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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone feed a special needs cat raw?

Mini Dee has Cerebral Hypoplasia, she bobs her head when she eats (kind of like a chicken pecking) for that matter she does not/will not eat any kind of canned food. I have offered her raw tidbits like my other cats and she absolutely will not touch it. Is there anyone who feeds a special kitty with neurological issues raw? Any tips? I would LOVE to have my entire crew on raw, but I can see Mini will be a challenge, I've been trying to transition her to canned food for over a year now, tried every trick in the book.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-31-2010, 01:34 AM
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I don't have a cat with neurological issues, but the tricks for switching any cats are probably the same.

Have you tried canned food that is in chunks instead of pate? One that I can think of that doesn't have a lot of gravy besides is Sophistacat Chicken in Gravy. I think that she would be able to eat chunky food like that a lot like she eats dry.

I don't think I would ever have gotten Clover to eat raw if I hadn't given her lamb heart. I had tried almost every other kind of meat I could find before that and she refused every single time. I put lamb heart on her food dish and she ate it right away and asked for more!

The only wet food Mikey would eat for a long time was a single flavor of Fancy Feast. Finding that one flavor was a nightmare...but well worth it.

None of the tricks worked for those two either, I just had to find the food they were willing to eat. Maybe Mini Dee is going to be the same way?
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Sorry I don't have any special needs kitties (other than a blind one with a very weak sense of smell) - we just used REALLY STINKY meat. She still won't eat things if she can't smell them.

Have you tried just offering her meat? Cooked slightly, and slowly cook less and less until it's raw? Even if you have to handfeed for a while until she gets the hang of it, or make an elevated/enclosed feeding station for her so she wont be bothered? Our eldest lets the younger ones steal from him, so we forever have to watch them.


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