prey model is better. You'll find lots of info here:
Another thing is, how important is it to have all the ingredients while transitioning? I made my first bulk order from a co-op and get my meat in on the 20th. I have chicken necks and hearts coming in along with some other stuff. Right now I have chicken wings, chicken breasts, chicken backs, and ground beef. I know the backs have some organ attached, but it doesn't seem to be as much as cats need.
IMO backs are a waste of money and tummy space for dogs - and cats SURE don't need them. No one needs that much bone. Dogs should only have 10% of the diet fed as bone and most cats need less -- 5-10%. I prefer to feed smaller bone to cats -- I feed a lot of mice (frozen feeder mice), but when I feed non-whole prey I go for cornish game hen quarters or halved quail (Asian market) instead of chicken. Chicken bone is too big for most cats Ė they CAN eat some of it, but much of it will just go to waste.
Ditto necks. Itís a LOT of bone.
I feed, say, Ĺ quail per cat in the a.m. and meatymeat (beef, pork or venisonómuscle meat, heart, gizzards, etc.) in the p.m. Then the next day they might get mice in the a.m. and meatymeat in the p.m. Think MORE meat, less bone. Toss in a piece of liver the size of your pinky finger 3-4X a week, ditto kidney, and youíre good!
No need to feed any supplements other than, perhaps, a little salmon body oil. Donít feed ground beef unless you get it free (I sometimes get ground venison in my free Craigslist hauls so I feed it, but Iím not going to BUY it). Spend your money on real meat that the cats have to WORK to eat.
Are you on the rawcats yahoo group? If not, I recommend that you join!
Let us know if you have other questions!