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If you have a membership to Sam's Club, they have 6lb bags of boneless skinless chicken thighs in their freezer section..  Don't remember the exact cost, but they're cheaper than the ones in the fresh cooler.   I have both Sam's & Costco, but Costco doesn't carry these, only Sam's.

 

Where in Colorado are you???   I'm Denver and have 3 kittens I'm going to need to start making food for.   Lost my senior kitty at the end of April (she was 23) and I'd been feeding her Nature's Instinct and started the kittens on that, but they've changed their formula and packaging and the "CAT" version is now only available in tiny 20 oz bags and the new "DOG only" version is no longer nutritionally complete for cats..   No way I can afford those tiny bags, my babies are growing so fast and eating so much I'd go thru 1 a day (and they're anywhere from $12 to $16 each depending on the protein.).

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Nature's Instinct has re-formulated their frozen raw food into "cat-only" and "dog-only" versions..   The patties are now "dog-only" and the dog-only versions are no longer nutritionally complete for cats..   The "cat-only" versions only come in the bites and in very small 20 oz bags which cost more than double the price of getting the old 4 to 6lb bags of the dog/cat version..    I contacted the company and was told they will only be making the "cat" version in the tiny bags "per the request of cat owners" and that "you should have NO problem paying the increased cost if you truly loved your cats".   I figured the difference in price for 3 very active growing kittens would mean I'd be spending $300 - $400 a month for their food and that's just not in my budget..

 

So need to find an alternative and that seems to be making my own for them..   that's why I joined this board.

 

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Originally Posted by 8whiskers View Post
 

 

 

I spoke to someone at length at Petco over the weekend, and she told me more about the Nature's Variety Instinct Raw options. I was looking at the frozen patties (for dogs and cats) and a 6lb bag is about $40. According to the feeding guidelines, each cat would eat about 1/2 a patty per day (2 1/4 patty meals). I realize that contains complete nutrition for them, but I'm concerned about how they'll do with such a small amount of food when they're used to a lot more (of course, it has more vegetable "fillers" than the patties would).

 

Anyone have any experience with these? Recommendations? Advice? I could really use some feedback.

 

Thanks!

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