I started out feeding him Spring Meadows and then tried Nature's Variety. By the time I gave in and switched to kibble he was turning his nose up at both. I was also giving him raw beef heart and chicken which originally he loved and turned his nose up at the more upset his tummy got. I hated to switch him but at that point I just wanted him to eat.
Good heavens, you went from raw to kibble? Why not try a canned food?
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Another Cat Forum member recently had troubles feeding commercial raw, too.
I looked up the Spring Meadows food and I think the reason your kitty may not have been doing well on it is that it appears to have a very low - possibly too low - amount of bone in it. This will naturally result in soft stools. It's hard to tell from their site, though.
If that's the case, and you were feeding plain meat meals in addition to the Spring Meadows food, that would further reduce the amount of bone Ricky was eating and exacerbate the situation, pretty much ensuring a soft stool.
The one time I fed Nature's Variety raw - way back in the very beginning when I was first researching raw - my little Yorkie has a terrible reaction to it. She gained a full pound (and she only weighed 4 pounds to begin with), she lost fur and began to have scaly, red patches of irritated skin. Nature's Variety raw medallions have a long list of non-meat ingredients (the Lamb, for instance, lists: Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseeds, Chicken Eggs, Montmorillonite Clay, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Kelp, Salmon Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Grapefruit Seed Extract and more!!!) and I don't believe it's all that great an option.
HOWEVER, other than that single attempt, I have never fed a commercial raw food, nor have I put that much effort into researching commercially produced raw foods, being more interested in fresh raw.
To be perfectly frank, after one of my cats was killed in the 2007 pet food poisoning, I did a lot of research into the pet food industry and the what / where / how of the ingredients that go into commercial cat food.... and I won't feed it to my own cats ever again (www.truthaboutpetfood.com
or you can read the book
.) So I'm not the best adviser when it comes to feeding a commercial raw food.
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If I were you and couldn't feed a fresh raw diet, then I would feed a canned grain-, fish-, veggie- and fruit-free diet (Wellness, Natural Balance, etc.).
In no way would I return to a kibble diet - it's entirely species-inappropriate and causes all kinds of problems for kitties (Species-Inappropriate: The Dangers of Dry Food
Either way, good luck with Ricky! (What a cute name!)