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Commercial Raw Cat Food item created by Anne, Dec 5, 2013
My cats did not like this one either . It does smell a little funky too ..
Pros - Efficient to store, minimizes waste, easy to use, human grade ingredients, simple ingredients with no nasty additives, inexpensive
Cons - High in carbohydrates
This food was a great discovery! I feed my cats a homemade raw diet, and I wanted an alternative for times when I can't do the raw for whatever reason. Getting my cats to accept the food has not really been an issue. One cat loves it so much he'll polish off the bowl without coming up for air. The other liked it initially but then refused to eat it, so I've been getting him used to it slowly and he's coming along just fine. The times when it comes out soupy don't seem to be a problem. It does thicken up after standing for a few minutes. No diarrhea or smelly poop, as was often the case with the canned foods I tried.
The "human grade" lawsuit-tested quality that the company advertises is quite reassuring, as is the lack of additives like carrageenan and guar gum. The cost is comparable to my homemade food, definitely less than high end canned and FAR less than the freeze-dried raw foods on offer. I like also that there don't seem to be any supply problems, which has been a very significant problem with both frozen and freeze-dried raw commercial foods of late.
Between the convenience, low cost, and efficient shelf storage with minimal trash produced (much appreciated in a small apartment), this is a welcome addition to my cats' diet. Just one problem: it is about 30% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis (sweet potato, pumpkin). I knocked a star off the rating for this reason. It may be that the potato and pumpkin are needed to achieve the necessary physical properties, and it doesn't seem to have much effect on stool, but I would worry about feeding them this much carbohydrate on a regular basis over the long term. Thus, while I'm happy to include it in the food rotation, I don't plan on feeding this for more than 10-20% of my cats' diet.
Pros - No odor, at all. Incredibly small poo (high digestion). Worked well on sick cats with protozoa.
Cons - Having to mix it
Bottom line my cats can only eat Raw food or Honest Kitchen Prowl. Even the most expensive canned/dry kibble will give them runs. This is my go to product for a ultra high quality meal. The formula was adjusted this year (white box) to be "thicker" in case anyone had issues in the past.
Pros - Healthy, cat loves it.
Cons - Go slow in transitioning. Getting the ratio right
Ok so here's the thing. On paper this food is pretty good. But you have to transition SLOWLY.
You can't just whip up a bowl and set it down in front of the cat as it is:
1. Very different in smell compared to: Kibble, canned and raw
2. Very different look
3. Very different consistency
You need to start by adding a pea sized dallop on your cat's food. And increase little by little. yeah a PEA sized dallop. My kitten prefers this over her homemade raw diet which says a lot.
Also you have to get the "golden ratio." My kitten likes this however it is made. If you want a kind of soupy texture go for the 1:1 ratio of water and mix. My cat seems to prefer a 3/4:1 ratio. So 3/4 cup of water to 1 cup of powder. This makes it pretty thick like canned food. And you have to let it sit for 5 minutes so it can rehydrate. you need to add a little more water accordingly so there's no more powder after it has been mixed. Anyways, I feed this in conjunction to raw meat and Chloe loves this stuff!
Pros - Easy to make, cats love the flavor
Cons - Expensive
I got some of this from a friend. I used a 2# box I think is what it was. My cats really enjoyed it. It was easy to rehydrate and my cats seemed to like the flavor. I would not mind feeding this again if I could afford it.
Pros - healthy, natural, holistic, great ingredients, easy to make
Cons - cats did not eat it!
My cats are not picky. They will eat whatever wet food I put in front of them, but they would not TOUCH this Prowl. I got a couple samples from the pet store I work in, and I thought this would be a great alternative to raw. There are a lot of good ingredients and it's probably healthier than some of the canned foods, but all of that doesn't matter if the cat won't eat it. The consistency was very soupy, so I thought maybe I put too much water in it. The next batch I put less water but it just made it look gloopy. It looked like pancake batter than you didn't stir well enough. The cats gave one look, sniffed it, and walked away. I left it there for a couple hours, thinking that hunger might kick in and make them try it, but no go. They snubbed the food all night.
I gave it one and a half stars for the nutrition and health factor.
Pros - good ingredients, human grade food
Cons - takes awhile to get used to for the cat
My cat didn't want to eat this at first. I put some on his nose (which he licked) and then he started eating it. He has a nice coat and generally is healthy. He goes nuts for it when he hears me making it and talks loudly until I put his food down.
Cons - The consistency of gruel
When I mixed this up, I immediately thought that the cats wouldn't necessarily take to it. My cats all turned their noses up at it. It doesn't really smell like food.
Pros - Human Grade! High In Protein, real meat as first ingredient, NO Guar Gum, NO carrageenan
Cons - Soupy Consistency, Takes cats a while to get use too, Rosemary extract
Alright let me start off by saying that I really like this food for my little furmonster. As far as I can see the ingredient list looks good too me, I know some of you avoid rosemary, so I mentioned that this contains it (All though I want to mention that they are working on getting rid of rosemary in thier product, so far all the 2Lb and 4lb boxes do NOT contain rosemary). This food is dehydrated food, similar to the Stella's brand only this is more of a powder and has a soupy consistency. Adding less water makes it more like a gravy. All you do is measure out how much you need exactly and add warm water to it and let it hydrate. My cat doesn't like to wait the full 5 mins sometimes and just gets into it before then, but I see nothing wrong in it since it doesn't puff up too dramatically once hydrated. Most cats will be weirded out by the consistency of this food so transition then slowly! The way I did it was make it more gravy like and mix it as a sort of gravy and added it my cats canned. I would either do that or mix it directly into her wet food. She also enjoyed some sprinkled on her dry food the rare times she gets dry. Now she drinks it right up by itself, and sometimes as an "extra" to her wet food to make it more of a "stew". It takes a while for cats to get use to this food since its not something their use too. So make sure you transition them slowly! My kitty now likes to break into the baggies I have of Prowl . A big bonus to this food is that you know your cats water intake is being increased immensely! Prowl is also made from free range chicken! I sometimes use chicken or turkey broth instead of water to hydrate this product, I also sprinkle it onto my kitty's weekly raw meat snack.
If you guys wanna try it out you can get a sample off the website for free using this code THKVIDEO all you have to do is pay for the shipping! But if you have a dog you can also get samples for them for free using the same code.
DON'T FORGET TO TRANSITION YOUR CATS TO THIS VERY SLOWLY! THIS PRODUCT CAN BE VERY STEW LIKE WHICH IS OFF PUTTING TO MOST CATS, ADD IT TOO THEIR FOOD FIRST, AND DON'T FORGET TO PLAY WITH THE CONSISTENCY BY ADDING MORE OR LESS WATER TO IT.
Quick Info about Prowl off the website:
All ingredients dehydrated: Chicken, eggs, potatoes, sweet potatoes, organic flaxseed, pumpkin, spinach, cranberries, rosemary extract*, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.
576 calories per cup
- See more at: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/cat-food/prowl#sthash.eQXIde02.dpuf