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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2011, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Over a week ago I gave MowMow some cubed raw chicken. HE of course though he was in heaven. No itching, no vomiting and no chin acne... so far so good.

Tonight I was roasting a chicken for dinner and MowMow got the wing tips. I cut them in half to make it a little more manageable but I didn't smash them. I wanted to see how he'd handle it.

I don't think switching to raw is going to be an issue.... he dragged them under the table one at a time and chomped them down. The first two pieces took him some time to work out but once he figured out how to crunch the bone he was in heaven.

It's been 2 hours and no signs of tummy upset. Just a cat who thinks he had a lovely snack and now wants his mushy canned cat food .
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2011, 09:51 PM
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Wow, you're off to a great start, congratulations! It's always easier to switch when a cat already recognizes meat as food.
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Krissy, this is awesome! Congrats! I just bought some chicken thighs today, and we are giving it a go also, so I'll let you know how it works for us!

Congrats again............isn't it a great feeling to know you now have this option!!
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That's great news! As someone who's just recently switched, I wish you and Mow all the best if you decide to pursue raw.
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Yarp, we had a bit of constipation the next day. He was kind of lethargic and grouchy about being cuddled too tight but the next morning there was an earth moving BM and he was racing around like a MADMAN all excited and happy again.

Once my SO heads home next week I'l start MOwMOw on it a bit more hardcore. The Roth's I was at last week had Cornish hens on sale. A two pack for only 3.99 (Silverton Roths). I am now kicking myself for not buying 3 or 4 packs and freezing them.
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Yarp, we had a bit of constipation the next day.
Hi,

I don't think that's constipation. When switching to raw, cats poop less, as the food will be digested and utilized better. They have less stool with much less odor.

So, actually that's probably the start of better digestion for your cat. Raw fed cats can go 2 or 3 days without poopiing. Don't let this alarm you. If they're hungry and active, they'll be just fine, actually better. My 2 cats have been all raw fed for several months.

Raw egg and raw liver will give them looser stools so I wouldn't give them too much of it.
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I don't think that's constipation. When switching to raw, cats poop less, as the food will be digested and utilized better. They have less stool with much less odor.
This is true... but being grouchy and not liking cuddles (presumably abnormal behavior) were the primary signals here, not just the lack of poop.

:speculation: Perhaps it was due to the previous meal, that I'm assuming wasn't raw, not moving as rapidly through the gut...?

As long as it doesn't repeat itself regularly, I wouldn't be too concerned about it.
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When changing to raw you will see less cat poop.

BTW, - I'm in the same city as you are.
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This is true... but being grouchy and not liking cuddles (presumably abnormal behavior) were the primary signals here, not just the lack of poop.
Very much so. When MowMow doesn't want snuzzles something is wrong. Normally if he's not feeling great he's all over me trying to sleep on top of me. That day he just didn't want to be bothered at all. I turned the heater unit on in front of his favorite snooze spot and just left him alone for the day.

The BM the next morning truly was earth shattering from the sound of his meow and how fast he came tearing out of the box.

ANyway, today @ Fred Meyer I picked up a digital scale, glass salad plates (with high sides), Gizzards, hearts, cornish hens, beef livers, beef meat, and a pork kidney. TOmorrow I'll sit down and start weight/measuring and packing in freezer bags (I also got a container for the freezer to store the aforementioned bags in) for meals. I'll start with one meal a day and move him up to all 3 as I use up my supply of canned cat food (saving a few for emergencies).
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I could never resort to weighing cat food ratios. That's too much confusion and bother for me, and I have a hard time believing it'd be make much difference if I did. The way I see it is, this diet is so far superior to kibble and most canned foods that cats going to be much healthier with this, and little ratio differences aren't going to matter much.

Cubby will not eat raw liver of any type. He gets some kidney that comes on a Cornish Hen back, that's it for organs. I may give him some Vitamin A from fish oil once in a while.

Luke will eat chicken liver or most anything.

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