Originally Posted by RescueKitties
I've been doing some reading here and have decided to try and switch fully to a canned diet (they were on a dry cat kibble, Orijen, I thought it was good for them
) and try to start sneaking some cut up muscle meat into their canned. I recently bought a bunch of canned food to help with the positive association of the new cat that was brought into the house. I imagine it's not very good quality, Fancy Feast and the special Fancy Feast Medley.
Which canned food is the best if your feeding a solely canned food diet? I imagine it will take weeks to transition my first three cats as I've tried before with them. The new cat Nyx had liver and turkey leg meat last night and loved it.
Lots of info on transitioning here: http://www.rawfedcats.org/practicalguide.htm
The main thing w/ getting off kibble is getting off free-feeding. So first get the cats used to eating 2 meals a day of canned food. Once they are cleaning that up, start adding in some cut-up raw food.
But also try just tossing down some raw. You may be surprised. Once they are used to meals (and hence, are actually HUNGRY when you offer the food
), many cats just jump right in.
Also how much canned food should they be eating? They range in weights from 4.5lbs to 20lbs.
IMO no cat should weigh 20#, so that cat is probably overweight. Start w/ 6 oz a day total per cat (feed them in separate rooms so you know they are eating what they are supposed to). You hopefully won't be on canned long so it doesn't matter much.
Once you're on raw, here it the calculator: http://www.hare-today.com/feed.php?osCs ... f7972bfac2
Scroll down, input the cat's DESIRED weight (which will be less than 20# for that cat) and choose 2%. Hit calculate. That will give you the total amount of raw food to feed per DAY (half it for each of the 2 daily feedings).
And lastly taurine. I've read that it's very important for cats when feeding raw and comes from "blood rich" organs, specifically heart and liver. My dogs eat heart as muscle meat, so we often have a lot of turkey, beef, bison heart. Could the cats be eating heart as their muscle meat content as well?
No. Taurine comes from MUSCLE meat--has nothing to do w/ blood. Heart is mostly muscle, so it contains a lot of taurine, but so does dark meat chicken, turkey, and most cuts of beef and venison.
I don't think I have quail or cornish hens available to me for bone content, would just chicken wings be enough? Currently my dogs eat chicken carcass, turkey wings (much too big for cats I imagine), necks etc. All of which I would assume are too big.
Are you sure? I'll bet you can find quail. Cornish game hen is in most grocery stores--just ask. And I get quail at an Asian/Mexican market. It's in a 'hood I wouldn't go to normally, and I didn't know it existed until I started looking around. I get 6 quail for $7 -- each quail = 2 cat meals.
Cats CAN eat chicken necks. It's a lot of bone, but if you give each cat 1/2 neck plus some meatymeat, that works. Breast (with the rib bones) also works. IMO quail or CGH is better, though, so keep looking.
And lastly, how would you estimate the ideal adult weight of a cat to determine how much you should be feeding?
Not sure what you mean. If the cat looks and feels overweight, try for a lower weight. Then reassess. Weigh the cat before you start and at least every 2 weeks to assess progress. You do NOT want fast weight loss in cats--slow is safer.
Hope this helps!