This is one of the most comprehensive books on feline nutrition. Like Michelle, we feel you should know why each ingredient is being fed to your cat. Be pro-active in feeding your cat. Help them to live a long and healthy life. This book not only will guide you through the process of making a raw diet, it also contains a sourcing guide for ordering the necessary ingredients on the web!
For those of you new to raw feeding, this may sound much too difficult. But relax ! Here is an very easy diet for you to begin with. The supplement can be ordered on the web and the meat can be bought when you are doing your own grocery shopping! No extra trips to the pet store are needed. No guess work is needed. Five minutes prep time and you have food for a week. It can't get any easier.
2 lbs ground turkey
1/4 lb chicken livers
1 cup water TCFeline supplement without liver added or omit liver and purchase with chicken liver added.
You can also use:
ground or chunked beef with beef liver
ground or chunked pork with beef or pork liver
ground or chunked chicken with chicken liver
rabbit with chicken liver
In a blender combine water, liver and Instincts powder. Mix into the ground turkey. Refrigerate immediately. Feed twice daily. Depending on your cat, this will yield up to a week's worth of food.
But do not stop here! The more you learn the more you will be convinced that the best possible food for your cat comes from fresh, natural ingredients, put together by you.
Meals of chicken gizzards, stew meat, chicken necks or wings will help keep the teeth clean. See the article Nature's Toothbrush If your cat will not accept any of these chewy foods, feeding Our Diet in nearly frozen mouse size chunks will do a very effective job of cleaning their teeth.
For those of you who are still not sure raw is the right thing to do, I encourage you to continue to research. The dog world is light years ahead of the cat fancy in feeding a species appropriate diet. There are many canine sites related to raw feeding, You can find answers to your questions there. And also reassurance that this is safe and extremely healthy! Just remember that dogs and cats are totally different creatures. Do not base your raw diet on a diet designed for dogs!
These articles may help answer more of your questions:
If you are still on the fence, PLEASE begin to feed your cat a healthier processed diet. Dry food is the worst thing you can be feeding. Find a canned food that does not contain grains, artichokes, blueberries, carrots, wheat grass, by-products (well... you get the idea :-) Canned food is obviously higher in water content and will help keep your cat from developing conditions such as CRF. Also, change your feeding schedule to twice a day. No more free feeding. Relax, don't make this hard. Remember in the wild they don't eat by the clock :-)
Our recommendation for a commercial diet is -- mix together
All can be ordered on the web and delivered right to your door.
These canned products contain only muscle meat and organs....that's it!!!! Available in Rabbit, Venison, Turkey, Duck and Chicken. You will NOT be feeding grains, veggies or by-products. Species appropriate ingredients only! We feel this is the best commercial diet available. Instincts is necessary as it will add needed nutrients. These canned foods contain no bone or fiber. Also, Instincts will replace nutrients "killed" during processing.
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