I did it, I gathered a bunch of info for him, and posted it, I hope others will benefit from it aswell.
Here is what I posted for him.
Well i've done some research and came up with alot, I hope your ready to start reading!
Anyone else with cats is welcomed to read if you are interested.
First lets start with your raw meat diet. There are pros and cons to feeding cats raw meat. There's too much for me to talk about with this topic, so i'll let you read and decide on this one for yourself as people I know do feed raw meat to their cats.
You didnt mention if any of the other food (other than the meat and mice were raw?)
I did find this fact out though, most cats are generally resistant to the bacteria commonly found in raw meat. The cat’s digestive tract is very acidic, very short and processes food quickly. The safest raw foods are beef, chicken, turkey and lamb.http://www.listnow.com/helpingpaws/a...ticle_125.html
You failed to mention if your cats get any fiber. I understand the mice have fiber in their stomach contents, but some extra fiber wont hurt.
Why fiber and other vitamins and minerals are essential.http://www.netpets.com/cats/referenc...utrition2.html
Next, I would like address the issue I see with pork being used as part of the diet. Raw pork is one of the worst things to give them, again you never mentioned if it's raw or not.
Raw pork may contain the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii which can cause toxoplasmosis (a dangerous infectious disease) in cats. People can then get toxoplasmosis from their cats, when cleaning up the litter pan.
(i'm sure you wouldnt want that!)
This site also tells what foods NEVER to give a cat.http://tiger.towson.edu/users/knakam...st_not_eat.htm
A bunch of info on Toxoplasmosis in cats and people.http://www.fabcats.org/toxoplasmosis.html
A varied diet for a cat is always good, but some of the things you mentioned (like lizards and insects) can actually harbor parasites, which can infect your cats internally. Parasites and bacteria can also come from raw meat.
Good ways to prevent parasites:
Precautions to avoid parasite contraction:
* Never feed pork
* If you consider them to be a risk, avoid game meats
* To destroy parasites keep your cat's food frozen below -150C for at least 20 days
* If your cat is free run and eats wild rodents, have your veterinarian examine a stool sample for intestinal parasites every 6 months. Use de-worming medication only when parasites are present, as regular preventative de-worming can be harmful.
* Clean litter boxes promply and thoroughly
And a site giving all the gory details about the parasites they could be at risk for.http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch2a.php
Next I want to talk about the issue of you not feeding your cat for a day so it will eat the mouse. I think you do this because you enjoy seeing the cat eat live mice. If it wont eat the mouse you could have fed it something else, it wont die if it doesnt eat the mouse.
To be fair, no, it wont die if it doesnt eat for a day, BUT, a cat that doesnt eat will be weaker, if you dont eat for a day you feel tired, hungry, and you try to conserve your energy, right. A pet shouldnt have to do that, it's "domestic" not wild, it doesnt need to hunt to live. If you do this often, your cat may loose weight.
You mentioned the zoo told you that cats dont eat everyday, yes BIG cats dont have to eat everyday, but small cat species do eat everyday most of the time, how is that possible you ask?
Cats are predators, and in the wild they prey on whatever is available. This may include birds, small animals, such as mice, rabbits, and opossums, grasshoppers and other insects, fish and, on occasion, reptiles. Because cats can make do with a variety of food sources, they can always find a new food supply if the old is suddenly no longer available. So they almost never go a day without eating, there's too many food sources around.
Now in the wild a lion or cheetah have it more difficult being they need to take down large prey, and cant hunt right after. They eat a big amount at once, then go a few days before getting the next big meal. Even available in surplus, A bird or mice clearly wont be enough nourishment for a big cat. Cats in zoos dont hunt or use alot of energy, so they can be fine skipping a feeding.
Your Geoffrey's cat is a small cat species, so in the wild it would have more prey to find and hunt.
Article that talks about cat hunting behavior. (top of page)http://www.petplace.com/cats/why-are...ers/page1.aspx
The last and one of the most important things to discuss, do your cats get vaccinated? You dont know how many diseases and problems they can have if they are not vaccinated, especially since you are feeding them all sorts of animals. Again, you havent said if they are vaccinated or not so i can only guess if they are or not.
A list of what shots a cat needs, and how often for an exam. (would probably be different for your geoffrey's cat, but since it shares the house with the bengal, they both need exams.http://www.thecatconnection.com/care/vaccination.htm
I then researched on the geoffrey's cat. Saw a few things that made me angry after researching: So your keeping a threatened species huh? Are you involved with captive breeding of the species?
Hunted extensively throughout its range for its fur, geoffrey's cat is one of the most hunted of wild cat species. However, geoffrey's cat is still the most highly populated of all South American wild cats and it is possibly due to this large population that as many as 150,000 pelts are traded annually.
Geoffrey's cat is now listed in CITES Appendix 2 as threatened.
They are hunted for their skins, and due to heavy harvesting of this species for their fur, they are endangered.
At least 25 adult Geoffroy’s cats are killed to make one fur coat.
Bunch of sites on Geoffrey's cat.http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/agarman/geoffrey.htmhttp://www.lioncrusher.com/animal.asp?animal=51http://members.aol.com/cattrust/geoffroy.htm
And a site on Bengals.
Did you know they like water and love to swim?http://www.bengalsofshabeel.com/about.htm
So as you can see I do research and have plenty of links for "responsible" information.
I hope you will read everything I posted. I can do no more for you.Pretty good right?