Food & Litter
We are finding we are asked more and more frequently being asked is about the diet we feed our cats along with the litter we use. So we thought we might add this information here on our website.
Rislani Cat's diet
Cats are "obligate" carnivores - This means they meet their nutritional needs by consuming other animals and have a higher protein requirement than many other mammals. As such, we feed our cats a raw meat diet and the few (and they are very few!!) "biscuits" or "kibble" given to our cats are grain-free (we personally prefer Healthy Everyday Pets).
Our cats meat is frozen solid for a minimum of 24 hours before being defrosted and fed to our cats - this helps (not guarantees!) kill many bacteria and worm eggs that might be present within the meat.
To ensure our cats are receiving the necessary vitamins and minerals required to meet their nutritional needs, we add "Predamax" carnivore supplement powder (a powder many zoos use for their big cats) to their meat.
We also add hot (not boiling) water to their meat as cats tend to live right on the tipping point of dehydrated and by the time they go to have a drink, they are already slightly dehydrated. By using hot water this also reduces any chill left within the meat.
Many of our cats LOVE their chicken nibbles (the mini-drumette - or top section of the chicken wing)... which they typically get for breakfast and helps keep their teeth clean as they crunch the raw bone... but many cats do not eat the entire bone - so make sure you find this uneaten section of the bone and throw it out, otherwise I GUARANTEE you will find it bare foot in the middle of the night when doing a mad dash to the loo!!
If you are unable to source the mini-drumette's you can use the mid section of the wing, entire chicken wings and/or drumsticks.
We DO NOT recommend chicken necks.
We "treat" our cats to tuna in oil every now and again to help reduce furballs. They also enjoy treats of cheese and Greek yoghurt.
At Rislani we use and recommend "CatMate" wood pellet cat litter and sieve tray.
CatMate is a 100% natural wood-based litter which when wet the pellet breaks down into sawdust. This sawdust is safe to use on your garden beds (NOT vegie gardens!!) as a compost. It is therefore recommended you use CatMate with a sieve system litter tray (pictured right), which allows the wet (sawdust) material to drop through to the bottom tray leaving only clean dry pellets in the top tray. This not only makes CatMate and other wood-based litters significantly easier to change the litter tray, but also very economical.
By the time you come to collect your kitten from us, it has been using this litter without any accidents. However being scared, alone for the first time in it's life and in a strange environment this may result in a few "accidents" while your kitten is getting used to it's new domain. To help reduce the amount of accidents your kitten may have, contain the kitten in one room for the first 24 hours (48 hours is often better) to ensure it isn’t too overwhelmed within the new environment. If your kitten is using the tray after this time-frame, allow them to explore the rest of the house at their will.
If you are unable to source CatMate: Kitter and OzPet are very similar products and your kitten should easily transition to this litter.
The below video shows how to use this type of litter with a sieve tray: