Two weeks into Raw
I put both boys on raw prey model two weeks ago today. I TRIED doing it 5 or 6 years ago but MowMow was still revealing allergies at the time and I got frustrated and just switched him back to canned. I even tried commercial raw, but he always had trouble keeping it down unless it was mixed fresh at home.
With Book's recent bladder issues and MowMOw's IBD I decided it was time to try raw again. I worked up all the numbers, made a spreadsheet, made a menu and bought about 20lbs of meat, organs, and bones. Then spent about 5 hours dicing it all into small bites (I figure the bites can get bigger as they get used to gnawing on meat). My freezer now has WAY more cat food in it than people food.....
Book has taken to it like a champ... he loves his meals and can't get enough. MOwMow however was way more challenging. First meal went down perfectly fine. NO problems. Ever since then he throws it up within 15 minutes(cleaning bloody raw meat out of the carpet is no freaking picnic and STAINS). I tried varying the temperature, the size of the chunks (even tried grinding it), no organs, more organs, more bone, less bone... it doesn't seem to matter to him. He immediately throws it up.
He has to eat the beef because he's allergic to turkey and chicken (even raw, we tried that last time), and I sure can't afford to feed him raw rabbit/quail every day.
He lost almost 2lbs in two weeks and he looks like crap from vomiting 3X a day (and I'm sure feels like crap). I'd wind up giving him some canned to get food into him anyway so, I switched him back to full time canned. He's now had 3 meals with NO vomit and is feeling pretty sassy for it. He had his first crazies in two weeks this morning..zooming around.
It looks like I'll have ONE cat on raw (with enough food for 2 months now...) and one on canned.
I was so stupid to mess with MowMow's food, it took me YEARS to find a balance that worked with him.... and I messed with it.
Been a very frustrating two weeks.
I do have a question for the raw savvy.... Book isn't digging his non secreting organ. He's had thymus and left it behind and had lamb kidney and left it behind. Any suggestions enticing him to eat them?