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I did a search on this and mostly just found "Should I feed my pet a vegan diet" type threads.<br><br><br><br>
When I moved into my apartment, I decided to foster for a local rescue. The first "case" I was asked about was a siamese mix mother and her 6 newborns that were abandoned. I said sure. I never really liked cats, but I wouldn't have dogs in an apartment. It is now 2 years and 2 months later, and I have adopted the mother and two of the kittens (and haven't fostered since.)<br><br><br><br>
The mother was about a year and a half when I got her in May 2004, and the babies were about a week. So for the past 2+ years I've fed them Nutro Natural Choice dry food; and they also usually eat whatever I'm eating (they're thieves like that.)<br><br><br><br>
I've been doing research on feeding raw and have decided it will be best for my cats. I am looking for someone who has experience and supports this lifestyle for trading of tips and things like that.<br><br><br><br>
Please don't misunderstand. This was a really tough decision for me. I've been vegetarian for 8 years, raw foodist for 2 months, and once the honey I have in my apartment for washing my face with (I don't eat it) is gone, I guess I'll technically be vegan. I feel that as much as I don't want to support the slaughtering of animals, I have carnivorous pets and it's not right for me to deny them. If I knew I'd come to this decision 2 years later, I'm fairly sure I wouldn't have kept the cats. It's a lot easier to feed them dry kibble, however it's not fair to them (in my opinion, Not putting anyone down for it.) I did buy the Evolution cat food once and they hated it; so their basic kibble has been meat based. Since I'm following a more natural diet, I think I should do the same for them.<br><br><br><br>
Today was their first day with raw meat. I bought 4 packs of Nature's Premier chicken ( <a href="http://www.naturespremier.com" target="_blank">www.naturespremier.com</a> ) from the HFS. They are USDA Organic, and Certified Humane Raised & Handled, as well as part of the Free Farmed American Humane Association. Granted, it's still animals, but I'm going to do the best I can. I've contacted the company (a local place) and will be buying in bulk from them to cut back on the price since I paid about $28 for approximately 4 days' of food. They will eat about a pound a day between the 3 of them.<br><br><br><br>
I've found quite a few raw feeding sites and yahoo groups, but it seems that most of them are meat eaters who feed their animals this way. A lot of them are buying scraps from the local factory farm meat butcher. I'm trying to find someone who has more of the same background as myself.<br><br><br><br>
I also have a dog who lives with my parents. They've always been really good about feeding her the food I want them to feed her. She's 11. We've had her since she was 6 weeks old (from the humane society.) I'd like to switch her to raw. Currently she is on Natural Balance Vegetarian formula; most of her life she was on Nutro Natural Choice, as well. I'm trying to find the most convenient way for my parents to feed her raw.<br><br><br><br>
Wow, I wrote a novel.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, anyone who has any experience with raw feeding pets, I'd be glad to hear from you.<br><br><br><br>
Please do not post if all you want to do is tell me what a horrible person I am for condoning feeding them meat. I am looking for support from someone who is in the same boat I am, or has been. Thank you in advance.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jessica
 

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you are a horrible person.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
J/K.<br><br><br><br>
I think a raw diet makes sense. I laugh when i se "human grade meat" on cat food cans. have these people not seen a cat eat a bird? they eat the non-human grade parts as well. it's what nature intended then to eat.
 

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lol. I was like "Damn, already!?"<br><br><br><br><br><br>
That's kind of a funny thing, because aside from the (big) plus that Nutro doesn't do cruel animal testing, I've always used their food BECAUSE of the human-grade meat in it, and no by-products. Go figure!
 

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i'm a big fan of the idea of a raw meat diet for cats. i think it is the best you can do (along with feeding real grass).<br><br><br><br>
i'm not in a mental place where i feel i could do it, nor do i feel i have the time to do it properly, but if you can do it i think you should.
 

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I feed my dog raw meat but my cat refuses to touch it. He's weird-he prefers vegan potato soup to the raw meat!
 

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I ended up with some leftover salmon sushi once and tryed to feed it to the cat. No go. she likes the stinky smelly stuff better.
 

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When googling, the word you may want to look for is BARF, or Barf Diet. Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods.
 

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I think the raw food diet is an excellent idea. We humans are the only species on the planet who cook our food.<br><br><br><br>
I tried to switch my cats to raw diet and they didn't go for it. They have been 'cooked' for too long! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> They have a can of sardines or tuna every now and than and they don't really gobble that up much either.<br><br><br><br>
Anyhow, I feed them Wysong dry cat formula (it is meat based - I don't believe that cats and dogs are meant to be vegan myself). Wysong sells some Raw meals. Not sure if you would have a place to buy them by you. I have a hard time finding the dry food for my cats. You can order online though. Just getting meat from the grocer is probably good too.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.wysong.net/" target="_blank">http://www.wysong.net/</a>
 

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I think that is the right thing to do. To feed your cats the most organic and humanely handled meat you can. I mean, if I let my cat be alone with my three bunnies he'd eat them at once. I couldn't blame him (even though I would ignore him a looong time, luff my bunnies). So yeah. I don't have any experience or anything. Just thought I'd say =D
 

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Just wanted to add that I think raw can be great, but you really need to take care to make sure you're doing it correctly so they get the correct ratios of organ meats, to bone, to muscle so that nutrients are balanced.<br><br><br><br>
check out some books on it!
 

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Do you just give the roughly cut-up whole chicken, with bones, to the carnivore, in meal-sized portions? Or is it cut up more? Is there a choking hazard on the smaller bones or bone fragments? Is it better to include the organs as well?
 

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Here's a good site for BARF/RAW feeding:<br><br><a href="http://www.njboxers.com/faqs.htm" target="_blank">http://www.njboxers.com/faqs.htm</a>.<br><br><br><br>
I think it's great your makign a descision to feed your cats a healthier diet. I also strongly do not beleive any carnivore shoudl be fed a vegan/vegetarian diet. It is not how they're system was designed and will only hurt their health.
 
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