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My cats have previously resisted all attempts to put them on a raw diet. I'd tried chicken & beef. They were on the science diet & now I have them on organix which is very expensive but they like it. They do not seem as shiny either.<br><br>
While I was making a lamb curry the other night, one of the cats was chatting to me so I gave him a bit of raw lamb. He ate it & asked for more. I have worked out that even organic lamb is cheaper than the pet food they are on right now.<br><br>
I did read a book called the natural cat way back & she suggested a raw diet but it had so many vitamin pills added to it, it put me off. Plus I had looked around & couldn't find all of them here.<br><br>
Does anyone know of an easier more doable raw cat diet that I can do based on lamb ? The most fussy cat is the one who was eating the lamb. They both like fish & the fussy one eats cooked asparagus too.
 

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The main thing is to frankenstein a carcass together--that's the challenge. Bone, meat, organ meat. If your cats will eat lamb muscle meat and some kind of bone and chicken giblets and hearts, they'll do fine. Only muscle meat is harder, because then you do have to supplement and make sure they are getting enough calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, taurine, etc.
 

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I can get ground up chicken necks from the pet food shop but my cats would never touch them. The fussier of the two has not such good teeth so he is not ovely good at chewing. I'll look out some chicken giblets when I am shopping next & see what I can put together. In terms of bones, is fish bone OK if it is raw ?
 

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I agree with pp. I give my cats a raw diet, but make sure I give them a well-balanced diet. The supplements are for those feeding only meat.<br><br>
The calcium and phosphorus need to be well balanced so you need raw bones in addition to meat. You should try to feed heart, liver, gizzards, and other organ meats. If you can't get raw bones, heart, liver, and other organ meats, you will have to substitute with supplements like bone meal or ground egg shells, taurine, cod liver oil, etc. That said, the cat will still probably not get lamb brains from a conventional supermarket; the brains and head is where most of the omega 3's come from.<br><br>
I am currently ordering my raw meat from an online source that sells preground whole animals, bones, organs, and all.
 

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I think I'll check out the offal section of my supermarket & also the local butchers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I guess I could get dog bones or stock bones & saw them open so as the cats could get the marrow. Are brains sold under any other name other than brains ?
 

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The marrow will not be enough. The calcium/phosphorus balance is *very* important when feeding raw. The cats need a calcium to phosphorus ratio of about 1 to 1. Muscle meat and organs are about 1 to 20. The cats need to actually gnaw on and ingest the bones or get a good substitute or the imbalance will cause calcium to be drawn from the cat's bones, which will cause various illnesses and diseases.<br><br>
Please read the following article before proceeding with the raw meat diet:<br><a href="http://www.caberfeidh.com/NaturalDiet.htm" target="_blank">http://www.caberfeidh.com/NaturalDiet.htm</a>
 

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This is exactly why I asked here! My main worry, even if I get the constituents right, is that the cats won't eat all of them.
 

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Most cat owners who have tried raw diets have reported good results starting out with ground meat and bones. Even if they pick around the bones in the beginning, they usually end up crunching and swallowing some bones. My younger cat has a texture issue -- he only likes things that stick to his tongue cause he got used to being fed canned food, so he has the hardest time picking things up. But once he gets his mouth around something, it's like his cat instincts kick in. He starts growling while munching, which is how he shows that he really likes something. I started out getting a meat grinder and putting in pieces of a whole bird through to get the right proportions. Now I buy from an online vendor who sells preground meats for pets and it's ground whole, meats, bones, heads, organs and all. With the rabbits, they even offer grinds with the fur.
 

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I can get minced chicken necks from one of the local pet shops. I did try them before but the cats wouldn't eat them. Maybe I will try again but try a smaller amount. My younger cat has a hard time picking things up too. He's never been fed tinned cat food always the biscuit things. Right now they are sulking as I gave them a raw chicken wing portion. It's fresh & has most of the feathers removed. I gave them a chicken neck & the liver & the heart & the gizzard. They are refusing to eat them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
On a more positive note, I need an excuse to buy a mincer!
 
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