Thanks! Yes, I am using a tad of commercial wet cat food as "bribe" to get my older cat eating the raw. Its funny how HE is the one proving to be difficult, since he is the one I knwo who'd eat practically anything I offer him. The younger one was the kibble addict and I fully expected trouble from him. But NO - he is eating his raw chicken-hearts-liver-gizzard mix just fine. It happened quite by accident. I bought Felidae Platinum dry kibble for them some weeks ago. The kibble addict was not too pleased with it. So, at feeding time, I present him with two bowls: 1 with Felidae kibble and the other with raw food. He'd eat a little kibble then move to the second bowl and eat ALL the raw.
The older cat will sometimes eat his raw if I pretend it is a treat and offer it from my hand. But by itself in a bowl? He'll only eat it if it is mixed with commercial wet food.
And yes... I am slowly decreasing the amount of commercial as I am "fine-tuning" my raw food preparation skills.
But tell you... the changes I see already in both cats! More energy (especially the young one); better appetites; soft, shiny coats; lithe movements; bright alert eyes.
But thank you for the reassurance about 9-Lives - eckkk - nasty stuff.