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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-06-2010, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Won't Eat Off Bone

So my kitty won't eat meat off of the bone, and certainly isn't interested in whole bones at all. She eats ground bones fine (I know, not ideal) and organs fine. She loves her muscle meat. But I can't get her to eat the small pieces of Cornish Game Hen.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-06-2010, 04:24 PM
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Re: Won't Eat Off Bone

When you cut up the cornish hen use the ribs and leave a good, heavy layer of breast meat. Make some of the meat hand off a bit so the first mouth fulls are pure meat. Perhaps even serve a small amount of meat to the side of the ribs so the cat gets the delicious taste in her mouth and doesn't want to stop.

I don't have mine eat off of bones but he definitely has to eat the bone. If you have to grind the bone meals it's not the end of the world though either, as long as the other meals are whole I think it's pretty darn good.
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Re: Won't Eat Off Bone

Keep at it. Try offering a SMALL piece of bone-in CGH when she's good and hungry--confine her in one room w/ it for an hour or so. If she doesn't eat it, give her a small amount of something that she WILL eat, but not enough for her to be fully satisfied. Next meal (12 hours later) offer bone-in again. Eventually she'll be hungry and she'll give it a real try--once she realizes she CAN eat it, and her jaw strength improves, she'll be all about it. It does take time for kibble/canned fed cats to develop strength.
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-14-2010, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Won't Eat Off Bone

Thanks to you both. For now I've been giving the ground bone still until I run out (not that much left). Sorry it took me so long to get back, I've been so busy! I'll give the suggestions a try. I know she has it in her, and she loves her raw food. She's just hesitant to try new things. I'm sure you all know about that!
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Re: Won't Eat Off Bone

It's partly reluctance to try the unfamiliar, but it's also lack of jaw strength. At least most dogs chew other stuff, so when they transition to raw they aren't completely unfamiliar with actually USING their jaws. Many adult cats fed kibble or canned their entire lives have never really used their jaws in their lifetime!

My kitten Jonah was rescued out of the street at 3-4 weeks. By 6 weeks he was eating small mice and by 8 weeks large mice. Took my adult cats almost 8 mos to get to that point! And it's certainly partly what you get used to, but it's also that the adult cats' jaw muscles were actually atrophied.
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Prince won't touch the small bone-in chicken wings I give him, however much meat I leave on them. I thought it was lack of jaw strength, but I remember that one day he ate the wing's bone like nothing. So I don't know what to think or do anymore... He eats the rest of his balanced raw diet with gusto. Though he sometimes (rarely) craves kibble and will not eat his raw food, will pitifully ask me for kibble till I give in (I keep kibble in the terrace for my strays and he leads me there and shows me the bags and whines). Today he had a day when he hardly touched his raw food, he went without eating till I gave in and gave him kibble.

I found Prince in the street over a month ago, he seems to be an abandoned house cat. He's 1-2 y/o and perfectly healthy as per the vet.

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If he's hungry enough he'll learn to start tackling these challenges. My oldest cat prefers meaty bones to anything else.
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But he has a meowmmy that won't let him go hungry, so he's spoilt, hehe! Last night he tackled another small bone, so now meowmmy is happy and hopeful.

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I didn't mean to let him go hungry, just let him meow at you when he really wants to make it clear he's hungry, then close him into the bathroom like I do with a Cornish Hen leg. Cubby just finished one off - the whole thing. Make sure it's at room temp and not cold.
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Why close him?

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