September 11, 2011 § 29 Comments
Our progress with introducing a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) diet into Maple’s meal plans has taken us a little longer than anticipated. What we do know for certain is that Maple truly enjoys her raw meats and bones. So far, we have road-tested raw beef marrow bones, lamb chops, and chicken drumsticks.
At the moment, Maple is still on a predominantly kibble-based diet but we hope to eventually make the transition to 50% kibbles and 50% BARF. I am also very happy (and relieved) to report that Maple’s raw intake of meats and bones has not affected the consistency of her poop—yes, initially Maple’s by-products did come out a little on the soft side but all is well now!
I often get so fascinated watching Maple enthusiastically devour slices or raw lamb and chicken meat; however, she is a very patient eater when it comes to chomping away at the bones. Maple’s first attempt at a raw chicken drumstick took her almost 45 minutes to complete (and this was despite my earlier effort to help remove the fleshy meat from the bone, leaving part of it intact). I suppose those tiny teeth of Maple’s can only work so fast!
Funny thing is, Maple refused to grip the raw chicken drumstick between her paws (I think that would have dramatically helped to speed up the process). Perhaps Maple is a little germaphobic like her Momsy ;)
Nevertheless, one thing is for sure: Maple gives two paws up for raw chicken drumsticks. And I think the expression on Maple’s face says it all!