Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: northern Minnesota
It can be a lot more difficult to convert commercially-fed, adult cats over to raw. Sometimes they just don't recognize raw meat as edible food. Try different types of meat. Since you live in a rural area, try to find some game meat. Game has a much stronger odor and taste that cats find more appealing. My cats especially love venison and goose. Cut the meat into bite-sized pieces to start, so the cat doesn't have to figure out how to chew right off the bat. Place the meat pieces in a baggie and warm them to "mouse body temp" in a bowl of hot water for a couple of minutes. This will bring out their odor and make them more recognizable as food and appealing. If all else fails, try mixing a few tiny pieces of raw meat in with the cat's favorite canned food. If none of that works, post again, and I'll come up with some more ideas.
One of my adults looked at me like I was trying to poison her when I first introduced raw to the Pride. She absolutely refused to even look at the meat, much less taste it. I tried day after day with different meats, and her reaction remained the same. Annabelle was having NONE of raw meat! Then I got hold of my first venison from a local hunter. Once again I sat a little plate in front of her, fully expecting the same ungrateful and non-negotiable rejection, when lo and behold, she smelled, then picked up and ate a piece of venison. She then promptly devoured the entire plate full. Her inner tiger was finally released. From that point on, she ate every raw meal I offered, including all of the domestic meats that she had previously rejected.
It's like water skiing. It took me forever to get up on skis the first time, but after that, I could get up every time. Staying up was always a different matter.