I don't want to hijack this thread, but Saitenyo, I just looked up Primal and Nature's Variety, and our pet store (small 3 store chain), carries both...I haven't really looked into raw presented in that format before...but Primal looks intriguing, with the venison and rabbit, which I've never seen in a canned food...can you tell me more about those? Are they in some kind of nugget form? I'm 99% certain Spencer wouldn't eat it (that boy's pickiness drives me crazy), but I think Lily would love it...I don't want to go totally raw, but I'd love to try and incorporate some into their diets..
Yeah, they come in frozen nuggets (Primal nuggets are little rectangles, NV are little rounds).
Athena seemed to like them right away (and will readily eat any kind I put down for her) but Apollo had to be coaxed into them by mixing a little canned into the nuggets. I still have to do this on occasion with certain flavors that he's picky about.
It's probably not as ideal as homemade raw, as they do contain some vegetables, but I still feel way better about it than any other commercial food because of the improvements I've seen in my cats' and Athena's bowel issues on it. And it certainly solves the convenience issue of raw. Basically I just portion out meals (usually 3 days worth of meals at a time since they can sit safely in the fridge for that long) into little plastic baggies and let them defrost in the fridge (takes anywhere from 12-24 hours) then I place the baggy in a bowl of warm water to take out some of the chill right before feeding (since my cats won't eat it cold).
I personally like Primal more than NV because of their lower carb content, because my cats seem to like it more, and because they make separate cat and dog formulas which suggests to me they're paying more careful attention to individual species needs.
However the only place I can get Primal sadly only carries a very limited selection so I've had to turn to NV to supplement additional meats (just rabbit currently). My cats get NV Rabbit, along with Primal Turkey and Chicken (Apollo can't eat raw beef, so that's out, venison is insanely expensive, and so far I haven't been able to find quail, which is a shame because I'd love to include that in their diet...I'm just feeding them Merrick Quail for now).
All-in-all, I've been very happy with their raw diet. It's solved Athena's stool/gas issues completely, and both cats' coats are much softer on it.