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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Vitamins and Minerals....

Hello there!

I am new to raw feeding.
My mother got me started on this as she raw feeds her pups and I took in two of her babies. I decided to keep them on raw food and put them on Stella and Chewies raw patties and give them chicken necks as well. But I recently adopted a new family member- Lena. She is my heart! Lol- she was not on a raw food diet when she first came home with me. She was 7 weeks old and I immediately started introducing her to primal raw food patties. She enjoyed them at first but then of course became finicky with it. I was concerned about her diet because I'm a nervous Nancy, and lost my beloved Maine Coon a year ago who unfortunately had horrible eating habits due to previous owners and myself as I couldn't seem to ween him off the McDonald's of pet food.

I feel diet is so important and wanted her to have the best as I'm sure we all do with our fur babies. I found a local health food store for pets that makes dog and cat raw food blends. From research I found that many ingredients can contain the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to make a balanced diet. It seems this place knows their stuff is clean as can be and makes the food in abundance and immediately freezes. But being the nervous Nancy that I am - I want to make sure I am providing Lena with her vitamins and minerals.

The food she eats now is a blend of either chicken, or rabbit. Ingredients in one of her blends that she prefers is: chicken neck, liver, heart, wheat grass, parsley, nutritional yeast, ground flax, blackstrap molasses, kelp and pumpkin.

With these ingredients do I need to provide her with an additional vitamin and mineral mix?

Sorry for the length!

Thanks!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-07-2016, 04:35 PM
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Most commercial raw mixes designed for felines are nutritionally balanced, but it's always best to ask the store clerk where you purchased them just to make sure. Personally, I don't like buying stuff with stuff other than what's naturally found in raw meat like parsley, molasses, ground flax, etc. Cats are obligate carnivores, so how can you really know if they can even metabolize these "non-meats" to obtain these vitamins and minerals which are mainly plant based sources?

If ever in doubt, I'd rather purchase B-complex vitamins or minerals from a supplement store and add it to their food. Better yet, just switch over to frankenprey and skip the whole vitamin supplementation thing altogether, ground raw does nothing for feline's dental health anyway.

One ingredient for a young cat I'd ensure they have in abundance will be taurine. It is most abundant in hard working muscles like hearts and legs, so those are things I'd look to buy most.

For cats to enjoy their mealtimes more, I'd also look to add more variety of proteins to her diet. Various meats will prevent her from becoming bored with food, and may prevent protein sensitivities as she gets older. Currently, my cats are fed chicken, turkey, beef, pork, venison, rabbit & duck.
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