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Here’s a good article by holistic vet Karen Becker with tips to eleminate hairballs: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/01/16/chronic-hairball.aspx
Hi, I used to feed my mine Tiki Cat (the chicken formulas) before I switched her to raw. You could try it for your cat. It’s very palatable and uses good ingredients. It’s pretty expensive however, so you might want to find another long-term solution. You could also try mixing it with the Natural Balance.December 16, 2013 at 10:10 am in reply to: natures variety venison raw bites (frozen) help.. shedding, bad breath. #30125 Report Abuse
It sounds to me like your dog is going through a period of detox, which is nothing to worry about, and actually good.
In Dr. Karen Becker’s article “Common Raw Feeding Mistakes”, in a paragraph about what to expect when you switch to raw, she says,
“Oftentimes, after one to three months on a fresh food diet, pets go through a detoxification process. This is totally normal and is actually something to celebrate.
Detox for your pet will happen through the bowels and skin. During a detox, your pet will act completely normal. He’ll be happy, bright, and alert. But you might find that he’s shedding a tremendous amount of hair. Pets shed out their old, dead, dull hair, and begin growing a shiny, soft coat. You might also see a lot of earwax or debris being produced from the ear. That needs to be cleaned out. And some detoxing pets will pass blobs of mucus in their stools.
These symptoms of detoxification will pass on their own. They’re nothing you need to worry about, but are something you should anticipate or it might freak you out. Pets on a fresh food diet also consume far less water than pets eating an entirely processed diet. You need to anticipate that your pet’s water intake will diminish.”