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My 2 yr old cat has been on a raw diet for almost a year now.

He is FELV and gingivitis is always an issue.

Unfortunately, he had 2 teeth pulled out during his dental due to a gum infection.

I discovered that he has problem chewing even when i cut the meat into really small pieces. So i have no choice but grind the meat down rather fine and he will eat it. I supplement his meals with lysine, taurine and grinded eggs shells. Some liver and heart as well.

I plan to slowly build up his chewing power by not grinding the meat to fine. Prob chunky pieces.

Is there anything else i should be aware of when grinding meat?
 

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Have you considered switching him to kitten Milk replacer? its sold in formula like baby formula, and you just mix it and let him drink it. It has all the good things he needs.
 

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Ground bone is preferable to ground egg shells. If your grinder can handle chicken bones, add those to the mix instead of the egg shells.

Alternatively, you can feed smashed chicken necks. That's what I do for my non-chewers. I give each of my cats 1/4 of a chicken neck each day. About half of them chew up the neck bones, but the other half require me to smash the neck pieces thoroughly with a hammer before they can or will eat them.

Laurie
 

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dogloverhascatsigh said:
Have you considered switching him to kitten Milk replacer? its sold in formula like baby formula, and you just mix it and let him drink it. It has all the good things he needs.
Actually, it has pretty nasty ingredients. . . . I wouldn't recommend it at all.

Most cats with MANY teeth removed can eat raw perfectly well (w/out grinding). If the cat truly cannot, grind WHOLE carcasses, with the bone and organ in. Or add organ when you grind. That's much better than eggshells.
 
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