Yesterday I was doing some research for a post I am writing for tomorrow and I came across a raw feeding site that promotes the natural prey model. What is that you ask? Well, it means that kitties are fed a combination of a variety of whole, raw, small carcasses, (for example small game hens, chickens, duck, quail, rabbits, mice, rats and/or fish). Obviously, they don’t suggest you feed a whole chicken but rather a piece of the chicken, without cutting it up or grinding it.
Mom has read about this before and thought perhaps she could give it a try as a treat if we could eat outside, but since we can’t, she never gave us anything but our chunked and ground food. She’s pretty savvy and knew the very first thing we would do is pull the whole thing off the plate onto the floor. Since she was getting ready to make us a batch of fresh, raw food, she thought, what’s the worst that can happen? I’ll just have to mop when they are finished. She decided to give us each a thigh bone after she cut most of the meat off for our regular raw food.
Well, mom was right about the plate. Off the chicken went on to the floor. Pretty quickly, though, I decided it was just not lady like to be gnawing on a hunk of meat and bone and abandoned mine. Echo gnawed on his for a while and checked mine out too. Ocean really got into it. He chewed on his for quite a while then worked on mine and Echo’s some. All-in-all though, none of us ate much of it and mom fed us our regular dinner.
Mom snapped all the photos right away, before we pulled the chicken off on to the floor!
If you were to start feeding your kitties like this, I think you would need to do a very gradual transition since this is so foreign to the way we are fed these days.
Would you consider feeding your cat the natural prey model raw diet?