i have a few questions about raw feeding, and i have posted them elsewhere but just wondering what everyone's thoughts are here.
basically i just want to reconfirm everything as it has been a while since i have looked into this.
at the moment i am feeding him on raw meats, organs and heart with vets all natural. but i feel that it doesnt give me as much control as i would like and to be completely honest i hate the smell of it and the idea of paying $15 for a kilo of oats and barley.
these are the basics that i remember, please correct me if i am wrong and let me know anything that ive left out.
- calcium to phosphorus ratio is extremely important, aim is 1.2:1 to 1.3:1 ideally. higher calcium will not hurt. (anyone know recommended mg for calcium a day? curious)
- vitamin d3 may be necessary? requirement is 10iu per kg of body weight per day
- without feeding bone, calcium supplement MUST be added.
- taurine supplement should be added just to be safe, excess taurine is excreted from cat's body and not harmful.
- ideally diet should be 80/10/10
- liver must be 5% to provide sufficient vit A. providing more that 5% can lead to vitamin A excess which can cause health problems.
- heart is considered muscle meat and not an organ.
- heart is high in taurine therefore it is ideal to provide 5-10% heart in diet
- kangaroo must be frozen before feeding due to parasites
- diet should include around 5% roughage (oats, barley, whole wheat, above ground veg - to stimulate prey's stomach contents)
i am looking to start Leo on the following -
75% meats (including chicken, kangaroo, turkey, lamb, pork)
10% hearts (chicken and beef)
5% chicken liver
i will be feeding chunks, not ground, not whole.
i will be feeding a chicken wings or necks every other day for teeth, but i feel the dangers of providing bone outweigh the benifits when i can supplement with calcium in place of the bone. also i have tried him on bone and it doesnt appeal to him. he does chew it and enjoy the marrow but he refuses to eat the whole thing. plus i do not own a grinder and live in a share house, so grinding bones would be pretty difficu;t
supplements included will be taurine, calcium at the least
let me know what you all think