Raw Feeding Day Eight
I noticed that Gypsy looked like she was losing weight. Don't get me wrong, she probably could have stood to lose a few but I am not comfortable with that so I decided to up her food to 3% instead of 2% of her projected adult weight. I just added a chicken leg since she kind of needed the bone anyway to help with her sloppy poos.
I also decided that it would be ok to go ahead and start liver. I gave them each a sliver with their dinner and they seemed to like it just fine. I started with chicken liver because that is what I had and for the fact that they are eating chicken already and it might be easier on them having it from the same animal. I don't know if that is true or not, but hey, I am giving it a go! Gator pooped a few hours after dinner and it seemed ok. I will not add the liver tomorrow and then add again the next day to try to ease them into it. After a few days of tiny pieces, I will up it a bit to try to get closer to the 5% of their daily food intake. Then on to organs when their poo regulates. If I can get the liver up to the amount they will need, then I will move on to another protein. I decided to do liver before the new protein as I really want them to get more in the way of varied nutrition. Gypsy needs it because I need to support her while she is fighting the demodex mange. Gypsy had nice poops last night and this morning. Firm and a bit darker than the yellow chicken poops. One question I do have is about the liver and if I will have to slowly introduce liver from each protein source or if it is ok to go all in with another type of liver after they get used to the chicken liver?
Gator went to the vet today for hives (not food related, he was stung by something and I found the site of the sting) and he did not gain weight or lose on this adventure so he and Lucy will continue to get 2%. I am hoping to see Lucy lose a bit because she is overweight by a bit...not roly poly or anything just a little "fluffy" lol.
I am just amazed to see how much less water they are drinking. It almost seems nothing at all compared to the gallons they were drinking before. I know this is normal because of all of the moisture in their food. They are sill urinating normally and it looks clear so I think it is just fine. I only fill their bowl once a day now instead of three or four times.
I have noticed that Gator's gas was a bit better today. I hope that means he is getting used to this way of feeding!