Originally Posted by Althekitty
Hello, if i could press you further, if you look here again or if anyone else knows. What would the 'whole prey raw' mean? Sorry if i sound stupid. Would I have to kill animals? What animals would they be? Mice and birds? What does it entail? I have just put down some fresh salmon to see what he thinks, surprisingly he ate a bit and walked away. He's meowing at me now, he has some biccies down so he can have those if he's hungry. Just thought I would try it. Thanks
It's not a stupid question at all. Unless you have looked into raw feeding you would have no way of knowing what it means.
The "whole prey model" as it is common called refers to trying to replicate a cats natural diet as closely as possible. In the extreme that means feeding live mice but most acknowledge that it isn't necessary to go that far. Feeding the unprocessed, whole carcass of an animal is close enough. That means feeding the skin, bones, organs and muscle meat. I don't think it is thought to be necessary to feed the fur or feathers but I may be mistaken.
So basically it means to take a whole carcass, feed into a grinder and give it to them with no need to add anything else. Some say it shouldn't be put through a grinder either. That it is better for their teeth and jaws to gnaw on chunks.
Rabbit, chicken, beef, elk, venison, cornish game hen, lamb are commonly used. Most people avoid fish because it isn't considered part of a cats natural diet.
Since it is more work than I am willing to go into at this point I've looked at whole prey feeding in a superficial kind of way. Others may be able to give a better or more complete explanation.