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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:32 pm 
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I have had my 4 month old bengal for 5 weeks now and when we got him the breeder recommended a raw diet, as I am not confident enough to make my own raw food I have been buying the raw minced chicken from the pet shop but mixing it with wet kitten food twice a day, leaving applause kitten crunch out all the day. Any advise on what others feed their bengals without the prep being too high maintenance?


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:09 pm 
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There are a few ready-made raw diets. We use Nature's Variety Instinct Raw which comes in a frozen form. It is a complete diet.

I have learned to prepare a homemade raw diet which isn't actually very complex. It's a lot cheaper than the pre-made but not nearly as convenient.

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:19 pm 
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Samantha,

In the US I know that there are quite a few available frozen raw meals for cats. Some of them are complete (just defrost and serve), others are just the meat but they have the additives at the pet stores that you can supplement to make them complete. There are also freeze-dried raw meals. I don't have any experience with those, I've been meaning to try those actually...

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:15 am 
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My bengal was raised on regular cat food. The neighbor who had him didn't buy anything special for him. I've tried a raw diet, but Raiden wasn't interested. I've tried so many brands of the grain-free canned food and he's not interested. He does eat a grain-free dry food. I threw so much cat food away the first year. I've simply had to feed him what he will eat and stick to that.

I know the Asian Leopard cat eats raw in the wild, but not sure that a cat 9 generations later really needs it as it's pretty much a domesticated cat. Raiden will only eat chicken, turkey and beef. You'll find something that is easy for you and your kitty will like.


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:48 am 
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Thank you all for your replies, I think because I am reading into so much about the raw food diet I feel like I am doing him wrong not attempting to make my own for him.. although he is perfectly happy eating what I am giving him now. I am going to give the Natures Variety Instinct a go but mix with his standard wet food (couldn't afford to totally switch) but at least that is giving him variety and choice.


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:32 pm 
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Hi There! I don't ever post on here, but I am always on looking for different answers to a bengals everyday life! I have a 15 mo old bengal boy named Binx. He was having a lot of stool issues and after feeding him dry, & wet foods of a few different brands (including a vet prescribed diet) I decided to start a raw diet. I searched online and found a site called felineinstincts.com they sell pre-mix powders that you combine with raw meat, water, and salmon oil. I have now been feeding him this diet since October and he loves it. I feed him twice a day & his stool issues no longer exists. He poops solid now and it has a small (if any) odor. Needless to say it's great! They only issue I am having is that it is time consuming and I don't find that it is any cheaper than buying raw food at the store (i.e. natures variety) bc you have to buy the organic best meat possible, then the mix it's self is not that cheap (large bag $40-50). Not only that but I plan to get him a brother or sister soon and I just cant see myself making all this food for then two kitties. So I am thinking of switching him to natures variety. I think raw is the way to go! I hope this helped a little..I'm hoping to maybe get some insite on natures variety since I would be new to this brand. :biggrin:


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