|Purred: Tue Apr 16, '13 2:28pm PST |
|Hi Dustin! I agree that the first step should be to get your cats on a wet food diet and completely off the dry kibble. That should really be the first step even if you could afford to buy them filet mignon. I believe that BK already mentioned that you should never feed raw food within 12 hours of feeding kibble.
It is true that some of the Fancy Feast cans are ok to feed, but not all of them. If you go to http://www.ibdkitties.net/wetfood.html she has a list of many different canned foods that are grain free, including which flavors of Fancy Feast are the good ones. I see she even has some Friskies flavors listed on there too, so you don't have to spend a small fortune buying canned.
I feed my crew canned in the morning and then they get 2 raw meals in the p.m., so yes, you can feed canned and raw. If you get them switched completely to canned then you can at least occassionally give them some bites of raw if you feel like it.
The type of raw that I feed is what's called the prey model, which is often described as an attempt to rebuild a mouse from the sum of it's parts. It involves feeding muscle meat, bone and organs in the following percentages, 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, and 5% other secreting organ (kidney is the most readily available). The percentages can be balanced out over a certain time period, each meal doesn't have to consist of those ratios. I usually balance out over a week.
This type of diet costs a lot less than buying pre-made raw like Nature's Variety or Stella & Chewy's, although it is more work. The cost varies depending on what I buy.
Here is a real world example. I just finished making 23 individual cat meals that are a mix of turkey breast, chicken breast, and chicken gizzards. I chunk up the meat with my kitchen shears which, buy the way, are your best friend if you decide to feed prey model. The total cost of the 3 meats was $9.25 which comes out to bascially 40 cents a meal/cat. I suppose that might be expensive compared to cheaper cat food, but it is a lot cheaper than the cans of NV Instinct that I usually feed them when they get canned. Oh, and I portion out my homemade raw in rather generous portions.
Good luck and purrs,
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