Hey everyone... I've decided to start my cat on a raw food diet, as I've heard about all the benefits.
She's the most important thing in our world (my boyfriend and I) and she's like a daughter to us (would die for her, do anything for her, etc etc.)
Here's the thing... Boo (short for Buttercup
) has a history of urinary crystals and is VERY sensitive to any type of dry food. We've had to take her to the vet on numerous occasions for this problem. I've been buying her this dry stuff called Nutram that has urinary care for females and it seems to have worked... she gets the odd flare up where we have to take her to the vet, but she seems to get that with any food - even vet bought food. She gets the issues far less with this brand than any other though.
I recently moved out of my parent's house with my boyfriend so I can now feed her what I want (my parents didn't want me spending too much money on her but now I'm free to do as I please
). The first thing I'm doing? Cutting off that dry food. I don't want to mess with a good thing, as it seems to be working... but I've heard all bad things about virtually all dry food. I was going to switch to only canned... but then I read about raw, and I jumped at the idea. I went to the store bought some chicken, salmon and turkey for her. I'm keeping it frozen until she takes, but...
Just one problem. Boo is like her mommy. She's a vegetarian. Well, not really, she'll eat cat food. But nothing else... Hence I'm worried like crazy. She won't even eat meat when its cooked, not steak, not chicken, not tuna - nothing. She sniffs it, and walks away. Its insane, I know. A cat that won't eat plain ol' meat. She's never caught a mouse (besides her toys) in her life and she's spoiled rotten... but she's playful as heck so the instinct's still there, right?
I gave her her first raw food meal today - raw salmon cut into chunks. I mixed it with some canned food to try to make it more appealing. But she ate some of the canned food and ate AROUND the salmon chunks. They're bite sized so I know she can eat them... but she won't... I know its only the first day so I shouldn't be panicking. But the reason I worry is because she's never taken to meat before, not even cooked, so is there even a chance that she'll give in to her baser instincts and start so late in her life?
She's turning 9 on September 1st. Its not too late to switch is it?
I so want her to be healthy and to live as long as she can.
Thanks so much in advance!