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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-25-2010, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Is there a down side to feeding mostly rabbit?

Between my two cats, rabbit is the only thing they and their stomachs agree on. I知 running out of what I picked up at a local butcher and thinking of getting the course ground with bones and organs from Hare Today as their staple food. Breaking down a whole (very expensive) rabbit and worrying about bone/organ ratios is something I don稚 want to do again for a long time.

So, I知 thinking of just feeding the course ground rabbit for one or two meals every day and adding variety for the others. I知 a little confused about bones and organs with that plan, though. Do I still need to add them or can I just feed boneless chicken/lamb/whatever for the other meals? I知 going to order a small amount of other course ground meat for them to try and I can offer chicken necks for dental health but they rarely 兎at the bones.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-25-2010, 07:04 PM
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Rabbit is low in taurine, so I would supplement that. Also, make sure they do get OTHER things.. because variety is kind of important. Some chicken, some beef, some turkey, etc.

As much as most people would prefer not to use grounds, it's still worlds better than kibble! Keep adding in some chunks of meat to chew, and I think you'd do well.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2010, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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The rabbit I got has the brain included and I thought that was a good source of Taurine. I also feed a lot of heart so I hope I’m covered one way or another. Not that I mind adding, but I’m doing this to simplify as much as possible. Is rabbit so low in Taurine that I need to worry about it? Have to say I’m a little disappointed that the “course ground” is so mushy.

I also ordered some course ground duck, rabbit heads, fur/feathers included ground rabbit and quail, turkey hearts, green tripe and, with the hope of going to whole prey, one day old quail. It was super easy to chop up the frozen meat with a meat cleaver or knife to portion out their meals and I’ll just continue feeding chunks for lunch and dinner.
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Unfortunately, it is so low that if it's the bulk of your diet you _must_ add taurine or risk heart problems.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2010, 10:02 AM
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The Winn Feline Foundationn financed a study on raw feeding a few years ago. The raw fed cats in the study were fed whole ground rabbit only and they developed taurine defiency so I'd recommend supplementing with taurine even if you feed brain.
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