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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-16-2011, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Which whole prey animals are best.

Hi folks,

So I'm in the purchase process for a couple of purebred kittens who will be raised primarily on a raw diet. Their breeder has a interesting, but complicated raw diet recipe for her cats. However, I'd like to try feeding whole prey.

I don't know if it's okay to link a specific website but I'm sure many of your know the one I'm thinking of. In any event, they offer Mice, Rats, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chicks and Quail.

Based on no information whatsoever I figure mice, rats and guinea pigs have similar nutritional values as do chicks and quail. So my thought was to buy mice, rabbits and chicks. However, I couldn't find anyplace if certain whole prey feeder animals are better than others... so that's my question basically.

Also, is buying the larger sexually mature animals better than the babies? It seems that they would have fully developed well, everything, whereas babies may not have fur, smaller brains, less musculature, softer bones, etc.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-16-2011, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Okay so while waiting on a response as to the specifics I started pricing this out.

I did a lot of calculations and fitting items together for better shipping rates etc. I don't want to spoil the surprise for when my kittens get here but males of their breed weigh 12-15lbs. I based pricing on 6oz/cat/day, which I feel is extremely conservative but it made the numbers easier.

So based on 6oz/cat/day here are the following food costs w/shipping:

Wellness Core (Premium Canned) - $46/month/cat.

Feline's Pride (Premium Commercial Raw) - $52/month/cat.

Life's Abundance (Super Premium Canned) - $62/month/cat.

Whole Prey (Mice, Rabbit, Chicks) - $75/month/cat.

As you can see this is cost prohibitive, and I feel these numbers are very low as an active large cat will likely eat more than 6 ounces/day.

I think I'll go with making my own food from one of the recommend raw diets, I can make 6-7 months worth of food for the price of 1 month whole prey.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-19-2011, 01:26 PM
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I agree that making your own raw is more cost effective than getting whole prey. The shipping costs (to California, anyway) are insane from Hare Today and Rodent Pro!

Regarding your question, I have read on the forums that sexually mature whole prey are better than baby prey. Some people start out with pinky mice, but these are only good for testing the waters, and maybe as a treat. I don't think baby chicks/mice/quails/rats have the nutritional requirements to sustain a cat.

You have piqued my curiosity about what breed your kittens will be! Please update when you get them!

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