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It is okay to give your cat boiled chicken AS A TREAT as long as it is less than 15% of her diet but NOT AS THE ONLY THING SHE EATS. (Sorry for the YELLING but this is important.) Once a day on top of dry food is okay; once a day on top of wet food is even better In order to make the chicken diet nutritionally complete, you need to supplement with a variety of ingredients. Chicken eggs don't make the meal nutritionally complete (although they are good in and of...
Welcome to The Cat Site and sorry it's under these circumstances. Removal of the anal gland during neutering is not standard procedure. And if so, that is certainly something your vet should have discussed with you. But from my limited knowledge of the male cat anatomy, aren't his private parts close to his anus? I would first review carefully what ever the clinic gave you when your cat was discharged; even if the procedure was free, the papers should indicate what was...
I get straw for free at the local, independently run, farm and garden store. They have a huge truck filled with bales of straw, and I simply ask if I can have any straw left on the ground. I carry with me a large trash bag and explain that it is for a winter shelter for stray cats. They're happy to give it to me. You can also buy straw at a craft store (Michaels where I live--frequently have coupons for 40% off any regularly priced item). Note that a small amount of...
Could you heat up the wet food and put it in a thermos until you put down the food? I live 30 minutes from the two very small colonies I take care of and make sure the canned food is under the car heater. If I see the cats waiting for me, I put out the wet food immediately; otherwise, I leave out dry food. Not idea, but the best I can do under the circumstances. One colony has a rubbermaid type shelter they can use; the other does not (or if I put one down, it would be...
I believe some people who feed raw and have FIV+ cats tend to feed commercial raw that has been subject to high pressure pasteurization. I fed prey model raw, but were Ritz FIV+ I'd probably feed commercial raw that has been HHP. Or maybe cook or grind my own food. Other than that, I don't have much knowledge or experience. @LDG knows a lot about FIV+ cats, although I don't believe she feeds raw; she could help you maybe. Good luck, though--and glad your cats IBD has...
Prey model raw was/is also known as Frankenprey, because (at least for me and Ritz), I can feed bone from quail, liver from a pig, kidney from a cow and protein from a lamb: parts of different animals. I get the parts from my local grocery stores. It is not to be confused with feeding whole prey raw, which is feeding (defrosted) tiny mice or quail or rabbits.
Yes, I started Ritz off with commercial raw and then did some more research. Based on my lifestyle, prey model raw just worked better than commercial raw. But it's all about the cat... and what works best for him/her and you.
Just a few things to add to the good advice you've received. Some of this is just experimenting to see what works best with your cat. Ritz sometimes will throw up if she goes too long without food (acid buildup). Also many raw feeders give probiotics daily. If feeding prey model raw you need to feed certain organs like liver and kidney and bone. Gizzards are protein as are hearts. Gizzards are useful for getting a cat use to chewing food. Good luck and keep us updated on...
Welcome to The Cat Site, and sorry it's under these conditions. Can you simply change back one of the litter boxes to what it was before your cat started pooping/peeing outside the litter box? I would get a brand new litter box and use the brand of litter you previously used. Regarding getting the pee and poop smell out of the foor and carpet: Nature's Miracle is an enzyme cleaner, which you need for these type of odors. I have seen in the stores one specifically made...
Ritz was becoming increasingly addicted and picky eater, only fancy feast classic seafood, and she had a UTI. She was eating three cans and was still hungry. A friend who had dogs mentioned raw feeding. I started doing lots of research and bought a sample package of primal. Ritz loved all flavors. Because of convenience, I switched to prey model raw. Much cheaper than high quality wet food.
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