Cat can't handle raw chicken anymore?
I have what seems to me to be a strange situation and I would love to get some input.
We decided to switch our 11 month old cat Moo to raw food about 6 weeks ago. She was eating canned happily, so as a test we gave her some chicken breast, which she devoured bones and all with no problems. This boosted our confidence as we knew we wouldn't have a fight on our hands in terms of getting her to eat it.
We bought a grinder and made our first batch of ground chicken with chunked meat following the with bone recipe from cat nutrition except for no glandular supplement(couldn't find it around and didn't want to wait to order it). We froze the food in freezer bags and she ate about 1/2 cup of the food a day for 1 week with enthusiasm, no problems, and we saw a jump in her energy level and her coat.
On the 8th day of eating raw she lost vomited her raw meal about 30mins after eating it and then lost interest in the food, and wasn't using her litter. We thought maybe constipation or hairball something like that and she was acting normal otherwise. Trying not to be too alarmist we gave her a couple days to recover, she ate a little wet food with lots of extra water to keep her hydrated with no problems but wasn't particularly enthusiastic about eating. After about a day and a half she coughed up a hairball and was hungry. She would eat but any time she had the raw chicken she vomited it up 30mins later. A couple more hairballs followed the next day. (Perhaps lacking fiber in the food lead to the hairballs).
We put her on wet food (Wellness chicken, turkey, chicken and beef) to make sure she was healthy before trying more raw. She has since eating small pieces of beef (when we were having it for dinner) with no problems, we have tried chicken twice since (not from our batch but pieces fresh from the store) but she vomited it up 30mins after eating as before.
Is it not strange that she stomached the chicken just fine for a week and now rejects it? Is this a common thing for a cat to be unable to eat a certain meat?
Thanks for reading and for any thoughts of advice that you may have.