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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-10-2010, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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looking at my bone amounts

So I was trying to figure out how to prove feeding raw was nutritionally complete by looking at the USDA site which I think says what is found in different foods and comparing to the AAFCO data on what cats need (I failed miserably by the way, I can't figure out how to read the USDA site).

What I did find was this: http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/c ... ut_edit.pl
Which says that a chicken wing is 46% bone up at the top (I think lol).
I weighed a couple of wings and they were about 3 ounces. 46% of 3 ounces is 1.38 ounces. Willie only needs about 2 ounces of bone per week. So that means he should only be eating like one and a half wings per week. That sounds really small to me, does everyone think that it's accurate?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 12:12 PM
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Re: looking at my bone amounts

This is one reason why I don't feed chicken. Feed animals w/ SMALLER bones and you can feed bone more often, which helps condition the stool and keeps things more natural (since in the wild cats wouldn't find too many boneless animals to hunt ).

Both cornish game hen (i.e., very tiny chickens) and quail have more appropriate bones for cats. You can give a CGH quarter or 1/2 quail 4-5 meals a week, feeding boneless meat the rest of the time. This works out very well and ensures that they get regular bone, both for GI tract reasons and for dental ones.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-25-2010, 05:23 PM
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Re: looking at my bone amounts

Hiya, Siameseifuplz!

My cats eat one wingtip and one middle joint twice a week along with about a third of a chicken rib once a week. While I used the exact same numbers you're looking at to start offering them bone-in meals, I tweaked the amounts in accordance with the cats' reactions.

So, you can use these numbers, as I did, to begin offering bone-in portions, but watch your kitty's poo. Too soft, add more bone or another bone-in meal in between the first two. Too hard, make the bone-in meals a bit smaller.

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