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Anyone tried Nature's variety?

post #1 of 10
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Has anyone tried this?
www.naturesvariety.com

I found a place about 13 miles away from me that sells it. I had tried it before, but it was so hard to come by I stopped buying it. I've moved since then and I decided to see if there were any sellers near me, and I got lucky. I don't have to drive nearly so far to get it now.

I have fed the raw, canned, and dry to some of my pets. They seem to like the raw and canned, but they didn't like the dry one called Instinct. That's a grain-free formula. They also have a kibble that isn't grain-free. I thought my cats would like grain-free, but I guess they are carb addicts!

I didn't feed it for very long before and I wonder if anyone else has tried it more long-term. I'm also wondering what you all think of raw diets.
post #2 of 10
I suggest you do a search.. there is lots of info on both ??? s
post #3 of 10
I feed my 15 year old Whisky the raw diet and wouldn't change it for the world! I think it is the best stuff around! I'm hoping I can find such a good food in Europe when I move!

to you for feeding your cats the good stuff!
post #4 of 10
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Thanks! Are you feeding just the raw or do you rotate it with the cans and kibble? I would like to switch them to raw, but the NV website says that rotation is best. Of course, they could just be trying to sell their other products!
Has Whiskey been on the raw food diet for a long time?
post #5 of 10
The only time I switch to canned food is when I'm out of the raw. He can't eat kibble as his teeth are so bad. I've been feeding him raw since about October of last year. The biggest benefit is that he doesn't poop as often! About once a day? The raw gets absorbed into the body much better than regular food. I think rotation would be better, but it's just one more thing to do. The kibble is good for their teeth as it helps break down the "stuff" on their teeth.
post #6 of 10
My two like the canned nature's variety "instinct" line, and the "prairie" line, but they didn't like the dry. In fact, I mixed it with their usual wellness (because I like to keep the options open--we do a little taste test from time to time) and they ate around the new kibble for two weeks. I guess it doesn't taste as good as the wellness dry or the royal canin dry...
post #7 of 10
Riley didn't care for the Instinct dry, and will only eat the canned rabbit flavor once in a while. I haven't tried the Prairie line or the raw.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Whisky'sDad View Post
The only time I switch to canned food is when I'm out of the raw. He can't eat kibble as his teeth are so bad. I've been feeding him raw since about October of last year. The biggest benefit is that he doesn't poop as often! About once a day? The raw gets absorbed into the body much better than regular food. I think rotation would be better, but it's just one more thing to do. The kibble is good for their teeth as it helps break down the "stuff" on their teeth.
Actually cat's don't chew all that much and many kitties with no teeth are just fine with kibble type food since they usually swallow it whole. If one is feeding larger chunk kibble, then they will crunch some of it, but overall, they pretty much don't chew.

As for kibble being good for their teeth - that is another "old wive's tale". Since they don't chew that much, they aren't cleaning their teeth. Also I try to explain it this way - if you ate a dry cracker (kibble) then some beef stew (wet food), which one would leave the most residue left on your teeth? Why the dry crackers of course! The best thing anyone can do for their cat's teeth is to get them used to having them brushed. We just had Bijou's teeth cleaned and the vet recommended the human toothbrush that you buy with the the little round bunch of bristles. She said her clients have had better luck cleaning with that than some of the utensils sold in the pet stores for cleaning the cat's teeth.

Back to the original topic - I think it is great to feed raw. I personally wouldn't because I am not home during the day and don't have time in the mornings to wait for them to finish eating in order to pick up the remaining food. I applaud those of you who do raw feeding and who have cats who will eat it. Some cats won't touch raw.
post #9 of 10
I am a raw feeder and have used NV. My cats have told me that they only like the one I make and Rad Cat.
I don't touch dry. I have given them a crunchy treat from time to time but it is something that is grain free too.
My cats won't eat much canned anymore. Seldon won't touch it unless it is Tiki tuna or Salmon or something. I tried NV canned and again nope.

As for the litter box being better. It is such a benefit. No more putrid boxes.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies! I'm going to start switching to a rotation of raw, canned, and maybe kibble, too. I think it was the Instinct kibble that my cats didn't like before. I'm going to rotate the different formulations and flavors to see what they like the best.
Another benefit I've heard of is that they don't seem to need to eat as much because they are using more of what they eat. Even though NV is relatively expensive, they won't hog out on it like they've been doing with the Purina. That's my hope at least. With 8 cats, fewer poops in the litter box would be a wonderful thing!
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