If you want to convert cats to the bar, you should first inform yourself in detail about the nutritional needs of the Stubentiger. Otherwise it can come to the deficiency in the biologically appropriate raw feeding. We have summarized four of the most important tips for you here.
With many commonly used additives in industrially manufactured cat food and an increase in food allergies, many people want to convert their cat to barefoot. This type of diet attempts to mimic the natural eating habits of wild cats.
1. Raw meat alone is not enough for barefoot
When cats hunt their prey mouse in nature, they not only eat the muscle meat, but the whole animal. Therefore, it is not enough at the bar, just put the stub tiger raw meat in the bowl. Vitamins, trace elements and minerals - for example, calcium and taurine - usually need to be supplemented to provide your pet with all the necessary nutrients. The composition must be exactly right, so that neither deficiency symptoms nor over supplies result. There are ready mixes of these so-called supplements, which you only have to weigh and add to the raw meat; This is very handy for baref beginners.
Advanced users can try to put together the nutrients individually. This can be useful, for example, if not only raw meat, but also raw bones, offal, fish or small amounts of vegetables come into the bowl. Bones already contain enough calcium, offal is rich in vitamin A and vitamin D, the latter is also found in fish in large quantities. If premixed supplements are added in this case, a dangerous overdose of these nutrients threatens. In addition, cats with kidney problems, liver disease or heart failure have different nutritional needs than their healthy counterparts. Also in this case premixes may not be properly dosed. When in doubt, you should always talk to your vet and find out more about your cat's nutritional needs before deciding to switch to barf.
2. Which meat is suitable for Barf?
Barf essentially feeds muscle, heart and stomach. The other organs are referred to as offals and can also be given if you adjust the supplements accordingly. With the exception of pork and wild boar meat, which can be contaminated with the lethal Aujeszky virus, any type of meat can be used for barfing. As a carnivore, cats have a short digestive system and a very aggressive stomach acid, so that, for example, Salmonella on raw poultry are usually killed or not dwell long enough in the digestive tract to cause damage. Nonetheless, you should pay close attention to absolute freshness of ingredients and hygienic preparation when raw feeding.
Furthermore, there are also so-called food animals such as day old chicks, quails and even mice for baby tigers, which should be fed as close to nature as possible. Also pay attention to the changed composition of supplements here. Suitable meat is sometimes in the supermarket, but even better are organic farmers or regional butchers as a source of supply. In addition, you can order all the necessary ingredients and food on the Internet.
3. Important accessories for barfing cats
A digital kitchen scale that displays the weight with two to three decimal places is necessary to dose the portion sizes and required supplements as accurately as possible. For the preparation, you will also need the following tools and household items, which for hygiene reasons should be used only for barbecues:
- ● Sharp knives
- ● Kitchen boards made of hardwood (these are more hygienic than plastic and there is no danger that plastic crumbs accidentally get into the feed)
- ● Bowls for mixing
- ● blender
- ● Food storage containers or bags
- ● Freezer to stock and freeze barf food
In addition, a mortar with pestle and a meat grinder may prove useful. In the mortar, for example, egg shells can be crushed, which can serve as a calcium supplement. The mincer is handy if your cat disdains larger pieces of raw meat and prefers minced meat. If you also want to feed bones, gloves, poultry scissors, kitchen ax and kitchen hammer are also an advantage. Attention! Bones may be given if, then only raw, in the cooked state they can splinter and seriously injure your cat.
4. Tips for getting used to
Your cat will probably be a bit ungrateful in the beginning if you want to convert it to Barf. Changes in general and on the menu in particular, cats do not usually like. Therefore, take steps in small steps, so that the habituation works. First, keep at least 80 percent of the usual ready-made food for your velvet paw; The remaining maximum of 20 percent can be replaced by small pieces of raw meat. Your pet will be provided with sufficient nutrients through the complete feed, so you do not have to worry about supplements. In this way, it can be tested which meats prefer the salon lion. Small pieces of meat or minced meat are usually better accepted at the beginning than larger chunks.
Tip: Try to use the hunting behavior and natural curiosity of your cat for the conversion. Take a piece of raw meat, for example, so your tomboy must "capture" it. Or, as if by chance, drop a suitable piece of meat while cooking or lie on the work surface, so that your velvet-headed hunter believes he steals the food.