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Cat fod again - raw feeders and similar, advice please

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maxybrown Thu 28-Apr-16 08:48:36

ok we have almost 8 month old gorgeous ginger boy. Had him since 8 weeks and flly intended on raw feeding. He eats some raw fine and loves any kind of heart.

Our last cat was fully raw fed but sadly we think something untoward happened to him sad so we no longer have him. My point being we are not new to raw!

Anyway, the thing is, in general he is not a good eater. He is a very strange cat - we think he has something else in him, makes lots of strange noises grin and absolutely loves me.

We have allowed him some mcdonalds (in the form of odd felix pouches and bisuits) but I do not like it really. He is not super keen on it but he does really like dry. sigh. Another thing is he likes to hide with his food. Ultimately he loves the heart best but I don't know what else to give him. We always bought venison natural instinct for our previous cat and out of all of them, venison is the only one current cat will eat - but again not consistently so really not worth buying it.

He doesn't like chicken raw or cooked. So at the minute he's living off a bit of crap and heart and a few prawns now and again. I just feel I'm not feeding him enough. He is fit and healthy and has endless energy but I really don't want to be back in the land of wheat and carb based products.

Any help please?

maxybrown Thu 28-Apr-16 09:08:20

Oh and to add he was having lilys kitchen too when we first got him which he loved but now of course - will not touch with a barge pole. I just found some other wet foods recommended o here but afraid we'll have the same problem as the lilys kitchen. I don't think he likes things too wet.

The venison from natural instinct is a solid lump

lottielou7 Thu 28-Apr-16 10:24:52

I have a cat like yours - she doesn't really like wet food. Have you tried Applaws dry food or AATU? Both of these have high meat content.

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 11:05:49

Seniorboy has now nearly finished his breakfast of Nature's Menu Country Hunter. It seems to be going at a slightly faster rate than the Felix AGAIL that I thought he was irrevocably wedded to. smile

PinkSparklyPussyCat Thu 28-Apr-16 11:17:33

As they don't appear to do 'Country Fisherman' I don't think I can try Harry on Nature's Menu!

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 11:21:18


Luckily, Seniorboy doesn't much like fish although I had some limited success with sardines in tomato sauce so have ordered another couple of cans of that.

lottielou7 Thu 28-Apr-16 14:28:30

So it's ok to give a kitten Country Hunter? My cat has just turned her nose up at CH so I have a load of it which I could give he kitten - I'm sure he would eat it.

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 14:31:45

How long have you been trying CH on the cat? I had to put it out for two or three days before Seniorboy would eat it. (Now he's fine with it - clears the plate eventually.)

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 14:34:19

Actually, more like a bare two days, thinking about it.

lottielou7 Thu 28-Apr-16 14:35:58

Oh I see - maybe I should try mixing a bit of eat with food she eats. She used to eat nature's menu when she was a kitten and then suddenly went off it very quickly along with every other food that has pate texture. I am hoping the boy won't do the same because those kind are the most nutritious it seems. Her favourite is dry food - her absolute favourite is Royal Canin indoor cat food but it's not as good as Applaws which I prefer her to have and which she will at least eat.

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 14:41:54

I mash it around to form a little heap in the bowl - but Seniorboy also has some meds in his which may change the taste a tad. One thing he absolutely needs is a change of flavours though. (I have access to four so those are spun out to five separate meals and then the cycle starts again.) It works for him and he's an elderly fusspot.

lottielou7 Thu 28-Apr-16 14:43:49

Yes I think changing around is a good idea.

maxybrown Fri 29-Apr-16 19:27:43

I haven't tried a really good dry yet no. He absolutely loves heart though never ever refuses it. I'm going to take another look at stuff!

hollinhurst84 Sat 30-Apr-16 23:23:18

Mine is a little weirdo with food and has settled with natures menu, either the country hunter or the normal multi pack. He also adores thrive chicken liver treats which are 100% chicken liver (but hates actual liver) hmm
He was on raw but went off food and I was desperate not to end up on dry so we have compromised. It's quite a dry pouch and he likes it with warm water and salmon oil added confused

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