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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-15-2014, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Won't eat liver

My Charli won't eat liver. She's raw fed. Even when ground with the other parts of the chicken, she does her best to eat around it. She would not eat liver, hearts, gizzards nor kidney by themselves initially at ALL, so I went to ground which is whole chicken ground including bone, meat and offal, and mix in chunks for her to chew. She is being picky about it still. I do give her Alnutrin with her food so she gets all her nutrients, and if I chop her larger chunks a little smaller and mix with the ground, she is getting some in her but not really by choice. Does anyone have any suggestions? When I started her with raw, I started with chicken thigh chunks mixed in with her grain free wet food. She loved it so much she would leave the wet food and just pick out the chicken. So I added Alnutrin for raw without the bone, and you are supposed to mix it with the chicken meat and liver (certain amount liver per/lb of meat) so in any event, she seemed okay with it for a little while, then I started noticing the little pieces of liver were the only thing left in her plate. So I put the chicken through the grinder, with the correct amount of liver, and mixed that with some chunks, and she was eating all of that okay, but still kind of trying to make her way around anything remotely resembling a piece of liver. Now, the past week or so, she wants nothing to do with any of that and only wants her chicken chunks, so I tried cutting them up small and mixing it with the ground mix that has the liver in it, and she's still over at her dish spending a whole lot of time weeding her way through all of this stuff...lol She's driving me a little batty. Anyone have any suggestions? This is all chicken, by the way. I went to whole foods today to see if I could find some beef liver or something, but they have a whole lotta nothin' like that. Any suggestions? She just turned 7 months. She eats a LOT, but this picking through trying to weed out the stuff that she really needs is making me crazy. I want to be sure she's getting everything she needs. Also, she seems to get excited about the smell of the liver, so I'll put a piece in a dish and put it down and she'll get all excited until she realizes, oh, it's THAT stuff and she walks.
Thanks so much for any suggestions.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-15-2014, 05:25 PM
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You can dehydrate the liver. I have a dog that will not eat raw liver but gobbles it up when dehydrated. I think it's the texture that throws him off because he too loves the smell of raw uncooked liver but will not eat it.
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I never would eat liver either, when my mom tried to make me eat it
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-15-2014, 07:13 PM
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Same here. Ick!!!!

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LOL! My first husband never knew the labor of love, it was for me, to fix his favorite liver&onions dinner!! I hate everything about liver, it's nasty slimy texture, its smell...Ewwwww!!

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Okay, so I guess the answer is we all hate liver and I shouldn't expect my beautiful baby to like it either, huh? Lol.
Let's go at this another way, can I supplement her with something in place of the liver? Her alnutrin per 1g supplies her the following:
calcium, 140 mg min
Calcium 155 mg max
Potassium min 42mg
Sodium min 32mg
Chloride 90 mg min
Iron 1.5 mg min
Copper 0.07 mg min
Manganese 0.22mg min
Zinc 1.0 min
Iodine0.01mg min
Vitamin D 15 IU min
Vitamin E 3.5 IU min
Thiamine0.15 mg min
Vitamin B12 0.25 mcg min
Taurine 115 mg min

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Sabrina,

I know you've tried Whole Foods for beef liver, but how about your local butcher? Also, depending where you are, some local (vs. national chain) grocery stores may have livers from other animals if your kitty isn't fond of chicken liver. Sometimes I add freeze dried beef or lamb livers from my local independent pet store and use that as a topper to ground meat or you can use them as a treat.

The alnutrin seems great but I think liver has a high vitamin A (and D?) which your alnutrin lacks if that listing is correct, so you may need to supplement it with 40,000 IU vitamin A and probably more vitamin D (1600 IU instead of the 15 IU) that you've got in there, along with some kind of meat/bones.

Here's a link that I found: Recipes - Cat Nutrition

Not sure why this link says they don't like beef liver, though. And FYI, my two cats absolutely looooove freeze dried livers! I buy lamb livers mostly, but do have a pkg of beef that I occasionally give for variety. And just wondering...do your cats eat other types of raw meat other than chicken? Maybe adding some variety of different protein would make feeding time much more exciting for your kitty? I'd avoid feeding chicken exclusively just because feeding it all the time has the potential to cause intolerence or even allergies later in life. Rotation even in raw food is important!

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WOW! TabbCatt,
That much vitamin A, every day? Seems like a lot to me...since vitamin A, isn't water soluble and builds up...
and I believe, can lead to toxicity??
Just wondering...
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TabbCatt, Since I missed my edit window...by a country mile!
You're talking that much vitamin A...per Batch of food...right??
Not a single serving per day!?:what:

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TabbCat, I think that's why Alnutrin says you must add liver when they give you the recipe for making food with their product. That's why I'm concerned about her trying to avoid it. Ridiculous as this sounds, there are no more butchers around here.

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