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Old 02-17-2013, 04:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does anyone feed Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Frozen Diets?

I am thinking of switching both my dog and my cat to Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Frozen Diet. I understand it is balanced for both cats and dogs. It comes in chicken, beef, lamb, bison, venison, rabbit and organic chicken. It sounds very attractive to me to feed them both the same thing. Does anyone use this?

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Old 02-17-2013, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello, I'm a bit leary of any food that claims to be balanced for both cats and dogs as they have such different nutritional requirements. I'm hoping that someone who is familiar with this food can help you out......
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cat and dog nutritional requirements are not so different...the main differences are that cats require higher taurine and protein and NV covers that just fine (with the exception I note below). In fact, they are the only raw food to have performed (and passed) the AAFCO feeding trials for both dogs and cats.

Just double check the AAFCO statement on each flavor as there is at least one, maybe two that are dog only. I'd stay away from rabbit as they source it from China
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I feed this half of the time (just switching my cats over to raw from canned) - I was leery of the cat / dog claim as well, but they have very little veggies in it (I think it's over 95% meat / bones / organs in the right ratios). They sell a veggie frozen food to supplement for dogs, so for dogs you add in the frozen veggie / fruit one to their diet and for cats you feed just the meat ones.

From what I've read it seems like a great food but I haven't used it long enough to say much more. I'm interested in trying their freeze dried raw, it would be convenient to have a food you could leave out if you're gone overnight.
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I looked into the NV raw diets and thought they looked good, but they were out of my price range. At least here, they're quite expensive.

Maybe less so in your area, though.
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I saw this today and posted of recall. Not for cats but it is for dogs. Doodlebug would know more of the skinny behind what is happening with this recall.

http://www.catforum.com/forum/47-lou...od-recall.html
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Yes, I heard about this recall, it was only one batch so I am actually impressed that they jumped right on it.
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I haven't really done the math yet, thought I'd decide if it was a good way to feed, then do the figurin'.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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This is what their website says about how it is good for cats too.
Why don't you have a raw formula specifically for cats?

Our Raw Frozen Diets are complete and balanced for cats AND dogs, all life stages and all breeds. In the wild, dogs and cats would eat the same prey animals. They have very similar nutritional requirements. Cats do need more protein, amino acids (taurine and arginine), B vitamins (thiamine and vitamin A), and fatty acids (linoleic and arachidonic acid). Our nutritious Raw Frozen Diets are formulated to meet all of these nutritional requirements – giving your carnivorous feline friend everything she needs for fitness, health, and happiness
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The bison formula says,
"For cats, intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only"
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