We used to feed Science Diet dry to our cats and then switched to Royal Canin. We then tried a few others and always with same results... we had too many with diarrhea problems and just not thriving. We spent a small fortune on vets and prescription foods but then learned what the dry food market is actually about. A breeder friend in Canada, Judith Schulz, talked me into trying to feed raw and I have never regretted it. We have fed raw meat since then and dry is used for a couple boys who came to us used to only dry but they also eat raw meat mix.
Cats are carnivores and need meat. Too many of the dry foods that are out there nowadays, are full of fillers and ingredients that are dangerous to the long-term health of your cat. It is just like with people....if they do not eat right, they may be okay, but they may not. And if you love your cat, why take a chance on their future? For those who prefer to buy grocery store meats, there is a company who sells a powder mix for that. Feline Instincts, in Florida, has a few varieties of powder to fit your needs. They also sell a powdered liver (beef or chicken) and a large squeeze bottle of salmon oil (saves pricking oil capsules for each meal). Our cats do well on this and love the flavor. Our kittens are raised on this mix and really thrive on it. You can buy this powder with the liver included, as we do, saving yourself time. Once a week we recommend feeding chicken necks with nothing added. It is mostly bone with very little flesh, so it is not for everyday feeding. The cats enjoy it very much though so a little once in a while is a good thing. You can buy chicken wings in the grocery store and your cat will love it! They can make a mess dragging it around the floor though. An occasional beef chunk (raw only) can also be a good treat and although they take a while to chew it all up, they have a blast doing this. See photo at bottom of page.
For this book shown below that we found online:
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