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After six months of raw feeding, here is a first review :
Claire uses a ceramic knife and a board to cut the meat roughly pieces which we shall have to rip and chew. Meanwhile, Momo separates the frozen necks of chickens with an ax and cuts them in two, because they are too much tall to enter the containers. He also separates the frozen chicken hearts and prepares small dice of liver (frozen also). It needs approximately 30 minutes in all (20 minutes for two) to prepare the portions for two cats during a week.
We eat mainly chicken, turkey, and beef, and sometimes rabbit or duck. Zorro eats finally his chicken necks without Claire has to cut them in slices, but Pixie still toys with the liver : thus the meal which contains giblets keeps being ground just before being served to prevent she from sorting out. Once a week, we eat small whole sardines, but Pixie does not like it very much.
All the used utensils as well as the chopping blocks are then carefully washed with soap then disinfected with vinegar. They are dried then immediately.
For the moment, Claire prepares the portions for seven to ten days only because we have a quite small freezer. But soon, we will be able to have more reserve. We are delighted, because we will be able to store whole chicks and whole mice also.
With raw feeding, it is necessary to count between 2 and 4 % of the weight of a grown-up cat in food. As we are young and active, and as we can go out, we are at 4 %, that is 220 grams for Zorro and 140 grams for Pixie. This quantity includes meat (60 %), meaty bones (30 %), and giblets (10 %, of which half of the liver). If the food is well balanced, our veterinarian confirmed to us that you do not need to add food complements.
Claire prepares three bowls a day of about 100 grams for our first three meals. The food went out the day before the freezer to defrost in the refrigerator. She completes the quantity with high-quality commercial wet food for practical questions : it happens that we are not hungry for a meal because we hunted and ate a prey outside, most of the time at the end of spring, in summer, and at the beginning of autumn. The commercial wet food supports to be kept one day in the refrigerator, while Claire does not like letting wait raw food.
Frequency of the meals
We are fed four times a day : between 6 and 7 o’clock in the morning, between 11 am and noon, between 4 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon, and at about 10 pm in the evening. Claire leaves our bowls 20 minutes at our disposal, then puts them back to the refrigerator if we did not eat (but that never happens, ha ha !).
- We are alert and healthy.
- Our hair is beautiful and brilliant.
- Our breath is pleasant.
- Our poop is small, firmer, and smells almost nothing.
- We vomit much less often.
- Our water intake is guaranteed.
Next Sunday, Claire has a whole training day on cat feeding : we are looking forward to compare our experience with the course content !
Do you see other benefits to raw feeding ?
I wish my human were as good about raw meals – she buys ours from the store, so they are nowhere near as good!
It’s difficult to find ready-to-eat raw food in Switzerland : you can only order in two places, and only big quantities. It’s easier to do it at home. Purrs
Able to store whole chicks and whole mice?
Give me your address! Quick! I’m coming!
You’re welcome, Frimousse ! Purrs
Wow. I’ve never tried feeding raw … but this post makes me question that. I can’t wait to read more about your experiences!
Interesting ! My cats eat can food and knibbles and so far they are seldom sick. Can’t even remember who it was the last time and it was only a tooth which had to be pulled out. With me the vet would go bankrupt !
Glad the raw food diet is working out for you!
Athena and Marie
Wow! We love hearing how your raw diet is going. Excellent post!
pixie & zorro….mice…oh kay…burd…….knot sew much sew !!!!!!
We know we should try raw diets but it would be tough for nine of us maybe!
Mommy so wishes we would eat completely raw. But alas, me purrfurs freeze dried raw. Fanks fur sharin’. Big hugs
Dezi and Raena
M hasn’t given me raw yet. She’s thought about is several times, but me has no toothies. So I swollow most of my food whole or gum it to death. She would love it if I could eat raw, but feels she had better not try it. So happy you are doing so well on it.
I definitely see the benefit, but with 13 cats it is scary. I am afraid to start and then be too lazy to continue.
Whoa! Four meals a day???!!!!! TW won’t feed me raw cos I’m a biter and she’s afraid the bacteria from the meat will stay in my mouth and then transfer to her hand or wherever I bite.
We are all fainty at the foods. Really. But TBT says he can manage his foods AND ours but not his AND raw fer us. We have to get our own raw mousies and birds…
It’s interesting that you feed the kitties 4 times a day. Since we put Raven on a canned food only diet (no dry kibble), we have to feed her 4 or more time a day because she does not eat a lot at one time. She is losing weight but we hope that will stop soon or we will need to find a way to get her to eat more calories.
a lot of cats lose weight when you take them off the kibble. it is a good thing.
I wish I could get my cats to eat bones, but several of them scoff at it and Muffin even refuses to eat chunked meat, so I have to grind everything.