Rated 3 out of 5 by SSLL Disappointing changes to a previously excellent formula...
First off, like a previous reviewer, I am VERY disappointed in the ingredient change: when I first bought this food, Chewy's page listed the following ingredients:
Chicken, Lamb Heart, Lamb Liver, Lamb Kidneys Lamb Blood and Green Lipped Mussel
When the product arrived, it had a little sticker over the ingredient list on the bag, which now reads:
Chicken, Lamb Heart, Lamb Kidney, Lamb Liver, Lamb Blood, Flaxseed Flakes, New Zealand Green Mussel, Dried Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Canola Oil, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid
I am OK with the addition of vitamins and minerals, but I am not happy with the addition of canola oil, and am ambivalent about the kelp.
If you google, you can find some controversy about the use of canola oil in pet food, since it is not an ingredient that has been tested for safety in pets, and some human research suggests it may have adverse effects on heart health.
The kelp can be a healthy ingredient in moderation, but if your cat is hyperthyroid (or in a pre-hyperthyroid "gray zone", like my senior cat), you definitely don't want extra iodine (activates the thyroid), and kelp is chock full of iodine.
I bought this product because it seems that freeze-dried or raw foods are about the only way to avoid having starches or gums, as almost all wet cat foods have one or the other.
One of my 2 kittens has issues (soft smelly stool) with starchy fillers like tapioca, potato starch etc and possibly also some of the many gums that are used in cat food---I'm specifically avoiding carrageenan already because of its linkage with intestinal inflammation, and I'd also prefer to avoid things like guar gum (may also irritate the gut and decrease food digestibility), xanthan gum, cassia gum, etc etc.
Of the 3 cats I tried this on, soft poop kitten loved it immediately, her sister grew to like it after a week or so, and my senior cat totally refuses it. I was going to make it the centerpiece of the kittens' diet, but not anymore--I don't want to be giving them canola oil when I'm not sure of its potential impact on their long-term health.
I still give this product 3 stars because it has mostly excellent ingredients, but...for a premium price, I should be getting a premium quality food with NO canola oil!!!
September 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Loco healthy, natural, and convenient raw option
I'm always on the lookout for new healthy options for my cats. Feline Natural has limited ingredients without any additives. It's nice to be able to understand the list of ingredients in a food!
I love the convenience of freeze dried raw food. In this case, just follow the directions on the bag for the number of scoops required for your cat's weight. Then add warm water and stir. I like to scoop the Feline Natural nuggets into a zip lock bag and smash them up by kneading the bag with my fingers before putting it in the bowl to add water. This is an easier method and allows the food to soak up the water better. My cats like it better this way, too.
So far, most of my cats really enjoy Feline Natural. A few turn their noses up at it. You can't win 'em all! I feel good about feeding this brand, as well. It's a little on the expensive side, but it's good to have more options for raw feeding. I'm glad Chewy carries this product, and I'll keep buying it as long as my kitties keep eating it.
March 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JSCC Best Freeze-Dried Option
In my opinion, this is the best raw freeze dried food available for cats. I originally tried Primal but my 2 cat's were not a fan. My cats however beg for this food. I re-hydrate it with some warm water as the company recommends. The little pieces don't soak up all of the water, but my cats end up drinking all of the left over water once their done with the food which is great. If you do your research you will find that cats have an extremely low thirst drive and must derive about 75% of their water from the food they eat. Don't serve your cats a water depleted diet!! As far as the quality of the ingredients, this food doesn't contain any fillers like vegetables that are included in most of the other premium brands. I also like that I don't have to mush up the nuggets, my cats will pick them out of the bowl and chew them up! (This is how the company recommends feeding them). I feed this as my "fresh" raw alternative in combination and rotation with ZiwiPeak canned food and ZiwiPeak air dried food.
June 4, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Lilabeth INGREDIENT CHANGE
Please review the ingredient list for it has changed and may affect cats differently. Very disappointed in the addition of canola oil.
July 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jayla Good stuff
My diabetic and my CKD cats both do very well on this along with their mostly wet low carb diet. Nice texture change.
June 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by draconismoi Best Option for Freeze Dried
I've worked my way through all the other brands of freeze dried food, and tried all the flavors. This is the one my cats prefer the best....both rehydrated and dry.
I only wish they had a few more flavors.
June 19, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by lunachick Wonderful ingredients - just wish my cat liked it a little better!
I've been feeding Primal freeze dried turkey formula to my cat for several months, and she was getting tired of it (she's pretty picky). She has allergic dermatitis and eats only this and a few other select foods, such as raw chicken in order to keep her allergies in check. I wanted to try this because I felt like it was time to introduce a little more variety into her diet, while staying away from grain, dairy and soy. She likes it, although I wouldn't say she loves it - I have to tempt her to eat it by adding a little nutritional yeast, which she absolutely loves. It is harder to reconstitute than the Primal was; it takes longer for it to absorb the warm water and I have to mash it with a fork to get it going. Bottom line: she appears to like it, it has not exacerbated her allergies, and I like that the ingredients are very simple and healthy for her.
September 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by nickname My twins love it!
This is one of 3 types of food we feed our 2 cats each day.
They are happy, healthy and active with soft, shiny coats and bright eyes.
May 16, 2016