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Raw Feeding for Cats: The Ingredients
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- Feeding Raw to Cats - Safety ConcernsLast edited: 6/2/14
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- Feeding Raw to Cats - Safety Concerns
Cat needs to gain weight. What to feed?
I would also feed her at least three times a day; if you can, four would be even better - cats often consume more in total when they're fed several smaller meals (not to mention, it's just better for them).
Then (looking at this strictly from a nutritional / weight perspective), I'd start adding real meat to her diet. Little bits of chicken, beef, turkey, any non-enhanced meat (which means no deli bits, etc.).
You can add real meat up to 10% of her diet (after that, you'll need to start balancing the raw meat with bone-in meals and organ meats).
One of my girls, Rachel, is also long-haired and has been thin her entire life. It wasn't until I put my cats on a fully raw diet that she gained enough weight to make me happy. She's still thin, but she's no longer scary thin like she used to be. It's a terrible feeling to pet your kitty and feel all her ribs and hip bones jutting out.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
That said, I wouldn't expect any cat to eat anything if, for example, he/she was experiencing severe stomach acid..............
Then I'd have meals of a kitten or all life stages food available 2-3 times a day. This worked great for my two furballs who grew up healthy and are now a good ~ 9 and 10lbs respectively.
Be sure that clean water is available at all times. I recommend a fountain or two.
Basically, the strategies that are recommended for growing kittens are great for any cat to put on weight.
Even with this precaution the time comes when it becomes necessary to start using a phosphorus binder.
The old studies that seemed to show a low protein diet was advantageous for CRF patients have been invalidated by newer studies that identified a low level of phosphorus as being the primary concern. Use a phosphorous binder if you need to / your vet recommends it, but I would most definitely offer your kitty the highest animal-protein diet you can afford.
You can also get food supplements (GNC has one, but you can find them all over). There are powders you can put in their foods and there is a gel called NutriCal (I think that's the name or very close) and you can give him some of that as well. It's specifically geared to have high calories and nutrients and is formulated for cats.
You can also add some powdered kitten milk replacement to the wet food as well.
But the thread is 2 years old.
if my cat was loosing weight i would give her 1 can and more dry food than what she is getting.i also think that you should give her TREATS like a handful of them, i suggest the brand Temptations treats.i am almost cretin that they will fatten her up,they fatten my cat up big time.
feed the kitten food. and look on the bags. it will say how many calories per cup. often, high protein, grain-free formulas are high in calories. and you can also feed her extra treats.
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