Last Updated on: February 10, 2019 by Ingrid King
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.
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.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.