Nature’s Variety Instinct® Raw: My #InstinctRaw Experience, Your Coupon

This post is sponsored by Instinct® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Instinct Raw but CatInTheFridge.com only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Instinct is not responsible for the content of this article.

Me and the product. I feel like I could really nail being their new model.

Me and the product. I feel like I could really nail being their new model.

Dear Readers,

Many of you may know by now that my FODs keep me on a raw food diet. Sometimes I grumble, sometimes I find a food that pleases my delicate palate. In either case, the FODs are pretty set on raw food for a variety of reasons. For instance, did you know that when I was adopted I was super sick with upper respiratory infections and herpes outbreaks? The doctors said I’d never breathe normally again. MomFOD put me on a raw diet and within two weeks, I was looking good! I mean, I always looked good. Great, really, but the raw definitely put me over the edge and those stump modeling contracts really began pouring in But, I digress.

This is from my "Sexy Raw" photo shoot.

This is from my “Sexy Raw modeling photo shoot.

Ponder this: can cats in the wild cook their dinner? Have you ever seen a wild animal constructing a fire of twigs and tinder bundles so they can delicately sear their recently snared vole? You haven’t? That’s because they don’t. Raw diets are what nature had in mind for cats and we felines have all the right digestive enzymes for being able to eat raw. We are also obligate carnivores meaning we MUST eat meat. Therefore, when one of our favorite food brands approached us and asked us to share our experience with our readers, we were all for it! So, without further ado, please have a look at:

 

Nature’s Variety Instinct® Raw Bites

::Cue exciting music::

Nevermind. Nature’s Variety didn’t send us any music. They did send us this fabulous picture though:

The bites in action. Or inaction. Whatever. This is what they look like.

The bites in action. Or inaction. Whatever. This is what they look like.

So, let’s look at this scientifically, shall we?

Let's do this.

Let’s do this.

What is it:

Instinct Raw is made of 95% meat, organs, and bones, 5% fruits and vegetables, and 0% grain. It’s made in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

The Hypothesis:

I volunteered to try Instinct Raw Bites because I’ve already tried it and know it’s delicious. We believe that raw is the way to go for most cats and we hypothesize that we will eat and enjoy this food.

Oh, what's this? Could this be for me?

Oh, what’s this? Could this be for me?

The Test:

Four out of five cats were used as testers on the rabbit and chicken flavors. The dog also eats this food but she’s away on holiday at the GrandFODs’ place. Since we already eat raw, we did not have to transition slowly and ate is all by itself.  The bites are cool because they are really quick to thaw and, since MomFOD often forgets to plan ahead, it only takes a few minutes before we can chow down.

I didn't trust this cat. I think he was there to take my food.

I had to whip my head around because I didn’t trust this cat. I think he was there to take my food.

The Conclusion:

It was delicious. Four out of four testers ate the food.

Four out of four testers enjoyed the Raw Bites.

Four out of four testers enjoyed the instinct Raw Bites.

 The Benefits of A Raw Food Diet:

Some of the most-oft cited benefits of feeding raw (and those we’ve noticed here) are:

  • Healthy skin and coat
  • Optimal Digestion
  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • Relief from food sensitivities
  • Ideal Body Weight

I’d also like to add:

  • Poop smells better
  • Anal gland expression issues in dog have resolved (thank goodness)

Tips:

  1. If your cat has never tried raw before, start slowly with small amounts to make the transition. Many raw companies advocate mixing your cat’s current diet with some raw. This can work for some, though in our house, some of the more sensitive stomachs are unable to handle raw and cooked at the same time. You know your cat’s stomach. Choose wisely.
  2. In addition, we often get tired of the same protein source, so it’s helpful to rotate to make sure we’re getting as much nutrition as possible and don’t snub the food.
  3. Raw doesn’t have a strong smell, so if your pet doesn’t like it right away, keep trying! Sprinkle hated the idea of raw the first few times and her tummy got a bit grumbly. We stopped trying to give it to her and a week later, she was stealing Louie’s (and my) raw food all on her own.
Raw matches Sprinkle's digestive tract and her eyes.

Raw pairs well with Sprinkle’s digestive tract and her eyes.

Where to find it:

While we only used to be able to find our raw food in Chicago health food stores, we are now able to find it at PetSmart! Please be aware, though, that it’s not in ALL PetSmart stores yet and was only in 50% of the two we visited. In addition, the cat variety was hidden in the dog section way up on the top. You may have to ask. Here’s what the display looks like:

instinct petsmart

I circled the cat section for you way up there past the dogs.

 

Try It:

Now then! If our experience has made you curious, Instinct is kindly offering a $3 off coupon on their website, which you can use towards a trial size or a larger bag. Larger bags tend to be more cost effective, and we hope that they come up with a “We have five cats” size bag soon.

