I feed my cats raw, my previous cat was also on raw, my friends' cats in Russia were all on raw/homemade, I read cats forums lately - honestly, I cannot remember one case of cats bacterial infection due to raw diet. So I just wonder whether any of you know/heard of any cat who was on raw and got bacterial infection? There is lots of "smoke" around it, that's true, I just would like to know what's going on "in practice" not just in theory
I've heard (dont' know whether it's true) that cats digest food in 12 hours or so and it takes at least 24 hours for salmonella to develop, and therefore cats cannot get salmonella. Again, I haven't heard of a cat who got salmonella but would love to hear your experience.
One more thing to consider. I do not know anybody who gets the meat when the cow was killed in the morning, and the person got the meat late this morning
. I'm sure the meat we get from Costco, supermarkets, butcher's stores etc. were deep frozen long before they came to us. So I hope most if not all parasites and bacterias died before the food gets to us.
I think (may be certanly mistaken) that many vets are NOT really interested in our cats staying healthy till the end of their lives, if our cat is sick the vet financially benefits from it... So IMHO if commercial food diet is bad for the cats, especially in the long run (!) then this is what vet should recommend us in order to stay in business and be successfull. No offence to vets, it is all generalizations, I'm sure there are wonderful vets who love cats etc.
If dry food is so healthy for cats then I wonder why they don't feed lions, tigers and other "big wild cats" in the Zoo with dry kibbles? It would be so much more convenient and cheap, right? Nevertheless they feed them raw meat.