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    to Raw? or not to Raw?

    Glad to be of help. One thought about "senior" dog food. For due diligence I'd double check the protein and fat levels on whatever you purchased just to be sure this formula hasn't done what so many manufacturers do--which is to reduce these (in favor of carbohydrates) at a life stage when...
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    to Raw? or not to Raw?

    I think many commercial raw products have assumed that dogs and cats have the same needs when it comes to edible bone percentages. 20% is really too much for dogs, (the standard PMR amount is 10%) but most could probably deal with it. However, that seems like a formula for constipation with...
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    to Raw? or not to Raw?

    Edible bone (for cats) should be limited to about 6% of the overall diet. Dogs do better with 10-12% bone. Learning about the bone percentages in various parts and portioning out bone in balance to meat and organ ratios are part of feeding PMR. It takes a little effort. But so worth it for me...
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    to Raw? or not to Raw?

    I have no first hand experience with freeze-dried raw cat food, so I'll demure on giving advice. Generally speaking, cats (a desert species) evolved to get their hydration needs met by consuming moisture-rich prey. They tend not to drink much water, which persists as an attribute of the...
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    to Raw? or not to Raw?

    For a newbie cat, some good starter bone-in pieces include chicken necks, chicken feet (you might need to cut into portions, and (a little more advance) sectioned chicken wings. The rib bones from chicken breasts (with some meat attached) are also good starter bones. Cornish hens are pricey...
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    to Raw? or not to Raw?

    Hopefully you can find options with zero grains (and no other forms of carbohydrates) as IMO these are counterproductive to Skype's known issues and carbs are unnecessary to a feminine diet. I hope you have great success. Do you rehydrate these freeze dried foods? I assume so, yes? Bill
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    to Raw? or not to Raw?

    In my estimation (as an avid raw feeder myself) this would be a very positive move for you on multiple levels, but would be especially helpful with the two specific needs. To mitigate GI blockages it is best to feed a low-residue (highly digestible) diet that produces the minimal amount of...
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    My 16yr old cat hasn’t pooped for 13 days

    So many issues with feline health seem to be associated with chronic dehydration that simple diagnostics like this one can provide us with strong clues about our cat's condition. I hope it proves useful to you. Bill
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    My 16yr old cat hasn’t pooped for 13 days

    Do you know how to do the easy home diagnostic test for dehydration that is often called "skin tenting?" If not, gently grab the loose skin at the scruff of the cat's neck and stretch it out. Then release. If it rapidly "snaps" back into place, your cat is likely well-hydrated. But if it slowly...
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    Early kidney issues - home made food?

    Again, not my area of expertise, but over the years I've seen so many reports of slightly elevated creatinine levels (and often BUN) in raw fed dogs (who are healthy and not showing any signs of kidney disease) that it seems like a normal expectation on blood work. I'm still learning when it...
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    Early kidney issues - home made food?

    I'm sure, at the least. I really am ignorant about the regulation of "prescription" cat food and whether that is something required by statute, or done to mitigate legal liabilities, or if it is simply an arrangement that provides mutual benefit to companies like Hills and veterinary...
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    Early kidney issues - home made food?

    Here in LA we have "dry heat." LOL. I also sprayed my boy's shoes with silicon spray (and may have inhaled some). Oh dear. Bill
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    Early kidney issues - home made food?

    A quick glance--all I can muster as I'm near heat-stroke after stupidly trying to do some work outside in the 106 degree heat--makes me think I had it wrong about pre-mixes aimed at reducing phosphorus. Must re-read when cognitive function returns to "normal." LOL Subbing out a straight calcium...
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    Tuna 'juice' for meds

    Also, if you have a market that carries California Girl Canned Mackerel (popular in Mexican supermarkets) it tend to be a lot less expensive than tuna and cats seem to love it. Bill
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    Tuna 'juice' for meds

    You beat me to it. Clam juice tastes a little different, but I suspect a cat who like one would likely go for the other. If not, pour the clam juice in a glass, add tomato juice, season with lime and hot sauce of choice, and fortify with vodka. After of couple of those....🤪 🥳 🤩...
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