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Old February 28th, 2012, 07:21 PM
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I just found out about this food and I have several questions, firstly does anyone here feed it themselves?
I have fed it in the past..... not so much right now because my cats prefer other brands.

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Is it a good alternative to making your own raw food, and could a cat survive solely on it?
Yes and yes. If you have the time and inclination, making your own raw is probably the best choice (complete control of ingredients, fresher) but for those of us who can't for whatever reason, then NV raw is a great choice. And it is complete and balanced for everyday feeding, although I like to rotate between a few different brands just to cover my butt.

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Is it better than feeding a canned food diet or equal?
Better. Raw food, even if it's commercially prepared and frozen, is still less processed than canned and has important enzymes/micronutrients that just can't be duplicated by cooked pet food manufacturers.

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I'm looking for a low-fat food (compared to dry kibble) as all of my cats are over weight. I understand that "diet" dry cat foods are very low in moisture content which can affect the kidneys,
Low carb is probably more relevant to weight loss in cats. Moderate fat, high protein, low carb is the ideal ratio for all cats no matter what their "condition". You're right about the diet dry foods being moisture depleted, but they also tend to be high carb, which isn't good for any cat, and most especially not a fat one.


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I'm also looking for a grain-free food as I have two siamese cats who seem to have extremely sensitive stomachs or possible food allergies.
I think pretty much all the frozen raw diets tend to be grain-free, although some contain too much other vegetable matter. NV is one of the good ones in that category (5% max). They do tend to have a fairly high bone content though, which causes some cats to get constipated. Something to keep an eye on.

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Is it a suitable food for what I need? Do you find it is easy to switch over for finicky eaters?
Definitely suitable, but since every cat is different, some might be easier to switch than others. With patience and perseverance, I think every cat can eventually be converted. Some tips for doing that:
http://feline-nutrition.org/nutritio...-to-a-raw-diet
http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...et-part-1.aspx
http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...et-part-2.aspx
http://www.rawfedcats.org/practicalguide.htm

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Do you feed your cats once or twice per day? or more?
Cats should be fed a minimum of twice a day, but 3 or more would be better. My cats get 3 raw meals a day (in the morning, when I get home from work, and before I go to bed), plus I leave canned food out for them to snack on.
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