Originally Posted by MPJJJ
Would a meal of raw ground beef, raw egg, and oatmeal mixed together with a vitamin supplement sprinkled in be healthy enough to be the sole nutrition for 8 month old kittens?
MPJJJ, I'd drop the oatmeal, but if the vitamin supplement is Feline Future, you're golden. It's a supplement powder that you mix into raw meat to form a balanced raw cat food. So easy!http://www.felinefuture.com/cat_food/
If you choose to make your own raw pet food from scratch (we've done both), you need to get hold of a true recipe for raw cat food. Cats' nutritional needs are slightly different from dogs' -- it's easy once you get the hang of it, but it is important. Beef heart will be needed for taurine, for example. A google search for BARF CAT will get you on your way. There are some great books out there (I would recommend looking beyond Billinghurst for cats -- he's the go-to expert for dogs). For a beginner, though, the Feline Future powder + a variety of different raw meats will be foolproof.
Two great investments that will serve both your family and your pets, if you choose raw for them, are a chest freezer and a heavy-duty food processor like a Vita-Mix (which is also a killer blender, grain grinder, soup maker, and food processor -- we love ours!). Deep freezing the bones (below a certain temperature for a certain amount of time) takes care of any parasite issues with the raw meat, and a Vita-Mix or a Cuisinart is all you need to put together the "glop" (offal, veggies, and supplements) that combines with the raw meaty bones to make a balanced pet food. Since we would be using both the freezer and the blender for ourselves anyway, the only extra cost specifically for our pets was an extra Vita-Mix blender container. (Technically you probably don't need a "raw only" pitcher, especially if you have a dishwasher, but I am a nut about kitchen hygiene so we have a pet pitcher and a people pitcher.)
Good luck! It's so worth it!