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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:08 pm 
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Hey guys,
Was wondering if someone could help me. I got a new kitten Alfie last Sunday. The breeder said he was eating Natural Insticts weaning paste. It's 100% raw chicken with bone. However I plan on feeding him Applaws Dry food and Bozita wet. I'm not in a huge rush but this weaning paste is only a complementary diet and it's all he is eating so I want to get him on a complete diet as soon as possible. Iv cooked chicken breast for him but he won't touch it. Only the raw stuff!
So my question is: how do I transition him?! Iv googled it and everything only says how to transition them TO raw. Not the other way around. I'm afraid to mix the raw into the bozita as one is raw and one is cooked! That can't be good right?? Thanks for any advice yea can give me. I'm confused and need a game plan!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:20 pm 
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Cats are finicky! The best way is to offer both foods -- and lessen the amount of raw chicken you are offering the kitty. It can be tough to get a cat to eat a food they've never had before. And Alfie may simply not like the food you are planning to feed him. You may have to find something else. Since he is familiar with chicken, I'd try the chicken flavors. Most cats will eat the food because they are hungry, however, you are dealing with a new kitten and they need to eat 5 to 6 times a day and they MUST eat or they will have health issues rather quickly. Know that transitioning needs to take a couple of weeks until he is off the raw completely. I would also offer a few high-quality chicken treats to see if that helps him transition better. He's never eaten dry food or manufactured cat food, so be patient and be prepared to try something else if Alfie turns his nose up at what you are offering him.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:31 pm 
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Thanks so much for your fast response. I'll definitely follow your advice. Hopefully he will take to the change easily enough!! I'll wait about a week before I even start tho! Don't wanna rock the boat too early!!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:33 am 
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How did you cook the chicken breast ?

The only way that I know of that works is to poach/steam it - so into the oven in a covered dish with water and cook for 20-30 mins until it is cooked through. Obviously, not a hint of salt/pepper/anything else that would smell "strange" to a cat.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:05 pm 
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You mean cats don't like seasoned chicken? :lol: :lol: :lol: . You've got to take your time in the transition and note that I just posted in a topic about bengals having sensitive tummies. With many, a change in diet is just too much for them and results in diarrhea, constipation, blood in the stool. So please be careful.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:50 pm 
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Sherry wrote:
You mean cats don't like seasoned chicken?


Mine (all) do! When I grill or smoke chicken I usually make some un-seasoned pieces along with my seasoned ones. But what inevitably happens is that they devour the unseasoned ones, and then demand the seasoned ones too (which they devour without prejudice). Even if I don't give in, they still end up with it in the end. They'll watch me like a hawk until I turn my head, and then leap up on the counter, snatch a piece in their mouth, and sprint down the house with their prize. Kitties like their chicken! (especially if cooked right... silly Brits insist on drowning their chicken).

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:50 am 
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brianj12 wrote:
Sherry wrote:
You mean cats don't like seasoned chicken?


Mine (all) do! When I grill or smoke chicken I usually make some un-seasoned pieces along with my seasoned ones. But what inevitably happens is that they devour the unseasoned ones, and then demand the seasoned ones too (which they devour without prejudice). Even if I don't give in, they still end up with it in the end. They'll watch me like a hawk until I turn my head, and then leap up on the counter, snatch a piece in their mouth, and sprint down the house with their prize. Kitties like their chicken! (especially if cooked right... silly Brits insist on drowning their chicken).



It's the only thing we know Brian! We are surrounded by water, it falls out of the sky most days and our BBQ's are usually sad, rusted and unused standing in a soggy puddle in our soggy gardens :sad:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:39 pm 
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LOL Melissa!!!!! I have to eat seasoned, spicy chicken! Raiden wants no part of raw, grilled, baked, cooked chicken, period!!! Brian, you must be an excellent cook! :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:59 pm 
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spitspot wrote:
brianj12 wrote:
Sherry wrote:
You mean cats don't like seasoned chicken?


Mine (all) do! When I grill or smoke chicken I usually make some un-seasoned pieces along with my seasoned ones. But what inevitably happens is that they devour the unseasoned ones, and then demand the seasoned ones too (which they devour without prejudice). Even if I don't give in, they still end up with it in the end. They'll watch me like a hawk until I turn my head, and then leap up on the counter, snatch a piece in their mouth, and sprint down the house with their prize. Kitties like their chicken! (especially if cooked right... silly Brits insist on drowning their chicken).



It's the only thing we know Brian! We are surrounded by water, it falls out of the sky most days and our BBQ's are usually sad, rusted and unused standing in a soggy puddle in our soggy gardens :sad:


:lol: In terms of weather, I think Oregon is a lot like England though. For most of the year, in order to BBQ, I have to go put on a warm jacket, go outside, deploy a big umbrella to keep dry, uncover my grills from some thick tarps, then baby them along until the cooking is done. And yea, I think I've rusted through like 4 grills in the last 20 years.

