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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking of transitioning to raw food while my furbabies are still young (they are just past 9 weeks). I would be more interested in purchasing raw food like Feline's Pride as opposed to making it myself.

I first read about it on CatInfo.org in the feline obesity thread (see here for Bennie's story) and it seems like a good food - Bennie had been eating Wellness & EVO but was losing muscle mass and switching to the much higher protein raw Feline's Pride helped him a lot.

Has anyone used Feline's Pride or have any opinions about it? Thanks.
post #2 of 24
It looks good From looking at their site, it doesn't seem to have any unneccesary veggies/fruits like most brands like to add.

Go for it! A major plus for you is that kittens are really easy to switch.

You could even give them each a chicken gizzard a few times a week, to make sure that they keep their teeth clean - that little amount won't make their overall diet unbalanced Chicken gizzards are really chewy, and most places are very cheap, if you wanted to add something to help keep teeth clean.
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thank you!!! for the advice & your opinion... I'll need to do some calculations with regard to ordering and such. I'm not too sure of myself when it comes to how much to feed them. They're supposed to be eating like 2-3x more than adult cats but I don't see that they eat that much.

They're currently eating Blue Wilderness canned, 1 3.2oz can each split into four meals. (2 cans per day, halved then halved again for each meal - roughly, lol, I eyeball it). They rarely finish it all, especially Garfunkel. I leave it in the bowls and throw some kibble in with it when I have to leave in the mornings or after lunch, and it all ends up getting eaten, so they are eating it eventually, just not at one time. Sometimes Simon will eat Funky's leftovers and I don't know if it's because I distributed it unevenly or Simon just eats more. What's funny is Funky's two ounces heavier!!

The tubs come in e.g. 40oz, 16oz, etc. so no clue how much I'd need to buy at one time to feed the babies for a given span of time!!! LOL! I might contact the owner to see what he thinks.
post #4 of 24
I think the food looks great - I would feed it myself but the shipping is sooo expensive! I have ordered some Blue Ridge Beef products from a local retailer. They get good reviews and lots of people on my Yahoo raw feeding board recommended that company. It's small as well and I just didn't want to go with something like Oma's or any other mass produced - defeats going raw in my opinion.

Another one I looked into but it's pretty regional is Pawcurious.
post #5 of 24
I was interested in feeding raw to Buddy - but found out that wasn't recommended for cats with autoimmune diseases.

I contacted Jennifer at this email address: sales@felinespride.com
and she was very helpful. She may send you a sample ??, anyway - I really appreciated the quick attention she gave me.

I've researched the food, and the family-owned business - and find them to be very interested in providing a healthy raw diet for our cats.

Have you been to the website? https://www.felinespride.com/
post #6 of 24

I have been feeding my three indoor cats and one outdoor cat high-quality dry, canned, and raw Felines Pride for about five years. Never had a problem with a cat getting sick from the raw FP food.  They prefer it to any canned or dry food.  If you Googled the company, you might have seen that the food was recalled in July 2010 because a lab test showed bacteria.  There's a long story surrounding the issues FP had with the testing that was done...and Shelby, who was handling the day to day operation of the company, died around the winter holidays last year and there was corporate move and upgrade going on at the time.  In any event, Shelby's brother, and Jennifer, mentioned elsewhere here, have stepped up and do quite well to answer any questions.  As for the bacteria issue, any raw food will have some bacteria, but a cat's digestive system (unlike a human's, and unless the cat is being treated for something with meds that suppress its immune system and/or the food is downright rotten) is geared to handle it easily. I've left the food out in the bowl at room temp (not at hot summer temps) for three or four hours and never had a problem. 

 

In any case, my cats enjoy it. They are all rescues from outdoors, two as kittens of a feral cat and one as an adult stray.  The one that I rescued as an adult developed inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD), and a change from FP chicken to cornish hen and a half tab of prednisolone every other day made all the difference in the world.  One of the younger cats had skin flaking and that disappeared on the raw diet. None of my cats vomit anything, including hair balls.

