Bones as a part of a Raw Diet

Raw bones are an integral part of a balanced raw diet for your cat

Bones provide the necessary calcium required as well the gentle scraping against the teeth to assist keeping your kitties toothies nice and clean

When feeding raw bones, be sure to offer bones that are small enough to chew on and soft enough not to splinter and cause damage. The basic rule of thumb is not to feed any bones that are weight bearing or from a larger animal. Legs are an example of this. These bones can and do splinter and cause damage to teeth and can get stuck in the throat.

Chicken necks and wing tips are excellent bones to feed your cat. The other option, and one that is included in our bone-in meals at Raw Meow, is minced chicken frames. These are small enough to eat without any issue at all and provide the necessary nutrients your cat needs in a balanced diet

The ratio of bone you feed is very important. Bone should be 10% of your cat’s raw diet. Some cats need a little less and some cats can eat a little more. An easy way to gauge this is by watching their poop. Too much bone will cause constipation and too little will result in soft stools

Raw Meow meals contain 10% bone. The addition of a couple pieces of bone a week may be fine for your cat also.  Try offering a half a neck or a chicken wing tip occasionally, it will do wonders for their teeth

Kitten in particular need bone in their diet for the first year of their life to assist in healthy growth. Eggshell powder, a bone alternative, is not recommended for growing kittens for this reason Real bones contain much more than just calcium. Trace minerals along with cartilage that is connected to bone add to the complex nutrients real bone provides.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. By the time you see symptoms of a calcium deficiency, your cat has often been calcium deficient for months or years. That is why it is so important to ensure your cat is getting sufficient level of this important nutrient.

Early signs of a calcium deficiency can include restlessness, stiffness, weakness, irritability, muscle tremors and hypersensitivity to touch and sound. More advanced signs of a calcium deficiency include: arthritis, skin and coat problems, broken and/or bent pasterns, weak, easily injured ligaments, broken bones, severe pain, most often in feet, legs or hips, heart problems such as arrhythmias, constipation, diarrhea, incontinence and kidney, bladder and liver problems.

Most of the calcium in the body is utilized by the bones and teeth. However, it is also involved in the blood-clotting process, in nerve and muscle stimulation, parathyroid hormone functions and the metabolism of vitamin D.

 

Always remember the importance of a balanced diet, and include bones where possible or a bone substitute where necessary