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 Post subject: Raw diet question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:09 am 
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Hello all

I was wondering if anyone knows/heard of naturesmenu.co.uk and would it be safe to buy this for my new kittens or would they benefit more from me personally knocking up batches of raw meals for them?
I'm new to the idea of a raw diet but I am all for trying it if my little cats will benefit regardless cost and energy.
Seems a bit daunting to me so far bones grinders what meats etc
Any advice guidelines recipes links to where I can get all that's needed for a newbie in this field I would be hugely appreciative :p

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 Post subject: Re: Raw diet question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:48 pm 
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I use the Natures Menu raw food.

In my opinion, raw feeding is complicated and i am not confident that i can do it all myself. So i choose to use a pet made complete raw food.

I will say that the Natures Menu is easy to use, comes in little nuggets which is perfect for a single cat or kitten... or even a couple as you can take out as many of the nuggets as you will need. With otehr raw diets it is a larger amount so there can be wastage.

Negative side, it is quite bland and is actually fairly soft when it's defrosted. Mine tend to prefer more meaty raw, but i have several cats to eat it so not as much wastage.

I also buy Natural Instincts raw. This is in tubs and so there is more wastage. However, i defrost in the fridge which can take around 36 hours to fully defrost. So i think you might use it all within 2 days of it defrosting if you use the defrosted bits first....

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 Post subject: Re: Raw diet question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:03 pm 
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I use Natural Instincts, but I cut it up into slices with a bread knife and pack it back into the cartons. I recommend doing that before putting it in your freezer as it's hard work when it's hard-frozen. But I have no wastage at all. It keeps up to four days in the fridge; I tend to defrost two days' worth at a time.

Ruby had been introduced to raw food by her breeder, so it was natural to continue. The kitten weening paste is her staple, but I mix it with adult varieties and a little water. She has about 60% raw and the rest is pouches and dry. She's coming up to 20 weeks old, now.


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 Post subject: Re: Raw diet question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:15 pm 
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smorgo wrote:
I use Natural Instincts, but I cut it up into slices with a bread knife and pack it back into the cartons. I recommend doing that before putting it in your freezer as it's hard work when it's hard-frozen. But I have no wastage at all. It keeps up to four days in the fridge; I tend to defrost two days' worth at a time.

Ruby had been introduced to raw food by her breeder, so it was natural to continue. The kitten weening paste is her staple, but I mix it with adult varieties and a little water. She has about 60% raw and the rest is pouches and dry. She's coming up to 20 weeks old, now.


I tried cutting it up prior to placing in freezer but I cut myself quite badly.

I don't have any wastage with 7 kittens and 3 adult cats eating it. I get through a box every day as I also feed pouches. I just think there is more chance with less cats! That is where Natures Menu is really helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw diet question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:55 pm 
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lollo2304 wrote:
I tried cutting it up prior to placing in freezer but I cut myself quite badly.


Oh, dear. Sorry to hear that! I must admit to being fearful of the bread knife as it takes a lot more work to cut frozen meat than it does a loaf. I swore that if it was too hard, I'd resort to power tools, but it hasn't been necessary so far.


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 Post subject: Re: Raw diet question
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:08 pm 
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smorgo wrote:
lollo2304 wrote:
I tried cutting it up prior to placing in freezer but I cut myself quite badly.


Oh, dear. Sorry to hear that! I must admit to being fearful of the bread knife as it takes a lot more work to cut frozen meat than it does a loaf. I swore that if it was too hard, I'd resort to power tools, but it hasn't been necessary so far.


I'm clumsy though! haha

When i used to order Rabbit from Woldsway it came in fat sausage shapes and i bought a saw to cut that up semi frozen but it went rusty after a few washes!!

Mine much prefer the Natural Instincts raw and i currently have them on the weaning paste. I do think they should think of making some smaller tubs for cats though as mine don't like it if it's been defrosted more than 2 days.

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 Post subject: Re: Raw diet question
PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:08 am 
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Thanks everyone for the input I feel more confident going ahead and ordering a load now :) will see how the boys get on with it!


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 Post subject: Re: Raw diet question
PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:03 am 
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If you are placing an order online with natures menu, am moly cats love the freeze dried treats. Sometimes I rumble some onto food if they are being picky.

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