Need advice for baby steps to feeding raw...
I was quite intimidated by the idea of raw food. I never doubted its health benefits, but was concerned about how difficult, expensive, and messy it could be. I found a really great pet food store a couple blocks from work that specializes in locally processed, raw food. They have freezers full of random animal parts and I don't even know where to start! The woman working there was very helpful but I cant help but still have some concerns.
Salmonella, bacteria, etc....Im worried that them eating these animal parts around the apartment that they could make me or them sick. I will regularly wash their blankets and beds, but what about on the carpet?
Small bones... what do I have to be worried about here? Can they easily choke on the bones? Are there any parts I should stay away from?
I started with rabbit spines that I cut into 3-4 inch pieces. I gave them one each as a treat and they seemed to love them. Kept them busy for about 5-10 minutes.
I also purchased frozen beef green tripe, which I am thawing a bit at a time and mixing in with their orijen kibble. its soooo gross :grnyuk:.
I also feed fruits and vegetables like apple wedges, banana, green beans, berries, sweet potato, etc. Any other suggestions on what I could mix in, and how I can make sure they're getting all of their nutrients if I eventually cut out the kibble entirely?