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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 12-02-2013, 04:41 AM Thread Starter
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Confusion regarding raw diet

Hello every one I decided to bring home a persian kitten on my daughter's birthday in jan, I planed this around 6 months back and from that day I have done lot of research on net regarding there care and food and I set my mind for raw food diet with the most common recipe of raw grounded chicken with bones, heart, leavers and all the other supplements but few days back one of my friend told me that she only feed her cats with dry food because raw chicken causes salmonella and it's very dangerous for cats, and my other friend told me that he feed hid cats boiled chicken and no added supplements please help me guys i am very confused hope to get reply soon thanks.
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Just feeding boiled chicken is going to starve the cat of vital nutrients, especially calcium and taurine. If he doesn't switch to something nutritionally complete, the cat will go blind and become ill.

And interestingly enough, dry food almost always has some salmonella present. The way it is processed, it is nearly impossible to eliminate. The recent recalls in dry foods were because the salmonella levels were lethally high, not that they were just present.

I have fed my cats raw for about a year. I do a prey model diet, but the recipe on catinfo.org is a great, widely used ground recipe. I highly encourage it.


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What is prey model diet ?


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It's a diet where you model an entire animal by using animal parts. It consists of 80% muscle meat, 10% edible bone, 5% liver, and 5% secreting organ, typically kidney. It's a harder diet to follow, since it's important to get the ratios correct and to provide enough animal variety since you don't use supplements as you would in the ground raw recipe on catinfo.org


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Catinfo.org as several recipes for raw feeding. Pre-ground raw is more apt to have salmonella, but if you grind it yourself at home as needed there is less likelihood of contamination.

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Should I use all the bones of the chicken. I have seen a video on you tube a person is making a grounded chicken http://youtu.be/2HBhgeBukjo


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my other friend told me that he feed hid cats boiled chicken and no added supplements
Is his cat still alive?! Please try and put a stop to this ASAP.


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He told me that he give raw max once in a month
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It's a diet where you model an entire animal by using animal parts. It consists of 80% muscle meat, 10% edible bone, 5% liver, and 5% secreting organ, typically kidney. It's a harder diet to follow, since it's important to get the ratios correct and to provide enough animal variety since you don't use supplements as you would in the ground raw recipe on catinfo.org


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Which one are the edible bones


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Whole chicken is a little high in bone if you aren't adding another source of boneless meat. Start with catinfo.org, as recommended above, as there is a TON of information there. More than enough to get you started. If you follow her recipe, you could safely feed a balanced raw diet for the rest of your cat's life. Though as time goes on and you read and learn more you will probably end up making slight tweaks to better suit you and your cat.

Bones do not have to be edible sized if you are grinding them, but if you are not, you will have to find prey that contains small enough bones for your cat to eat. Edible bones can vary between cats as well. Some will be able to eat bigger bones than others, it just depends on their size and chewing ability. Ground bones will be easier for your cat to eat, as well as give you the ability to give small amounts of bone each day (which makes the risk of constipation or runny stools less likely).
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