This is ME
I started when the recalls happened, but I was already looking for a way to get my cats off of dry food. All were overweight and on less than a 1/2 cup of food a day. Izzy was literally twice what she should way.
I tried the raw diet from catinfo.org. However 5 of my 7 developed severe diarrhea 2 months in. The vet I was using at the time gave me a nasty "poo poo" lecture on raw feeding. However when I showed the recipe I was using and that it was balanced they said they could agree with it if the chicken was cooked.
So I switched to baking the chicken thighs at a low temp and then grinding it and adding back ALL of the liquid from the baking.
The fat cats have gradually lost weight and no signs of hepatic lipidosis in over a year. I had a kitty die 7 years ago from HL and I am terrified of it. One of the reasons I wanted the cats to get to a healthier weight.
Switching to cooked got one of my holdouts to eat the homemade. So now I have 6 of 7 eating only cooked homemade Since April of last year.
I have been going through getting bloodwork on all since they are now hitting the "senior" age of 8-9. I got the ultimate compliment from the new vet when I brought the first on in. "this is what a healthy cat should look like!"
What I have noticed is more energy, bright eyes, great coat. Better poop quality and much less stinky!
Zoe, my 12 going on 13 year old just got diagnosed with CRF last week. Thus my interest and questions in the CRF thread. I was so glad to read that I don't have to change her diet. After doing all the research to switching to homemade I am really adamant about not having to switch back to commercial, especially what I think of as junky renal diets.
I would be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have. I have a spread sheet with approximations of the actual concentrations of vitamins and minerals for the food. I have some food labs that I need to contact to send in a sample to get exact numbers. PM if you want to.
For me, with so many kitties, it is actually less expensive for me to feed the homemade food vs feeding canned food. It is a bit labor intensive, as it takes a good 3 hours once a week to make the food. 12 lbs of chicken thighs every eight days I go through. I buy them in bulk at Sam's club. I buy the boneless skinless thighs as I don't grind bone but use Now bonemeal.
for the supplements I buy through luckyvitamin.com They have awesome prices plus on top of it give bulk discounts. Plus shipping is only 5.95
I have to thank you again Dr. Jean for all the wonderul information you have provided. We are so lucky to have you visit us here!