- Jun 14, 2012
I've wanted to try this, but I really need to find a more affordable way to do it. Unemployment isn't exactly conducive to feed a RAW diet...
Suzi, what do you feed your cats then?I don't raw feed anymore because the coccidium (parasites) that are in raw poultry can give cats coccidia--which makes for stinky diarreah. Cats with a fairly good immune system can fight it off all by themselves without meds....but I am a breeder and I have tiny kits that can easily catch coccidia from mama going potty and carrying the germs back into the nest on her feet. While it's no big deal for more grown kitties, new babies can easily die from a single bout of diarreah. While I was raw feeding, I sold two litters of kittens and one of the people emailed me back and said the vet told him the kitten had coccidia....and I know if one has it they most likely all had it. So I contacted everybody and paid for the treatment for the entire two litters. And some of them went to really pricey vets! I took stool samples to my vet and he just about had a hissy fit about the raw--told me they got the coccidium from the chicken I was feeding them from a raw pet food distributor. I had to treat my entire cattery....not because the adults were sick--but because I have new babies periodically and I just can't take the chance on losing them. I was livid about having to contact all my buyers and tell them that they needed to check their kits due to a coccidia contaminated shipment of food from my distributor and I told the distributor that. They were really kind about it and refunded me the cost of every pound of chicken I had purchased from them since we didn't know which batch had given them the coccidia. I would never knowingly sell a sick kitty--and the kits weren't sick, but they had the coccidium in their stool, so I felt responsible for paying for it since people have the right to expect my kits are leaving my house in a healthy state. That being said, if I only had 3 month old and above cats, I would go back to raw in a heartbeat. I think it's the best food for them.
the Freeze food is pretty good food. My Vet carries it too. I just didnt do that yet, because it would be to expensive for me with my 3 Cats. But i have bought it as a fill in for a few days before.
I use freeze dried raw very similar but Stella & chewy's brand. They love it, perfect nonstinky poop and easy to prepare but it is quite pricy. About $25 per cat per week.
There are powders that have everything in them. You add ground meat and water to the powder and thats it. Easy, conveniant. Better in the Raw is one popular RAW diet like this.Hello all,
I'm a new sphynx owner.
Would love to put Bella on a raw diet using a powder supplement. I'm uncomfortable and bit confused by the amounts needed to add.. Are there any premade powders that contain all or majority of supplements needed? I'd prefer not to grind bone etc. Which all inclusive supplement would you suggest?
It's entirely possible that dobby is allergic to chicken. You could either try a different protein within the same brand, or make the switch to raw. Any time you change their food there is a transition period of about a week or more. Make sure you have pumpkin on hand! LOL and patience. So really you have to wait a week or 2 in order to determine whether or not the switch is a good one. Be aware that some cats have a little bit more of a delicate stomach, and will regularly need either pumpkin or psyllium husk powder to firm up their stools (Max needs almost a quarter teaspoon of psyllium once a day, but he has perfect stools as a result).So, my guy Dobby is just about 7 months, and recently neutered. a couple days after the neuter - he had issues vomiting, the vet gave him some anti - vomit meds, and he seemed ok. Immediately after that, he's started to have issues with his stools! He'll have maybe one mostly solid one per day, but more often than not I can hear him gurgle and squirt in the litter box. 90% of the time he's still running around and has normal behavior, but sometimes he will act noticeably different. Slightly lethargic, very cuddly, meowing, and stomach gurgling..
I thought (and it may have exacerbated things) that it was due to licking a pan clean of bacon grease. Now, I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it at all. He's been eating Natural Balance Green Pea and Chicken formula for Dry food, and mostly Natural Balance Chicken and Liver mixed in for wet... He eats all of what I put out 2 -3 times a day, occasionally leaving a small portion unfinished.
I feel bad, but I don't know the answer.. I'm willing to change his diet, but changing a diet can also result in loose stools for a while , right? how will I be able to tell its making a difference?