Last week while I was picking up a bag of cat food for Murray, I happened to notice a freezer in my pet store which stated that they'd soon be carrying Frozen Raw Food for both Dogs and Cats. I'm aware that many folks consider a Raw diet to be the best diet to feed dogs and cats but I don't know the first thing about it.
Right now Murray is being fed Natural Balance Dry..the one in the Pink bag and seems to like it. I don't care much for it as it gives him some awful smelling breath, like garlic or something..yuck! I know there are quite a few folks here who also feed Natural Balance dry food. Anyway, back to the main reason for this post.
The Frozen Raw food that will soon be availiable is called Nature's Variety Prarie. It comes in both Patties and Medallions. Anyone out there have experience with this food? Should I consider switching Murray to it? Is it safe to feed raw like that? I would think they could catch any number of diseases from raw meats. I'm so lost.
My choices for cat food are as follows...any recommendations for my two and a half year old, 8 lb, moderately active kitty would be appreciated.
*Typical Grocery Store JUNK..I refuse to feed this
*Science Diet (Both Dry and Wet)
*Royal Canin Dry
*Felidae (Both Dry and Wet)
*Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul (Both Dry and Wet)
*Nutro (Both Dry and Wet)
*Natural Blend (Both Dry and Wet)
*Nature's Variety (Frozen Raw)
*Solid Gold Dry
*Pro Plan Dry..not sure if there is wet availiable or not
*Eagle Pack (Both Dry and Wet)
Murray was raised on Royal Canin Dry the first year of his life. He was then switched to Solid Gold briefly until I purchased a bad bag of it and he stopped eating it. He was then switched to eating Merrick Wet with a bit of Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul Dry as a treat. He remained on that diet until I ran out of canned food and didn't have the money to get anymore, so he ate solely the Chicken Soup Dry food from then on. I recently stopped using the Chicken Soup food after the issue with Diamond Pet Foods. I know the Chicken Soup foods weren't affected but it scared me so I chose to stop use of that food. Murray is now on the Natural Balance (Pink Bag).
I've been trying to find a GOOD holistic food. I know that ultimately canned food is a better choice then dry kibble. I also know that raw food (based on what some folks say) is better then either of them. I'm worried about diabeties and short life span with the dry kibble and worried about the hyperthyroidism with the Canned.
I'm very much a worry wart. I'm also worried about potential diseases from feeding Raw food so now what shall I do? Are there any economical alternatives that I can order online without spending two arms and a leg? Hubby and I can't afford more than $40 a month for cat food as we've also got a large breed dog to buy holistic food for.