In my last post I mentioned that Mummy had decided to try not to mix too many proteins in one day/meal. She read that mixing proteins could cause digestive upset in some kitties (not a clinically proven theory just someone’s thoughts). She also decided to try this week to only feed me lamb meals instead of feeding a different animal everyday. Next week she will switch to trying to feed only chicken meals for the whole week.
I get fed 2 or 3 times a day and for each meal this week Mummy and Daddy also tried to keep the number of different animals to a maximum of 2. For example, on a day where there is lamb, chicken bone and cow liver for the day, she will try to feed some of the lamb and all cow liver in one meal, some of the lamb and all the chicken bone in another meal and if there is a third meal, the rest of the lamb and krill oil in this meal. So each meal there is a maximum of 2 animals. If she can somehow manage only one animal a meal even better. And in a day she tries to keep the overall mixture to 3 animals max (2 if possible). It’s not a lot of trouble…just takes a little thought to coordinate.
I think there might be some merit to this idea of not mixing proteins. Mummy and Daddy have noticed that this week I seem to have pretty good/better appetite. I start eating almost immediately without any need to coax with treats or any dilly dallying on my little food-waiting-stool. I finish all my food without any coaxing with treats and most of the time I eat everything at one shot. Sometimes I will walk away for a short while but I will go back and finish within half an hour. I also seem to have a lot more energy these days, sometimes almost manic energy. I have been running around the house like crazy and more playful.
Mummy went on the Yahoo groups to ask what the fellow raw feeders thought about this mixing of proteins thing but didn’t really get any responses. But she spoke to Auntie Mi who is super super knowledgeable and a fellow raw feeder (but for doggies) and Auntie Mi pointed out that in the wild cats probably don’t eat many different animals a meal. Each meal is likely made up entirely of that one prey that they catch. So perhaps it’s possible that it’s harder to digest a meal that has many different animals.
It’s possible some kitties can tolerate mixing many proteins better than other kitties. Some of you may not have noticed any problems with mixing proteins. For me I occasionally have not great appetite and I have had an on and off wet poop problem for a while. And Mummy remembers that when she first started preparing homemade raw meals I was only eating chicken meat and bone and cow liver. And I didn’t have wet poop issues then.
I cannot say for sure that the mixture of many proteins in a day/meal causes my tummy problems but we’re seeing some small improvements in my eating and energy so Mummy is going to keep doing this for a while and see how things go. Especially in my pooping…Mummy’s been keeping a daily log of my poop (the colour, the amount, the texture, the smell etc) so we might be able to see after 1 – 2 months if there is an obvious improvement.
Also…this is very dorky…but Mummy is pretty excited and intrigued by all these new things she is learning and all these new questions to think about raw feeding…she finds it all VERY interesting…nerd.