I spoke to our Vet today & she was not opposed to a raw diet for our kitten. Her concern was that we be extremely diligent in our handling of the raw food in order to protect ourselves from any salmonella problems that could arise. Our vet was also concerned that a household with small children would need to be extra careful when it comes to feeding a raw diet to pets. You wouldn't want the kids getting into the raw food. Since we are obsessive when it comes to keeping things clean I knew that we would have no problem with handling the raw food.
Armed with our vets approval and her concerns in mind I proceeded to our local groomer/store which happens to be one of the best stores in our area for buying pet food. I spoke to the owner about feeding a raw diet and we discussed the many options available to us. The owner of the store gave me a sample of Wild Kitty, a commercially prepared complete raw diet. I was anxious to see if our kitten would take to this new food. Once home, I let the food thaw and placed a bit out for our kitten to try. He was at his kibble bowl (which we leave out for in between snacks) nibbling. I put a plate with a bit of the Wild Kitty raw food down next to him. He looked at the raw food, sniffed it, sniffed the kibble & then proceeded to eat the raw food.
He seemed to really enjoy the raw food!
I would like to know if these commercially prepared complete raw diets are worth it? We are unable to make our own raw food at home so buying a commercially prepared raw food is our best option.
Should the raw food be fed to our kitten cold, right out of the fridge? Or should it be warmed up?
Will we need any additional supplements? I don't think we will but I am hoping some of the experienced raw feeders can chime in on this.
Is there anything that I need to know when it comes to feeding our growing kitty a 100% raw diet? He is about 5 months old and weighs around 5 lbs or so.
Thank you in advance for your replies & allowing me the opportunity to learn from all of you who are much more experienced than we are.