Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Johnson City, TN
Granted, I haven't had as much experience in this department as others, but it has always seemed to me that homemade raw was a MUCH less expensive choice (I did some price comparisons when I was starting out, and pre-made wasn't even financially feasible).
I'm not trying to be rude, but I'm honestly having a really hard time with your argument that feeding all raw is too much work. I won't deny that all cats are different, and I'm sure that some have lived to be 20 with perfect teeth having eaten nothing but canned and kibble, but such cases stand out as exceptions rather than the norm. I constantly hear of people coming to raw food after their cat has had X number of teeth extracted, and their vet is recommending annual teeth cleanings to prevent further removals. Changing to a diet that has the added benefit of acting as a toothbrush has resulted in dramatic reversals of overall dental health for many cats.
I hope that you will at least continue to offer chunks of meat mixed with the premade ground if you are determined and able to switch from chunks.
Alright, now that I've said that...:
Since your picky cat does not want the premade mixed with wet food, using the Rad Cat premade (because the Rad Cat does not contain vegetable or other fillers, it is going to be the most similar in flavor to the meat that Tiikiri already enjoys), I would try smearing a small quantity on chunks of meat that Tiikiri likes best, and slowly increase the quantity of the ground food that you give with every meal.
If Tiikiri refuses it even this way, I would try offering a small quantity of ground hamburger or chicken, to see if the issue is the fact that the premade foods are ground (i.e. a texture issue) or, if Tiikiri is happy to chow on plain hamburger, if he can be switched by mixing the plain ground meat with the premade.