I've had my 14-year-old CRF/CKD cat, Wintressia, on a raw diet for several months. She's doing well, and she loves the raw foods. I've wanted to switch her over to whole prey (or at least Frankenprey), but I've had some difficulty, so I've been mostly feeding her commercial ground raw, mostly Feline's Pride and Rad Cat, and mostly "fowl" meats like chicken and turkey.
I started to look around for other options in order to switch up her protein sources (both for nutritional reasons and so she didn't get bored of one type of meat) and I found Hare Today. They sell a huge variety of ground meats, some of them fairly exotic.
I purchased several one-pound rolls of various ground meats from Hare Today, including pheasant, goat, llama, mutton, and beef. I made sure to get the ground meats that included bone and organs. I got the "fine" grinds. I got some Alnutrin supplement as well, since the ground meats are unsupplemented.
Here's an example of the type I got:
My cat LOVES the "novel" meats like the llama and mutton. She polishes off her meals in seconds.
Then, a few days ago, I noticed something leftover in her dish and picked it out. It was a small bone shard, quite sharp on both ends, about the length of my pinky fingernail and about 1/3 of its width.
Tonight, I literally picked through her dinner portion of mutton and pulled out all of these bone shards. Keep in mind that all of this is from just ONE ounce of meat:
I know most of them are small and pretty much just rounded nublets of bone bits and probably pose zero danger, but there are a few VERY sharp shards:
These sharp shards are quite sharp, and do not break or shatter when I try to bend them.
My cat has been eating the llama and mutton grinds for at least a week now, and I haven't seen any signs of bleeding in her mouth, or blood in her stool. Nor have I seen her pawing at her mouth (indicating a bone shard stuck in her teeth). She is still acting normally and does not seem to be in any pain.
However, I'm very worried now. Is there a good chance that these shards will perforate her stomach or intestines? Should I stop feeding the Hare Today grinds altogether? Are these sharp shards a cause for concern? Should I take her to the vet for an x-ray/exam even though she hasn't shown signs of pain?
I can always comb through her meals and pick out all of the sharp bone shards before I give it to her, but then she might not be getting enough bone in her diet.
Has anyone had any experience with shards like this? Any advice is appreciated.