Review: Raw Paws Pet Food

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Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat in their diet to thrive. Their systems simply aren’t designed to digest carbohydrates. A raw diet is one of the best ways to fulfill cats’ nutritional requirements. There are numerous benefits from feeding a raw diet to your cat, including improved digestion, reduced stool odor and volume, increased energy, ability to maintain ideal weight, better dental health, and better urinary tract health.

Embraced for decades by holistically oriented pet parents and holistic veterinarians, raw feeding is becoming more mainstream as pet parents look for alternatives to feeding highly processed commercial pet foods.

Raw Paws Pet Food

The folks at Raw Paws believe, and I agree with them, that the best chance of having a happy pet is through the best quality nutrition. They offer frozen raw food, freeze-dried raw food, as well as a line of treats and supplements. All of their products are sourced in the US from responsible and ethical farms, and are hormone, antibiotic and GMO free. Their products are minimally processed and don’t contain any additives or fillers.

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Putting Raw Paws Pet Food to the test

We got to test the frozen raw ground chicken. The 5lb tube arrived in a well packed container with plenty of ice packs, and was frozen so solid, it actually hurt my hands removing it from the box, even though the package had been sitting in front of my house in 80 degree weather for a couple of hours.

The tube needs to be thawed for 24-48 hours in the refrigerator. Once it’s partially thawed, you can slice it into manageable portions and refreeze whatever you’re not going to use within the next 3-4 days.

Allegra loved the food. Ruby wasn’t quite as enthusiastic, but she is not a huge chicken fan and tends to prefer turkey.

Raw Paws ground chicken does have bone ground in, but I did not see any visible fragments (something that has been an issue for me with some other brands in the past.) I like that the food contains (in addition to the ground in bone) nothing but chicken, chicken heart, chicken liver, herring oil and natural vitamin E. There are no veggies or other fillers added.

I found the 5 lb. tube a bit cumbersome to deal with. Allegra and Ruby eat about 8 ounces of raw a day, and I also occasionally feed canned food, so having to thaw out the tube, then measuring out smaller portions and refreezing, was more work than I want to deal with. Raw Paws Pet Food offers 8 ounce patties, which will be much more convenient for us, but the 5 lb. tube is a better value, so it just depends on what works best for your household.

Raw Paws Pet Food ships nationwide with free shipping on orders over $49 for non-frozen items, and orders over $199 for frozen items.

For more information and to purchase, please visit http://www.rawpawspetfood.com.

FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. I also received a fee to feature this product. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion. I am an affiliate partner of Raw Paws Pet Food, which means that I get a small commission if you purchase by using the link above. 

11 Comments on Review: Raw Paws Pet Food

  1. Feed My Kitten
    October 16, 2016 at 12:06 am (11 months ago)

    Hi Ingrid,

    We were recently able to review Raw Paws’ Green Tripe as well, and of course the pups went bonkers for it
    What I like about Raw Paws overall is that they offer a lot of specials – last week for example, I was able to order 30 lbs of the Combo Meat Blend (Goat, Lamb, & Beef) for $90.74 + $25 shipping, instead of $120.99 + $25 shipping. This was made possible because of their 25% off special!

    Sharon

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  2. Lola
    September 29, 2016 at 1:34 pm (12 months ago)

    Thank you SO much for the review! We like to feed a variety of proteins from a variety of sources. This company (and food) looks like a good one to add to our raw rotation. Thanks again!!

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  3. Cheri
    September 28, 2016 at 10:53 pm (12 months ago)

    Raw chicken wings, hearts, feet, necks …?? We should be able to just buy these from the butcher’s shop or counter! I used to, along with lamb hearts and kidneys and other fresh meat for my cats. What’s happened in this country that these meats have become so difficult to find?

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  4. Peggy Zamboni
    September 27, 2016 at 5:07 pm (12 months ago)

    Why don’t dogs and cats get sick from eating raw chicken or beef? Before I try feeding my pets a raw diet, I’d like to find out how they make this food safe. Any suggestions as to where I can find this information?

    Thank you.

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    • Ingrid
      September 28, 2016 at 5:41 am (12 months ago)

      Cats are designed to eat and digest raw meat. This article from a feline veterinarian should be helpful in explaining in more detail why raw diets are safe for cats: http://consciouscat.net/2011/02/28/feeding-raw-a-veterinarians-view/

      If you have specific questions about this particular brand, please contact Raw Paws Pet Food directly.

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  5. Peyton
    September 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm (12 months ago)

    Thanks for the informational and link. I am going to do some research and check this out. I have 5 cats and I believe this would be something worthwhile.

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  6. melissa
    September 27, 2016 at 12:27 pm (12 months ago)

    Hi Ingrid,

    Do I need to worry about adding Taurine for my cat with this food?

    Thank you

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    • Ingrid
      September 27, 2016 at 12:35 pm (12 months ago)

      The ground blends contain organ meat, which is a source of taurine, so you do not need to add it, Melissa.

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      • melissa
        September 27, 2016 at 12:40 pm (12 months ago)

        thank you!

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  7. Connie
    September 27, 2016 at 11:48 am (12 months ago)

    very interesting. Nice to see a company not using any plant-based ingredients in their food.

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  8. Summer
    September 27, 2016 at 4:08 am (12 months ago)

    We are always looking for more solutions for getting good raw food. Thanks for the review!

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