Large chains like Petco and Petsmart are less likely to carry it because so many people are influenced by vets who don't reccommend it and most people are too scared to try it or they think it's inconvenient. Large chain pet supply stores market to the general public who wants to conveniently feed their pets rather than enlightened individuals such as you or other members of this cat forum who actually study the carnivore diet.
Here's how to access raw cat food if you really want it.
I'm looking into reliable ways to access raw food. I'm on public transportation myself and the nearest stores are in Point Loma or El Cajon and I'm in San Diego and I'm not going to have raw meat thawing out while I'm on the bus for 2 hours on my way home. But I thought about contacting the stores to see if they do delivery. Petco is walking distance from my home but of course they don't carry raw.
Your first bet is to search your local area for independant pet supply stores and retailers who sell raw pet food such as Nature's Variety for example. If not you can have frozen raw food shipped to you from companies that sell the stuff such as www.onlynaturalpet.com
but it can be expensive and you have to be home to receive those packages and immediately put the raw food in the fridge or freezer. Some companies may even have distributors in your area who you can make arrangements with. This same website has a mix called sojos that you can mix with water and raw meat but I don't like that it's a corn mix and just too grainy for my taste.
So far the raw food company that I like best is Felines Pride. www.felinespride.com
Luckily they have a distributor in San Diego (So maybe they have a distributor in your area as well) and I e-mailed her to see if she can work out delivery for me.She'll probably get back to me after the Southern California wild fires are over. I hope she doesn't lose her home. As a second option I'll get in touch with the stores in Point Loma or El Cajon who carry Nature's Variety raw and ask if they deliver.
Another option is to buy a complete supplement mix from an on line retailer which you can mix with water and raw meat that you buy at your local grocery store. It's a lot of work but you won't pay for the cost of shipping frozen raw meat and the restrictions that apply. With frozen raw meat delivery you have to be home and if you're at work and can't sign for the package you lose. www.felinefuture.com
sell such supplements which are just dry mixes you can easily arrange to have shipped and you don't have to have a meat grinder if you buy chicken thighs without bones and raw liver, you can use a food processor and just follow the simple recipe.
Or your can get Freeze dried raw and reconstitute it with water. Not the same though.
Or if you are so inclined make it completely from scratch and buy a meat grinder for grinding meat and bones. These websites will show you how to do it. www.catinfo.org
I personally like the convenience of locating a company who will make the raw cat food for me and just send it to me. That's why I'm trying to get in touch with my local Feline's Pride distributor. And their food is tested in labs to be 100% negative of salmonella. I can't get that at my local grocery.