Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
New to kittens, considering raw as treats and possible future full time
Although for awhile it will only be an occasional treat (having a new human baby born in a few months), I'm looking into feeding some raw as a treat for my kitties. I've never owned cats before this summer, so nutrition issues of cats are a new study for me here.
Smudge is just under 6 months, and Gandolf is just over 2. We gave them a treat tonight of raw steak (cut offs from the pieces we were making a meal out of - just didn't need as much as we had cut) - and they LOVED it of course! Growling at each other, hissing if they thought the other was too close to their new treasure. LOL! Scarfed the stuff really.
If only occasionally as a treat meal, would just heart meat or some raw chicken or steak be OK - main diet being good quality cat kibble and wet food combo (younger cat won't touch wet food yet for some unknown reason - working at solving that issue currently). What would you suggest?
Also, with safety being an issue dealing with germs, what is the best MAIN raw staple to feed that is likely to be eaten best and has the better nutritional value since it's not the main diet currently?
How also to introduce the diet to the cats?
How often should I feed raw if it's not going to be an every day/every meal plan, so as they will still eat their normal foods? I've read a few posts about cats that have refused other foods once the raw diet was started, and I dont want to worry about that.
How worrysome is it to feed raw and have the cats track the germs everywhere, as I will have a baby to worry about who could be severely affected by the germs if he encounters them? We don't live in a big appartment, so the cats will have access to the baby quite often (though never ever unsupervised until the child is much older!)
Thanks for your help - it is greatly appreciated!