Guest WoobiesMom Posted August 12, 2007 Report Share Posted August 12, 2007 My march toward raw feeding is going well. Woobie's allergies seem to be easing off, although he has one ear he's still messing with. I've cleaned it w/the tea tree oil ear wash and will keep an eye on it. He's starting to have more energy every day and his stools are looking small, dark and firm rather than the large, light tan, mooshy mess they used to be. This week I fed Woobie boiled chicken burger with smashed up cooked potatoes and a gravy concoction of veggie broth, peas and low-sodium V-8 juice. He had about 3 meals of NB potato and duck when I ran out or things weren't thawed out yet. I bought a large bag of frozen chicken thighs for cheap cheap at Wally World tonight and slow cooked them in the oven, then stripped off all the meat and skin. I know they have broth and stuff added, but I don't care, it's better than the grains and chemicals in the commercial foods, plus I'm trying to keep this less expensive. I'm mixing that with the NB meat roll (turkey) and going to start feeding him about 24 oz. a day, 12 oz. in the morning and 12 oz. at night. (He's feeling and looking a little thin this week, I'll play it by eye) I also gave him a beef rib tonight (also pretty cheap at WW) for a chewing treat to clean his teeth and to see if he'd eat raw meat. He loved it. I probably should have waited to introduce a new protein source, but he looked so cute staring at me in the kitchen while the yummy smell of oven roasted chicken filled the air. I plan on feeding the cooked chicken mixed w/NB meat roll for this week and see how he tolerates it. I've got an order in to Hare-today.com for ground chicken, turkey and their cat food creation thingie. I decided to transfer the cats over as well. Although I tossed the fatty cat a strip of cooked chicken and locked him in the bathroom to have it undisturbed and 15 min. later, it was still there. It'll probably take a bit of adding small chunks of cooked meat to their new NB canned food and then slowly cooking it less and less to get them used to it. At least that's how it was recommended on the cat raw feeding website I'm using for my guide. I'm going to stick to feeding ground meat from Hare Today when I do get over to fully raw feeding. At this point, I just don't feel right feeding whole pieces, but want the benefits that the ground bone will add. I found a good cat food recipe online for all the supplements, etc. that the cats need and the supplement thing from Hare Today sounded like it had the right mixture of things for them. Besides fish body oil, which I'll be adding to Woobie's meals in a week or two when I move over to the Hare Today meat, what do you guys supplement with? He doesn't have joint issues (only 1 yr old) at this point, allergies seem to be his biggest challenge. I've decided to stay away from dairy at this point since I read that's a common allergy in dogs. Do I need to add anything else? I know they don't "need" veggies and if he will eat the mixture w/o the gravy slur (which he's started doing) I'll probably cut that out just to save some prep time. Thanks to everyone for all their encouragement and info! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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