Before I got Melly, I knew nothing about feline nutrition. Melly, as it turned out, had a sensitive system, so I started reading up and eventually settled on a grain-free diet of mostly canned food. This has been working well, but I've been doing some more reading and have gotten interested in raw food.
I got a whole chicken recently and spent a good part of the weekend making various chicken-based dishes. I gave the innards to the cats as a test to see whether they were into the raw food concept.
"This is the best thing ever!"
"Nom nom nom."
"I am skeptical, but Melly seemed to like it so I'll give it a go."
[Photobomb by Melly]
The cats really liked the squishy pieces but were much less interested in anything that required gnawing. Unfortunately, both cats liked to remove the food from the bowl and eat it in the middle of the kitchen floor, which isn't particularly sanitary. I ended up bleaching the floor repeatedly over the course of the weekend. (When I cut everything into tiny bite-size pieces, they were more likely to keep things in the bowl. Lesson learned.)
So, the verdict is that the cats are big fans of raw chicken parts... as long as they're relatively easy to chew. They were pretty gross to prepare so I'm not sure I'll be replacing their regular food with raw on a day-to-day basis. But it's good to know that the cats are receptive--I think chicken livers will be an occasional treat going forward.