I don't know what the policy for posting links to blogs is here, so I'm going to drop a few links that I think may be helpful. First time poster... If it's not OK... I guess I'll find out. :)
All my pets are on a raw diet. I have a (probably) 4 year old Aussie shepherd?/malamute? mix who I started when she was a rescue on a raw prey model diet. I can't attribute all her health improvements to raw food, but the change was very remarkable and she was fully recovered to normal after 5 months. She gained around 15 lbs. and grew a long and thick fur coat that we never could have imagined. When we got her, she had serious itching problems which I think may have been caused by kibble. You can see before and after pics here: http://sparkasynapse.blogspot.com/2008/06/dora-and-junior.html
It is now 1.5 years later and she pretty much looks just like that now... maybe with slightly thicker and longer fur.
I transitioned one of my cats to raw when the "pet food" scare happened around 4? years ago, before I got our dog as a rescue. So, when we got the dog, I was confident that I wanted to feed her raw food. In fact, all of this is what got me thinking about evolutionarily appropriate diets for humans, too. Since the cat was 8 at the time, the transition wasn't easy. I started with small chunks, mixing with tuna and tuna juice, etc., and gradually working up to bigger pieces. She was also really fussy about meat, too. For awhile she was eating pheasant from Whole Foods because she wouldn't eat anything else. Dang cat. Here's a video of that cat eating raw: http://sparkasynapse.blogspot.com/2008/10/where-i-post-graphic-videos.html
We adopted another wild cat about 1.5 years ago and she took right to it. I think she'd been eating a considerable number of chipmunks, voles, and such as she still wants to get out and get those.
The older cat never lost the tummy paunch (probably from being spayed?) but the younger, unspayed cat is very thin and has been fed raw since we got her. Our pets don't smell (this is a huge bonus to feeding raw), especially their breath. The cats have very silky fur and I noticed a big difference in fur after the orange tabby cat went raw.