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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-30-2010, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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How do you get your cat interested in eating raw?

I accidentally posted this on someones elses thread, so am re-posting here:

I am switching my dog over to a raw diet so thought I'd try with my cat. I have offered raw chicken meat, liver, gizzard and raw turkey meat. He sniffs and walks away (one time picked it up then dropped it).
He is a completely inside cat so has never hunted although once or twice he killed a mouse that got in the laundry room but I noticed he never tried to eat it (maybe he just played it to death?)
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-01-2010, 08:31 PM
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It takes time. When he's hungry, give him a chunk or two of room temperature raw meat, and leave it there for an hour or two.

If you're free feeding dry or canned food, I'd stop. If he has canned or dry food out all the time it will be very hard to get him on raw.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-02-2010, 05:47 AM
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Try cooking it first (don't feed cooked bones). If he accepts it that way, then just cook it less and less each time until he is eating it raw. If you cook it, you should continue with at least one meal of canned food until he is eating a fair amount of raw food. Sometimes salmon oil can be pretty enticing.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-02-2010, 10:26 PM
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There are as many ways to transition cats from commercial to raw as there are cats. Some cats will take to raw immediately and not even need any transition time. (My own cats did this... their very first raw meal was half-frozen chicken breast and they were so doggone excited about it that they were ripping pieces off faster than I could cut. *chuckle*)

Take the transition just as slow as your kitty desires, but don't make him go hungry. Put some of the raw on a plate right next to his regular food while he's eating for several days. Just enough so he can smell it while he's eating and begin to associate the two together.

Then drop just a bit of his regular food on top of the raw and offer that before his regular food for several days to see if he'll try it. If not, offer the regular food next to the plate of raw for a few more days and then try again.

You could also sprinkle freeze-dried meat treats on the wet food. Stella and Chewy's makes some, as does Whole Life and many others. Cats often find these treats irresistible and they sorta melt into the wet food, so they can't easily be picked out.

Other things that might tempt your furbaby to eat the raw are: Parmesan cheese, the juice from cans of water-packed, no-salt-added tuna and sardines, catnip, and strangely enough, flaked fish food.

Here are some links to articles on transitioning tips and tricks:

FNES-HowToTransitionYourCatToARawDiet

CatInfo.org-TipsforTransitioningKibbleAddictsToCanned

CatNutrition.org-PersuadingYourCatToEatTheFood

Good luck!

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