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Old June 25th, 2013, 11:34 PM
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Yes, human-grade food, :-), so you cook it first or just throw it down for the cat to eat?
No cooking. I add some warm water to it so that it isn't cold from the fridge, but it really is a raw meat diet. Not all cats accept it right away. My kittens did, but it took my old guy quite a long time before he was actually eager to eat raw. Now it's his favourite thing ever.


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Recipes?
Honestly, I rarely have time to make the food myself.... I mostly buy frozen commercial meals these days. Here is some really great info though, if you're interested in researching home-made raw diets a bit more:
http://feline-nutrition.org/
http://feline-nutrition.org/health/d...-urinary-tract
http://www.holisticat.com/rawrecipe.html

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We have tried to give her cooked beef and salmon and she smells it and walks away.
Typical. That's how my cat was too. It can take a great deal of patience and perseverance to convince a finicky feline that you aren't trying to poison them when you try to introduce something new to their diet. Some tips on how to overcome that here:
http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...et-part-1.aspx
http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...et-part-2.aspx
http://feline-nutrition.org/nutritio...-to-a-raw-diet

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Can you send me to a link on the Nature's Variety's website so I can see specifically which ones you are giving your cat?
The NV Instinct version is what I feed my CKD/diabetic cat. http://www.naturesvariety.com/Instinct/cat/can/all

The other younger cats also get the Prairie Homestyle flavours, but those do contain some grain and are higher in carbs. http://www.naturesvariety.com/Prairie/cat/can/all


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It seems you use no dried food at all.
No kibble for my kitties, ever. I do put some outside for the ferals, but that's because I can't leave wet food outside too long or it attracts bugs in the summer and freezes in the winter. Plus, the ferals are also hunters so their diet is augmented with fresh prey.

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You leave wet food out all day or all night? The can usually says 30 minutes, we don't follow that either, but max is usaully around 4 hours. It's very humid here, so we have to be careful.
Ya, you do have to tailor it to your environment, but I have no problem leaving canned out for many hours here, indoors. All my cats have eaten it even up to 12 hrs later with never a problem (that's my max though). Every situation is different so you have to make the call on that one.
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