March 21st, 2012, 08:25 AM
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Every cat is different, some take to raw immediately, some are so stubborn. I really think it depends on their background and what they were fed from the time whey were weaned.
Originally Posted by Floppy Dog
Hi all you cat food gurus out there!
I have a senior cat (10-11 years old, male, neutered) and I am thinking about switching him from kibble (Royal Cannin Intense Hairball) to raw.
Background: I adopted Crush about 8 years ago this May long weekend. He had been a stray before I rescued him. He has been on kibble and free feeds with a gravity feeder since I've had him. He's generally in good health, but I think that arthritis may be setting into his hips (he seems uncomfortable when I brush his fur in the hip area but can still jump onto his perch and the window-sill with ease) and has a missing tooth or two (doens't seem to stop him from eating though).
My concern is that as he ages (I consider him to be on borrowed time now) health problems may start cropping up due to the additives and fillers in kibble. I lost one cat to kidney failure and I'd prefer not to go through that again.
So my basic questions are:
Does feeding raw reduce the chances of renal (kidney, bladder and urinary tract) problems in older cats?
I believe it does. One of the basic necessities of healthy cells which of course make up the organs, is water. A cat on kibble is chronically dehydrated (try eating crackers all day, then trying to get your liquids by using your tongue). Also, kibble is much more processed and has higher carb content than quality canned.
How do you transition a cat from kibble to raw?
As stated earlier, every cat is different. Have you tried giving him some raw or cooked meat? How did he respond?
Can you feed kibble and raw together or do you have to time meals the way you do for a dog (12 hours apart, I understand)?
My Jasper eats both kibble and canned/raw (mostly canned/raw) through out the day, my others are just eat canned/raw. I have no problems with his digestive system unless he eats too much kibble
How do you ween a cat from being free-fed to set mealtimes?
I feed my cats 3 times a day and the food is put in the bowl and the munchers just go back to it when they want a bite.
What are the proportions of protien, fat, bones and vegetable (?) matter for a cat?
Cats do NOT need any vegies, they are carnivores (unless you want to add a bit of catnip, hehe). I use the prey model 80% muscle, 10%bone, 10%organs (kidneys/hearts/liver), a bit of salt (for iodine), and they need skin for their vit D(they don't get it from the sun)
If the cat is missing teeth, can he still handle the chewing and crunching involved or do you have to pulverize everything?
Should I start with a packaged raw diet? I'm considering Red Dog Deli because it's about as local as I can get and is supplied in my pet food store.
I make my own, as long as they use a whole prey model and is recommended for cats, then is should be fine.
And last, since I am also considering switching my dog (4 years old, female, spayed), which should I do first, cat or dog?
Can you do both at the same time?
Look forward to your comments and suggestions, and thanks for taking the time.
Cat maid to:
Puddles, female Himalayan (16 yrs)
Jasper, male Ragdoll ?? (approx 9 yrs)
Sweet Pea, female silver tabby DSH (approx 7 yrs)
Rose semi feral, a cpietra rescue, female tabby (approx 6 yrs)
Snowball RIP (1991-2005)
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