Wow, I did it and am still shocked at myself!
I've been diligently reading the forums here, a little bit every day. My cats have already been gradually eating canned food more & more each day for the past 3-4 weeks or so.
I learned (from reading here) that to begin feeding raw prey, that I should begin with some "pinkies" or "fuzzies".
So I called around to several different pet stores in my area and found the best price on frozen mice. I ended up bringing home 3 pinkies and 3 fuzzies to start with. I thought they were a good price at 99 cents each, and the best part was the store is only 6 miles from my home.
I brought them home and put the bag of them into hot water to defrost/thaw. As they were in the water, I opened the bag to peak the cats' interests. Oh, they were definitely interested!
Well, they were all interested, but few partook in playing and then eventually eating them.
One cat (Crackers) ate 3! He stole one from another cat and ended up eating all 3!!!
I could not believe how QUICKLY he ate them! I expected there to be chewing and crunching, but there really wasn't!
Nudge ate one, I can't remember if it was a pinkie or a fuzzie.
Calley ate one, again I can't remember which it was, but it was one of them.
Scamp FINALLY ate a fuzzie. I say finally because he would play with it, then drop it and begin to walk away from it. With all the other cats standing by eager to "steal" it, I kept picking it up and bringing it back to Scamp.
I was surprised the mouse was so frail because part of it's tail and it's foot came off!
I've never handled a mouse before in this way, though, so maybe that is normal.
I remembered reading on here that some folks might cut open the mice to reveal the goodies inside. Well, my husband would have rung my neck if I did that (everyone else in my home is protesting this frozen mice thing). I shocked myself because I just sort of, um, pulled at the mouse's skin until it tore a bit and then I squeezed lightly until some of the guts came out (sorry for the details). Well, that was enough to entice Scamp, LOL!
He dove right in and before I knew it, the WHOLE thing was gone--SUCCESS!
Now, I don't intend to always buy the small pinkies & fuzzies, but I'd like to try to incorporate this into their diets as we work toward "adult mice". It'll ultimately depend on finances.
Surprisingly enough, this was an interesting experience!