Re: Feline Future, and vet opinions...
We are lucky - Gracie's vets are cat specialists*, and they believe in wet food, without grains or fish or vegetables, and encourage raw food, too. So not all vets have the same mindset. I guess that is one of the advantages of living in Southern California - there's plenty to complain about here
but plenty to praise
too, and progressive or alternative medicine and nutrition, for both humans and animals, is available if you look for it.
We use the powder mix from Feline Future, and Gracie seems to be thriving on it. I like the idea that her raw meals have the appropriate supplements provided by the mix. My only comment that would be slightly negative is the amount of water recommended to mix with the powder, the meat mix can get pretty gloppy or watery sometimes, so I occasionally cut back on the water. I do follow the directions and freeze portions for her first (in an ice-cube tray) and by the time they are thawed back out for her to eat, the consistency has improved. The mix recommends any of a range of meats or poultry, plus a proportion of fresh liver, or a separate liver powder which they also sell. I mostly add chicken liver but sometimes use the powder, depending...
We also give her canned, because I have been finding it hard to track down much variety in meats and poultry other than chicken, turkey and quail. In the canned, she can have the benefits of other meat sources, like venison and duck (Evo 95%). I do give her beef bits if we are eating steak or hamburger, but most other meats we don't give her. We don't buy organic steak, we mostly get the next best - free-range, because it is more affordable. I don't know if the cattle go through feedlots at the end of their lives or if they are entirely range-fed. I also don't give her pork, because I don't trust how pigs are raised in this country (another topic altogether), and I have never seen organic pork locally. I figure with her body size and cats' inability to handle chemicals and medications in general, it is best to be cautious for her. I am trying to stay away from brined poultry, too - I was not really aware of how many producers of chicken put extra salt into their birds.
Sorry this is such a long post, I hope it has something useful in it!
(* they also treat birds - there are a few pet chickens and a duck that sometimes hang out in the waiting room, sometimes the cats get a little nervous! they're a lot bigger than the sparrows at the birdfeeder!)