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Natures instinct Raw

I've just been thinking and was debating on trying some raw with my cats. Normally they get a 1/2 can of wet in the AM and nibble on grain-free dry food threw the day. The canned food is getting a bit pricey...
What do you think of this product? Instinct Grain-Free Raw Frozen Chicken Diet - 1 oz. Medallions (48 Count) | Instinct Pet Food for Dogs and Cats . It's cheaper then canned it looks healthier...
Also is it an easy transition to switch for canned in the AM to raw? I'm still going to give them there dry during the day.
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The purists are going to complain about veggies in commercial raw products. But generally, any raw is going to be good.

But, I'm not sure why you think it would be cheaper than canned. Instinct chicken probably goes for about $20 for a 3lb bag on average. Do some math and you'd have to be paying more than $2.29 for a 5.5 oz can in order for raw to be less expensive.

The other concern would be free feeding kibble after feeding raw. They have different digestive rates and could cause digestive upset.

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I actually only feed the 1/2 a 3oz can a day plus the dry, i can also get the raw much cheaper because I would get it from this little whole in the wall pet shop.
But when you said it may upset their tummies because I think I will just stick with the canned food. I do not want Tessie to have an upset belly, she already has enough problems.
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The Nature's Variety isn't truly raw though, at least not compared to what most people feed when they make their own. It has been cooked at a very low temperature in order to kill at least some bacteria. While I have not fed the NV raw with kibble to a cat, I have done so with a dog without problems. What you really don't want is to feed any sort of true raw food with kibble.

doodlebug is right though, their digestion rates will be different. This isn't as much of an issue because of the low temp cooking, but it is something to consider. I would probably try it out if I was feeding kibble/canned, but that's just me.
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I can't speak to the pros/cons of this product in terms of health, but we've tried our kitten on it a few times over the past year and he just won't touch the stuff. We feed him mostly a pre-made raw diet from another company, which is more of an actual ground meat/organ/bone type meal than the "pucks" of pâté-style mix that Nature's Instinct uses.

We wanted to try it on him because the feeding process would be overall much cleaner/easier if we could just grab a view meal-sized pucks out of the freezer, let them thaw, then feed them… but alas no, he just won't touch them. In fact, he acts pretty appalled that we even tried it!

I'll second what the other said in terms of watching the digestion rates of between raw and dry.

If you want to switch/transition, you can try mixing in a little raw into the wet food to start and then slowly switch the ratios. Sometimes when our cat is being picky with his raw, we give him a little dollop of stinky canned food on his raw to get him eating.

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