|Purred: Sat Nov 17, '12 11:22am PST |
|This is the only information I've read about mixing raw and kibble so far, and it's on the Nature's Variety website:
"Do I have to switch completely over to an Instinct Raw Frozen Diet, or can I continue to feed kibble and canned food as well?
Nature’s Variety believes in offering more variety to your pet, and we encourage you to rotate between forms and flavors for better pet health and happiness. You can feed Instinct Raw as a sole diet, or you can mix it with any Nature's Variety Instinct or Prairie kibble or canned food. With Nature's Variety there's no right or wrong way to rotate – variety is the key! Click here to learn more about the feeding a variety for better health.
If I feed my pet a mixture of Instinct Raw and Instinct or Prairie Kibble during the same meal, should I be concerned about the different rate of digestion?
It’s important for pet parents to feel comfortable with their feeding process. We believe customers need not be concerned about mixing raw and kibble at the same meal. Raw is like canned food in terms of moisture content and rates of digestion; people routinely combine canned and kibble diets with no digestive upset or stomach emptying issues. There is no scientific evidence that combining kibble and raw food causes the raw foods to be digested at a slower rate."
I' ll continue to read more on the subject, but this particular manufacturer insists that it's "okay", but maybe that's just for their commercial brand. And yes, I have found that kibble is not so great. I have an overweight Corgi at my parent's house, and she has always been fed the appropriate amount of kibble (Purina) yet she is built like a sausage. I don't want my kitten to become overweight on top of many other health issues that coincide with kibble, I just don't know if I can afford to feed her 100% raw.
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