Originally Posted by space1101
I have to thank many people here for the informations on the pros and cons of commercial cat food and raw diet. (Althought the thread seems to have disappeared). I'm thinking maybe I should start giving my cat some home prepared cat food sometimes. Do you think TCfeline is a good premix that I can add to cooked meat?
That premix is intended to be added to nutritionally incomplete raw food diets, but it is intended for raw food diets, so it won't replace taurine for example.
Dr Lisa Pierson, the most quoted raw advocate on this site and where most internet information comes from, does recommend cooking raw meat purchased from grocery stores but also against creating random untested recipes:
Dr Lisa Pierson - Raw Advocate
I recently came across a post on an internet group stating how "wonderful" myMaking Cat Food page is - including the recipe provided below. However, the poster then went on to outline what she was feeding to her cat which was not even close to the recipe discussed on this webpage! This poor cat was being fed a terribly UNbalanced diet because his owner was using her own 'creation' based very loosely on the recipe below.
She had completely missed the boat on this very critical issue and was harming her cat - plain and simple. Do it and do it right, or don't do it at all.
I buy only whole meats from the market... knowing that the above precautions were no guarantee that I would be feeding a safe diet, I now bake the chicken/turkey thighs to the point where they are ~25-50% cooked on the outside and 50-75% raw on the inside.
I definitely suggest doing this for any animal that may be immunocompromised due to illness, advanced age, or if they are receiving any immunosuppressive medications, or antacids.
Certainly 50% cooked would reduce the risk of serious contamination compared to completely raw, but per the FDA the meat has to reach a minimum internal temperature to destroy all pathogens, and this would certainly require taurine supplementation. So a supplement specifically designed for cooked meat feeding would be warranted, not one for nutrient deficient raw.