Our cat food situation is interesting, to say the least. Today, I made some attempt to start getting the raw meat organized. The 30 lb. block of ground chicken seemed too daunting, so I decided to try the cat out on the rabbit.
Bart, our kitty, has been eating mainly raw eggs mixed with small amounts of canned (cooked) food or tuna. Definitely not optimal, I know! He has been spending a lot of time outside and I'm not sure he's not getting some of his food elsewhere. I can only hope it's not kibble and not threatened species of birds or something!
Today I thawed the 5 lb. of rabbit pieces and the 3 lb. of ground rabbit and 2 lb. of chicken hearts. Tonight when he meowed for food, we gave him about 1/4 C. of ground rabbit mixed with a couple tablespoons of the canned organic food (cooked) and cracked an egg over the top. Bart ate the egg, but didn't seem to try the meat. Hard to tell.
Tonight, I started portioning out the rest. The instructions on catnutrition.org were a little daunting... I didn't have some of the tools and haven't been able to find some of the ingredients. And they separate the egg yolks from the whites and discard the whites. Am I hurting my cat feeding them to him? He eats them!
First, I cut the rabbit into big chunks. This proved more difficult than I thought! I will have to invest in some poultry shears. I only did half the package. And I HATE handling raw meat. The smell, the crack of the bones. The poor little animal. I am not made for this! This will be my last cat, I think.
I put a big chunk of bone and rabbit meat in the bottom of a glass pint jar, added a chicken heart, and topped with ground rabbit. Then, when the jar was 2/3 full, I added another chunk of bone and rabbit meat and another chicken heart and a bit more of the ground rabbit. I only filled the jars 3/4 full so that the meat has room to expand when it freezes.
I am not going to try the big chunks of bone and meat on Bart yet, as he still seems squeamish about raw in general. So, I made 2 jars of just the ground meat and put those in the fridge for use this week.
I was very frustrated at my health food store. I ordered Torula yeast, which Tommie from Really Raw Food Forum says gets her cat to eat anything. Two weeks later, I still have not heard from them and when I stopped in, there was no record of my order. Grrr... I got taurine tablets and sprinkled some ground taurine in with my cat's food, but I'd love to get the magical yeast that cats love so much.
Today's Human Food (Thank God I'm a vegan!)
9 a.m. About 10 C. watermelon
12 p.m. About 3 C. sweet cherries
3 p.m. "Ice cream" made with 2 large frozen bananas and 2 1/2 C. frozen mango
5:45 p.m. Zucchini "pasta" with Pomodoro Sauce* (Roma tomatoes, red pepper, sundried tomatoes, a tiny bit of avocado, fresh basil, lemon juice, agave syrup), a large salad with Four Seasons lettuce, yellow pepper and more Pomodoro Sauce
7:30 p.m. A couple of cups of spinach and baby Swiss Chard while working in the garden
The Pomodoro sauce was loosely based on a recipe by Victoria Boutenko that I saw on YouTube. It was really good, but could have been fabulous with really sweet homegrown tomatoes. I also would have preferred to sweeten it with dates, but haven't been able to get any yet.