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    What are you feeding your carnivore?

    Cats are OBLIGATE carnivores

    Meaning they need meat to live. They cannot turn vegetable matter into the vitamins they need to thrive. They will survive on bagged garbage. Like us they will also develop chronic diseases. A major one being diabetes.

    It has took me a long time to finally realize that I needed to do something about what I eat, but for years I have been feeding my cats like royalty Meaning they get free range turkey, rabbit, duck, liver and whatever else meaty they beg for. There favorite is popcorn but since I stopped eating it and they can't cook, they deal without it

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    I would prefer to do a raw diet like that. Sadly I foster, so I have to feed them something that the adopting families will feed. Otherwise, their transition to their new homes will be even harder, increasing the likelihood of returns. I feed grain-free food (they went grain-free before I did) and try to get them to eat more canned than dry. The dry has more protein and fat than any other dry food I've found, but it's still way carbier than a cat would normally eat. I've also started getting chicken liver for treats. They're a little suspicious but they're taking to it.

    One thing I've noticed about canned vs. dry is that my kitties who are really keen on the canned food tend to be leaner. The kibble freaks are the ones that tend to chunk up.

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    We feed our two cats canned cat food (Trader Joe's brand) and tuna. They seem to do all right. We would prefer to feed them a more whole-prey style diet, but they're both fussy eaters and we have a hard time getting them to eat anything that doesn't come in a bag or can.

    The dog gets mostly bone-in raw chicken parts and occasional liver, beef, and fish. He's a pretty healthy animal.
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    It's sad to see the health problems of pets mirroring our own in this culture. I definitely listened with new ears as the vet at a very posh & well-recommended pet clinic patiently explained that cats just get old and naturally develop rotten teeth, kidney dysfunction and incontinence, obesity, and inflammatory joint problems. Purina- and Iams-sponsored placards in the exam and waiting rooms advised annual teeth cleanings (under general anaesthesia) and portion control for weight issues.

    But no one there could explain to me why cats ought to be eating corn, rice, and "soybean mill run" in the first place.
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    I don't have a cat, but one issue I've heard of with feeding cats a meat diet (which the of course need) is ensuring that there is supplementation with taurine. I'm sorry that I don't know more about why this is or how much, but I'd google it if I were you, as it could be an issue for the kitty's health!
    (I do love kitties but hub's allergies do not).
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    Two years ago, we switched our then 15-year old overweight cat to a grain-free, raw food diet. Now a healthy and spry 17+, her black coat is less gray and she is much closer to an ideal weight. When we tell people how old she is, they are astounded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASmallOne View Post
    I don't have a cat, but one issue I've heard of with feeding cats a meat diet (which the of course need) is ensuring that there is supplementation with taurine. I'm sorry that I don't know more about why this is or how much, but I'd google it if I were you, as it could be an issue for the kitty's health!
    (I do love kitties but hub's allergies do not).
    Meat contains taurine.

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    I feed my cat raw liver, giblets and hearts (chicken). He also likes turkey of course, pork and hamburger meat. He gets a can of sardines or salmon once a week.
    He also gets local made kibble made without grains, the amount the size of 2 mice. It has taurine in it and other supplements, friendly bacteria, cartilage and bone.

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    I feed my cat Orijen dry cat food. 80% meat, and grain free. I had a realization though.

    I know that snake owners regularily buy humanly killed mice and rats for their pets, why not cat owners?

    Checking prices online, you can get pre-killed feeder mice shipped to you for about $0.50 each. Two a day for only a buck?
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    Why buy dead mice when you can grow your own and let the cat have the fun of playing with a live mouse? If you put the mouse in the bathtub, there is less chance it will escape under some furniture, but even if it does escape, that's what the cat id for.

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