Originally Posted by missymotus
You can, but chunks of meat are far better than ground. Ground meat they have no need to tear and chew, which is what works their jaw muscles and helps clean teeth.
Well problem is Korina, a beautiful mink bengal is afflicted with Gingivitis.
Last year she had to have her right front canine tooth pulled with a cuspid and 2 of the small front ones.
She is only 6, so it's depressing (when she tries to eat the dry of her sister's bowl it falls out of her mouth and on the floor, she might drop like 10 kibbles)
Before her extractions she half a can of good wet and dry each day.
After her surgery I try my hardest to feed her 1 can of wet a day (sometimes she forgets and messes up the free feed dry bowl for the other cat).
Anyways, my main gripe with raw other than handling and work (Im a single 30 yr guy who works in IT, I dont know how to cook a chicken
) is that of food safety.
Look, we live in a world where our food supply now matter how superior to many countries is tainted. If it's not disease it's jerks moving cows around with forklifts.
I have little respect or faith in our "big farm industries" Especially last year when a company wanted to market beef tested for Mad Cow, and the industry lobbyists and local politicians came down like a ton of bricks on that company.
God If I lived in the country next door to a poultry farm ( I know the smell would suck) and some hardworking farmer butchered and diced it up for me, wow that would work.
Or if a reputable butcher shop did the work or made pre-cut raw, fortified to be cookable at home.
So for me, its a decision between feeding Korina the very best quality canned wet foods (Instinct, Merricks, EVO, and ocassionaly Weruva fish, and Wellness pouches as treats) which arguably is the best commercial diet available in America for a cat.
Or switch my cat to raw, which the only pro in it is the health benefit to my cat. I don't care about nor think the benefit of cost savings, really in the end this all about what is healthiest for my cat and what is safest.
Its a shame there is no brand out there with enough guts to make human grade pet food (by human grade I mean the same meats, and testing, and hygiene standards we do) and sell based on the guarantee that it is food safe enough for your pet.
Rachel Ray recently came out with a food, and although her heart seems in the right place, its a shame she put her "dunkin donuts" brand value for it. It seems like a shot in the pants product that is probably re badged food, with rice and wheat gluten (probably equal to nutro).
And they are donating all profits to saving animals. Which is all nice.
But as we know this brand won't last.
Really, someone like Rachel Ray could have taken a company like Nature's Variety or Merricks over the top.
If a Food celebrity like Rachel got on TV and repeated the rants we all know by heart about corn, wheat, rice, byproducts etc it would devastate the grocery store markets brands.