Are you really sure you want to mess with the diet of a 16 year old feline?? They are pretty set in their ways... also if you disrupt her enough that she quits eating, it could spell disaster. Slow change is the only safe way.
Sixteen isn't ancient as many live into their twenties, but it is certainly geriatric. (All from my Veterinarian husband.)
Thanks to the poster that suggested Hare Today. I'll be ordering from them within the next few days.
I too went from butcher to butcher, asking about grinding the bones, and was met with various forms of "Are you crazy?". I gave up, but thanks to this thread and the info in it my 5 (!) cats will be transitioning to a raw diet soon!
BTW- to the poster that said something about her dad trying to feed cats lettuce: my oldest, about 10 now, LOVES greens. Anytime I open the fridge to get out greens for a salad or smoothie he's crying to get some like I'm opening up a can of tuna! I gave him a dandelion green last night and he went wild. The other cats look at him like he's crazy, lol.
My cat is raw for three weeks or so. She is doing well. It takes a bunch to keep her going.
I found "Omas Pride" in my town. It is frozen and I get rabbit and chicken with veggies. She seems way too hungry to me for raw eating. For humans we eat less eventually. But maybe she needs to fill up after not having nutrition for a long while. Not sure.
I didn't want to give her grain but I want to stretch her meat.
I tried adding a bit of soaked flax meal and she didnt eat it so I had to toss it! ugh.
Today I added brown rice, ground up with the meat. I am hoping she will eat it and not hurt her health. I am up for filling her belly a little more reasonably priced.
Veggies not a go yet.
Why would your boyfriend want to feed a cat unnatural mixtures when cats get all their nutrients from meat so much more easily? If it is because he doesn't want to deal with a meat-eating animal, he should get a rabbit or a guinea pig or a cow. Or a dog--dogs are omnivores. That's a lot better than trying to force a naturally-carnivorous animal to be a vegan. Cats are the animals they are and if a vegan can't accept it, he or she shouldn't own cats.
I have 6 cats and gradully transitioned them onto raw food - they now love it so much I have to be careful with the smallest one as she still tends to pick all day like they all used to. trouble is the others don't pick anymore so she has gotten a bit too skinny so I keep some seperate for her and she is getting better again
I did this after one cat got ill with a digestion complaint I figured that our pets health is going the same way as ours and guess what we normally feed them - processed crap!!
Sadly he didn't make it but he was the beginning - raw fish to start with as the vet thought hat best for the sick one. The first time I used rabbit was horrible, the blood made me feel abit ill but it doesn't bother me anymore
Now they thrive and it works out cheaper than tined food