 

The cost of shipping can be expensive, particularly if you live at a distance from their Buffalo-area shipping point or one of the other distribution sites.  I live within two or three hours' driving time from Buffalo and am going to be moving to NC, so I was concerned as to whether or not I could afford to ship, and worried some about the effect of seasonal heat on the packaging.  Luckily, FP has begun to offer a kit so you can make your own raw meal with meat you purchase at the grocery store or other local provider. It comes as a little tub with a container of food grade bone meal, and two kinds of oil capsules...you take a pound of raw meat, add an egg yolk, a tablespoon of the bone meal, contents of one each of the capsules, raw chicken liver, and water and whir it up in the food processor.  The two cats without the IBD love the homemade stuff.  The minute they hear the food processor they are staking me out and meowing up a storm.  I should note that I add a tablespoon or so of Missing Link (available at Petco or PetSmart or online) as well. 

 

Some vets that recommend a biologically appropriate raw diet for cats say that the food made with the bone meal is OK, but a raw food made with ground soft bones (as in chicken or cornish hen) is better.  Worried a bit about the expense of shipping FP to NC, before they offered the homemade food kit, I bought an electric meat grinder that will deal with the bones, but haven't had a chance to go to the trouble of choosing a recipe suitable for the cats and trying it out.  For this reason, and just to be sure I have my bases covered, I continue to offer high protein dry (including the Royal Canin hypoallergenic for my IBD cat) and canned in addition to the raw.

post #7 of 24

Feline's Pride is one of the TOP recommended commercial raw foods available. I have seldom heard anything negative about the company or the food.

 

If you don't want to pay shipping, check their "resellers" link to see if you can purchase their products locally.

 

GloriaJH - and anyone else interested in raw feeding an immune-compromised cat - Nature's Variety Instinct raw foods are guaranteed to be pathogen-free. Although the products contain 5% fruits/veggies, they are far and away the BEST compromise for cat owners who wish the benefits of feeding a fresh, raw diet but are concerned about bacteria.

 

Regards!

 

AC

post #8 of 24

Auntie Crazy - I've started a group for those caring for cats with the Feline Leukemia Virus.  Containing Contagious Virus  I believe that good nutrition is a key element in keeping them healthy as possible.  I'm still a little leery about the raw diet - but will sure give it another look. Thank you for the lead about Nature's Variety Instinct - at least it doesn't have the grains that I believe Buddy has an allergy in the form of itchy skin.  :)

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Originally Posted by Auntie Crazy View Post

Feline's Pride is one of the TOP recommended commercial raw foods available. I have seldom heard anything negative about the company or the food.

 

If you don't want to pay shipping, check their "resellers" link to see if you can purchase their products locally.

 

GloriaJH - and anyone else interested in raw feeding an immune-compromised cat - Nature's Variety Instinct raw foods are guaranteed to be pathogen-free. Although the products contain 5% fruits/veggies, they are far and away the BEST compromise for cat owners who wish the benefits of feeding a fresh, raw diet but are concerned about bacteria.

 

Regards!

 

AC



 

post #9 of 24

check out their pricing. What they state as per pound is much more costly when ordered. I have inquired several times but have had no reply. Try Hare Today. They are exceptional.

post #10 of 24

It was explained that the extra costs are for fabrication and an ice pack however if you order more than 1 variety you are charged again for thast fabrication although it is in 1 box. They also charge again for ice packs. They do have the best food but.....they need to get their act together with pricing.

post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by jyry View Post

check out their pricing. What they state as per pound is much more costly when ordered. I have inquired several times but have had no reply. Try Hare Today. They are exceptional.
I had the same issue when I tried to order too.... It shows one price on the page, and another on the checkout. nono.gif The shipping is crazy. Hare-today is awesome meat, and very affordable shipping, IMHO.
post #12 of 24

I used Feline's Pride in the early days of feeding raw and all of mine loved it.

