EUREKA! (and some questions about percentages!)
Soooooo excited, was randomly talking to a lady here at work and mentioned that I wanted to transition our kitties to raw. She has dogs and one of them wasn't tolerating any kind of kibble and so she switched HIM to a raw diet, and has a supplier who makes weekly runs to within about 25 miles of our house! It's called Totally Raw Dog Food and on their website they sell "prey complete" patties, which are really similar to the ones my kitties would need. I'm sold!
Here's the one catch: the percentages are a little bit off. The patties are 70% muscle meats, 15% bone and 15% liver and other organs (tongue, stomach, kidney, etc.). I'm thinking that 15% bone might be a bit high/constipating for the kitties so here was my plan (tell me if anything sounds wrong/like it wouldn't work): buy the patties, they come in 8 oz patties, 10 in a box. Wicket is meant to get about 5.5 oz a day if eating raw, for his ideal weight (+/- 11 lbs, he's probably 14 right now). The kitten should be on a similar amount until he's a year old. If I fed 4 oz a day of the patties, then fed just straight chunky raw meat, whatever they like, mixed in, to increase the muscle meat percentage, does that seem like it would balance out enough?
The patties they have are between 2.29 and 2.59 per lb, so if we went through 20 lbs a month it would only be like 50 bucks! SO MUCH CHEAPER than what we're doing now, and so much better!
I did go to our local butcher last night and I could source most things from them but they won't grind any bone or organs because it's so hard to clean out and the bone could contaminate other orders so I would still have to supplement bone meal etc. if I bought through them.
What do you all think, does it sound reasonable?
I'm so excited! I'm thinking of putting in an order for this coming Saturday!