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Just feel like sharing some peculiar case of my cats who are eating only raw diet.

I got two brother cats from my boss and they were fed on dry food before. They are definitely overweight but not obese. When I got them, I changed them to raw diet only. I have four cats now and basically they are free fed with raw diet together. Interesting thing is that the fat brother cats have been on raw diet for almost an year now but they did not lose weight. Same chubby cutie sweet pies as they first got here. The only thing that changed with them were their coats become soft and more silky. :lol:
 

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Well, I don't think Maya is overweight, but she's definitely got some heft to her. It doesn't help that she has a smaller head either, lol.

I'm thinking of actually cutting the amount she currently gets, but she always manages to steal G's food when I'm not paying attention. :(

What proteins/cuts of meats do you use?
 

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You could try leaner meats like turkey instead. And i think the free feeding needs to stop. If you don't have one already, use a food scale and measure out their portions. You will have to decrease portions slowly of course, losing weight too fast can cause another serious health issue. If i let Maya free feed, she'd be overweight, too.


Right now I'm thinking of transitioning to a PMR diet instead of the expensive commercial raw.
 

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And btw, i also think you're supposed to try to feed variety of proteins anyway. Have you considered going PMR? It's cheaper, i think, and will be better for your cats overall to get a wider variety, just like we humans need a variety of good for optimal nutritional balance.
 

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I tried but none of them is willling to eat... two of my cats (hiro and hana) are already reluctant eater of my raw diet and have been lost some weight since chubby brothers got here. That's why I choose free feed them.. I want my two older cats maintain healthy weight. If I portion fed them, the brothers will for sure steal my two older cats' food...
 

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And I am making my own raw diet with whole chicken so the cost will be the same. I really hope them will be able to do PMR to save me from needing grinding and choping and cutting 40 pounds of chicken...
 

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Have you tried giving your cats small cuts of pork? Pork and rabbit seems to be popular with cats, but many experienced raw feeders say they prefer DARK meats to be given because it's richer in taurine. If you do go PMR, you'd have to buy an assortment of protein meats, most raw feeders prefer to have at least 4 sources of meats, most of which you could buy at your local supermarket or butcher shop.

I really want to get away from commercial raw to save some money, but I'd have to make some room in my fridge and freezer, and cut up these meats to make my weekly menu. I would also NOT have to brush my cat's teeth or give them those added supplements you do in the grinds. So~ looking forward to saving some money, you cannot imagine the small fortune I spend on their food alone, lol. :p
 
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