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Old 09-03-2012, 11:00 PM
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Hopefully someone here can help. I've switched Hazel(the cat) over to raw. But I do have a question in all the reading I've done on feeding raw with cats. Says that cats need a source of Taurine which comes in poultry hearts. But nothing tells me how much she will need. Do I need to give her a chicken/ poultry heart a day? I don't want to give her less than she is going to need.
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You may be able to find some answers here

http://catinfo.org/

She has a detailed recipe of what she puts together to make raw cat food.
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i believe every other day is fine, but i know people who just add it to their daily meat. Basically, you can't give too much.
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I don't feed raw so I cannot answer your question. However, there is a cat forum I am on that has a raw feeding section that are pretty savvy with raw feeding cats. So you probably can ask them there.
http://www.thecatsite.com/f/65/raw-feeding-for-cats
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Hey Jess, I have a sort of odd question for you. Is feeding ferrets like feeding cats or are they closer to dogs as far as their nutrition needs?
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Hey Jess, I have a sort of odd question for you. Is feeding ferrets like feeding cats or are they closer to dogs as far as their nutrition needs?
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I don't feed raw so I cannot answer your question. However, there is a cat forum I am on that has a raw feeding section that are pretty savvy with raw feeding cats. So you probably can ask them there.
http://www.thecatsite.com/f/65/raw-feeding-for-cats
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As far as I know all meat has taurine, but the "harder working" meat has the most. So obviously hearts would come first. You can also up the amount by feeding chicken thighs instead of breasts, dark meat generally contains more taurine. If you are worried you can always add a taurine supplement, you can't OD on taurine, or at least not easily.

Most of what I've found suggests cat need a little less than 100 mg of taurine per day. I assume this is based on an average sized adult cat. Unfortunately I don't know how much taurine is in various meats/organs, the USDA site which lists nutrient profiles for many foods does not list taurine (http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/)


Do remember if you grind the food you would need to supplement more than if you were leaving it whole, grinding degrades taurine.
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Thanks guys. After friday I will have the room to get large amounts of turkey and beef hearts. Right now I've been giving her a chicken heart a day. But I wasn't sure if that would be enough. I think I would rather feed more than not enough.


I do have to say I am loving her on raw MORE than I do the dogs. That nasty nasty stinky smell from the litter box is GONE!!!!
She was pretty easy to switch over. But then again before the move she was an indoor/outdoor cat. So she caught plenty of mice and squirrels. So raw meat to her is not new. Then again it might have had something to do with her being a piggy.
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Hopefully someone here can help. I've switched Hazel(the cat) over to raw. But I do have a question in all the reading I've done on feeding raw with cats. Says that cats need a source of Taurine which comes in poultry hearts. But nothing tells me how much she will need. Do I need to give her a chicken/ poultry heart a day? I don't want to give her less than she is going to need.
Heats are the best source of taurine, but beef heart has the most. It's not something you can overfeed, so the more the better. Without taurine, cats will die.
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