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  1. sophie1

    Alternatives To Rad Cat?

    Is the issue avoiding bone, or avoiding bone chunks? My cats have never had a problem with small bone pieces, but I understand some cats do. Definitely look at Balanced Blends. They just changed their formula to eliminate all veggies and bone, and it comes in high pressure pasteurized and...
  2. sophie1

    Freezer Size Question

    Good tip! I could also just alternate chub types when I pack them in. I have the idea to use it as an extra countertop, and only dive into it a couple times a month to restock my regular freezer. I figured the chest freezer would pack more efficiently, because there's no wasted space between...
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    Freezer Size Question

    Going with the Danby 2.8 cubic foot chest freezer, with a footprint of 17" x 24" and also very energy efficient. My biggest problem really is the electrical wiring some of which dates to 1924, and I'm limited to around 20 amps total for my whole apartment. This one is very efficient, uses...
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    Hooray! Hare Today Now Has 80/10/10 Chicken And Turkey Mixes

    Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs, Processing Date 01.30.2019 is now ground and blended to the 80/10/10 Ratio! Included in this blend (and Meat/Bone/Organ Ratios): ⇒ 32% Chicken Quarter Bone-In (70/30/0) ⇒ 48% Boneless Chicken Breast (100/0/0) ⇒ 1% Chicken Neck (61/39/0) ⇒ 5% Chicken Heart...
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    Freezer Size Question

    What's the smallest size freezer that can hold a 55 lb Hare Today order? I'm finally breaking down and will get one, but trying to decide between a 2.1 cubic foot model that will fit nicely into a corner in my kitchen, vs a 3.0 cubic foot model that costs only $10 more but will be awkward to...
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    Makers Of Raw Food - Be Wary Of Bone % Info Found On The Internet!

    Thank you for doing that experiment, Tuckamukk3. I figured (plus did a bit of experimenting to weigh bone content) that there is a lot of natural variation in bone percentage. Some variety isn't really a problem as long as it evens out over time, as for time immemorial I'm pretty sure cats...
  7. sophie1

    Grinding? Portions? Supplements?

    Grinding is not for portion control. It's just an easy way to prepare and divide up food for freezing. If your cat can handle bones you have lots of good options for feeding raw. Here are a few possibilities to check out: 1. Buy prepared commercial raw in local stores. Nature Variety...
  8. sophie1

    Hare-today Grinds And Organ Supplements

    This is exactly the problem with feeding your cat from Hare Today. They're "primary" sources that you have to mix and match to get the ratios you want, and that can get fiendishly complex if you start worrying about secreting organs. I suspect a lot of customers are simply feeding the chubs as...
  9. sophie1

    Does Raw Fed Cat Need An Iodine Supplement?

    What is the raw food you're feeding, exactly? Are whole ground carcasses involved? Is it just one type of protein or is there a variety? This is an excellent report to see posted here, because it highlights the potential adverse effects of nutritional deficiencies (btw it might not be limited...
  10. sophie1

    Toys For A Smart Hunter?

    I've got smart cats also, and have had the same experience with fancy toys. Unfortunately there's no substitute for wand toys and throw and chase games . The wand toy works well for cats that like to stalk - you just have to move it around corners, let it sit quiet for a bit, give it a wiggle...
  11. sophie1

    Raw Food And Urinary Problems?

    In an earlier post, you said "their litter box." Do you have just the one box for the two of them, and have you noticed any guarding behavior? And do you have enough resources in general, like favorite perches, food bowls etc? Feliway multicat is a good suggestion. I'd do that plus add...
  12. sophie1

    Darwin's Pet Food + Bone Content

    I've been tempted many times to order from Darwin's because of the convenience factor and low price. There's a reason for the cheap price though: they use a lot of chicken backs, necks, and giblets, which are typically the parts that are hard to sell for human consumption. That's why the high...
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    Anyone Here Ever Feed "rad Cat Raw Food" Brand?

    This saddens me beyond words. I rarely bought Rad Cat, but my cats loved it and was always high on my list for backup options. They were one of the first and best raw food companies, and it's sad they've been singled out for destruction this way. It seems we are back to square one: relying...
  14. sophie1

    Kind Of Free-feeding? Also Temperature Of Environment?

    If free feeding works for your cats, you could put out food twice a day and it will be fine. Even with those indoor temps the food will be ok to sit out that long. They key to successfully free feeding raw is to keep food in the bowl at all times, so you're better off not trying to regulate...
  15. sophie1

    Hare Today Out Of Rabbit

    WeFeedRaw report: I got my shipment exactly on schedule. I really like the flat non-leaking packaging, and the food looks beautiful with no gamey smell. So far I've fed my cats the turkey (hesitant), chicken (liked), and rabbit (LOVED). My cats are used to Hare Today and Nature Variety...
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    Hare Today Out Of Rabbit

    FYI I placed an order with WeFeedRaw including rabbit, and it's being delivered today. No shortages of rabbit in Maine, apparently. I hope my cats are happy with their food. Their pre-balanced chicken and turkey, better packaging, and 25 lb shipment sizes will make my life so much easier...
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    Do Cats Need To Eat Less When On Raw Diet?

    In general, you'll feed a lot less raw than canned to maintain a cat at the same weight. Take my 11 pound Siberian - if I fed him canned food he'd probably be on a 5.5 oz can/day. On my homemade raw, his weight is stable on 3.2 oz/day, plus a tablespoon of Honest Kitchen for "dessert". Call...
  18. sophie1

    Adding A Second Cat

    Nice! Let me suggest that you don't feed them side by side. I had to stop my beautiful raw free feeding arrangement when my cats, who had been totally easy about feeding for the first few years of their lives, suddenly decided to get all competitive about it. I now feed them out of sight of...
  19. sophie1

    13 Week Kitten Loss Of Appetite

    VET. It's possible that while he was on the balcony he found something and swallowed it, and is now obstructed or maybe having toxic effects. Just FYI, I had this situation (obstruction) in a 6 month old kitten who had just been neutered, and it took 3 vet visits (with 3 different vets) before...
  20. sophie1

    Anyone Know A Simple Prey-model Dish I Could Try Out For My Cats?

    The easiest way, if you're comfortable with it, is to buy boneless cuts of pork, beef, turkey, duck, and whatever other proteins you can find and are willing to pay for, cut them into chunks, and add them to the Pierson recipe in place of the chicken thighs that are supposed to have their bones...
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