 

As far as cost this is from another thread:

 

I went to the Feline Pride web site and selected 10 lbs of chicken and USPS delivery. Total with shipping to Houston : $50.90 + 46.16 (shipping) = $97.06. ($9.71 / lb)

post #13 of 24

I just ordered from, Hare today. I see too that their shipping is much cheaper. Now, getting the 2 princesses to like it is another matter,

post #14 of 24

If you order let's say 10lbs of one variety and then 10 lbs. of another variety you are charged twice for packing insulation.( approximately $11.00 is added extra per variety, so the price per pound is not what they show.) Then they ask for additinal packing material ( ice packs, foil) with additional charges. Feeding 3 cats is becomming too expensive. However, we continued because of all the other varities, this was the most "wholesome". AND they refused other brands and loved Feline's Pride. But noiw we will try Hare Today as they also only use the entire animal  ( bones, gizzards)and nothing else added.

post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Auntie Crazy View Post

Feline's Pride is one of the TOP recommended commercial raw foods available. I have seldom heard anything negative about the company or the food.

If you don't want to pay shipping, check their "resellers" link to see if you can purchase their products locally.

Oooooo thanks for the tip. I am going to be adding Feline's Pride into my rotation. I also think it will be an excellent choice for my babies.
post #16 of 24

The cat food is great like everyone says but, shipping is astronomical AND if you don't order before Wed at 2pm, they don't process your order until the next week.  Ridiculous.  They need to get their act together and be more professional with their delivery. I like it but I'm going to try another.

post #17 of 24
Most that ship frozen raw food only ship Mon-Wed. They don't want the raw in transit over the weekend to prevent dethaw.

But yes, the shipping cost of Feline's Pride is quite ridiculous. I use http://www.hare-today.com instead.
post #18 of 24

Do not hesitate to put your cats on raw food - and Feline's Pride is the best I found.  StoWee is 4 years old.  I fed her Blue canned food when I first got her, but the Vet told me I should put her on dry food... some idea that it would keep her teeth clean... huh?  I trusted him, but looked up the very best dry food and was feeding her Evo.  Then he said she was overweight, so put her on a "prescription" diet food - which just so happened to be sold by Banfield... and really wasn't much more expensive than Evo, so I did it.  The prescription was for 3 months... a year of feeding her the "Diet Control" food netted her more pounds!  That's when I found the catinfo.org site and after a month or so of excrutiating over how I could make her the raw food recipe they posted, I decided the cost of Feline Pride was not so bad...  She has been on it for 3 months, lost the extra weight and is full of her old vim and vigor!  Do it.  It's worth it!

post #19 of 24

We recently adopted a cat (3 weeks ago) and the previous owner feed him dry food. We had some wet food left over because we were feeding a stray, and while he seemed to like it, he would not eat all of the food at once. I read about Feline's Pride on here and asked them for a sample which they provided. It was 4 containers (chicken, cornish hen, turkey, and rabbit). Right from the first feeding, he would eat everything in the bowl and then lick the bowl clean. He didn't like the rabbit as much, but everything else he ate like a maniac. His poop is also smaller and less smelly. So yes, it is expensive, but I totally think it's worth it

post #20 of 24

does anyone know what the serving size is? i see the calorie content, as well as the other analysis, but not the serving size. 

post #21 of 24

We've been trying 6-9 ounces a day, usually 2-3 ounces 3x

post #22 of 24

thanks, but i'm actually trying to determine how many calories are in each ounce to ensure i feed my cats appropriately.  one of mine needs to gain, one maintain, and one lose.  

post #23 of 24
Great company, very high quality formulas.
Despite the high *packaging & shipping* charges, they really are the best. Not to mention, they are absolute pros when it comes to communicating with their customers (me). In contrast, I tried to deal with Fegnion for an order, and they were a shady disaster. I don't doubt that they produce a good product, but they were such a customer service disaster that I would strongly recommend against using them. After all, not only are we talking about raw meat products, we also have to keep in mind that as a farmer changes an animal's diet, the taste of the meat changes (which cat's don't like). My point - customer service is everything.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by jyry View Post

If you order let's say 10lbs of one variety and then 10 lbs. of another variety you are charged twice for packing insulation.( approximately $11.00 is added extra per variety, so the price per pound is not what they show.) Then they ask for additinal packing material ( ice packs, foil) with additional charges. Feeding 3 cats is becomming too expensive. However, we continued because of all the other varities, this was the most "wholesome". AND they refused other brands and loved Feline's Pride. But noiw we will try Hare Today as they also only use the entire animal  ( bones, gizzards)and nothing else added.

Let us know how it goes
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