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Raw food

Hi All! In the past months I begun feeding my cats with raw food. Above all fresh meet and just a little of dry food grain free.I've to tell you they appreciated that so much and their heallth seems to go better and better.Who among you tryed it? What are your experiences with your devons?

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  • my cats hate raw food,they dont eat nothing.
    my studs is dry food adicts. they only eat royal canin,
    are obsessed with these food.

    you now BARF DIEt??
  • What great timing, I have only in the last couple of days been looking into biscuits and how most are based on cereal/grain.

    Our cats get chicken, beef and roo meat, chicken necks and dry food 24/7 and also whiskas kitten satchels on occassion. Our cats and kittens love their biccys, although I am starting to question feeding biscuits at all after researching diet related issues.

    I was feeding Iams but after reading about risks involved in imported biscuits changed to Optimum (Kitten biscuits are nice and small) I was happy with these but they are getting difficult to find, I bought some Supercoat kitten biscuits a couple of days ago when I at the produce (thats all they had) I read this afternoon that the first ingredient is Cereal/Grain so I made a special trip to the shop tonight and bought Optimum. I feel as though they would get hungry if they didn't have biscuits whenever they wanted. Although cats are a hunting animal and so I don't know that food 24/7 is the best thing.
  • I had not great troubles in introducing raw to my cats. Some of them at the beginning were a little suspicious but in less than one week and half all were found of fresh meet.
    I gave my cats Royal canin for years but now I give them a little amount of Orijen dry food and I'm really satisfy about it.
    I know from some friends of mine, certain cats need a longer period of transtion but at the end, when they accept this kind of nourishment, they become totally devoted to fresh meet.
    I use chicken, beef, pork, quails, turkey.
    I give them also bones to provide calcium. I experimented raw weaning with my last litter with really great results.


    Janelle Harvey said:
    What great timing, I have only in the last couple of days been looking into biscuits and how most are based on cereal/grain.

    Our cats get chicken, beef and roo meat, chicken necks and dry food 24/7 and also whiskas kitten satchels on occassion. Our cats and kittens love their biccys, although I am starting to question feeding biscuits at all after researching diet related issues.

    I was feeding Iams but after reading about risks involved in imported biscuits changed to Optimum (Kitten biscuits are nice and small) I was happy with these but they are getting difficult to find, I bought some Supercoat kitten biscuits a couple of days ago when I at the produce (thats all they had) I read this afternoon that the first ingredient is Cereal/Grain so I made a special trip to the shop tonight and bought Optimum. I feel as though they would get hungry if they didn't have biscuits whenever they wanted. Although cats are a hunting animal and so I don't know that food 24/7 is the best thing.
  • this is interesting, we always used RC and hills and prepared catfoods but lately we have started to feed some raw mince from a reputable source of course, some of our asstd cats in the three devs adore raw mince, others still prefer cooked chicken wings or chicken thighs, add some rice sometimes, also tinned tuna for essential fish oils...before we have a litter of own dev babies maybe a year or so from now we want to learn their special diet likes and dislikes, our three devon FNs are happy with the foods the rest have on freebie offer daily from us, but anything to improve their diets is ok with us, thanks...
  • I try to give them beef with the feed, but one of my male was suffering diarrhea, besides take a long time to eat.


    lately I'm trying to Almo Nature of lamb and like a lot, I've also bought Orijen. my friends have recommended.

    I would like to introduce raw feed, but I fear that his health deteriorates, I fear not well balanced meal.

    "Suggest I use some reading about it?
  • I read a lot about raw diet before trying with my cats.
    I had never had problems with diarrhea, at the opposite my oldest devon, who had in the past always not perfect escrements, begun to be perfect with this kind of diet.
    I found a link where you can read something about this matter
    http://cats.about.com/cs/nutrition/a/rawfooddiet.htm
  • am already doing well with introducing my devons and other cats into raw minced beef but still always cook their chicken in case of things like salmonella - theyre doing well with a more varied diet than just the prepared foods like we were used to with the first siameses who were so so fussy - devons are more adventurous with their eating though so we have to watch they dont sneak off something they shouldnt eat !
  • I've raw fed my cats for... 6 years or something like that and they do great on it. I had some problems making the adults take on it but once that journey was done, raw food has been great here. Dry food is banned, if my cats so much as smell it they refuse to eat raw.

    I haven't had any tummy problems since I started raw feeding, the teeth are in great condition (I haven't had to remove any tartar even on the 6-7 year olds), great coats, my kittens grow fast and big.

    Raw food is a keeper.
  • "You doing something special with the meat to remove any parasites?
    How do you do to prevent nutritional deficiencies?
    buscar
  • Since I usually buy frozen meat (or buy fresh and freeze it) I don't worry about parasites. Most parasites will die if they're frozen for 72 hours.

    In order to prevent nutrient deficiencies I make sure the cats get liver once/twice a week and eat bones every day. I also make sure they eat different kinds of meat, not only one or two types.
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