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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 25 Oct 2012 17:56 · Edited by: Sandy_Bear


Just wondering if anyone is feeding their kitties a real food diet?

I am seriously considering doing this for my three polys and would like some input from anyone that is doing this.

I've been reading up on this site: Making Cat Food

Does anyone have any grinder recommendations? I have a meat grinder attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer, but I'm not sure how well it will stand up to bone. I also find it a bit small for this project.
I'm looking for a good quality, heavy duty one, probably costing around $500

This is the meat grinder that the website recommended : Weston #12 Electric Meat Grinder

misty
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# Posted: 30 Oct 2012 00:07


I was feeding my dogs raw meat & veggies but stopped it because they gained too much weight.It's also my understanding that we can give raw bones to dogs as they do not splinter when raw per say cooked they do splinter.I just read that animals bred for our purpose of human consumption has already been experimented on with diseases then treated with several different antibiotics.What ever your choice maybe,good luck.


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# Posted: 30 Oct 2012 00:18


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k412
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# Posted: 5 Nov 2012 02:20


You mean the BARF diet right?
I saw a lot of animals with fatty liver disease that were fed bones and raw foods. Enough to make me advise against it.


Nature has no mercy, people have the option.
Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 5 Nov 2012 04:39


I haven't really decided if I want to go with raw or cook or semi-cooked yet. I'm gonna talk with my vet first before I try this. I'm not 100% happy with our current cat food, and I want to try something different, but all the other choices are the same like I'm feeding now.

Were people feeding a lot of high fat meats?
I was thinking of doing chicken, rabbit and rodents (rats, asf, mice)

What kinds of recipes were these people using that were making their diets turn out poorly?

FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 5 Nov 2012 21:29


I have a hard time conceiving how even fat meat could be worst than the crap they sell as pellets...
I would obviously try to not give only fat but mostly meat, then I'd think it would be the ultimate diet for them. Maybe they'd actually live much longer this way too!



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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 6 Nov 2012 01:30


I don't buy cheap cat food to start off with for my cats, and it's really hard to find any cat food here that doesn't contain any sort of grain or starch in the food or a lot of other fluff ingredients that they don't need to be eating, that's both canned and dry cat foods.

I have been spending a lot of time at the pet shop reading up the ingredients in foods and I have only found one canned cat food, that I am mostly ok with all the ingredients listed.

I was recently checking out another pet shop in town, and they sell frozen raw diet for dogs, and they had one that was made up with ground chicken meat, so I plan on trying that out with them to see how they like it. But I'm not sure if I want to cook it for them first.

k412
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# Posted: 6 Nov 2012 17:12


There's no way to know if it was idiopathic or because owner induced diet of course, more in obese cats that had a sudden diet change without notifying the vet and doing bloodwork. If all the levels are normal, keep doing what you're doing, I order food online if I can't find it locally. I feed grain free Bil Jac for seniors mixed with wellness. My dogs like the mix and they eat their vitamins and Cosequin easier with a mix of flavor.


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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 7 Nov 2012 01:11


My cats are currently on Nutram "Finicky Indoor Cat" food (about $60 for the big bag)
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I was thinking of switching them to either Orijen or Acana, but the ingredient list is quite similar.

I also know a few people that have lost their pets from bad pet food, and I just don't want that happening to my pets.
All of my dogs that I had growing up, ended up being sick at one point or another from a new bag of dog food that had gone rancid

I'm also a chef, so getting an industrial sized meat grinder is a fun toy to get

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