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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-23-2010, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Can I get help with calculations?

I have two cats on ground raw (for now) and Iím getting ready to make a freezer stash with organs I can add to it. One cat is old and thin but very tall so his ideal weight should probably be around 12 pounds. The other cat is young and lean but tiny so I would say 10-ish is her ideal. Iíve been working with 5 ounces a day for her and 6 for him but some days they donít finish it and other days they want more.

SoÖ If I were to make batches of organs to add to one meal on M/W/F, how much would that be? Do I take their 11 ounces of meat a day, multiply it by 7, take 10% of that and then figure out how to condense it into 3 meals? Thatís where Iím lost. Also, would it be overload if they got their organs in larger percentages fewer times a week? I thought I might try to work on the bones for the other meal those days.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-23-2010, 10:25 PM
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Hi, Cake.

I have a spreadsheet that makes all these calculations for you. PM me your email address and I'll send it to you.

Technically, you could feed one or two very large organ meals a week, but realistically, you can't feed more than the cats can "handle", as "too much" organ can sometimes cause upset tummies.

I feed four organ meals a week, two liver and two a mix of kidney, etc.

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That would be great. Thanks!

I am going to do 5 meals with organs, mostly because it would be easier to remember weekdays/weekends versus MWF.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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The spreadsheet was very helpful, Auntie Crazy. Thank you again.

After spending a couple hours chopping and weighting such tiny portions, do you think I could put equal amounts in a food processor, mix it all up and weigh the pureed amount? I have 3 young children who don’t often leave me alone for more than a few minutes so that would be a great time saver.
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How you serve it after you've weighed it is really a non-issue, so, yes, sure, you could.... keeping in mind that the more a meat is "processed", the more the nutrient content is degraded.

Can't tell you by how much, though, 'cause we simply don't know (this is why folks who feed ground often supplement).

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What about beef heart? I have a whole bunch of that and only one cat that seems to tolerate any kind of beef. Since it’s both a muscle and an organ, what proportions do I feet it in?

I was hoping to give it to the beef eating cat as an entire meal a couple times a week.
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What about beef heart? I have a whole bunch of that and only one cat that seems to tolerate any kind of beef. Since itís both a muscle and an organ, what proportions do I feet it in?

I was hoping to give it to the beef eating cat as an entire meal a couple times a week.
Heart, for raw-feeding purposes, is considered muscle meat, so go ahead with your plan, Cake. In fact, that's exactly how I feed it - as breakfast three times a week (one turkey, one duck, one chicken).

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Next question.

If I feed the heart as a meal, do I still add the daily requirement of organs? I’m currently using beef kidney and chicken liver.
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Next question.

If I feed the heart as a meal, do I still add the daily requirement of organs? Iím currently using beef kidney and chicken liver.
Yes, since the heart counts as part of the meat percentages.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-03-2010, 09:56 PM
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So what other organs really count as organs?

I know liver and kidneys...what else?
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