Thinking about going raw...
I think you guys see these types of threads all the time, but I'd still like help/suggestions if possible.
I have two almost-10-month-old cats and one almost-8-month-old. My husband and I are gone at work for 10 hours a day, and they are still kittens with tons of energy, so I had them on EVO dry but recently switched to Wellness Core dry, which is always available to them. I also feed them wet food twice a day (Wellness, Wellness Core, EVO, Halo...I give a variety). They seem to really enjoy chicken and liver flavors best, but also like duck and quail when it's given occasionally.
They're really doing great with this...my little girl had a lot of loose stools when we first got her, and she's better now for the most part (very occasionally there's a loose stool). Their fur is very glossy and they're very healthy-looking...much better than when we first got them. I've heard that raw diets can mean pooping less...and less stinky poop!...so I'd be really excited if that happened, lol.
In a few months (probably after the holiday craziness), I'm thinking about switching them all to raw. I've already joined that raw website that Auntie Crazy posted about, and have read many of the articles there, including the ones about the companies you can order from (commercial raw) that are a little more pricey but convenient for busy people.
I know I'll have to take away their kibble first and get them on canned only...how many ounces a day? Allegro is about 9.5 pounds, Coda is 8 pounds, and Forte is about 8 pounds.
Can I start giving them raw treats occasionally, even though they're eating kibble? Right now the treats I give them are those freeze-dried chicken breast chunks and the dehydrated chicken breast VitaKitty. They really love those.
The only thing I'm worried about with raw feeding is if they decide to pick it up in their mouth and bring it over to the carpeted living room to eat. That would be a HUGE problem once we have kids crawling around in a few years. Does anyone here feed raw AND have little kids? How does that work?
Their current eating spot is in the kitchen, but it's an unused area of the kitchen, for the most part, in a little alcove, so I believe they feel safe there. Has anyone else had a problem with the cats bringing raw food to other areas of the house to tear/chew on?
Thanks in advance!