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Please scroll down the page to find Portions / Feeding Percentages / Feline Feeding Calculator. These will help you with feeding the right amount of food for your cat  If this one does not take you to the page please copy & paste into your browser....the vitamins and minerals at the bottom of this page is for dogs...not sure if it applies to cats as well

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Kerri Z. (103)
Monday December 15, 2008, 4:03 pm
Here is some good portions if you are feeding a prey model diet to your cat.....


QUESTION: Can anyone give me a good idea as to how much of x, y, and z to feed per week?

There are in fact three basics to attend to: meat, edible bone, organ.

Meat (flesh, skin, fat, connective tissue) comprises a good 80% of
the diet--actually as much as 90% of the diet can be meat.

Edible bone (however your cat defines edible, whether it's whole in
body parts or ground--only temporary I do hope--or a bone substitute
like ground eggshell, also temporary I hope) can be measured out on
one hand: 5% to 10% of the total diet.

Organs (liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, lungs, eyeballs, intestines
etc.) are also fed in small but essential amounts: 5% liver and 5%
everything else. If you can't find "everything else" rely on 5%
liver and make up the difference with meat.

If you are feeding at all sensibly, the only supplement you may want to consider is fish body oil for its Omega 3s.

So. How much you feed your cat is at least at the beginning based on your cat's weight? A recommended starting place is 2% of its ideal
weight, but plan to adjust as you recognize need.

Cat's weight x .02 = starting amount to feed, all foods combined, everything.

10lb x .02 = 3.2oz a day. (You don't need to be so specific and there's nothing to be gained by such specificity, so say 3 ounces a day at least.)

Three ounces x 80% = 2.4 ounces meat.
x 10% = .3 ounces bone.
x 10% = .3 ounces organ, of which half is liver.

Pretty silly numbers, no? Better to think by the week and feed by the day.

Three ounces a day x seven days = 21 ounces a week.
21 ounces x 80% = 16.8 ounces meat (oh, rock out and call it 17.)
x 10% = 2.1 ounces bone.
x 10% = 2.1 ounces organ meat, of which half is liver.

However you choose to distribute these weekly totals is truly between you and your cat. There really is NO one way to feed x, y and z.

Some people feed widdy bits of liver and other organs every day; some people feed larger doses two or three times a week. It depends on
the cat. Totally.

Some people feed bone in every meal. (Unless a. one is feeding whole prey or b. one is feeding a really big cat, or c. one is supplementing with a bone substitute, it's really difficult to feed
bone every meal and not wildly overdo it.) Some people feed bone every other meal, or every other day, or twice a week or once a week--
again, how the weekly aggregate is distributed is determined by your cat's needs and your food choices.

What you really HAVE to do is feed meat every meal, every day. You can feed smaller meals and larger meals if you want--however you want
to "use up" that weekly total.

Liver is best not overfed, use your cat's weight as your guideline.

Eggs--yolk and white included--are fed as meat and you can feed them as often as your cat's digestive system says it's okay. Heart and
gizzards are also fed as meat, by the way.

In my opinion, to use fish body oil to its best advantage, you should feed a
small amount every day. I look at FBO not as a supplement for the cat, but rather a supplement for the cat's food.

Don't ever lose sight of the notion that raw feeding goes on forever. What doesn't get fed now can and mostly likely will get fed later. If not today, then tomorrow, or next week or next month.
Feeding a healthy, appropriate diet is sort of like playing Wheel of Fortune: you may not always see all the letters but you can still
figure out the big picture.


Kerri Z.
female, age 40, single
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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