|Purred: Fri Oct 12, '12 12:37pm PST |
|Welcome Princess! Raw feeding is definitely not an all or nothing affair. Many people here feed half canned and half raw. That said, there are some cautions. You should never feed raw and dry kibble within 12 hours of each other (I assume that's what you mean by pellets). The reason is that raw moves through their digestive systems quickly and efficiently, while kibble is full of ingredients that are not species appropriate and take cats much longer to digest. The raw can get "stuck" behind slow-moving kibble, giving bacteria a chance to grow. Most of us raw feeders aren't big fans of kibble. As I mentioned, it's full of ingredients that cats can't use or digest and that are not appropriate or healthy for them. It's also full of carbohydrates which can lead to obesity and diabetes. Last, the lack of moisture can cause chronic dehydration which can cause kidney and urinary track problems.
The other thing to be aware of is even if you're only feeding half raw, it still has to be fully balanced. If you're going to do the raw meaty bones version of raw make sure you follow the guidelines: 80% muscle meat, 10% bones, 5% liver and 5% other secreting organ. That way you're guaranteed a nutritionally complete diet and a healthy kitty!
My favorite raw website is catinfo.org but we can point you to others if you want to learn more and feel free to come back and ask as many questions as you like!
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