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Merrick Backcountry Grain-Free Meal Mixer Real Chicken Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food, 4-oz bag

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The best pet deserves the best food, so feed yours Merrick Backcountry Grain-Free Meal Mixer Real Chicken Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food. Freeze-dried bites of poultry provide a nutritional raw boost, but in a convenient and safe format for cats to enjoy—with a flavor that is sealed in during the gentle freeze drying process. It can be served a variety of ways, from a complete and balanced meal to a kibble topper, or even just as a tasty treat. Your cat will love the savory and protein-rich recipe, which features deboned chicken, chicken liver, dried potatoes, potato protein and chicken broth as the first five ingredients.

Key Benefits
  • Gives your cat the benefits of raw nutrition in a safe and convenient serving form.
  • Can be serves as a complete and balanced meal, kibble topper, or as a tasty treat.
  • First five ingredients are deboned chicken, chicken liver, dried potatoes, potato protein and chicken broth.
  • Freeze-drying process locks in the flavor and nutrition and the pure state supports easy digestion.
  • Made with quality assured in the USA with the world’s finest ingredients and no gluten, grain, corn, wheat or soy.

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  • Item Number
    123842
  • Dimensions
    9 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Weight
    4 ounces
  • Food Form
    Freeze-Dried, Food Topping
  • Lifestage
    Adult
  • Special Diet
    Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Grain-Free, High-Protein, Raw
Nutritional Info
Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Dried Peas, Dried Potatoes, Gelatin, Cranberries Carrots, Apples, Choline Chloride, Dried Kelp, Inulin (from chicory root), Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Vitamins (Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate), Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate).

Caloric Content

3968 kcal/kg, 271 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein38.0% min
Crude Fat16.0% min
Crude Fiber3.0% max
Moisture6.0% max
Feeding Instructions

For a Complete Meal: Serve as-is or re-hydrate by adding 1/4 cup of water per 1 cup of Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw.

To Feed as a Mixer: Add the desired amount of Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw to your cat's current food. When mixing your other food with Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw, be sure to reduce the amount of other food accordingly to avoid overfeeding.

Using the chart below, divide the total number cups per day by the total number of times you feed your cat per day, to determine the portion size for each meal.

WeightDaily Feeding (Cups)
4 to 7 lbs1/2 - 3/4
7 to 10 lbs3/4 - 1
10 to 15 lbs1 - 1 1/4

Transitioning: Gradually mix in the new food over a 7-10 day period, increasing the amount of Merrick Backcountry Grain-Free Meal Mixer Real Chicken Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food each day.

Transition Instructions

Mix Merrick's food with your current pet's food over the course of 5-7 days. Continuously increase the amount of the Merrick food while decreasing the amount in your dog or cat's current diet.

Going the Extra Country Mile

Merrick Backcountry is an all-natural, grain-free ancestral feline diet packed with the protein cats crave. All recipes are cooked in the USA in Merrick’s own organically certifies kitchens.

Merrick Backcountry

High-Protein Kibble + Freeze-Dried Raw Meat

These raw-infused kibble recipes deliver a perfect combination of grain-free kibble plus whole, raw pieces of freeze-dried meat, offering the nutritional benefits of a raw diet in a convenient format. It's the perfect balance for health-conscious pet parents who love the convenience of freeze-dried foods and the value of premium kibble.

Grain-Free Morsels, Like Nature Intended

Merrick Backcountry's grain-free stews and protein-packed canned meals offer delicious variety from exotic protein blends like rabbit, venison and salmon, plus fresh-cut vegetables all smothered in a hearty gravy. Cats just love digging into these succulent feasts, and pet parents love all the nutrition their kitties are getting.

Freeze-Dried Raw Treat Recipes

Merrick's all-natural Backcountry treats complement delicious Backcountry kibbles and stews. Each recipe features real, freeze-dried pieces of raw poultry or fish. They're completely free of grain and gluten, and feature incredible flavor cats crave. Simply add water for extra moisture, or serve straight from the bag.

Fresh, Whole Food Ingredients

Merrick uses the freshest, highest quality ingredients from trusted farmers and ranchers, and their recipes never include additives, sweeteners, colors or preservatives.

Sweet Potatoes

SWEET POTATOES

Excellent source of complex carbs, vitamins, minerals, beta-carotene, and starch that converts easily into sugar for quick energy.

Apples

APPLES

Good source of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber, which helps with joint problems and promotes overall gastrointestinal health.

Salmon Oil

SALMON OIL

Contains long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, plus EPA and DHA for overall health and well-being.

