Do you guys believe that raw food should be balanced and "complete" every meal or should balance be achieved over time?
I ask because I'm feeding two different brands to Mango. The first brand is supposed to be balanced, has supplements, etc., but uses bone meal instead of actual bones for calcium. I would prefer real grounded bones to be used rather than lamb bone meal for every flavor.
The second brand uses real bones AND the meat is supposed to be organic, BUT other than salmon oil, no other supplements are added. I asked the store personnel about this and she said that with this particular brand, a variety of different proteins need to be used.
Of course, I would feed different proteins regardless of the brand, BUT this latter brand I'm talking about doesn't contain egg yolk or B-complex or vitamin E, and so on. Is this safe? No vegetables are present, which I know can be a good thing since cats don't need it. But can cats REALLY derive all the nutrients they need just by eating different meat proteins without any supplementation?
(I'm concerned with this because it could be coincidental or maybe not, but my dog was also on this no-supplementation brand, but in the canine version of it, and two months after she was 100% on it, itching issues started and although her diet has since changed, the scratching hasn't stopped. It's been almost one year now. She's been to several vets, done lots of testing, and no one seems to be able to figure it out. The diet is the only thing that really changed during that period of time. Thinking back, I'm worried that she wasn't getting everything she needed nutritionally with just meat and their organs...just a speculation.)