|Purred: Fri Dec 21, '12 7:26pm PST |
|OK, first...find a new vet. A vet that doesn't know how beneficial canned food is for a cat should not be your vet. I understand not all vets are pro raw, but kibble causes so many health problems that no vet should recommend it as a diet. A cat physically can not drink enough water to make up for the lack of moisture in dry food so they are chronically dehydrated which is so tough on their kidneys and causes urinary issues as well (infections, crystals, etc.). Second, dry food is calorie dense and full of carbs which cats can't process. They're *obligate* carnivores. They need meat, meat and more meat. Carbs can lead to obesity and diabetes.
Next, you really shouldn't mix kibble and raw unless there's a minimum of 12 hours in between. What happens is that raw food is species appropriate for a cat. It moves quickly and easily through their digestive system. Kibble takes them a very long time to digest because it's full of things their systems weren't built to handle (grains, vegetables and all the mystery ingredients). So if raw food gets backed up behind kibble it has a chance to grow bacteria in their systems.
I always recommend Dr. Pierson's website, catinfo.org, to people who are just starting out. You'll find the basics there along with a recipe for ground raw. If you prefer to do what we call "Frankenprey" with chunks of meat and bone, just remember the basic rule: 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver and 5% other secreting organ. This comprises a complete diet for a cat. Poke around a bit and feel free to come back and ask as many questions as you need!
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