For a full grown cat cut up a large chicken leg quarter with bones into 4 pieces and feed each piece every other day. Put two of the pieces in the freezer till the day before you'll feed them. In between those days feed beef, pork, or eggs. Once a week half the day's meal is heart, one quarter of the day's meal is liver. Heart should be about 10% of the total diet, liver about 5%. Bone should be about 10% of the diet, and the rest can be any other animal protein. Heart is important, if you can't find it supplement with taurine. You can find more information at ibdkitties.net
To feed a 9 lb grown cat for 1 week, feed 1 lb dark meat chicken with bone, 4 oz heart, 2 oz liver, 10 oz of any other animal protein.
The best knife I've found for chopping chicken into pieces is a mezzaluna (crescent shaped) blade. It chops right through the bone and then you can rock it back and forth to get through the skin and remaining meat. Chop into the bone every half inch in a crosshatch pattern to make it easier for your kitty to get the marrow out. I put a chopping block on the floor and sit down there to chop up the meat. Put the board on a puppy potty pad to soak up any juice that goes over the edge. Then let your dog lick the board clean!
Kitties tend to carry the meat chunks off so you can put your kitty in a crate to eat if you don't want them eating off the floor. Feed them as much as they want as long as they're still eating it all. Usually about 4-5 oz per day for a full grown cat. If they're leaving bones, feed them less so they'll eat the bones too. For every pound of meat with bone your cat eats, they should have about 1/2 oz of liver & 1 oz of heart. If they don't want to eat very much at one time that's ok, put it back in the fridge as soon as they stop eating and they'll eat more at their next meal.
There's no need to grind your kitty's meat! That's for cats who grew up on commercial food and don't know how to chew. Big 1" chunks hold the vitamins in better, and clean your kitty's teeth as he eats. If your kitty is not eating the bone, you can chop it up a little so they can get to the inside better. You can read more at http://www.rawfedcats.org
Many times raw food is less expensive than commercial foods. Feeding raw meat costs us about $1.50 per lb, getting everything we need from our local grocery store.That's slightly more than the lowest priced large cans of cat food at your grocery store that are $1 a can, and way less than the smaller cans. It's about 40-50¢ per day for us to feed a cat. It costs way less than any premium canned and it's a far superior diet. Feeding a raw diet also produces a quarter as much stool (with way less smell!), so there's less clean up in the litter box. And your cat will be much healthier! Cats shed less and have much nicer coats when fed a raw diet. They don't get overweight, and they have strong muscle and clean teeth.
If you must feed a commercial food for your kitty, frozen raw meat mixtures are best. Your cat would still benefit from raw bones occasionally to clean it's teeth.
Commercial canned and dry pet food is not really food. It is so over cooked they have to add vitamins and flavoring after the food is made. You can read more about that here: http://www.rawfedcats.org
We have been feeding your kitten raw food as described above. We'll send your kitten home with you with a few days worth of raw food to get you started. You should feed these foods exclusively for the first month and change gradually if you want to feed something else. Limit your kitten's canned food to one tablespoon 3 times per day to keep them from getting tummy upsets.
Dehydrated food is only meant to be left out for your kitty if you need to be gone for one of it's meals. Or you can leave out a dish of whipped raw egg while you're gone and your kitty will probably put off eating it till later if he's just been fed. Dry food can be fed if you need to leave for a longer time period. We feed Royal Canin Baby Cat dry food to get kittens to eat dry food early.
Cats who are eating raw meat won't drink much water, but leave it available, it's always good for them to drink more. If you drink filtered water or mountain spring water you can give that to your kitty also.
We like the All Pine litter box with pine pellets & the RollAway litter box with Tidy Cat Pure Nature clumping litter. Ideally use both, with the pine pellet box outside the door of the covered box. It will work better than a matt to keep the litter off your floor. Most cats will use the pellet box for urinating and the covered box with clumping litter for feces, which uses less of the more expensive litter. If you only want to get one box, the All Pine box works better in an out of the way place, because they can't cover their feces as well with it. But it has way less tracking than the clumping litters. If the box needs to be out in your living area a clumping litter has better odor control. Or an All Pine box would work well inside a cabinet.
We want to make sure you're not planning to de claw your kitty. Cats love to stretch and scratch their scratching post and it would deprive them of that pleasure. British Shorthair are one of the mellowest breeds and don't scratch nearly as much as others. They are easily taught to use a scratching post or throw rug. They like posts wrapped in rope best. You can trim your cats nails and there are also nail caps that can be glued over their nails that keeps them from scratching anything. Double sided tape can be put on corners of couches and chairs. A squirt bottle is a good tool for teaching them to stop doing anything you don't want them to do. First I warn them with a "pst" sound I make, then if they're not listening I get out the squirt bottle. It usually only takes one or two uses. The best thing I have found to keep them off counters is to feed them raw meat for their meals. They'll never find anything that good up on the counters so they don't even look anymore. They just wait for mealtime. They love having bar stools to sit on and watch you cook though!
Also trimming their nails while giving treats is a good way to get them to enjoy the process.
In the spring your cat will shed, so giving a warm bath will make their fur come out faster. A bath is another thing that's good to get them used to as kittens. Fill the tub/sink first before bringing them in the room because they don't like the noise of the running faucet. Then bring your kitty in and get her/im wet all over, except for her/is nose, they don't like to breathe in water. If they have long fur then get the tangles out first or else their fur will shrink and matt when wet.
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