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|You must include bones and organs.
Given his age, lack of teeth, and size, this is a situation where the ease of buying pre-made ground raw food is probably worth the cost. It's already balanced for you, it's in a form he can easily consume, and since he's small he won't eat that much of it.
If you really want to DIY, you'll need to find a way to finely grind bone, or find an excellent calcium supplement and add extra fiber.
Organs are a must because they contain nutrients not found in regular muscle meat. Liver and kidney are pretty easy to come by, as is heart which is more an in-between item. A heart is a muscle, but it's a highly specialized muscle. Many people can also find "sweetbreads." About 5% of a raw diet should be liver, 5% other organs, and I add in-betweens like heart, gizzards, or tripe as an additional 5 - 10%.
If you cannot find organs, you need to look into supplementing with vegetables and vitamins, which can get complicated. Your best bet there is to look into BARF raw, which tends to be more focused on supplementing, or homecooking recipes that include raw foods.
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