Well, a little update.
I said I wasn't ready to make the raw myself, but I changed my mind. DH and I had the funniest conversation over the weekend. It was something like
Me: Can I have a meat grinder for my birthday?
DH: Um, sure why?
Me: So I can make cat food.
Wait, you need a grinder?
Me: That's what I said.
DH: Just a minute.
An hour later, he emerged from his dungeon with a grinder. I'm not kidding. A hand crank one, but hey it works. I married a real packrat, didn't I?
So anyway, I used this
I used half beef, half chicken thighs...as none of mine seem thrilled about chicken alone but I thought a blend might work.
Leopold TASTED it. Twice.
Momma loves it, and NONE of it has come back up. I don't think I've let her have a WHOLE ounce yet in one sitting but she's come close. When she walks away from her plate, I count to 100...then I know it will stay down if I get that far. LOL So far so good.
Pixel inhaled some of it at lunch today. I heard a big kitty burp come from the next room. I was worried, but she did OK. Just a burp.
I noticed that this stuff does not have a "smell" to it the way the NV medallions do. Because of that, both Momma and Pixel ignored it until I got them to try some on my finger. Then they dove in.
I did follow the advice from catinfo.org, and cut the B complex amount in half for the first batch, as it does have a nasty aroma to it. She said the smell could prevent them from trying it at first. I don't smell it in this, though. I don't anticipate any problem using the full amount for the next batch.
Leopold just tasted it anyway, smell or no smell. I don't know what his deal is...as he's been my "holdout" with raw the whole time. He did get annoyed when he found a bone piece on the 2nd bite last night. He doesn't have any teeth behind his canines, so I can understand him getting perturbed about that. He still tried it again today, though.
Beandip and Junior are not impressed with the finished product. I think it's the texture that they don't care for. It turned out sorta gooey and snotty...which I believe is the exact reason that they both don't care too much for the NVP chicken/turkey. They both prefer beef and lamb...lamb is bloody, but not snotty. I couldn't get them to eat the snotty venison, either. So I will try to get a lumpier texture next time.
So how's everyone doing?