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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-27-2013, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Cornish Game Hen bones.

I am currently in the process of transitioning Moggy onto a raw food diet. The goal is to get to a whole prey diet in the end as soon as i can source the whole prey critters.

For now we are doing a Frankenprey diet of mostly cornish game hen just to get him started and used to chewing up his own food. He has had several whole mice and lots of pinkies too. It takes a little coaxing to get him to eat an adult mouse, I started out by cutting them in half and he ate his first one yesterday without me having to cut it open

My question is about the leg bones of the game hens. He always leaves a partial bone or two after his meal if the back quarter of the hen is involved. I'm not sure if these bones are too large or if he is just needing more time to build up his jaw muscles. Should I remove those bones prior to feeding or just let him work out for himself what he is comfortable eating?

Moggy is an adult male DSH, his age is somewhere between 3 and 5 years old and he is 12lbs. He is a big boy

One other thing:
He always seems to be looking for more food than I am supposed to be giving him based on his weight. I calculated that he should get approx 6oz a day, but this never seems to satisfy him. He is a former stray who was very thin (mostly skin and bones) when I found him. Is the constant need for food a result of his time starving? Is is steadily gaining weight and I think he looks and feels like he is at a good weight right now.

This is what he left behind from his morning meal, that is a quarter coin for size reference:
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When my guys ate raw I let them work it out. As long as they were getting a good majority of the bone and no one had diarrhea I didn't worry about it.

I've heard other people on here mention that when they first switched to raw their c ats were VORACIOUS eaters and never seemed full. My boys were the same way as well, but got over it. As long as kitty isn't losing weight I would keep him at the 6oz.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-27-2013, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you MowMow

I'm trying to take all this with a grain of salt. I'm sure I am makings things harder than they need to be, but once we get into the routine of raw feeding it will all seem like second nature

It is so hard to ignore his pleas for more food, it takes a very strong will to not give in and load him up with whatever his little heart desires. I was able to find some freeze dried raw treats, made by Origen, but I'm trying to only give him one or two a day.

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