My rescue kitten came to us at 6 months...he was an outdoor cat till he got hit by a car and lost a leg. Now he's 100% indoor, but we call him garbage can cat, because he'll eat anything, (probably from growing up outdoors) and has been known to get up on the counter and tear open meat packages when I'm putting away the groceries. I found out by accident that he loves ground meat. I dropped some when making hamburgers and now he sits at my feet waiting for me to throw it to him. We don't feed our cats raw except the occasional treat.
My only other piece of advice if you don't already have cats...GET TWO.
That's funny because we had a neighbor cat that would visit us and he would constantly get into my meat that I had thawing on the counter. I had to start putting bowls over it!
May I ask why your cats don't eat raw? Are you concerned about them digesting it?
I feed my cats grain free foods. If you want dry food, I *highly recommend* "Taste of the Wild."
"Taste of the Wild" also makes a canned version, too. I have found "Taste of the Wild" brand at PetCo, but it's honestly the only healthy food they sell there that I would feed my cats.
If you want raw meat, they actually make that! You can't find it at places like Petsmart or Petco (I call these "Pet Walmarts"), you will need to find a local "healthy pet" store. These are usually small chains or individual stores. Unfortunately the fact that dogs and cats aren't meant to eat corn and wheat hasn't really caught on, so I don't expect the Pet Walmarts to carry a variety of grain free food anytime soon.
You can also buy actually GOOD pet food at vet offices, too. They usually have some, because vets (unlike the FDA) understand animal nutrition needs.
Anyway, the kind of raw meat food I feed my cats is from a brand called "Primal." They make all sorts of varieties, and it's all grain free. It's what a cat would eat in the wild. It comes frozen, so you will need to thaw some in advanced. I usually thaw two blocks of it by putting it in the fridge, it's usually thawed by 12 hours later. Then I microwave for 6 seconds to make it warm.
I see that you can order "Primal" and "Taste of the Wild" off of Amazon, actually. These brands make various different kinds of food, look for ones meant for kittens. I know "Primal" has feeding instructions for kittens on the package (and feeding instructions based on pet's weight, er, 'optimal' weight).
Ultimately, I wouldn't feed my cats anything I would not eat (okay--I would not wililngly eat something that says "Cat Food", but you know what I mean).
My overweight cat dropped from 13 pounds to 10 pounds in about 2 months, after switching him to grain free. 3 pounds is a LOT on a cat!
Thanks for all the info. I've seen those refrigerators with food at the pet stores and wondered how nutritious they are. I do actually have a natural pet food store down the street that carries Taste of the Wild along with a few other brands.
I just started mixing in raw meat with my (older) cat's kibble. The juice from a package of meat is great as well, she loves that stuff! Eventually, I just sprinkled a ltitle kibble on top to entice her, but was eventually able to leave it out altogether.
I had to stop feeding her raw recently because she suddenly stopped eating and was losing weight very quickly (needed to lose it, but not that fast!). I think getting her to eat larger pieces of meat ASAP is really important, since it's hard to do with older cats who aren't used to it.
I'll definitely be getting the ebook soon so I can get back into this. Thanks!
Yeah, I imagine any cat would love raw meat and the juices. I appreciate your help. I think we'll try the raw meat right away and if it doesn't take to it, try the healthy kibbles and mix in the meat. I hope the weight loss on your cat wasn't anything serious.