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As you know, I went crazy over the raw chicken hearts my human brought home a few weeks ago. So my human and I were very excited to be one of the bloggers chosen to give Instinct Raw Bites for cats a try! The main reason my human doesn’t feed us cats raw is time — buying whole birds and grinding them up, then preparing a week’s worth of meals is not something she would do. She doesn’t even spend much time on her own food. She is the queen of to-go. That’s the reason that the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw is so appealing to her. It’s totally convenient — and good for us kitties!
So my human and I went to our nearest PetSmart, and the freezer containing the Instinct Raw Bites was right there! For us kitties, they had the Chicken and Rabbit bites (there are also Duck and Tuna available, but they weren’t in stock). Since we cats are most familiar with — and love — chicken, that’s what she got.
I couldn’t wait to give the Instinct Raw Bites a try! Even though I am a breed cat, I have a wild soul… and metabolism. We cats are obligate carnivores, and a raw diet is as close to what we would eat in nature as we can get as housecats. The Instinct Raw Bites are 95% meat, organs and bones, 5% fruits and vegetables (sort of like what you would find in the stomach of caught prey), and 100% grain FREE.
My human started us off with a snack, and put about 1/4 cup in each dish. That’s about the same amount as a light breakfast for us.
Because the Raw Bites are so small, they only take a few minutes to defrost. Since they are raw, you are not supposed to let them sit around and get too warm — just enough to take off the chill and become palatable to us kitties.
I thought a few minutes was too long to wait! I wanted to try them right away.
Ideally, humans should gradually transition their cats to a raw diet over a period of a few weeks by mixing it with their regular food. This makes it easier for their taste buds and digestive system to adjust. I just wanted the Raw Bites and since it was a snack, that’s what I got. Binga and Boodie got some canned food mixed with theirs. They weren’t 100% sure about the Raw Bites plain, but once it was combined with some canned food, they chowed down.
Binga had to make sure I wasn’t getting something better first! But she went back to her own food and finished it.
It turned out that Boodie liked the Raw Bites as much as the mixed-in raw food.
All of us were members of the clean plate club!
Instinct Raw Bites for cats is a great solution for humans who want to give their cats a raw diet, but don’t have the time or tools to make it from scratch. If you want to give it a try, you can get a $3 off coupon here: http://www.instinctpetfood.com/getraw
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