Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Albert, AB, Canada
Noooo!!!! NEVER mix raw and dry food! Sprinkling a bit of kibble-powder on the raw is different, but feeding 25% kibble and the rest raw is an absolute recipe for disaster!
Kibble takes about 24 hours to digest, raw takes 6. The reason raw is safe is because of the fast digestions time, so any bacteria and parasites in the meat have much less time to get a hold. If you feed it with kibble the raw can get stuck at the slower digestion rate, increasing your risk of something going wrong drastically.
OP, rather than giving kibble I'd feed wet food along with the raw. It still takes longer to digest, but not anywhere near as long as the kibble...TBH though, if it was my cat I'd take the raw food, mix in hot water from the tap to make is more 'soupy' and feed him that.
He's likely still feeling a bit off and is eating the kibble because it has a stronger odor than the raw food. Cat's appetites are stimulated by scent more than anything else.
I'd toss the kibble entirely. For 'emergencies' feed a high quality grain free canned food. I buy blue buffalo wilderness (the dog food cans, lol) for my 4 cats. They get maybe 2 meals a month of it, and that's more than enough for them. I only feed it to them when I've forgotten to thaw something, or if I'm sick, ect.
If you keep kibble in the house your kitten will smell it, and then you're risking hunger strikes (think: temper tantrums) because he wants the junk food rather than his yummy normal stuff. Like when you offer a toddler a delicious home made balanced meal and they'd rather have chicken nuggets and fries from McDs.