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Brian, you must be an excellent cook! :biggrin:

Heh, well, I think I'm a typical guy in that respect. When I'm in the kitchen my repertoire consists of putting things on the stove at full power (and probably burning it), putting something in the microwave, or putting something in the oven at 350 degrees (it's always 350 degrees, lol). But then when it comes to BBQ'in or grilling, suddenly I become this ultra sophisticated cook, capable of all sorts of complex and subtle operations, with great attention to detail, often with pretty amazing results :lol:

I'm out of town right now, visiting friends and relatives for a week. But when I return home, I'll definitely be firing up the smoker and smoking a turkey for myself and the cats (I'm really missing my cats right now :cry: ). They need to partake in Thanksgiving festivities as well!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:53 pm 
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brianj12 wrote:
I'm out of town right now, visiting friends and relatives for a week. But when I return home, I'll definitely be firing up the smoker and smoking a turkey for myself and the cats (I'm really missing my cats right now :cry: ). They need to partake in Thanksgiving festivities as well!

I had dinner out friend's housed the past two nights. Yesterday I bought a small turkey and I was thinking of grilling it today. I have a smoker box in my grill...thanks for the motivation. Do you have any secrets to the success of your grilled/smoked turkey? I was going to put the wood chips in the smoker box and put the turkey in a disposable pan and cook it on the lowest heat possible. I have a bunch of fresh herbs I can combine with butter and baste it occasionally, maybe include some wine in the mixture. Any tips Brian?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:20 pm 
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CMYKjill wrote:
brianj12 wrote:
I'm out of town right now, visiting friends and relatives for a week. But when I return home, I'll definitely be firing up the smoker and smoking a turkey for myself and the cats (I'm really missing my cats right now :cry: ). They need to partake in Thanksgiving festivities as well!

I had dinner out friend's housed the past two nights. Yesterday I bought a small turkey and I was thinking of grilling it today. I have a smoker box in my grill...thanks for the motivation. Do you have any secrets to the success of your grilled/smoked turkey? I was going to put the wood chips in the smoker box and put the turkey in a disposable pan and cook it on the lowest heat possible. I have a bunch of fresh herbs I can combine with butter and baste it occasionally, maybe include some wine in the mixture. Any tips Brian?


Awesome! Your cats will love it, lol.

Brining it (soaking it in a salt mixture) overnight helps. Then apply cooking oil to the outside, and some sort of nice spice rub. Sometimes I inject it with some spicy sauce too. Other than that, just the usual smoking process: letting it cook at a real low temp (200-250 or so) for a couple of hours, then crank it up higher (~350) and removing it when the internal temp is about 165. Should turn out great!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:40 pm 
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brianj12 wrote:
CMYKjill wrote:
brianj12 wrote:
I'm out of town right now, visiting friends and relatives for a week. But when I return home, I'll definitely be firing up the smoker and smoking a turkey for myself and the cats (I'm really missing my cats right now :cry: ). They need to partake in Thanksgiving festivities as well!

I had dinner out friend's housed the past two nights. Yesterday I bought a small turkey and I was thinking of grilling it today. I have a smoker box in my grill...thanks for the motivation. Do you have any secrets to the success of your grilled/smoked turkey? I was going to put the wood chips in the smoker box and put the turkey in a disposable pan and cook it on the lowest heat possible. I have a bunch of fresh herbs I can combine with butter and baste it occasionally, maybe include some wine in the mixture. Any tips Brian?


Awesome! Your cats will love it, lol.

Brining it (soaking it in a salt mixture) overnight helps. Then apply cooking oil to the outside, and some sort of nice spice rub. Sometimes I inject it with some spicy sauce too. Other than that, just the usual smoking process: letting it cook at a real low temp (200-250 or so) for a couple of hours, then crank it up higher (~350) and removing it when the internal temp is about 165. Should turn out great!


Okay, it sounds like I am on the right track! Good point about the internal temp and I have meat thermometers too and I just found an injectable baster and a brush. There is no pop up thingie on this turkey, but it was pre-brined from Trader Joe's. It is smelling awesome here and the cats are hopping in and out of the patio because it is just about cool enough to keep the doors open with all the fans on. My cats are becoming quite aggressive towards food since I have recently been giving them some of my chicken or turkey. The arms of my chair are all clawed up and now they have started leaping up and grabbing meat from my plate with their claws! I created little monsters!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:26 pm 
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How awesome that we are getting cooking tips on this forum as well!!! I'm guessing the grilling weather in Oregon isn't that long (like July/August LOL). It isn't fun grilling outside wearing a jacket and competing with the smells of burning wood in fireplaces for heat! Ha ha ha!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:36 am 
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That was the most amazing turkey I ever tasted! Now the smokey bones are simmering in the crock pot for soup and Blondie and Grace are laying on their backs with their feet in the air!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:33 pm 
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Great job, Jill!!!!! Glad you are all happily stuffed. :biggrin:


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