On Feeding Raw

Hanx just had his first raw meal.

Sort of.

I’m trying to see how he’d react to Nature’s Variety raw medallions since it’s something totally new for him, and he loved it! I got a bag of the chicken medallions and got too excited to wait for it to thaw so he got it right away. I thawed them by filling a bowl with warm-hot water and putting the medallion in a glass container floating in the water bowl for about 10 minutes. Halfway through the thawing process I smashed it all up so it would thaw evenly. He totally scarfed it down! One medallion is only 65 calories so he also got some Weruva On The Cat Wok.

Anyway, while on the subject of raw feeding, I have to say it’s something I definitely want to try with Hanxifer for a few reasons. One of the main reasons is as always to avoid future vet bills (dental cleanings, etc.). Also, I’m fairly certain it’s a lot cheaper than the canned food I’m buying for him, and I’ve been told the food and the stools are much less smelly. Hanx doesn’t smell but man some of those canned foods are ridiculous. His poops are sometimes smelly, too (especially after eating Before Grain!).

The next thing I need to research is if it’s a good idea to do 50/50, raw and canned. I don’t have the energy to do 100% raw since that would require… a lot of things I’m nervous about doing.

Adventures in Cat Food

Hanx here is what I’m assuming is a cat-nomoly. He will eat whatever food I put in his bowl!

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fyi: He does not eat iPads. Probably because they won’t fit in his food bowl..

He’s been through a lot of options, since I’m trying to find a few that meet a couple standards:

1. He likes it. A lot. I can afford to be picky because he likes so many, I might as well choose the ones he loves!

2. I like it. This means it’s not too expensive, I agree that the ingredients are something I want Hanx to eat*, and it doesn’t smell like someone’s been farting all day long (I’m looking at you, Before Grain 96% Salmon!).

The price is actually low on my list of standards because luckily I don’t have a ton of expenses so I’d be willing to shell out some dough on some really great cat food. Here’s what we’ve tried:

*Science Diet– he ate it. It’s what the shelter sent us home with, so we used it.
*Whiskas wet pouches– a cat video we saw said variety packs were a good way to keep a cat’s interest in different foods, so without knowing much, I grabbed a variety pack of wet Whiskas pouches for him. He loves these.
*Nature’s Variety– after researching and finding this thread through a friend, I decided on Nature’s Variety to try next. He loooves this food, whatever the flavor. We have wet and dry, though I rarely give the dry to him. When I do though he tries to chew through the bag!
*Purina Beyond– this is what my vet told me to get for him, so without looking into it further, I did. He liked it a lot, but once I saw that they used soy protein isolate among other weird ingredients, I freecycled it as well as the Science Diet. A man who feeds father/son feral cats was very happy to receive the food.
*Evangers– this has been the only food Hanx was iffy about. He ate it all, but it took him a while.
*Weruva– he gobbled this shit down. It was the steak frites.
*Natural Balance platefulls– this is another one he goes crazy for!
*Innova– he liked this one. I don’t know if he loved it like he’s loved some others, but he likes it.
*Merrick– he and I love this one! I think this one just didn’t smell as bad as some others. We tried Ocean Breeze.
*Before Grain– he likes this one a lot. I think it smells like old man farts. It seems to smell up the house, too. Maybe I’ll give one other than salmon a try.

I’d like to try Tiki Cat, Wellness, and b.f.f. soon and see what he thinks!

These are some awesome resources I’ve used to learn about cat food and nutrition:

http://catinfo.org/
http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3394882
http://www.greenlittlecat.com/?p=80
http://cats.about.com/od/catfoodandnutrition/Cat_Food_and_Nutrition.htm
http://www.petfoodratings.net/cats.html

*Essentially the ingredients I’m looking for are grain free with no fillers. I want everything he’s eating to have a purpose, to keep him strong, healthy and happy, and to be something a cat ought to be eating. Perks include: lower chance of outrageous vet fees, super silky shiny coat, playful and happy cat.