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I tried my kitty on some raw meats as a trial. He would not eat any of it. I tried fish, chicken, liver, even beef, seasoned, raw, fresh, a day old, he just would not try it at all.<br><br><b>However</b>, he will eat cooked meat, particularly chicken (it seems to be his favorite). The recipies I see are for raw meats.<br><br>
Is is okay for kitty to eat cooked meat? Can I sub cooked meat for canned cat food ( it's awful expensive, we buy pet promise at the co-op for $1.25/can <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> and we're trying to cut some corners where we can... if we can)<br><br>
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I'm kind of in the same boat as you. My cats won't touch raw, but will tolerate cooked. I'm trying to get them off of kibble, onto meat, even if it's cooked (which is much less nutritous). Then I plan to cook the meat less and less, and hopefully that's how I'll get them to raw.<br><br>
Just remember, NEVER give an animal cooked bones. They could splinter and cause the animal serious damage.
 

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It's okay as a treat, but not as an only food source. There are a lot of nutrients that get cooked out, or aren't really present in human food in large amounts that cats need.
 

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I was just thinking the same thing - cooking the meat less and less until he'll eat raw. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br><br>
But isn't <b>canned</b> cat food cooked? It smells & looks raw <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> but I thought it had to be fully cooked. I mean, chicken is chicken. People chicken is still cat chicken, right?<br><br>
I guess my real question is can cooked (slowly merging to raw) replace canned food all together, or do I still need to feed him canned until he'll eat raw? He does eat dry food and gets suppliments from that.
 

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You can feed cooked, but you need to go by a cooked cat food recipe, rather than a raw recipe, as a pp mentioned, the cooking removes some nutrients, so you need to add them back in.<br><br>
Google cooked cat food or homemade cat food recipes and see what comes up. I believe there are other people on here feeding a cooked diet to their cats.<br><br>
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I'm keeping my cats on Prowl while we make the switch to raw meats. It's nutritionally sufficient, so I don't need to mess with supplements. And they like it less than commercial kibble or canned foods, so they're more willing to try the raw (or cooked but getting "rarer") foods.
 

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I know quite a few breeders who nearly all raw meat, with some wet food (quite a few feed this whiskas bits of beef/mealtime) mixed in to make it more appetizing.
 
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