Balanced Blends Raw Cat Food: Better Nutrition for Your Cats, Better Convenience For You

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This post is sponsored by Balanced Blends

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat in their diet to thrive. Their systems 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 feeding is easy

Raw feeding does not have to be complicated. You do not need to grind your own meat and bones, measure out supplements, and figure out how to make a balanced diet for your little carnivore. There are plenty of commercial raw diets on the market, ranging from frozen to freeze-dried. Unfortunately, as the market is becoming more crowded, some manufacturers are cutting corners and adding more vegetables to their formulas to cut costs. You can find the brands I recommend here.

Balanced Blends Raw Pet Food

Balanced Blends is a Boulder Colorado based company, founded by enthusiastic pet parents with a distinct curiosity and interest in pet nutrition. Initially, the three founders each prepared raw foods at home for their four-legged family members. They wanted to create a commercially available complete and balanced raw diet for cats and dogs that would help make raw feeding easy for pet parents’ busy schedules. Working with veterinarians and a PhD nutritionist, they created Balanced Blends.

When I took a look around their website, I was impressed both by what’s in the food, and what’s not.

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Balanced Blends Raw Beef Dinner for Cats

Balanced Blends uses high quality ingredients, sourced in the US, from cage free chickens and grass fed cattle. All Balanced Blends formulas

  • are antibiotic free
  • are USDA inspected and approved
  • do not contain added hormones
  • contain balanced fat with optimal omega 6 to omega 3 ratio and low linoleic acid
  • contain an ideal calcium to phosphorus ratio
  • do not contain produce (only the dog formulas contain produce)

Balanced Blends uses extensive safety procedures during the manufacturing process, including HPP processing (high pressure pasteurization) during the final packaging process. While some raw feeders feel that HPP processing alters the quality of the food to the point where it can no longer be considered raw, I think it’s an effective way to eliminate potential pathogens that only minimally affects the integrity of the final product. I feel that HPP provides added peace of mind, especially for those new to raw feeding.

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Balanced Blends Raw Chicken Dinner for Cats

Putting Balanced Blends to the test

Balanced Blends for cats comes in beef and chicken varieties. Allegra and Ruby only eat poultry flavors, so we tried the chicken dinner. It came in a 5 pound bag, packaged in convenient 8 ounce pouches. This is perfect for us, since it’s exactly one day’s worth of food for the girls.

The girls loved the food, even Ruby, who is not a big chicken fan (she prefers turkey.)

Convenient Starter Pack

Balanced Blends offers a convenient starter pack for new customers to try their products with a lower initial order amount.

Cat Starter Pack (free shipping + no minimum order)  *new customer only*
$14 for 2 lbs of Raw Chicken Dinner
$16 for 2 lbs of Raw Beef Dinner

This is an incredible deal! Visit http://www.balancedblends.com/products/cat-starter-pack to learn more.

Additional $5 Discount off the Starter Pack for Conscious Cat Readers!

Use code CONSCIOUSCAT for an additional $5 off the starter pack. This code is to be use instead of “STARTERPACK” found on the starter pack product page.

For more information about Balanced Blends, please visit their website.

Coming soon from Balanced Blends: Holiday Giveaway Photo Contest!

Stay tuned for more information about the contest right here on The Conscious Cat.

FTC Disclosure: I received these products for review at no charge. I also received a fee to feature these products. 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.

21 Comments on Balanced Blends Raw Cat Food: Better Nutrition for Your Cats, Better Convenience For You

  1. Carol Gorbett
    December 28, 2016 at 8:47 am (3 months ago)

    I am thinking about trying this raw food diet for Hobbes, my 14 year old cat. However, my concern is – does it have all of the nutrients and minerals needed for cats, and does it require any grinding or cooking on my part?

    These questions may seem silly, but I recently lost one of my cats because of false advertising from cat food products (commercial), so I am VERY, VERY, VERY skittish.

    I am hoping she will start eating raw food – as long as this food is legit and SAFE for her.

    Thank you….

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    • Ingrid
      December 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm (3 months ago)

      Balanced Blends is a complete diet that contains all necessary nutrients. I’m very sorry about your kitty, Carol.

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    • Balanced Blends
      December 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Carol,

      Sorry to hear about your cat.

      I just emailed you back with the answers to your questions =).

      Our food has all the nutrients and minerals for both kittens and adult cats and we also take food safety very seriously.

      Please let us know if you have further questions.

      Yik

      Reply
  2. Lynette
    December 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm (4 months ago)

    I received my trial order today, and the chicken looks super fresh compared with Rad Cat. It’s cold in Oregon and it was still frozen. The dry ice had melted, however.

