Lorrie, Yes, I think raw is the best also. If you go to those websites, they give you step-by-step instructions on how to make it. You have to be careful to follow the recommended proportions. It does take a little time to convince the cats that this is what they should be eating. One of mine, a 12 year old dry food 'addict' took almost 2 months to completely change to this diet. The others were much easier to convince. I just mixed it with a good canned food, progressively adding more raw. They will eventually eat it by itself and love it, you just have to be determined. Occasionally, I do give some canned food for variety, or when I run out of the raw. On those websites, they also explain how to grind it -- you will have to buy a grinder, and yes, you should use real bones. Its daunting at first, but gets easier everytime you make it.
Tracey On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 5:07 PM, Lorrie <felineres...@kvinet.com> wrote: > I think a raw food diet is best for cats, as it's certainly more > natural, with none of the by-products and other awful stuff they add > to cat food. However only one of my cats will eat it. The others just > sniff it and walk away. I'd be interested in hearing what your diet > consists of. Are there any particular proportions you use of the > chicken, bones, organ meat, egg, vitamins etc, and can bone meal be > used instead of bones? I don't know how I'd grind bones. > > Lorrie > > On 11-15, Tracey Shrout wrote: Anna, I will give you my personal > > opinion dealing with severe diahrrea in 2 of my kitties, one of > > which is +. After many trips to the vet and having many tests for > > parasites and doses of parasitic medicines, antibiotics, trying > > fortiflora (which does help some), nothing completely resolved > > their issues until I started feeding my cats what I feel is the > > best food possible -- a raw homemade diet of chicken and bones (and > > organ meat, egg, and vitamins, etc). Lots of people are totally > > against feeding raw, but I have 5 very healthy kitties who've been > > eating it for almost 2 years now with remarkable changes in all of > > them. No more diahrrea for my kitties, and most of the time is > > doesn't even have an odor (no kidding!) I will never go back to > > dry, and I use only a good quality grain-free can food if > > necessary. Cats with diahrrea are naturally going to be > > dehydrated, so you really need to be giving them water WITH their > > food -- a canned food. > > > > If the homemade diet is not an option for you though, just try a > > grain free diet. Wellness has a good canned one, and there are a > > few grain-free dry foods as well. Most cats merely 'tolerate' > > grains, and other cats cannot. It is not natural for them to eat > > grains. Oh, and LOTS of cats throw up. No, it is not good, but it > > is very common. My cats don't throw up anymore (other than > > hairballs) EVER! I spent tons of time researching making my own > > food because of so many health issiues w/my kitties -- now I don't > > have any issues at all. If you want to learn more, check out > > catnutrition.com and catinfo.com. If you follow the recipes to a > > "T'', you will be amazed! Good luck, and I hope they get better! > > > > Tracey > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org