Raw cat food advocates have long sworn by the health benefits of feeding cats raw, as Nature intended. Because of the fears generated by the pet food recalls
of 2007, more and more cat caregivers are considering feeding their cats raw diets. Rather than taking chances with recipes that might be nutritionally unbalanced, difficulties sourcing supplements, these commercially prepared freeze-dried or frozen raw cat foods are offered as a convenient alternative to home-prepared raw food recipes.
Cats' varieties are chicken, turkey, beef, and rabbit. Chicken Ingredients
: organic Chicken muscle and heart meat; chicken liver and finely ground, real, raw chicken bones; pureed carrots, broccoli, cabbage, sweet potatoes, and apples; powdered organic alfalfa; powdered organic kelp; farm-fresh whole eggs (including shells); fresh garlic; fresh parsley; raw, unpasteurized organic honey; unfiltered, unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar; ground organic flax seeds; and Grapefruit Seed Extract. See site for purchasing information.
Bravo! comes in chubs and burgers, with varieties of chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb (I do not recommend pork for cats.) Chicken Ingredients
: Antibiotic-free chicken necks and frames, antibiotic-free chicken, antibiotic-free chicken organs (hearts, gizzards, liver), green beans, acorn squash, broccoli. Use the site search
to locate retailers near you.
Prowl is a freeze-dried raw food mix, which is reconstituted by adding 1:1 warm water. Ingredients
: 100% human food grade chicken, organic flaxseed, potatoes, celery, spinach, carrots, coconut, apples, kelp, eggs, sesame seeds, bananas, cranberries, rosemary, vitamins and minerals: Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Chloride, Copper Amino Acid Chelate. See the link for Guaranteed Analysis.
Prairie Brand freeze-dried diets offer four varieties: Chicken and Turkey, Beef, Lamb, and Venison. Natures Variety products contain certified, organic meats, with only meat products of U.S.A. origin.
Partial listing of Chicken and Turkey Ingredients: Chicken, Turkey, Turkey Liver, Turkey Heart, Ground Chicken Bone, Ground Turkey Bone, Apples, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Ground Flax Seeds, Chicken Eggs, Montmorillonite, Dried Kelp, Salmon Oil, Cold Pressed Olive Oil.
Northwest Naturals uses a unique freezer burn control method in addition to flash freezingIngredients:
Ground chicken, ground chicken bones, chicken liver, salmon, beef liver, ground bone, broccoli, cantaloupe, brewers dried yeast, flaxseed, potassium chloride, dried kelp, inulin, salt,fish oil, choline chloride, taurine, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, Vitamin E supplement, Vitamin D supplement.
Primal Pet Foods Feline formulas come in two varieties: Chicken and Salmon, and Beef and Salmon. They are 100% grain free with all natural vegetarian fed protein sources. First Listed Ingredients in the Chicken and Salmon variety: Chicken & Salmon Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Necks, Ground Chicken Bones, Chicken Hearts, Salmon, Chicken Livers, Organic Kale, Organic Yams, Organic Carrots, Organic Apples, Organic Broccoli, Organic Cranberries, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Parsley.
Raw Advantage Organic Dinners for Cats come in two varieties: Turkey, and Duck and Yam. These products are made with fresh frozen USDA free range turkey or duck (ground including bone). The Turkey comes in an 8 oz. chub, the Duck & Yam in a 1 lb. bag of small medallions. Raw Advantage's frozen dinners are hormone and pesticide free, with no added preservatives.
Steve's Real Food products are made with human grade ingredients, and carefully handled to prevent contamination. See list of sources
: Ground chicken, chicken breast frames, broccoli, chicken livers, chicken gizzards, cooked salmon, cantaloupe, egg shell powder, bonemeal powder, rice bran, flaxseed, sardine, anchovies oil, safflower oil, dried kelp, sea salt, taurine, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate.
Steve's Real Food freeze-dried versions are identical (with the exception of moisture content) to Steve's frozen diets and can be served as a complete and balanced meal. They're also much easier to transport and mail-order. See the manufacturer's site for a list of online retailers
in Canada and the U.S. See the frozen meal version for details.
Chicken and Clam Recipe: All-Natural Chicken, Apples, Atlantic Clams, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Chicken Hearts, Chicken Liver, Cod Liver Oil, Dried Kelp, Dried Yeast, Flax, Flax Seed, Lecithin, Mushrooms, Water sufficient for processing, Oysters, Peas, Rice Bran, Spinach, Wheat Germ, Wheat Germ Oil. Comes in three other flavors: Duck and Clam, Sushi and Conch, Turkey and Clam. See web site for purchasing details.
At my invitation, some of my forum members came up with additional suggestions to wind up the list, along with their cats' reactions to some of the listed foods. Please feel free to add your comments, either in the forum discussion, or in my blog entry
about this page.