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Not feeding enough? Or just loving their new diet?

post #1 of 13
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So the kitties are now completley eating raw, I'm using a pre-made mix called Healthy Paws (www.healthy-paws.ca) Now that they're eating it they're REALLY eating it, they are underfoot whenever I set foot in the kitchen wether it's meal time or not. My concern is that I'm not giving them enough to eat! They're getting the feline complete patties (which are the size of a tablespoon) and they get the reccomended amount for their weight (4 a day for Nya, 5 a day for Buddy) divided into two meals. They have been on this for a month now, and havn't lost any weight at all that I can tell... they just seem always hungry. Advice?
post #2 of 13
Are you wanting them to lose some weight? Raw food is less filling than commercial foods, so your cats will act like they're starving until they get used to the new "feeling" in their stomachs.
If you over feed with certain raw foods, whole ground chicken being one of them, you can make your cats fat.
Rabbit is a much more lean meat, if you want your cat to feel full, but lose some weight.
post #3 of 13
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No no, they don't need to lose anything They're only 7 and 8lbs respectivley! I made the weight comment because if they WERE losing weight I'd know to increase how much they are eating! I've actually been keeping them on a good rotation of meats (primarily beef, with some chicken, rabbit, duck and quail).
post #4 of 13
I am so glad you asked this cause I am having the same issue... and I could call the vet but you guys are faster....
post #5 of 13
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I'm going to add a small mid-day snack to their schedule and see if that helps any. It didn't yesterday, so It may just be that they're over-enthusiastic about their food. (Even after the mid-day meal, Buddy finished his dinner in under 20 seconds!!)
post #6 of 13
my younger two are like that about their commercial canned food that food sounds really good & easy - too bad i can't get it here! i'd be willing to try raw if it were more convenient - i'm a single kitty-parent, so i work all day...something like this is as easy as the cans, but better for them. i looked at the website, but couldn't find any online dealers, darn it!
post #7 of 13
Does anyone know if anything like this is available in the UK?
post #8 of 13
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Laureen- it's SO easy! I get the benifits of feeding raw and the only difference is that I have to remember to keep some defrosted for them in time for their next meal! The hardest part was convincing the kitties to eat it! There are quite a few companies that do this type of thing around here, I can name 5 offhand, but I like Healthy Paws best

Anakat- I know there are many different companies that do a pre-made raw type diet, sold frozen. Most of them tend to be pretty local, to preserve freshness so I only know about the ones that are available here unfortunatley. But maybe if you asked a few vets they may know of a company that would be able to provide you with a product like this!
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by vanillasugar
Laureen- it's SO easy! I get the benifits of feeding raw and the only difference is that I have to remember to keep some defrosted for them in time for their next meal! The hardest part was convincing the kitties to eat it! There are quite a few companies that do this type of thing around here, I can name 5 offhand, but I like Healthy Paws best

Anakat- I know there are many different companies that do a pre-made raw type diet, sold frozen. Most of them tend to be pretty local, to preserve freshness so I only know about the ones that are available here unfortunatley. But maybe if you asked a few vets they may know of a company that would be able to provide you with a product like this!
I know I make a whole batch and freeze baggies full. Sometimes I forget to take out a baggie and defrost in fridge the night before and my cats want to kill me the next day having to wait for defrost. Or sometimes i'll take a baggie out, put it on the counter and forget it's there and in the morning it's way too warm after sitting out all night, then it goes to the dog...sigh....
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by bengalbabe
then it goes to the dog...sigh....
haha this made me laugh
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by vanillasugar
Laureen- it's SO easy! I get the benifits of feeding raw and the only difference is that I have to remember to keep some defrosted for them in time for their next meal! The hardest part was convincing the kitties to eat it! There are quite a few companies that do this type of thing around here, I can name 5 offhand, but I like Healthy Paws best
well, i've looked around here & haven't found anything...& ordering online is extremely expensive, because there's a minimum order & extra charge for freezer packs, etc. one place i looked at, my 1st order would be over $100, & that's just too much for me at one time.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by laureen227
well, i've looked around here & haven't found anything...& ordering online is extremely expensive, because there's a minimum order & extra charge for freezer packs, etc. one place i looked at, my 1st order would be over $100, & that's just too much for me at one time.

I get my raw food from this company. They do have a 10 pound minimum oder, but no other add on costs, other than the UPS shipping. All orders are packed in dry ice. They are very professional and have never failed to deliver the product on time and still completely frozen.

You might look at their website:

http://www.barfdirect.com
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals
I get my raw food from this company. They do have a 10 pound minimum oder, but no other add on costs, other than the UPS shipping. All orders are packed in dry ice. They are very professional and have never failed to deliver the product on time and still completely frozen.

You might look at their website:

http://www.barfdirect.com
thanks for the link - i'll check them out!
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