Louann, a Floppycats’ reader sent in the following. I love it when someone is getting their kitty off of dry food and wanted to share her experience and see if others might have more info to share on this topic.
“I have recently been getting my cats off dry, into more and more can food and as much raw as I can afford. One of my cats has been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel disease. My vet sent me to a website called IBDkitties.net that has a lot of good info about how to prepare raw food to closely resemble the balance of nutrients they would get by eating a mouse or bird. They call it building a “Frankenmouse”.
Another book I’ve had for years and is recommended by Jackson Galaxy, The Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier. She has a recipe of items you can get from the health food store to add to store bought canned food to fortify it into the “Frankenmouse” idea too. I have used her additive recipe in the past with great success.
[I then asked Louann if I could share her email as a blog post – to which she replied:]
By all means share this, and the IBDkitties.net link for their recipes. Sorry I don’t have a way to take digital photos. The only other thing I would add is when I see a good sale on meat I buy 5 or 6 lbs at a time. I divide it into aprox. 6 oz. portions and freeze it. Then I can put a frozen chunk in the bowl in the AM and they work on it as it thaws all day, and I don’t worry so much about it spoiling. (my cats are nibblers and will never finish their food all at once). I feed beef and poultry, not fish. The fish smells so bad in the bowl all day, and in the litter box afterward!
I’ve also noticed since starting this diet the cats don’t poop as much. My understanding is because more nutrient is staying in them and there is less by product/waste to eliminate. Short hairs become very smooth and shiny. Although our Ragdolls don’t mat much, other long hair breeds do and they become less matted on this food. Dander is pretty much eliminated and my friends who are allergic do not have as severe a reaction to my cats, if at all.”
– Louann, Alex and the rest of the non-floppy cats here