Oops well PM only lets me say like 1 thing and my email is down (argh)
so I'll just respond here. There's nothing private about it, I just mentioned taking it to email since AngelZoo and I are always talking food!!
I totally understand how you feel, it is hard to get away from kibble, as we are so indoctrinated to believe that only 'pet food' commercially made will supply what our pets need. The best thing for us was finding a vet who does this as well. Below I have some links on that. It is so great to have a very knowledgeable vet there to support and advise us, rather than argue with!
I do believe that all pets can be fed at home and have their nutritional needs more than met! Unfortunately I will admit that I have not managed to convince my cats of this, so I too feed kibble but I supplement it as much as they'll allow. I have a lot more experience with dogs and feeding dogs naturally, however I think the basics are overall the same for cats and dogs.
I totally agree about no one knowing it all. I started doing this about 8 years ago with a dog, and I'm still reading and researching pretty much every day. I don't know if I will ever feel I have enough information on their needs, nutrition, etc etc. I am no expert but I love to share what I have learned as well as learning from others.
I'm not sure what you mean by pet meat. Do you mean the prepackaged 'BARF' (raw) meals for pets at some pet stores? I have never tried those out, they are so expensive here! We just buy meat for all of us together, pets and humans, at the market or butcher.
Here are some links and books that I think are great. I am considering starting a small message board at MSN for all us natural feeders to share information, links, recipes etc so when I get around to that I will let you know!
Hope you find some of this helpful!
This site focuses on Kymythy Schulze's book (great read)
and has other resources including information on workshops.http://home.earthlink.net/~affenbar/
Introduction to natural feeding article by Kymythy Schulzehttp://www.workingdogs.com/doc0164.htm
Directory of natural feeding information, use the links to
explore different topics (some are PDF files so you need Adobe)http://www.animalsnaturally.com/information/
Good cat specific overviewhttp://www.drwoodley.com/cat-nutrition.html
Interesting analysis of the Pottenger studyhttp://www.beyondveg.com/tu-j-l/raw-...ooked-1h.shtml
Many interesting articleshttp://www.holisticat.com/articles.html
Dr. Pitcairn's sitehttp://www.drpitcairn.com/
Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats - Kymythy R. Schultze c1999
Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats -
Dr. Richard Pitcairn c1995
Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative
- Donald R. Strombeck c1999
The New Natural Cat: A Complete Guide for Finicky Owners
- Anitra Frazier c1990
Also books by Billinghurst or Volhard among others. Using Amazon.com,
when you look up these titles it is possible to explore many related
titles as well. You could read about this stuff for a looong time!
Finding a holistic vet:
Holistic vets are generally more supportive and knowledgeable about
natural care, especially those who are nutritionists as well. Cost is
slightly higher in my experience per visit, but I find there are
fewer visits overall necessary.
Directory of holistic vets by state (choose on drop down menu at left)
including a key of specializations.http://www.ahvma.org/states_and_dire...directory.html
Listing of vets who have studied with Pitcairn:http://www.drpitcairn.com/anhcreferrals.html