First off, hello! I'm new to your forum but was directed here by friends. I have 3 cats who have been on a raw diet for a year. It started when 1 was diagnosed diabetic and I did a lot of reading and found the raw diet and gave it a try. The change was incredible right off the bat in all 3! These were old fat house cats, who were now sleek, shiny, and full of energy. And best of all, my diabetic one stabilized on the food alone, no insulin required.
All has been going well. We switched from a store bought raw diet (Rad Cat) to a homemade version about 6 months in. Yes ours get the ground up version. Why? They are all pretty much toothless. 2 have crappy teeth genetically and have had most of them pulled and the other was in some sort of accident before we had him (he was a stray) and had to have most of his teeth pulled. But...about 3 weeks ago, everyone quit eating and were very lethargic. This went on for a few days before I took them to the vet, who of course is skeptical about the raw diet, but after seeing what it did for my diabetic kitty quit trying to get me to buy Science Diet!! They all had pretty high temperatures and have been on antibiotics for 10 days. Suspected Salmonella. We didn't do bloodwork then, guess we should have.
They all started eating again, and seemed a little more energetic, but 2 days ago, everyone went off their food again. Vet trip was today, and blood was drawn, and the raw food diet lecture was given by the other vet in the practice, who is convinced I've poisoned my cats. She didn't see the changes that the other vet saw, even if she did read it in his file, and now she's put some doubt into my mind.
I'm kind of at a loss as what to do. Tonight they ate some canned food, we tossed all the raw stuff we made in case we did make a mistake, so they haven't been getting that since the first vet trip. They did get some store bought raw food while recovering that they were eating with gusto, for a few days. They don't have a temp now, just not eating and lethargic again.They are indoor only, they really can't get into anything because I have baby locks on cupboards, I don't use commercial cleaners because of my own allergy issues.
The vet is making me paranoid that this is not the way to go with the raw food, even though for a year I've been a total advocate of it. Has anyone else's cat ever gotten sick from a raw diet? I know you see the articles saying it will, but are there any actual stories out there? You read tons of success stories, but I don't see any horror stories. I'm just very confused at this point, and worried about my boys
Thank you for reading this novel! I welcome any advice