food and treats

By now you know I’m a fan of raw diets, so my recommendations list for commercial foods is minimal. If you’re experimenting with canned foods, I recommend Ziwipeak, Tiki Cat, Wellness and Halo brands. If you do find Ziwipeak at your pet supply, you might give their air-dried formulas a try! All the benefits of raw in an easy-to-serve bag. If your pet supply carries frozen raw, my cats love Rad Cat (no relation to the site), but Primal is another excellent choice. In the bay area, visit Rawr, for an amazing raw cat food product line.

Air-dried lamb complete diet

Air-dried lamb complete diet

by Ziwipeak

Here is the one dry food I recommend. The reason being is that it is (1) sourced from quality livestock in New Zealand (2) it is the equivalent of raw diet: it is dried and thus needs no thawing. I recommend rehydrating it since it lacks the moisture of raw food like frozen raw does. It is tad on the pricey side, but worth it in the nutrients it packs into its little pouch (and you don’t need to serve quantities like you’re used to if you’re serving kibble already, please check the label for suggested serving sizes).

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Frozen turkey nuggets

Frozen turkey nuggets

by Primal Pet Foods

Primal is one of my all time favorite pet food brands. These nuggets are wonderful for any cat who does eat their veggies (not so with one of mine)! These are frozen in 1 oz nuggets, so at each thawed meal you serve, you take at the appropriate number of nuggets for the next meal and place in the fridge to thaw. Adds ease and consistency to portioning.

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Chicken and turkey treats

Chicken and turkey treats

by Orijen

Like the lamb treats, this one is a kitty crowd pleaser. I’d prefer if these had been a single source of protein, like just chicken. If your cats become allergic to any foods, it is always easier to sleuth when your foods are isolated proteins, but it is an excellent brand and the cats love ’em and they’re always on hand.

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Freeze-dried lamb treats

Freeze-dried lamb treats

by Orijen

This tiny treat must taste like candy. It was great as a reward for scratching post training. Now when the cats scratch the post, they expect one every single time. I like the ethics and quality in Orijen foods.

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Venison treats

Venison treats

by Primal

Venison is a great, highly palatable and digestible meat. These are dry roasted pieces of lung (by now you know I do not shy from things like this and, in fact, it is good all around practice to make use of entire carcasses for feeding carnivores). These are dog treats and I think that dog owners have less fear of things like this than cat owners. But realize what a great thing this is for your kitty, too! I started with breaking-up small bits of these treats then worked up to larger chunks. My cats can now munch on the big chunks of these—sizes of things they’d eat on their own in the wild naturally. They crunch on both sides of their mouth and I feel it exercises their teeth and jaws appropriately. Always oversee their eating, especially as you increase size of the pieces you serve.

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Chicken grind

Chicken grind

by Primal

This is not meant to be a complete diet as it only contains muscle and organ meats. It is an excellent starting point for making cat food: no grinder required! Be sure to add the necessary ingredients to make a complete menu (see my recipes section, for example).

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