Safety concerns:

Those are addressed here! We make sure to keep our bowls and hands clean, and haven’t had any problems! For more info, visit: http://www.instinctpetfood.com/quality-and-safety

You can also discuss on their Facebook page.

That’s it! We are really pleased to have participated in this campaign because we feel diet is THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH ASPECT of pet care. We always advocate using species-appropriate, healthy foods to keep your pets healthy and we are huge advocates of the raw diet and have been for years.

What do you think of raw? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Let’s discuss!

Love,

Crepes.

A Delicious Taste Test of Only Natural Pet® PowerFood™ #PawNatural

This post is sponsored by Only Natural Pet, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Only Natural Pet Feline PowerFood , but Catinthefridge.com only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Only Natural Pet is not responsible for the content of this article.

You guys!

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You know how MomFOD is all picky about our diet? “Eat this raw stuff, Crepes. Don’t eat that rubber band, Crepes. Stop chewing the paper bags, Crepes.” Anyway, she got a call that was all “We heard that Crepes loves delicious, healthy things and we thought she’d want to try this before it’s available to the general public because she’s super amazing and ultra famous.” (Italics, quote, and words in italics are author’s addition) After reviewing the ingredients, she decided it was cool to put in our bowls.

Here’s the lowdown on the Only Natural Pet® Feline PowerFood™:

  • It comes from OnlyNaturalPet.com in two flavors: poultry Dinner and Fish & Fowl Dinner, with meat as the first three ingredients. (I like meat.)
  • Each piece of kibble is infused with something fascinating called PowerBoostTM, a raw, freeze-dried blend of superfoods like green lipped mussels, sea cucumbers, probiotics and pumpkin. Those last two things MomFOD is keen on for keeping our digestion running smoothly (but not TOO smoothly, if you know what I mean). It also has amino acids and essential fatty acids
  • It’s grain, corn, wheat, oat and soy free and made with gluten-free ingredients.
  • It was made in the USA, which these days is an extremely important piece of information, and was formulated by a holistic veterinarian.
  • It’s also an allergy-friendly cat food! (And by that, I mean it’s mean to allergies and good to the cats who have them!)

Let us begin the test!

Louie heard a taste test was coming. He got excited.

Louie heard a taste test was coming. He got excited.

Hypothesis: It will be tasty. Louie will shove everyone out of the way to eat it.

The experiment: Four of us appeared for the taste testing. We used scientifically-sound metal bowls so as not to taint the flavor. I sampled it piece by piece while Louie shoveled in mouthfuls in his usual uncouth manner.

only  natural pet food

Testing in progress.

Conclusion: We ate all of it. Sprinkle also ate Louie’s and part of mine.  In fact, Mrs. Peabody has quite the sensitive tummy and has been going through digestive issues for awhile now. She was having a flare up so MomFOD put her on this food for the last week and so far, no problems. She’s eating it happily and her tummy is sound, or should I say, her tummy is sound-free.

As with many other grain-free foods, there is some pea protein in it, so if your kitty is sensitive to that, take note. I found no fault with the ingredients list. It was very straight forward and impressively free of things we don’ t understand.

Stumps up for this one!

You guys can get a hold of the tasties on April 1, 2015 right here.

UPDATE: Sources say that because of the huge demand for pre-orders, the ship date has been pushed back to May. Keep  an eye on the site at the link above for more details about when you can get your tasty food!

Love,

Crepes.

Catinthefridge.com only takes on reviews of products that meet our standards and that we would be comfortable allowing our kitties to use. We would never share anything with you we didn’t think was relevant or worth your time.

 

 

Giveaway: The Honest Kitchen Steamy Pups!

You guys!

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, I thought I’d start off with a Monday treat!

Inside the box

Inside the box

From today until Wednesday night, you can enter to win The Honest Kitchen’s Steamy Pups, a tasty treat for cats and dogs. I know, these look a lot like the Ice Pups I gave away a few months ago – and they are. It’s true! In summer, they’re Ice Pups because you can freeze them. In winter, Steamy Pups!

I’ve tasted these things in the past, and I have to say, they’re pretty good! Mix in a little warm water and you have a tasty, grain-free broth. ***We were not compensated in any way for this post, other than to have The Honest Kitchen provide a free box as a giveaway to our readers.***

Enter with Rafflecopter now! I’ll announce the winner on Thanksgiving Day!
Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway now!

Also, here’s another photo from Disney World, just because I thought you’d enjoy it.

I met a bear in Canada (Epcot)

I met a bear in Canada (Epcot)

I trusted him for one second too long.

I trusted him for one second too long.

 

Love,

Crepes.