One thing that bothers me is that a lot of vets have come on the news urging pet owners to feed dry food instead of wet food because of this recall issue. Why don't they just say, "Avoid the recalled brands" or "Avoid canned foods containing chunks and gravy" There was one interview with a vet in which the news person asked, "What if someone's pet just doesn't like dry food?" The doctor responded by suggesting moistening dry food with chicken broth. Big mistake. Doesn't she realize that getting dry food moist creates a breeding ground for bacteria? If you check out this site by Dr Lisa Pierson www.catinfo.org
you'll learn that wet food rules whether you're feeding raw meat or canned. If you're going to do homemade, raw is much better for them. It has more nutrients and cats really do need the moisture which would be depleted if you cooked the meat. If you're feeding raw as more than just an occasional meal or a treat which is 10% of your cat's diet it is very important to create a complete and balanced recipe. You can buy supplements to add to the raw meat so you can easily create a balanced and easy recipe. I have been feeding Rosie this diet from www.felineinstincts.com
and she likes it. I've been using a combination of chicken which I grind in a food processor and ground turkey but it's a good idea to leave some chunks of meat if your cat will eat them for dental health. If you don't want to do the work, a high quality canned diet is good but you may want to feed something better than Meow Mix. Fish shouldn't be fed as a main diet. Just choose a canned food that is not on the recall list and you should be fine, but consider that this disaster is also a lesson to teach us that many cat foods are very poorly made so you might want to avoid the mainstream brands which are so mass produced that the quality is sacrificed. I personally, although I admit I've made a radical decision have decided to avoid companies that have had any connection at all to the recall, even though they have many "safe" non-recalled brands because my feeling is "how long can we trust these other brands? If it happened once it may happen again, perhaps next time with dry food (another reason you should never use this reason to avoid wet food). I'm going with Wellness, Foster and Smith, Innova Evo, Merrick, Organix, and the last of the Pet Gold which I hear is going out of business but they also are not on the recall list. I also feed Feline Instincts raw as about 50% of Rosie's diet. I made the batch on the weekends, freeze in snack sized zip lock bags, thaw one out a day, soak bag in a bowl of hot water to warm to room temp and then put in a bowl and sprinkle a little liver powder on it that Feline Instincts sells to increase palatablity. In the beginning you might mix it with the Meow Mix and gradually decrease it if your cat won't accept the raw diet right away. My cat Spotty on the other hand doesn't eat raw so he gets canned and Innova dry in limited quantities.