Originally Posted by Maistaff
The Royal Canin is the food she has been wheened on to and not wanting to upset her too much what with moving home to mine i want to keep as much as possible the same e.g her diet
Why? There is no benefit at all to keeping her on a poor, dry food.
I am a great believer that all animals need meat be it in a wet food format or raw. I have tried feeding raw with my dogs BUT i found that i had no confidence in myself to get the balance right and as i both show and compete my dogs in agility i need to ensure their diet is the best i can offer them.
Well, come over to the raw forum and we'll help you.
It's very simple, really, for both dogs and cats. I feed 3 dogs and 3 cats -- all raw.
I have no objections to feeding my kitten raw chicken as i currently feed raw chicken wings to my dogs as an extra source of raw meat and bone. I also feed fish, tuna, mackeral, sardines etc to my dogs so again my kitten will also get fish added to her diet.
Fish is not a natural food for cats and can result in UTIs, etc. I feed fish maybe once every few weeks -- that's it. If you want to feed it, feed it in VERY small quantities, and make sure that it is not canned fish but raw. But generally, avoid it.
The Royal Canin or what ever dry food i chose will be the main part of her diet with my added meats. I will feed the wet food, again she gets Royal Canin wet food which i won't change for now but will investigate others once i have her home but with a steady introduction as again i don't want to upset her digestive system with too much change to her diet.
Well, I don't recommend having dry food as the "main part" of the diet (or any part). And again--take a look at the ingredients in that food. ICK!
You are worrying too much about upsetting the digestive system. Cats change foods all the time and manage just fine. If you are really worried, just mix some of the old with some of the new, and over the course of a few days, reduce the old food and increase the new. Being worried about change is not a good reason to keep feeding a poor food . . .
I also don't recommend mixing raw and commercial. It is easy to feed a balanced raw diet, but if you are mixing raw and commercial, it is very easy to UNbalance things.