Rawfeeding

Why a raw diet, and how to prepare it..

How to feed kitty right. Watch for additional articles on fiber, calcium:phosphorous, pre-made raw diets, etc.

Usually we recommend cats eat smaller prey with lighter bones, but Lee's Jespah has other ideas

Pre-ground rabbit with bones, head, feet, and organs

Several vendors sell the above in 1, 2, and 5 pound (lb) chubs/vacuum-sealed bags. To save on shipping, you can order a large amount. It will arrive in a semi-frozen state, at which point you can open up all the bags, prepare the mix, and then portion out to be frozen in glass canning jars.

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Because of our IBD-cat Pigpen who is allergic to poultry, we grind rabbits and deer. The other 3 cats eat cut-up cornish game hen (CGH) but at times prefer ground so we also grind CGH, guinea fowl (from local farms), and heritage turkey (at Thanksgiving). However, I am going to discuss chicken here because it is more readily available for most people. There are recipes on the site for chunked pork meat & pre-ground rabbit from a farm.

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Make your own eggshell powder (ESP) and bone meal powder

I used ESP and bone meal powder for my cat Pigpen who was allergic to chicken, duck, turkey, and game hen but thankfully not to their shells or their membranes. Over the 16+ years I have been running my list/forum, I have met far too many cats who are allergic to poultry. If your cat is allergic to poultry and won't accept whole prey, using ESP (substitute emu, quail, or ostrich for chicken eggshells) or bone meal powder still beats commercial food.

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Diet is the foundation of good health. So many of the diseases that afflict our cats these days e.g. allergies, urinary problems, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. can be traced back to a poor diet. An appropriate i.e. fresh balanced raw diet, will keep your cat happy and healthy. Unfortunately, what cats should eat (meat, bones, and organs in the ratio contained in small cat prey), and what is contained in commercial dry and canned cat food are not the same.

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