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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-05-2010, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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How can I tell...

...if she's getting enough nutrition?

My cat looks fabulous and has a ton of energy. She's 9 years old and has been on raw for a few months now (I think almost 6 or so).

Anyway, she hasn't gained enough jaw strength to eat full bones so I've been getting them ground. Every once in a while I will put a chicken rib in her bowl with her other food but she hasn't yet been able to break one down.

The problem with ground bones, besides obviously not encouraging her strength, is that she doesn't eat the bigger chunks. She will chew the small chunks of bone but if there's anything the size of a dime or larger she won't even touch it.

I just want to make sure she's getting enough nutrients out of the ground bones that way. Maybe it's hard to tell if you can't see the food.

Thanks for any info you can give me!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-05-2010, 03:14 PM
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Yes she does look fab, and if she has tons of energy at 9 y.o., I would say she's beeing fed very well. It's likely that she's getting all the nutrients she needs, otherwise being on this diet for 6 mos. if she were lacking some nutrients she would likely be showing some deficiencies. A shiny lustrous coat is a good indication of good health.
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Have you tried differant types of bone?

Rajah won't eat chicken ribs unless they are smashed but will eat small chicken necks just fine. He also will eat whole quail with no problem. He just doesn't like the "easy" bones...
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-05-2010, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to you both

I will try whole chicken necks. So far she hasn't eaten any other chicken or cornish game hen bones. I'll try the necks though, she might like them!
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Perhaps she would be able to break down the little bones of a 1-day old chick? She may struggle with the skull though. We get 1-day old chicks from the chicken farmer for 2 cents each here in Holland and the cats absolutely love them.

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-06-2010, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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I was actually just thinking about that! Or mice. I just need to find a place I can buy them. Rodentpro and Hare Today are both verrry expensive to ship to California.

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I will try whole chicken necks. So far she hasn't eaten any other chicken or cornish game hen bones. I'll try the necks though, she might like them!
Maybe she will but maybe she won't. Rajah tends to be a very strange cat. You'd think he would prefer very easy bones - but he actually prefers the hard bones to eat.

Leave it to me to find some very strange cats
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I'd try baby mice or chicks, the bones are a lot softer.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I got her some baby mice today from the pet supply (still searching for a supplier). Is it okay to give her two or three at a time? Or just one? They're pretty small. I was thinking about just giving her one tonight with some chicken breast to see how she handles it.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 04:00 PM
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Katie, let us know how it goes with the mice! I tried introducing mice to my cat's diet but she didn't take. Good luck!
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