What % do you feed raw?

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  1. missbirdy

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    Hello, so after some more research, and not getting a consistent answer...
    What percentage of raw do you feed based on your cats weight? I know with my dogs I feed 2.5% of their body weight, I've read somewhere that Ideally they need 10% where as a "haired cat" only needs 5-6%
    I will be feeding nutriment raw complete.
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    We feed anywhere between 5 and 10%... so Leo is almost 10 lbs, which is 160 ounces. He usually gets 3 meals a day of about 3-4 ounces each meal
     
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      @Xandria has a very good thread about raw food. I never know how to link to a thread. @Catzzzmeow or @admin can you give the link to the raw food thread?
       
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      Honestly, I let my crew eat as much as they want. They are very good at simply eating until they are full. I think it is rare for a cat that is on an all raw diet to become obese. But as a matter of observance, I find that they eat about 40 g in the morning, almost 100 g in the afternoon, and about 60 g in the evening. This varies a little depending on activity, and temperature. They seem to eat more in the winter time, as though trying to pack on fat to resist the cold.

      I hope that helps in some way.
       
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        This seems like an easy question BUT raw food recipes call for adding water. The more water the more weight, but it isn't more calories, protein, fat, etc. It's just more water weight.

        Another thing with meat, after you grind it, it weighs less. I think it's water or blood that seeps out but regardless you lose some of the weight in the grinding process.

        Anyway let's assume you have ground meat. My 2 girls eat about 2.25 lb each per week. Per day it works out to just a little over 5 ounces, or in grams it's about 145 grams.

        But because I add water, the 145 grams become 180. I'm guessing Xandria gave the "final" weight after adding water becomes that comes close to what I have.

        My 2 girls weigh 10 lb each.
         
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          absolutely correct, @Condo commando , the weight I mentioned was after the water addition. I feel, on a raw diet, cats will self regulate. Max and Min are about 10 pounds each, and depending on weather and various other factors will lose a little weight or gain a little weight – but nothing extraordinary.
           
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          I've thought about adding more water to my recipe. Can you say how much of the 200 grams that you give is added water?
           
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            @Condo commando -- for every 1,816 g of minced meat I add 800 ml of water plus about 250 g of Better in the Raw mix in. Total weight is 2,866 g. So that's 28% water. Geez, no wonder they pee so much. LOL LOL.
             
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              Wow, I think this is exactly my point. For the same amount of meat as you, I only add 16 g of Alnutrin and 475 ml of water. Where you give them 200 g and I only give mine 180. But yet they all weigh 10 pounds.

              More art than science imo.
               
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                And that's why following recipes matter! But adding extra water never hurts either.
                 
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                Thank you all very much x