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Nature's Variety, The Honest Kitchen, Natural Balance, Raw Advantage or AFS?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone!

I'm currently looking to switch Abby from Wysong Archetype to a different raw pre-mix. I just find Wysong has too many vegetables and grains for my liking. I'm considering Nature's Variety (organic chicken), The Honest Kitchen (Prowl), Natural Balance (chicken), Raw Advantage (turkey) or AFS (Animal Food Services) (carnivore.) Anyone try these or have any opinions on them? Here are the ingredients:

Nature's Variety Prairie Organic Chicken:

Organic Chicken, Organic Ground Chicken Bone, Organic Chicken Liver, Organic Chicken Heart, Organic Chicken Gizzard, Organic Whole Eggs, Organic Bok Choy, Organic Carrots, Organic Apples, Organic Pears, Organic Persimmons, Organic Flaxseed Oil, Montmorillonite, Organic Yogurt, Organic Alfalfa Sprouts, Organic Parsley, Organic Blueberries.

The Honest Kitchen Prowl:

hormone-free chicken, plus eggs, potatoes, yams, flaxseed, zucchini, spinach, honey, cranberries (for urinary tract health) and rosemary.

Natural Balance Chicken:

Chicken, Ground Raw Chicken Bones (Backs, Necks And Thighs), Spinach, Broccoli, Celery, Sweet Potatoes, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Barley Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts, Apples, Oranges, Whole Egg, Carrots, Cold-Pressed Salmon Oil, Cranberries, Sun-Dried Kelp, Spirulina, Montmorillonite, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, D-Acetate, D-Activated Animal Sterol, (Source Of Vitamin D-3), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement), Minerals (Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate Monohydrate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate).

Raw Advantage Only Turkey:

Organic turkey and bone, organic turkey gizzard, organic turkey heart, organic turkey liver.

Animal Food Services Carnivore Diet For Cats:

Beef muscle meat, beef by-products (select organ meats only), chicken, finely ground bone, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, ferrous sulfate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, cobalt sulfate, choline chloride, vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol acetate), niacin, calcium pantothenate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, taurine, ash.

Of course with the Raw Advantage one I would supplement it (salmon oil & multi-vitamin/mineral supplement.) I'm leaning towards this one, but with one do you think is the best? Another question, would I still need to feed a canned food (Wysong's Au Jus) along with this? Or would there be enough moisture in the raw food already? Thank you!
post #2 of 9
Hi, I don't feed raw but have done a lot of overal reading on cat nutrition, so of course, I have an opinion
I have met the reps for Raw Advantage (I live in the state where the company is located) and was very impressed with their products and the company philosophy. I think highly of what they carry, though I personally would use their garlic free Turkey formula, as I choose not to feed any product with garlic in it.

I've also, from a business list I am on, have heard many comment on how highly they (and their customers) feel about both Honest Kitchen products and Nature's Variety.

ps with plenty of water always available, which I'm sure it is, a raw diet should provide adequate moisture...especially compared to a dry diet
post #3 of 9
I like the raw advantange from reading those... the best proportion ( according to my vet) is 70% meat , bone 10 % organ meats and 20% veggies...
the honest kitchen looks great cept for the rosemary ...

no you dont have to supplement with a "complete raw ie meat bone and organ meat " but I find Kandie like some fish flavors mixed in after eating chn and veggies for the 5-8th straight day..
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Okay, so I will be going with the Raw Advantage organic turkey. I will be still using Wysong canned, just a treat once a week. I will be using Grizzly Wild Salmon Oil and Solid Gold Multi-Vitamin/Mineral tabs as supplements, because I'm a nervous Nelly. LOL Do you guys suggest any other supplements for her? Thanks.
post #5 of 9
I cant find it anywhere near me but Wysong makes what read sthe best supplement wise ....

What you want is a supplement that states raw compatible...
post #6 of 9
I wish we had all these foods in NZ for my cats to try - but we make do, the best here is Royal Canin. Although my youngest queen isn't gaining any weight from it.
post #7 of 9
I'd lean toward Nature's Variety rabbit formula.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks sharky. I'll look into those.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Okay, instead of Soild Gold Multi-Vitamin/Mineral, I've decided to go with Wysong Call of the Wild, for both my dogs and cat. Plus, I will be sticking with Grizzly Wild Salmon Oil as well. Thank you so much!
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