Sunday, May 6, 2012
The kittens are going to have to be raw fed. *sigh*
I tried again recently to get them on canned food. I went as simple as I could, to try to eliminate any question that it might be this reason or that reason, and I got the limited ingredient 95% beef canned food. I also wanted to eliminate the question of digestive upset when abruptly changing foods. This generally isn't an issue in kittens, but I wanted to be as gentle on the kittens as I could, and I wanted to be absolutely sure what was going on. To try to eliminate digestive upset when introducing new foods you add just a little of the new food to the old. They ate a full meal of raw, then I gave them a small portion of the canned, then gave them another full meal of raw (they were HUNGRY HUNGRY KITTENS!!!)
Diarrhea came on full force for all four of them. *sigh*
I'm pretty sure two of the four (and one of them is not Petra) is OK on raw chicken, which will give them more options as owned pets (unless they go home with Petra)
Now, I am doing the internal happy dance because I do believe that raw is a healthier diet for kitties
but I know the environment around here isn't conducive to raw fed cats. Most vets around me (at least that I have come in contact with) are afraid of raw. It is a huge paradigm shift and not that many people are willing / able to make it. So they will most likely sit at the shelter waiting for someone willing to take that on. It is an expense to the shelter, because they need to make sure they have it on hand (they generally rely on donations for food) and send someone to get it when they run out.
I'm also doing the internal happy dance because while it might take longer to find their humans, I'll know that they will be special. And while there are a lot of special owners out there who love their kitties and do everything for them, I generally don't know for sure what kind of homes they are going to. I think it is fair to say anyone who knowingly adopts a kitty with a special diet gets a head start at being some of my favorite kitty owners..
(although any one of my former foster kitten owners jump the line when they send me pictures!!)
Kitten shower is next weekend. The shelter asked if I could bring the kittens in for it. I don't know if that means putting them up for adoption or just up for show.. I've told them that they are ready (because once they got back on raw things cleared right up) so they will most likely be leaving in the next few days/week.