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Raw feeding : six months later

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.
Yum ! A chicken neck !
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 !).
Yum ! Raw food !


  • 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 ?

How to occupy your cat and improve his well-being : how to put food available in a way which increases the cat’s level of activity ?

Last Caturday, Claire followed a training about cats again ; this time, the course was given by Philippe Bocion, behavioristic veterinarian. There were so many interesting things that’s we’re going to need 3 articles to tell you everything !

According to a study of Bonnie Beaver (Feline Behavior, 2003), the approximate time dedicated to various activities by a free cat is the following one :

  • sleeping : 40% (9 hours)
  • resting : 20% (4-5 hours)
  • bathing : 15% (3-4 hours)
  • hunting : 15 à 40% (4 à 9 hours)
  • moving and feeding : 5% (1 hour)
  • other activities (game, marking, elimination) : 5%

Unfortunately, numerous indoor cats are sub-occupied and spend their days sleeping to pass the time, while they would need at least 4 hours of activities a day (hunting, feeding, playing, interactions), according to a personal estimation of Mr Bocion, to respect their natural needs.

For example, we eat between 7 and 15 times a day when we are free ; it is thus essential to split our meals. Besides, the zoos staff knows that having to make an effort to obtain his food is generally appreciated by animals : we call it contrafreeloading. Hey yeah, looking for his food, it takes time !

How to put food available in a way which increases the cat’s level of activity ?

You can realize this very easily :

  • by tinkering a device by means of cardboard rollers, egg boxes, plastic cups,… (warning on the used glue!)
    ADVANTAGE : it does not cost anything ; INCONVENIENCE : it’s little hygienic

DIY feeder to increase the cat's lever of activity

  • by buying a device in a store
    ADVANTAGE : it’s hygienic ; INCONVENIENCE : that costs between 20 and 70 CHF

Increase your cat's level of activity : feeder 1 open

Increase your cat's level of activity : feeder 1 hidden

Increase your cat's level of activity : feeder 2 open

Increase your cat's level of activity : feeder 2 hidden

  • by hiding food in various places of the apartment

Any device must be presented to the cat at its lowest level of difficulty (open drawers or open lids, food effortlessly accessible). The level of difficulty will then be gradually increased : closed lids or closed drawers, food more difficult to reach,… At the beginning, the cat must be helped and encouraged.
Increase your cat's level of activity : feeder 1 easy
Claire had never perceived the importance of this phenomenon, then necessarily, it gave her ideas.

Without particular device, the food can be hidden in places where we don’t see it at first glance, or in places where it will be necessary to catch it before being able to eat it (under a piece of furniture, between a piece of furniture and a wall, …). Obviously, as you eat kibbles, canned food, or raw meat, certain devices will suit better than on others !

How does your human do to split your food ? Have you to be active to get it ?

Respect Your Cat Day

Today is Respect Your Cat Day. We asked our humans, what this meant for them.
Respect your cat is….

  • treating him like a cat
  • taking good care of his health
  • meeting his specific needs
  • giving him good quality food
  • providing him a clean litter box (several in multicat houses), enough toys, and enough room to live
  • catifying your house
  • taking time to play with him
  • petting him every day
  • trying to think like a cat to make him happy

Pixie playing with feather toy
Do you have other ideas ? What are your top 3 items on that list ?

Our friends from Pawesome Cats asked the same question to several people, click here to read the answers !