ORGANIC ALFALFA

ORGANIC ALFALFA

Rich source of calcium and serves as a good source of fiber, vitamins and carotene.

About Merrick

Merrick believes whole foods not only taste better, but are better for your pet, and handmade recipes are much better than scientific formulas. That's why Merrick's been making pet food in their own kitchen for more than 25 years. Produced in small batches, each recipe is closely monitored to ensure it delivers the perfect balance of nutrients guaranteed right on the label. Merrick makes food to be fuel, not filler, and their wide variety of protein-rich dry and canned foods and treats means your pet will enjoy every second of his meal.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT results!

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    My cat Bella absolutely adores this stuff. I have to shoo her away from the food bowl so she doesn't inhale the whole thing and make herself sick from eating too quickly! Something in the taste of this food must be incredible to her. Will absolutely repurchase.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My cat loves it!

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    We have a diabetic 17 year old cat and his doctor put him on a raw diet. This freeze-dried food is so convenient and travels well. We take him with us when we travel. He's had other freeze dried raw food that he likes on his own finicky schedule. But he never turns down this food. His health has improved since going raw.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Better moist

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    My cats would not eat this at first. Then I soaked in water and then it was consumed

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Not for my kitties

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    While I think the product itself is decent, the nuggets do not reconstitute well or consistently. I left them soaking anywhere from 5 - 30 minutes. Some nuggets never softened and I had to crush them with a fork. They were still dry inside. Nugget size is inconsistent, too. Maybe that is part of the problem or how it's manufactured. Anyway, none of my 6 cats (ages 5 yrs to 15 yrs) would eat it and two of them are not picky at all. One licked the "gravy" and one nibbled a little at the reconstituted nuggets. If you use it as a mixer (dry), I hope the kitties have strong teeth. I've used other freeze-dried raw food and had better luck both with reconstitution and getting my kitties to eat it. Will While I think the product itself is decent, the nuggets do not reconstitute well or consistently. I left them soaking anywhere from 5 - 30 minutes. Some nuggets never softened and I had to crush them with a fork. They were still dry inside. Nugget size is inconsistent, too. Maybe that is part of the problem or how it's manufactured. Anyway, none of my 6 cats (ages 5 yrs to 15 yrs) would eat it and two of them are not picky at all. One licked the "gravy" and one nibbled a little at the reconstituted nuggets. If you use it as a mixer (dry), I hope the kitties have strong teeth. I've used other freeze-dried raw food and had better luck both with reconstitution and getting my kitties to eat it. Will not repurchase. Probably give this to the feral cats, racoons and possums and hope they enjoy it. … more

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    My cats hated it

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    I've given this 3 stars because it is entirely possible that the product is excellent and my cats are just weird BUT they would not eat it at all, dry or moist, whole or crumbled. Whole, it is probably too large for cats and moistening required soaking it for quite a while. Luckily, I also have dogs, who like it just fine.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Finicky Kitty loves it!

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    My finicky kitty won't eat ANYTHING, except for the kibble that her breeder gave her as a kitten. But she throws it up all of the time, so I was looking for an alternative that might be digested more easily, and that is more healthy. I tried another freeze dried raw food (she won't eat actual raw food or I would give it to her) and she wouldn't have anything to do with it. But she LOVES this. And I feel better giving it to her. I am mixing it in with her kibble but plan on slowing phasing out the kibble and giving her mostly this. I just wish it came in a bigger bag.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My Cats Love It

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    I've purchased a number of "special treats" for my senior cats, but they've never seemed to care for them until now. I used this product as a mixer on their canned meals as well as using it for treats right out of the bag. They ate this bag of Chicken within 2 weeks and I've ordered another bag of Salmon flavor, which they also eat eagerly.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for treats or as a food addition

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    This product can be given as treats or added to wet or dry food to enhance it's nutrient content. My cat's love it! I'm glad that I can give my cats treats that are actually good for them.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Cats love it

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    Although the cats love this stuff the bags are to small and to expensive to use for sole feedings.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Crumble into powder and add to wet food or kibble

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    None of my kids were too fond of the whole pieces, but by crumbling into a fine powder it can be easily added to wet food. The fine powder will stick to any kibble that has fat on its surface; just add to the top of kibble and mix by tossing the kibble in the bowl. I wish the ingredients contained other organ tissue besides liver; connective tissue instead of gelatin. I'd like the ingredients to contain everything from the chicken that a cat would eat in the wild. Having the first ingredient being muscle tissue is puts additional pressure on the environment and is of no particular benefit for the cat.

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