Beef heart muscle? And other questions....
So from what I'm gathering the kitties shouldn't get a huge amount of liver (?1-2 small servings/week?) but what about beef heart muscle? It's ridiculously cheap --I got 500g for like 2 bucks--but seems tougher. I'd love to give them a raw meal per day if we can find meat that is cheap enough/they will like (Wicket still sometimes doesn't recognize raw meat as "food" and is only just beginning to bother to gnaw on/chew bigger pieces that we give him. The kitten, by contrast, goes so insane over raw that he starts snarling and spitting and hissing ferociously and drags his "kill" into another room to eat it!).
So these are my questions:
1) what meats should I avoid getting in big quantities (liver, anything else?) for entire meals?
2) I know I should avoid feeding raw after kibble, so was thinking the following:
1 meal/day grain-free (mix of kibble and canned, this is up for some discussion as with the re-introduction of the kibble both kitties have had stinkier/looser stool, but I want to give it some time to settle before I decide as they otherwise seem to be doing just fine with it, no vomiting or scratching or anything)
1 meal/day completely raw (whatever I can get from the supermarket)
snack @ bedtime: a few tbsps wet or some additional raw
I was also thinking (my vegetarian mother suggested this!) that I might find my local butcher and ask if they could make me some raw food every week: grind up leftovers, small bones, etc. and leave it in patty form that I could then separate and mix supplement into? If it's meat that they're not using/will be wasted, why not sell it to me for cheaper? Hmmmm.....
3) if I am feeding part raw, part canned/kibble, do I still need to make up nutrients by adding a supplement? Is it only with 100% raw that this needs to be attended to? I can't see us going Frankenprey with these guys (at least not in a house this tiny that's rented!) so if they were getting any bone at all it would definitely have to be ground....