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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Won't tackle large chicken chunks?

I feed him raw chicken wings, liver and breasts but he won't eat them if I don't cut them in very small pieces. His teeth look healthy and he's young, and he doesn't complain while eating. His diet is based on dry food pellets.

I found him in the street and he seems to be an abandoned house cat. Could it be he's not used to big chunks of meat?

I personally would like him to exercise his jaws, use his teeth and chew (and eat) a (raw, big, harmless) bone. I don't believe in cooking and pureeing everything he eats...

I'm now marinating a half chicken wing in Felix gravy, will see if he takes to it...
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 10:41 AM
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How long has he been eating raw? Some cats seem to take to large pieces slower than others, for the reasons you describe. If he's used to kibble and/or canned he may need some time to build up the jaw strength and skills necessary to sheer the meat on his own.

I'd start with just small cut up pieces of raw chicken, and then introduce larger pieces, and eventually small bones like chicken ribs or quail/cornis game hen bones. Once he gets used to those he can tackle larger bones like chicken necks.
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Saitenyo gave you good advice. It sounds like it will just take time to work him up to larger pieces of meat and eventually bone. Some cats are very set in their ways and have a hard time with change.
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Thank you for the great advice! Indeed, he wouldn't even look at the chicken wing a few days ago, and today at least he ate small chunks of it.

I so wish he could tell me his story...
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Thank you for the great advice! Indeed, he wouldn't even look at the chicken wing a few days ago, and today at least he ate small chunks of it.

I so wish he could tell me his story...
I know what you mean! Apollo is a total raw noob, clearly, but the skill with which Athena chews meat always makes me wonder if her foster or someone else fed her raw before I adopted her. Or perhaps she's just a natural!
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I so wish he could tell me his story...
Don't we all

Some cats are just better at it. Between my 3, Azalia is always the dainty and picky eater. Egypt is like a garbage disposal and her jaw strength is kinda frightening. And Lacey, who came to me at 6 mos and was never fed raw, took to it right away and has had no trouble eating any larger pieces, but the bone had to be worked up to.
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I give my cats chicken neck couple times a week. I skin off the neck, chop it to 1in length, then hammer it so it's soft...
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Prince doesn't have a problem with raw. His problem is with big pieces or pieces attached to the bone. I can give him the best food he loves and if it's not cut in tiny pieces, he won't even attempt to eat it. He just leaves it there. He's not making any progress...

This thread shouldn't have been moved to this new forum, as his problem is with cooked meat too.
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Prince doesn't have a problem with raw. His problem is with big pieces or pieces attached to the bone. I can give him the best food he loves and if it's not cut in tiny pieces, he won't even attempt to eat it. He just leaves it there. He's not making any progress...

This thread shouldn't have been moved to this new forum, as his problem is with cooked meat too.
How long has he been at it?

Apollo is the same way about all food too. He won't eat his ground raw, or canned, unless I mash it up for him or at least separate it out into smaller chunks. He doesn't seem to like chewing, just licking (and his teeth/gums are perfectly healthy).

I'm told it sometimes just takes time, but I haven't been at it that long with Apollo so I'm not sure. I suppose it's possible some cats will just always refuse to chew.rip large pieces of food.
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Saltenyo, it's been just 2 weeks, and I've been trying to give him bigger and bigger chunks, gradually, but he won't eat them. He does tackle heartily a big slice of cold-cuts or roast-chicken skin, though. His reaction to a big chunk of food is as if it wasn't food - he smells it and goes away. Then I cut it tiny and he'll devour it with gusto. Maybe so much kibble makes them lose the taste for bigger stuff... You know, on the other hand, he chews on his hard-plastic toys like a tiger!
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