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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Kitty wants dogs food

So, I've been giving it to him. He can do hen wings with no problem, regular chicken still too big but he tries.

I think I'm going to go ahead and get him his own hen and quarter it for him and add in some small amounts of heart and organ to make up the rest of his daily ration. He gets other meats as we feed them to the dogs and ourselves and occasionally either canned mackeral or small smelt which he mostly plays with. I'll probably go ahead and get him some rabbit that I'll portion out for him also but rabbit is expensive so this would only be about one a month portioned out into meals, I'm guestimating about 10 meals a month max of rabbit.

If he only eats bone in hen and rabbit along with the other muscle meats and organ, would this be balanced enough for him? I'm sure as I think about it and get more used to it (and he gets stronger jaws) I can do more bone in parts. Unfortunately the hen and rabbit are both more expensive than regular chicken but until he gets a little stronger it'll have to do and probably still be cheaper than the canned foods.

Oh, and chicken necks. He loves munching on turkey necks that I get for the dogs but of course can't really touch the bone. Can cats do chicken necks. I thought about trying to hammer it up a little bit and seeing if he could. And, what about chicken feet? I'd imagine with these being so boney I could give them with a good meal of beef heart.

Sorry yall. I'm used to feeding my 50-80 lb dogs, not my little feline. But, the cat knows what he wants and I don't blame him. I feel bad I've held him off this far. I don't see any reason I can't do 100% PMR with him.

One more, I have a geriatric hyperT cat who also loves raw foods but does not have the best teeth and not a whole lot left. She can make good work out of a turkey neck too but it is only munching on bone. She cannot even do a hen wing so I know that bone is pretty much out for her. BUT, she goes crazy for chunks of muscle and organ. Is there a calcium suppliment that I can add to get her into the action too. I'm fine with keeping her on the canned food but since she enjoys raw also, just unable to do the RMBs, I'd like to switch her over too if I could take care of the calcium part in a way other than bone.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 06:24 PM
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As long as you try and follow these rough guidelines 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, and 5% of another organ you should be fine. If your kitties love turkey necks they should love chicken necks. They are much smaller and IMO easy for a kitty to eat. If you have a kitty that doesn't like crunching bone they you can try smashing a chicken to break up the small bones inside of them. Then I should be just a gritty piece of meat for your kitty. Or you can just invest in a cheap manual or expensive electric grinder and grind bones for your kitty. If the necks are small enough my kitties just swallow them whole. But if bones are still a no go, then it will be a little bit tricky with getting calcium into a diet. Bones aren't just calcium, they have other nutrients including phosphorous(found in meat also) which plays a part in a getting a close Ca: Ph ratio.
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