thanks for answering! Do you buy those products at a store, or online? I have read about preparing them their own food, and it sounds like an awful lot of trouble. Do you really give your cat live prey to catch? I know that's their nature, but not sure I could stand to do it. We had mice get in the house alot when we lived in the country, but have lived here in town 10 years and never seen a single one. Despite how fat Lucy is and obviously loves to eat, she never has been interested at all in any of our "people" food. She'll only eat her catfood.
As far as I know you can buy Bravo products both in store and online, and I think you can only purchase Nature's Variety products in store. I've never used either, I feed my cats Wysong, but I've been looking into feeding live, and plan on doing it when we're able. I just need the cages to keep the mice in.
You don't need to be around your cat when you're feeding them live, but I definitely recommend starving them. They naturally hunt and kill mice, but if they're being fed by their humans, they learn to expect it. Thus, the mouse got killed by instinct from the cat, not because the cat was hunger-driven. So when you present them live food, they need to be hungry, and I do mean HUNGRY. Because then they'll kill it and eat it out of sheer desperation and start to get the idea the longer you do it, that this is what they're supposed to be eating now. But like I said; you don't need to be around. You can lock her in the bathroom with the live food, and as long as the bathroom is blocked in such a way the prey can't escape, just leave her in there for a while until you think she's killed and devoured it. Or if it's been real quiet for a while, call on someone do peek through into the room and if she's killed, and eaten the mouse.
It really is the best way to feed them, because feeding a raw-meat diet does require a lot of work. You need to feed them meat, and raw bones small enough for a cat to be able to eat, and you'd need to feed them small quantities of veggies and plant material and stuff like they'd find when consuming their natural prey. I mean, with the larger prey, I imagine they don't consume all of the stomach contents, but as far as I know, since mice are so small, they probably consume every bit of it.
Anywho, just my suggestion.
My fiance's cat is always crying at me to provide food for her since I'm the one that feeds them, and it makes me feel bad because cats were designed to be able to fend for themselves WITHOUT us. So now deriving comfort in the food that we're giving them(which is why it's sometimes VERY difficult to switch a cat off of the type of food it's been eating since kitten-food, because they derive comfort out of it, just like our species derives comfort out of food), and then they eat out of hunger, boredom, and comfort, and get overweight, :/
But in any case...I imagine hunting prey is fun. they don't know which direction their prey is going to turn, and sure as **** beats staring at the same four walls, and all the same objects inside the home each and every day while their human gets to go outside the house and explore. That's how I see it, anyway...and that's the other reason I wanna feed our cats live food, because it will give them entertainment. Fortunately, cats were designed to derive a death blow, so the prey feels nothing. So they don't suffer or anything. In fact, that's why I think it's a better idea to starve the cat prior to feeding them live food, so they hunt and kill more quickly because they're hungry, and that way the prey suffers less. Besides, with live food you can control what their prey eats, and thus, how nutritious the prey is for when your cat consumes them. For a diet such as raw meat, you don't know the true nutritional quality of the meat, because you weren't the one feeding them.
*shrugs* Again, that's just how I see it as, ^^