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  3. Lynette
    December 4, 2016 at 8:41 pm (4 months ago)

    I ordered the trial chicken, and I’m happy to see that bone fragments won’t be an issue. My cats eat Rad Cat turkey, so I’m hoping this company will add turkey soon. My boys have food allergies. The one who loves raw can’t eat it because of the egg yokes. We have to travel 150 miles roundtrip each month to pick up the Rad Cat, and I’ve had problems recently with the pet stores making mistakes on my orders. This past week I placed an order to pick up on Dec. 3rd, but the pet store lost it. One cat can only eat raw, and I can’t afford that to happen. Ordering from Balanced Blends would be much easier!

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    • Ingrid
      December 5, 2016 at 6:07 am (4 months ago)

      I’m hoping that they’ll add turkey, too, Lynette – it’s definitely Allegra and Ruby’s favorite.

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    • Ingrid
      December 5, 2016 at 6:08 am (4 months ago)

      I’m hoping they’ll add turkey, too, Lynette – it’s definitely Allegra and Ruby’s favorite.

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    • Michelle
      December 7, 2016 at 8:49 pm (4 months ago)

      Depending on where you live it might be easier for you to order Rad Cat from Only Natural Pet. I order from them because the only places I can buy it from locally overcharge by a LOT. Even with shipping its cheaper than buying it locally, for me.

      Reply
  4. Laurie
    November 29, 2016 at 7:18 pm (4 months ago)

    I don’t see on the website how the food arrives. Is it packed to keep at proper temperature if one isn’t home to receive the package? I work full time and worry about fresh food being left on my porch an entire day.

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    • Balanced Blends
      November 29, 2016 at 9:40 pm (4 months ago)

      Hi Laurie,

      Yes, we do pack it with dry ice so the food will remain frozen in the cooler during its transit to you.

      It will not be a problem sitting out all day until you get back from work as long as you get to it the same day =).

      Feel free to reach us here or at hello@balancedblends.com if you have any other questions for us.

      Yik

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      • Laurie
        November 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm (4 months ago)

        Thanks Yik and Ingrid. Good to know as I leave very early in the morning and don’t return until late.

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    • Ingrid
      November 30, 2016 at 6:01 am (4 months ago)

      It arrives frozen and packed on dry ice, so you don’t need to worry about it being left on your porch until you get home. It will still be frozen solid.

      Reply
  5. Kelley
    November 29, 2016 at 11:55 am (4 months ago)

    This is a good deal, is there a limit to how many we can order?

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    • Balanced Blends
      November 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm (4 months ago)

      Hi Kelley,

      My name is Yik and I am with Balanced Blends. Our starter pack is limited to new customer only and is limited to only 1 per customer.

      We do offer free shipping for orders 20 lbs or more and a flat $15 shipping fee for orders for 10 lbs and 15 lbs =)

      Feel free to reach us here or at hello@balancedblends.com if you have any other questions for us.

      Yik

      Reply
  6. Stephanie B
    November 29, 2016 at 9:18 am (4 months ago)

    thank you for this. I just ordered the cat starter pack. I’m excited to use this food for our kitty, Midnight

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    • Ingrid
      November 29, 2016 at 2:18 pm (4 months ago)

      Let me know how Midnight liked it, Stephanie.

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    • Balanced Blends
      November 29, 2016 at 2:51 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks for trying us out Stephanie!

      Please do let us know how Midnight likes the food =)

      Feel free to reach us with any questions, comments, or feedback at hello@balancedblends.com!

      Yik

      Reply
  7. Ashley
    November 29, 2016 at 1:30 am (4 months ago)

    Thank you Ingrid! Did you notice if this food had the larger pieces of bone like Darwin’s does?

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    • Ingrid
      November 29, 2016 at 6:37 am (4 months ago)

      I have not seen any bone fragments in the Balanced Blend we received, Ashley.

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    • Balanced Blends
      November 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm (4 months ago)

      Hi Ashley,

      We are aware of the “large bone pieces” issue among raw cat food and have been paying attention to the bone sizes in our food. We were able to grind them down pretty well on our earlier batches but had issue with a recent batch to get the bones down consistently with our equipment. We ended up not releasing this batch.

      To solve the issue, we changed our calcium source from bones to bone meal (human grade) for consistency.

      Feel free to reach us here or at hello@balancedblends.com if you have any other questions for us =)

      Yik

      Reply
      • Ashley
        November 29, 2016 at 8:13 pm (4 months ago)

        Thank you!

        Reply

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