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Dangers of mixing raw food and Dry Food

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I've been feeding Kojak a raw food diet for years now. He had horrible stinky poop prior to me switching him to a raw food diet so I'm very happy that he transitioned to a raw food diet with no problem.

I remember reading something about the fact that you should never feed a cat dry food if they have eaten raw food - something about the fact that dry food digests at a different rate than raw food and that your cat can become ill if they eat both at the same time.

How long should you wait to feed dry food if your cat has eaten raw?

I don't intend to mix the two but I sometimes have problems when my sister comes to visit because she feeds her cat dry food (and her cat is a grazer so she leaves the dry food out all day). I try to keep Kojak away from the dry since he's on a raw diet, but I worry that he might eat some of the dry food.
 

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@PetitePuce I used to feed my boys raw food. Cause I'm away for about 11/12 hours when I go to work I had to feed them kibbles in between their raw food meals. It's good to make sure there's about 2-3 hours between the raw food and the kibbles. An automatic feeder with kibbles can make sure there's enough time between the two foods if your not home yourself
 

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The deal is raw and kibble shouldn't be in the digestive tract at the same time. Raw is digested quickly. Kibble digests much slower so if you feed both the body gets confused.

Fast digestion is a plus. If you've seen a lion eating a dead carcass and wondered why it doesn't get sick, it's because felines have a short digestive tract and the raw meat gets in and gets out fast. Kibble is the opposite and just lingers.

I think Toa and Ross has a good suggestion to wait 2-3 hours. It could be less....if you want to know exactly, just observe how long it takes between eating and using the litter box.

But honestly, if you are trying to raw feed the best thing is to keep the 2 cats in separate rooms so the raw fed cat doesn't eat the kibble. That way he'll be hungry for his next raw meal.

@Yoda mom - this question gets asked a lot; is it possible to pin the answer?
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@Condo commando thank you for the great suggestion for a very important topic that is now a sticky
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The deal is raw and kibble shouldn't be in the digestive tract at the same time. Raw is digested quickly. Kibble digests much slower so if you feed both the body gets confused.

Fast digestion is a plus. If you've seen a lion eating a dead carcass and wondered why it doesn't get sick, it's because felines have a short digestive tract and the raw meat gets in and gets out fast. Kibble is the opposite and just lingers.

I think Toa and Ross has a good suggestion to wait 2-3 hours. It could be less....if you want to know exactly, just observe how long it takes between eating and using the litter box.

But honestly, if you are trying to raw feed the best thing is to keep the 2 cats in separate rooms so the raw fed cat doesn't eat the kibble. That way he'll be hungry for his next raw meal.

@Yoda mom - this question gets asked a lot; is it possible to pin the answer?
@admin
 
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