Second morning's feeding: I dole out significantly smaller portions of raw food than last night (it was noted that with raw food, cats need significantly less, same as a person eating steak vs. ramen). Cats nyam nyam on it for a minute or two, then partake of their usual routine of Zerg-Rush-ing my desk with the "MAWWWWM GIVE US REAL FUDS" routine, I capitulated that they might need a bit of transition, so I mixed a half-can of regular gooshyfuds (1/4 can per bowl of raw) into the mix. They inhaled everything except for a few scraps of commercial stuff, which was enough to tell me they were Full Enough (if they were still hungry, I know from experience they'd polish every last molecule off the sides). I took the bowls, dumped them in the dishwasher, and let them howl their displeasure that There Is Not Food Waiting For Me, Mom, The World Is Ending!
Second evening's feeding: I try to feed them around 6:30 PM, as this is when I usually get home. By 6:15 they were so MOM MOM MOM I STARVE I BOUNCE OFF YOUR HEAD MOM MOM that I grabbed the food from the fridge, warmed it, added 1/4 can of commercial gooshy and set it out. They horfed it down with no complaints, again leaving some scraps of the commercial stuff, signifying they were full. After a half hour, I grabbed the bowls, rinsed them out and dumped them in the sinkful of soapy water to be dealt with after dinner tonight. Cue HOWL HOWL HOWL HOWL. I'm 99% sure that I've got the proportions of food they need down, because although it's a lot less than what I'm used to, I was told to expect this. Right now I just need to get them past the idea that residual fuds == security, as well as "I don't need to get full, because fuds will be there a while". I've been avoiding free-feeding to keep that from happening, but apparently they've been hoarding back a bit of the canned stuff after I go to work and have developed a bit of that on their own.
*30 minutes is the limit most vet-based recipes agree on leaving out raw food to avoid bacterial contamination. The kittehs hate this.The stupid part is, Raist knows better. When he was actively diabetic, I could only feed him every twelve hours, on the dot, while checking his blood glucose level. He got used to being fed twice a day, for 30 minutes only, on a regular schedule. But I guess he thinks adding his voice to the Snotlings will help keep this from happening again. NYO.