Switching to raw for food allergies, need advice!
I'm trying to transition my cats to a commercially frozen raw diet and am so frustrated - I need some advice/help/suggestions!
The back story is this - due to what appear to be food allergy issues in my two older cats, Sky and Puddle, I decided to start them on a novel protein diet, and chose venison. I replaced their kibble with venison kibble from addiction pet foods, and started using addiction canned venison and natural balance LID venison cans. The problem is that Sky won't eat either of them. She's used to eating Fancy Feast elegant medleys every night, and simply seems disinterested in trying anything else.
After doing a ton of reading, I decided that a raw diet was a good idea and something I wanted to try. I ordered Primal Raw frozen venison for cats (I also ordered the rabbit as a back up). Sky will only eat the raw venison when I mix it with a little bit of the canned natural balance venison. She eats about three or four licks of it, and then throws up within fifteen to twenty minutes. Puddle, her brother, will also only eat the raw venison if it's mixed with something else. He also throws it up within thirty minutes, about ninety percent of the time. I am thawing it completely and serving it chilled out of the refrigerator, so I know it hasn't spoiled.
I've been trying to transition them to the raw venison for several weeks now. I'm getting unbelievably frustrated and concerned with the vomiting. I know that they're both eating kibble, so they aren't starving, but still... Should I continue trying to adapt them to the raw venison? Or should I switch them to the rabbit? And if I switch them to the rabbit, will it impact the novel protein diet I'm attempting? Has anyone else had these issues with transitioning?