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Date: 10/29/13 8:39 PM

I am interested in switching my cat over to a raw food diet. Right now she is on an absurdly expensive prescription diet that does not seem to be relieving her skin sensitivities and allergies. I don't want to put her on medication for the rest of her life; she is only seven years old. But I am interested in trying a novel protein raw foods diet....a topic of conversation my vet does not seem to want to touch on. Any advice? Any long term issues? What companies do you feed? I will not be making it all myself, but I am not opposed to mixing a prepared vitamins and supplement combination with meat that I chop up for her, but I can't afford a meat/bone grinder.

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Date: 10/29/13 8:42 PM

I can't say for my cat because she's gone, but I once had a friend who fed his cat liver and the cat had real tooth issues--gingivitis and all.

Maybe I can suggest some fish oil or Vitamin E for her skin? Oh yes, and read the labels. Be sure there is no corn or wheat in her food and I'm sure the problem will go away.
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Date: 10/29/13 8:47 PM

She has been off grains for years. I have been feeding her grain free basically since she was a kitten. She has developed sensitivities to different dry foods for years. So even the prescription food that she is on is grain free and is a limited food diet. It's just venison, pea, and supplements.

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Date: 10/29/13 9:04 PM

We did raw with the (now grown) puppy. Since DH is out of town they're on Orijen. Raw is a lot of prep work if you want to do it correctly and we just don't have the room for a dedicated freezer. We tried giving Sprout some of the raw items when the dogs were still on that, he loved the green tripe but his stomach disagreed....

Sprout was getting freeze dried raw for awhile (Primal Instincts, chicken and salmon formula, the beef version upset his tummy). Right now he is on Orijen for 3 of his 4 meals, the last meal is raw. It became quite expensive only feeding him freeze dried raw (at least $80/month between his food, krill oil, probiotics powder and spirulina supplements).

We plan to re-visit the pure raw diet when we move somewhere with space for a deep freeze. I was tired of losing more than half of our freezer to the pets. :rolleyes:

Just be sure to do your research and talk to your vet (although most vets don't support it- it's not really "easy" to get it right, plus the sanitation issues with raw meat, offal, etc.)

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Date: 10/29/13 9:18 PM

My dog has been raw fed for 4 of her 5 years of life. (Well, she'll be 5 next month).

Dr Becker from Mercola pets has GREAT information about feeding raw. Raw Food

We do not buy super large quantities of meat for our dog, so no freezer dedicated to her is needed.

Just do lots of reading. There are some truly bizarre myths out there about feeding raw!


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Date: 10/29/13 10:09 PM

I just checked Sprout's food bag, it's Primal Pet Food brand freeze dried raw food. I buy a lot of our food supplies from Chewy.com, their automatic delivery schedules are convenient.

I am not too familiar with the raw meat needs for felines but if you need chicken backs, the Whole Foods in Alexandria carries them. Sprout never took to the stuff the dogs liked to wolf down... just like a cat to demand special treatment.

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Date: 10/29/13 10:25 PM

Feeding raw is definitely worth a try. Give it a good month, in order to allow time for possible allergens in the current diet to leave the body.

I don't have a cat (allergic) but I feed our dog raw due to her food allergies since puppyhood. Her parents were on a raw diet, too, probably for allergies.

I feed Oma's Pride frozen "Mixes", and add a daily multi-vitamin supplement.

For prep, I allow the 2-lb brick to thaw enough that I can slice it up and put several servings into a zip-loc bag, lay flat on cookie sheet and re-freeze. That way, I can pull out a serving at a time, thaw in microwave, add supplements, and serve.

There are lots of popular pre-mixed frozen raw food companies (Primal Pets, Stella & Chewy's, etc.) but Oma's has limited ingredients, and our dog doesn't show allergic reaction to it. Sophie had problems with Primal Pets, which is loaded with herbs, berries, and all sorts of stuff that I could never know what was making her itch & scratch. Limited ingredients works well for our dog. Each pet is different.

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Date: 10/30/13 1:12 AM

The only raw food our cats eat are the rodents and occasional bird they catch. They also like fish scraps when dh has been fishing. Patches used to love shrimp and prawns

I was given frozen raw food for Oscar, our little mutt when a friends dog died. The cats would eat it too.

I find it interesting that so much thought goes into pet food these days when 100 years ago or less there was no such thing as commercial pet food. Pets got kitchen scraps and whatever food they hunted for themselves. I am sure pets are healthier for the most part today.

Our pets, cats and dogs have always got kitchen and table scraps as well as commercial food.

I have looked into feeding all the pets homemade if not raw food, but my work schedule is too busy to give it the proper time needed.

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Date: 10/30/13 6:48 AM

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The only raw food our cats eat are the rodents and occasional bird they catch.

Six months ago I found a fresh, headless mourning dove in our backyard, and our GSD puppy with feathers all over her muzzle. I think the raw diet definite triggered her inner wolf.

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Date: 10/30/13 12:09 PM

Thanks for the link, Cat n Bull!! I really appreciate y'alls input :3

I'm learning a LOT with all the reading I have been doing. First, I think the vet didn't realize that the new prescription food (venison and pea) has the same ingredient as the last food she was on (chicken, turkey, peas and other veggies.) So even though there is a novel protein, the other ingredient that isn't varied is probably continuing the reaction she had to the prior food. Also my vet didn't explain precisely what she was even DOING (I figured out that it was supposed to be a novel protein diet by process of elimination and my own research) so I inadvertently cheated on the cat's diet to start! Tsk tsk. As much as I like her as a person, I don't think I'm going to stay with this particular vet in the future. I think I'm going to go back to the old vet I had at the office that I liked better.

Anyway.

I think I am going to try a premix. I found TCfeline, which seems to be a great first option to try. You just add water, egg, meat, and liver. I'm going to leave the egg out (I think Kitteh has some sensitivity to eggs) and will slightly cook the liver (I've read some cats don't do well with raw liver, but the vitamins in liver aren't compromised by cooking) but otherwise, I get to have direct control over where the meat is coming from, which can make it a little more affordable.

In going with the novel protein idea though, I'm having some trouble figuring out just which means I should even be using for her. Her last food was chicken and turkey, so I want to avoid those for a little while. But I'm not sure what meats are "okay," and what cuts I should be looking for. I was thinking about venison, but it's hard to come by in this area. I know there is a bison farmer that goes to a downtown farmers market on Sundays, but I think that's a little expensive too...also, no idea about the cuts that would work for her. Lamb, goat, pork, and beef are the common meats from the local farms, which I'd prefer to support rather than the supermarket. But....it comes back to I have no idea which cuts of meat I should be considering or pricing out. ;A;

TCfeline has a trial package of the premix for $15, which is enough to make about three weeks' worth of food. I'd need a little over 4 pounds of meat to make the whole package. I have more than ample freezer space (I don't really buy much food that goes in the freezer anyway) so I don't mind doing it and just freezing it in large quantities. But I just don't know which meat to go with. The only thing I've seen suggested is rabbit, chicken legs, and turkey legs. Which aren't really options when I'm trying to avoid fowl and can't find a local rabbit source that would dress and process it for me.

Thoughts?

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