New to making raw cat food. HELP!

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Hi there,

I have 3 cats, two I've had for a year (they are 1 years old) and the other kitten I got about 2 months ago (she is 6 months old). I have been feeding them the primal freeze dried raw nuggets in pork since the beginning, and they all love it, no complaints. But the issue is that we run out of the big bag (14 oz) within two days! And here in Canada, a bag costs us $40! So you can see it is eating our money.

I wanted to switch to make our own raw cat food, but am completely new to this and would love some help!

Recipes?
Best meat grinder (to grind bones as well)?
Any supplements needed?
Anything else I should know?

Any information would be greatly appreciated as I would love to start as soon as possible and need some guidance.

Thanks!
 

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Is the Primal frozen raw an option? That is available in a 3lb size but probably costs a bit more than the freeze dried raw and might be a special order item at some pet stores.

There's a lot of info here: http://www.thecatsite.com/t/264154/raw-feeding-resources

I found some info on commerical raw pet foods in Canada:

http://www.thecatsite.com/t/307676/commercial-raw-ontario-canada

http://www.thecatsite.com/t/248687/canadian-raw-food-suppliers

If you want to make your own raw, there's a a few dfferent options. The easiest is to use a pre-mix such as TC Feline (available in Canada) with raw meat of your choice, preferably meat that you grind or chop yourself or buy as a chub from a pet store. If you want to do frankenprey, be sure to folow the 80% muscle meat, 10% raw bone, 5% liver, and 5% other organ rule so your cats are getting a balanced diet. You can follow a recipe such as the one at Catinfo.org Any recipie will list what supplements are needed. Some recipies may even list or recommend particular brands to use. Most supplements can be bought at a vitamin / health type stores and web sites.
 

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Where are you? There are quite a few suppliers in multiple provinces.
 
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Where are you? There are quite a few suppliers in multiple provinces.
I live in Toronto, Ontario. It's just the cost that is the main reason why I want to make my own raw, so I can freeze it and save money.
 
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Is the Primal frozen raw an option? That is available in a 3lb size but probably costs a bit more than the freeze dried raw and might be a special order item at some pet stores.

There's a lot of info here: http://www.thecatsite.com/t/264154/raw-feeding-resources

I found some info on commerical raw pet foods in Canada:

http://www.thecatsite.com/t/307676/commercial-raw-ontario-canada
http://www.thecatsite.com/t/248687/canadian-raw-food-suppliers

If you want to make your own raw, there's a a few dfferent options. The easiest is to use a pre-mix such as TC Feline (available in Canada) with raw meat of your choice, preferably meat that you grind or chop yourself or buy as a chub from a pet store. If you want to do frankenprey, be sure to folow the 80% muscle meat, 10% raw bone, 5% liver, and 5% other organ rule so your cats are getting a balanced diet. You can follow a recipe such as the one at Catinfo.org Any recipie will list what supplements are needed. Some recipies may even list or recommend particular brands to use. Most supplements can be bought at a vitamin / health type stores and web sites.
Thanks for all the info! Primal raw isn't really an option because of the cost. The main reason I want to make them raw is so I can save money and freeze some of it, then thaw it when I need to.

May I ask what is frankenprey?

I am going to check out the Pre-mix, and look at the other option as well.
Thanks!
 

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I think some people call "frankenprey" as prey model. You basically feed chunks of raw meat, organs, and bones in a ratio that mimicks what a cat in the wild would eat.
 
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