Last Updated on: June 27, 2018 by Ingrid King
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.
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.
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.
For more information about Balanced Blends, please visit their website.
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.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.
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