I've just recently adopted a stray cat and after hearing much about the benefits of a raw diet, and distrusting commercial food, I've decided to try it with my new cat. She absolutely LOVES the raw food! I don't know what she was fed before, but if it was the canned/dry stuff, she certainly didn't have any problem leaving that behind!
My problem is that both raw feeding and cats are new territory for me, so I could use some advice as I've been reading some conflicting things lately.
For example; Can I feed any meat? Some websites say yes, some say either no pork, or beef, or some even say no chicken.
She's been getting some chicken wings, turkey, ox liver, beef heart. She sometimes gets cooked chicken too, is that ok?
I had been giving her one thing for a few days (e.g. wings), then switching to the next thing and so on, but I want to mix it up a bit more because I don't want to over- or underdose her on anything.
I'm not too sure on how best to do that, how do you do it? Any suggestions?
Also, She currently weighs 3.8kg, but she does have a bit of a big belly at the moment (not pregnant, I did get her checked!), so I've been cutting her portions lately.
I have read that with raw feeding, it's ideal to give 2-4% of the body weight a day, is that right? I've been working on a reduced weight of 3kg, so giving her 3% would work out as 90g per day, but that always looks so little (I'm used to dog portions, so it's hard to switch
Does that sound about right though?
She always clears the bowl, and I'm sure would happily eat a lot more, so I do feel a bit mean giving her so little, but I think this might be a cat that will never say no, so I would end up with one big round cat if I just gave her as much as she wanted!
Also, can they really get by without the addition of veg? I've cooked and mashed some veg. and frozen them in little ice cube trays so I can portion them with her meals (defrosted of course). She eats the veg too, is it ok to give it to her, or best not to?
Do they like any fruit? just sort of as an in between snack every now and again (obviously not grapes, I assume it's as bad for cats as dogs)
Any advice would be hugely appreciated.