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My cat loves the raw meat. I buy it pre-packaged from Red Dog Deli though. However, it's not just meat, but a mix of meat, organs and bone with a small amount of vegetables:
"Blue Kat meals for cats contain 98% meat mixture and 2% vegetables. The meat mixture contains approximately 30% organs - 20% heart for dietary taurine requirements and 10% liver for Vitamin A. The cat meals also contain wild salmon oil and free-range egg yolks."
They sell a buffalo meal and turkey meal, but they warn on the buffalo meal note to make this the only food, as it has no bones in the meal. The turkey meal is 25% ground bones, for the calcium content.
The only problem with the turkey meal is my cat likes it too much. It makes her really affectionate and snuggly. She is always really eager for it, and bugs me when I'm on the computer or in the early mornings and tries to wake me up at 6 am.
I'm curious about this too. I'm considering getting a cat, and I want to feed it quality food. However, I highly doubt I can afford to be feeding it meat, when I have enough trouble feeding myself. *sigh*
Yeah, we can hardly afford to feed ourselves, let alone the cat! ... so will regular cheap cuts of meat from the supermarket do it? Is it at least better than dry food? I was checking the prices of grain-free foods online, and they're so expensive. =\
Google up Slanker's Meats in Texas. They sell a high-vitamin, high organ mix grass fed ground meat pet food. All grass fed, all pure and natural, no fillers, nothing but meat/fat/organs. $2.50 a pound shipped right to your door. And it is a great 2 x a week supplement to a human's intake, too.
Well, what I feed my cats is not raw, or probably the "best out there", but they like it. It is called "By Nature: Organic Chicken". No grain, no corn. Meat is main ingredient. I am a big believer in NOT feeding your pets corn or grain. While most cats eat eat eat nonstop of their corn food, my three cats slowly graze over their dry food all day. Eat a little, get full, and go on. They are all very lean, not fat at all, very energetic and have BEAUTIFUL coats. It is a little expensive at $20 per bag, but it really pans out because that bag will last a little over 2 weeks with 3 cats. Not bad. I get it at Petsmart...it is the ONLY decent food I found there for cats.
"Just as in the human world, an overabundance of high-calorie carbohydrates in a pet food diet can lead to obesity, diabetes and overall listlessness. EVO® is appropriate for many dogs and cats and stands out as a healthful food alternative for pets who will perform better on a grain free diet ..."
Decent brands of grain-free food are EVO95%, By nature organics, Wellness, Nature's Variety Instinct.
IF you do a home-based food it's very, very important to feed more than just meat. Cats need meat, bone and organs (just as if they were eating real prey i.e. mice & birds). If you just feed meat, they don't get any calcium, for example (which would come from the bone). Organs also have important nutrients. The ratio should be approx. 80-85% meat, 5-10% bone and 10% organ. It can be very cheap to do home-based if you buy on sale.
Raphael, I have a 6 dogs and 4 cats. You can imagine how much it will cost me weekly to feed them properly. But guess what, almost nothing. I get most of free stuff site. I used mostly www.askfreehunters.com free pet food section. I subscribe to most of those sites and as soon as the free food get a offered i request.
The brand I use is Blue Ridge (I think) - it's high in protein and no grains. (God knows why they think cats need sweet potatoes though). I supplement the dry food with bits of chicken thighs and chicken livers (I get both from my grocery). I can't switch them completely over to raw food because I get called out for business trips every month or so for three days at a time. They need to be able to eat kibble on those occasions.
I wonder if frozen pinky mice would be a good supplememnt to the cats' diet.