Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Swindon, England
Persuading kittens to eat bone?
For the past few days, I have been putting down a bowl of chopped raw meat (beef, chicken thighs (w/ skin), hearts and liver) - chopped into about 1-2cm cubes for Abigail, along with a seperate bowl containing a small portion of the wet food she is used to.
I also add in about 1cm deep of water to the bowl, which gets all bloody from the meat.
She loves the bloody water, and laps this all up right away.
She has ignored the bowl of wet food now, and waits for me to give her some more real meat.
She really seems to love getting her teeth into the chunks of meat, and having a good old chew.
So, now I know she likes and is happy to eat this, I can work on getting it properly balanced for her.
My issue now, is getting her to eat bones.
I have given her a chicken wing, segmented out into its 3 main parts, and she strips those to the bone, but shows no interest in actually eating the bone.
I have ground up some bones in a pestle along with some thigh meat, and she wont eat it. She licks it occassionally and pokes it with her paws - but I think now she likes eating chunks of meat, then the paste just has no appeal.
Anyone have any suggestions as to what I can try - or is just a matter of given her some time and eventually she may try to eat the bones?
She will happily chew on a thigh bone, but again, she only strips the meat, and then gives her teeth a work out on the bone, but doesnt really do any noticeable damage to it.