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Old 10-05-2012, 09:13 AM
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We made the switch! Well kind of... I want to say we are 1.5/2 as far as success goes. Maybe 1.75/2. Grover switched without a problem as I figured he would because he likes to constantly stuff his face with anything even remotely edible and a lot of things that arn't edible. He's on turkey and beef right now and I will be adding in hearts when I go and pick some up.

Remi being the spoiled little princess that she is will only touch her ground turkey if there is canned cat food squished in. The only efficient way to properly combine canned cat food and raw ground turkey is to knead it with your fingers. I do not enjoy this. However, it's working, she's getting mostly turkey with just a smidge of the canned food for smell right now and scarfing down every last morsel.

I am going to try whole pieces maybe some chicken wings or whatever I find when the time comes. I can't see that going over very well with the princess but maybe she'll love it by then!

Anyone else feed their cats raw? How'd the transition go?
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:27 AM
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My cats would prefer to eat raw. Both of my cats are like Grover though, for the most part they eat whatever is put in front of them.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:26 PM
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Over the last 10 years I have tried multiple times to switch my cats. They are brats and won't do it:/. Last time I thought it was working, then I found the corner where they has stashed it YUCK!
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:59 PM
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I fed Willie raw for 6-8 months but had to stop when I went to college and he stayed with my parents. He LOVED raw. He's never ever been enthusiastic about food, be it kibble or canned, but boy did he get pumped about raw food. unfortunately after we stopped giving it he started stealing food from our table, it's great

Switching him was easy. I started with the one food I knew he adored, precooked chickens from stop and shop. Ripped off a bunch of little pieces from that, cut a few little pieces of raw to intermingle with the cooked stuff and he accidentally ate them. I slowly made them more noticeable and he still ate them, then made them larger, threw more down for him, and he ate them just fine. Organs were the hard part. Never got him to like liver, had to sneak it into him.

Neko I could never switch. I think maybe if I'd tried putting it into a blender and mixing it with his wet, then slowly blending it coarser and coarser that could have worked. He has always been the opposite of Willie, meal time is the highlight of his day and he gets super excited for his meals, but never touched raw.

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Old 10-05-2012, 01:24 PM
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I can't even get the fat to eat canned food, much less raw. I let people talk me out of starting her at 12 weeks old, when I should have, and I regret it now.

That said, my foster persian, Ezra, who had a face flatter then a piece of paper, had a fetish for chicken feet! He would see the package coming out, and his little mouth would start working like a suckerfish's.

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Old 10-05-2012, 01:39 PM
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My cats are raw-fed. I use the premades though (Primal and Natures Variety) because I was having issues with prep for the homemade stuff, and getting the cats to eat it. We do still have to mix a little canned in to get them to eat it, but thankfully that's easy with the premade.

Unfortunately my cats much prefer canned, and especially kibble (which they don't get at all). It seems like the less healthy the food is, the more they love it. But their health has been so much improved on the raw that I do my best to keep them eating it. One of them, Athena, had horrible digestive issues before, that even grain-free canned didn't fix. She's only okay if she gets at least half her meals in raw every day.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:42 PM
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My cats love raw... I actually started them on raw way before I started the dogs.

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Old 10-05-2012, 10:51 PM
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Jinx is on ground raw. He was kind of prissy about it at first, which surprised me because he's normally not a finicky cat... usually he's good about just eating whatever we put in his bowl. The ground stuff he was so-so about it and for a while I had to mix in canned food to get him to eat it. But it just had to be a TINY amount of canned lol I don't even know how it actually made a difference to him.
He completely snarfs it up now though and gets sooooo excited when it's time to eat. He's worse than the dogs.

He will eat chunks of meat too, occasionally if we don't have stuff thawed out for him, it's pretty easy to find a thawed out chicken breast and cut it up. He's fine with that. But in general, ground works out way better for us. Plus I can't imagine him ever eating a bone.

I think the hardest part for all involved was putting a stop to free feeding. It amazes me that my cat now eats on a schedule and eats a set amount each day. Unreal.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:18 AM
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Mine switched really easily! They'll eat just about anything. They're not huuuge fans of liver, but they'll eat it. Kidney, on the other hand, they love. As far as whole bits, the only thing I usually give them is chicken necks or whole quail. But they chow down on them like there's no tomorrow. A few times, Conan has even snagged a turkey neck set out to defrost for the dogs. He can't finish it off, but he just munches away on it until I take it away from him. They also chew on the dogs' shank bones and whatnot. Like I said, my cats have NO problem eating raw. lol
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:43 AM
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I'll have to try chicken necks!

Remi ate her ground turkey without any canned food added! I went to grab the can from the fridge, turned around and she was already going to town on the plain raw.
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