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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Okay, have decided to try raw food for my cats for the first time...(well...not me but you know what I mean...) Asking for some yummy salmon receipes. (do you just buy the fish or fillet already? I shouldn't have to worry about bones right? am a lettng paranoid, I remember my dog choking on a chicken bone as a kid and i guess the memory has stayed. thanks,
post #2 of 20
I just buy the can and feed sparingly. It does have bones but I try to get the obvious ones out. The only concern wtih salmon is high mercury levels, hence I feed it more occasionally. I also don't feed raw fish.
post #3 of 20
I would avoid raw fish because of the parasite issues along with a few others. Cats don't do well on raw fish diets. Some cooked fish as a treat once in a while is fine, though. I just broil it until it's cooked and give it to them once it's cooled.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by semiferal
I would avoid raw fish because of the parasite issues along with a few others. Cats don't do well on raw fish diets. Some cooked fish as a treat once in a while is fine, though. I just broil it until it's cooked and give it to them once it's cooled.


I remember deboning mackeral when Kandie was young ( she 17.5) ... but i was given a stern no from all raw feeding arenas on fish
post #5 of 20
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Mercury yikes, your right, and I know this just at the moment I had a brain fart. I don't know why I didn't think of that, well. . . NO Fish. well, I am cooking a turkey this weekend, so instead of throwing away the neck and heart, should I let the kitties snack? (I hate throwing away food) I may also cut a small un-noticible slab of raw turkey before I cook.
post #6 of 20
I also would caution against raw foods. Today's foods have parasites and stuff in them I can't even pronounce that cooking will kill. That's why they recommend against people eating raw foods also. Unless, of course, they know where it came from (like the farm they got it from and they know all the animals have been tested).

You could cook it until it's raw, but that hit of high temperature does kill a lot of what might be in there.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by enigma
Mercury yikes, your right, and I know this just at the moment I had a brain fart. I don't know why I didn't think of that, well. . . NO Fish. well, I am cooking a turkey this weekend, so instead of throwing away the neck and heart, should I let the kitties snack? (I hate throwing away food) I may also cut a small un-noticible slab of raw turkey before I cook.
Many cats will eat necks readily( mine wont) I would chop up the giblets and heart and offer it ...
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Charmed654321
I also would caution against raw foods. Today's foods have parasites and stuff in them I can't even pronounce that cooking will kill. That's why they recommend against people eating raw foods also. Unless, of course, they know where it came from (like the farm they got it from and they know all the animals have been tested).

You could cook it until it's raw, but that hit of high temperature does kill a lot of what might be in there.
I have some good site s and literature for you to read... I to thought raw food wasnt a good idea but after being desrprate to help my "sister" Kandie and her kidneys I am finding it to be a great option... for a carnivore which a cat is cooking the food destroys alot of what is useful to kitty and as for humans tides are changing there too , obviously not toward raw meat s but many other things..
post #9 of 20
It's not the raw food I have a concern about, it's the conditions that it is kept, processed and offered under. Raw fruits, vegetables for humans would not have the same bacterial and parasitical problems that raw meat would have.

That's why, unless I was 100% sure of where it came from and that it was problem free, I'd probably give it a quick sear, leaving most of it very rare, but less likely to give the one eating it a problem.

That, of course, is my personal opinion.
post #10 of 20
Why not just cook the giblets for your cat? I don't think they mind whether it's cooked or raw.
post #11 of 20
Many people feed raw food with little to no problems. Bright Haven is a Holistic animal retreat the following link will take you to their list of where to get quality raw meats and vegies.

http://www.brighthaven.org/products....ffab2#raw_meat

You could also try your local health food stores.
post #12 of 20
I feed a carcass modeled diet. All sorts of whole fish, rabbit, pork, all sorts of poultry(game hens, chicks, chickens, quail), mice, some beef on occasion, etc.

They eat bones, and all. Bones keep teeth nice n clean.

Here are my current foster kittens eating raw.

http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...ster%20litter/
post #13 of 20
I'm afraid to ask...but how do you feed your cats mice?!?
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I'm afraid to ask...but how do you feed your cats mice?!?
Mine gets them from outside..lmao... but many get the feeder mice living or frozen and just give ( the frozen)
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by sharky
Mine gets them from outside..lmao... but many get the feeder mice living or frozen and just give ( the frozen)
Ugh, that is so disgusting! Obviously, my barn cats kill and eat mice and rabbits, and the occasional bird, but that is nature running its course. No way could I give live prey to my inside cats. Or purchase mice as food for them. For now, it is dry kibble, supplemented by the occasional boxelder bug!

Thanks for clearing that up, Sharky.
post #16 of 20
I think cats can handle most parasites much better than humans, but in Germany it is common to eat raw pork and beef and sushi is raw fish ?

I wouldn't worry about parasites so much, thats what stomach acid is for.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by sharky
Mine gets them from outside..lmao... but many get the feeder mice living or frozen and just give ( the frozen)
How do you get frozen feeder mice? I really like the carcass concept but not sure I can handle it.
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
How do you get frozen feeder mice? I really like the carcass concept but not sure I can handle it.
I know that petco and Petsmart have them frozen for reptiles that many use for cats ... I cant handle it I say a prayer for the little ones the Zoey kills
post #19 of 20
That is too much for me...I had pet mice as a kid...no way could I feed mice to my kids...even if I went to feeding raw.

I'm sure its not that much different than feeding other meat, but its too gross for me.
post #20 of 20
If you feed mice to your cats you are giving them tapeworm so be sure and keep them wormed.

Here in the PNW salmon are famous for carrying salmonella (hence the name of the organism) raw fish is never something I would intentionally feed my cats.
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