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Kittens and raw food

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In August, we got a kitten. She's now 10.5 months old. She's been eating a fully-balanced raw diet since she stepped foot (paw) in our house. I have read in the past that kittens can eat as much as they want, but when does she need to stop this? I think she still has a bit to grow (her head still looks small and kitteny) but she's getting a little bit of a waggly tummy (she's spayed) and she's EXTREMELY excited about her food - she eats very quickly and she'll steal the other cats' food if I let her. Is it possible for her to get overweight on a raw diet?? Each day she gets a one-day-old chick in the morning, another meal at dinner (anything from liver, chicken drum stick, cow heart, lamb heart, fish etc.), then another chick before bed. Of my other two cats who get the same food, one (7yrs) used to be a fatty and is now slim after a year of eating raw food, and the other cat (3yrs) is in perfect condition as well.

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Hey guys,

In August, we got a kitten. She's now 10.5 months old. She's been eating a fully-balanced raw diet since she stepped foot (paw) in our house. I have read in the past that kittens can eat as much as they want, but when does she need to stop this? I think she still has a bit to grow (her head still looks small and kitteny) but she's getting a little bit of a waggly tummy (she's spayed) and she's EXTREMELY excited about her food - she eats very quickly and she'll steal the other cats' food if I let her. Is it possible for her to get overweight on a raw diet?? Each day she gets a one-day-old chick in the morning, another meal at dinner (anything from liver, chicken drum stick, cow heart, lamb heart, fish etc.), then another chick before bed. Of my other two cats who get the same food, one (7yrs) used to be a fatty and is now slim after a year of eating raw food, and the other cat (3yrs) is in perfect condition as well.

Thanks for your advice
It's certainly possible, if a bit unusual, for cats to become overweight on a balanced raw diet.

Ten months is still a kitten, really, but have you weighed the kitty and her meals and done a comparison?

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It's certainly possible, if a bit unusual, for cats to become overweight on a balanced raw diet.

Ten months is still a kitten, really, but have you weighed the kitty and her meals and done a comparison?

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No, I haven't done that yet. What's the magic number again? 4% of their body weight? I need to get myself a proper scale. I have a small scale for weighing food, but it can't measure as high as the weight of a cat. She still has bundles of energy and like you said, she's still a kitten really. I'll keep an eye on her.

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Oh-my-gosh, she's adorable!!!

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As with everything in raw feeding, there's a range: 2% - 4% depending on the metabolism and activity level of the cat in question.

Cat's are at a good weight if you can't see their ribs, but you can feel them when you rub your hand across their bodies. A hanging belly alone is no indication of condition, as cats often have extra skin on their lower abdomens (it's a hereditary holdover - made running easier, I think).

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