Thank you for that link. It only makes me more confused though!
In July Hugo (who was then eating 50% dry, 50% wet) was hospitalized with struvite crystals. After a period on the rx diet & acidifier his ph was perfect but I didn't want him on the rx food so, we went to all canned and about a month ago, started adding raw. Because I am so concerned about the balance of calcium & other nutrients, I'm still at 50% raw, 50% wet Wellness canned. The first batch of raw I made with the Feline Futures premix, the second (which he is currently eating) is meaty chunks (with taurine and salmon oil added several times a week) and cornish hen meaty bones twice a week.
My vet says some cats are just prone to high ph and as long as we monitor his ph, there is no danger to him taking the daily acidifer. She thinks the raw diet is good for him but she did caution me about getting the calcium balance right. The truth is, I will never feel comfortable trying to achieve this balance on my own with his health at risk. In order to stay on the raw diet, I am thinking about going back to the premix - been looking at a product, Alnutrin with EggShell Calcium (http://www.knowwhatyoufeed.com/alnutrin ... lcium.html
), that I may try. To me, the extra money may be worth the piece of mind that the balance is correct. And I suppose this would mean no more bone-in meals.
Not feeling good about the mice. Not sure why. Would boneless chicken chunks and a whole mouse or 2 a week provide the organs and bones they need? If it were that simple, I might try taking the plunge.
I feel like I am spinning my wheels and getting nowhere! Thanks for reading and for your comments.