Originally Posted by badenzoo
Would it be possible to be on a waiting list to take a kitty sometime in the (not necessarily near) future that somehow doesn't meet the Bengal standard, or has some kind of a defect that makes it harder to place?
I mainly want the temperment, and don't care that much about the looks (although I do love the spotted).
When you say a raw diet, can you explain what you put into it? My 10-year old Thomas is getting awfully picky about his food.
I would just call around to different breeders. Like the person above said it never hurts to talk to them and sometimes breeders don't advertise these kittens except by word of mouth. That is also how I got my Savannah because of her deformity, the breeder just wanted her to go to a good home and there was no price involved. Also many breeders retire queens and studs for a small fee, again it would take some looking around.
BARF diets (biologically appropraite raw foods) are very interesting. Once I started I've never turned back. People remark on the beautiful coats all 3 of my cats have (glistening, shiny, very healthy) which I attribute to a natural diet. I'm fortunate to have a company that distributes pre-ground meats near me. That was an easy way to get me started (it can be intimidating). They have 4 choices for cats: ground turkey, chicken, duck, and rabbit. All of these have the bone ground. My cats now only will eat the turkey and chicken and that is fine with me because they are the cheapest
. Cats really go for the bird because the fat content is just right. Rabbit is very good for them but is a little leaner so the discriminating feline might not go for it.
I've now decided to purchase my own grinder and do it myself. Wysong's Call Of The Wild is a supplement specifically for raw diets. It pretty much makes up for organ meats which I will probably add in. I also add a little extra taurine into the pre-ground meat (found in its hightest concentration in hearts). So my plan for the grinder is to buy the chicken in pieces, get some of the gizzard/heart and liver packages at the store and grind those in with the meat. If I put heart in then taurine supplement is not necessary. I might not even need Call Of The Wild if I do some of the organs myself. It takes a lot of research but there are some great users group for this diet! Feline Future Yahoo Users Group is wonderful!
Its great for overweight cats, or cats that suffer from different disorders (particularly urinary related). It also works the teeth so dental work is not necessary. A little extra cost for the diet makes up in the cats overall health.
Tonight I threw a drumstick down for the kitties to see if they would go for eating it by itself and my bengal spent a half an hour working on that thing! She was so happy. The best ones to start with are chicken or turkey necks because this is where the bones are the softest. Unfortunately I can't find them anywhere!
Also if you are really interested in trying it out...many cats don't take to it right off (other than kittens). They have been fed a certain way all their lives and they might look at the raw meat like your nuts or something. It usually takes a slow transition but its worth it.
I tried to put together some of the basic information on the diet on my web site. Its by no means complete but it answers some basic questions one might have initially facing the idea.Raw Diet
Haha my fiance says I should start putting chapters in my posts.