|Purred: Thu Oct 3, '13 10:26am PST |
|I feed a large variety of food to Kaylee and Amelia. I only feed grain-free foods. I am in the process of trying to get rid of kibble from their diets right now, and am slowly working in Ziwi Peak air-dried Venison formula. They have had Orijen Cat & Kitten, Orijen 6 Fish and NV Instinct Chicken Raw Boost kibbles (they came with a Hill's kibble, but once I started mixing in the Orijen, they picked all the Orijen out and left the Hills, which is fine with me since the Hills had a LOT of inferior ingredients). For raw foods, they have had Bold Raw Rabbit, NV Instinct Raw Chicken, Venison, and Lamb formulas, Primal Rabbit, Pheasant, and Turkey formulas. They have also had the occasional piece of raw chicken or beef, but Kaylee doesn't seem to know what to do with it. LOL. For canned, I usually buy whatever I can get at a good deal without compromising my standards. I have used NV Instinct Lamb, Venison, Chicken, Duck, Pork and Rabbit varieties (I had a coupon), Tiki Chicken and Chicken with Egg varieties as well as basically all of the grain-free fish varieties (they don't like red or Ahi tuna but they love sardines and mackerel), all BFF flavours, all Weruva flavours (except a few that are too high in carbs for my liking - I try to stay under 10% carbs). I also use freeze-dried and dehydrated foods such as Stella & Chewy's, Primal and The Honest Kitchen. They love the Honest Kitchen Prowl variety.
A typical day is 1/3 c. kibble/Ziwi Peak for them to share if they get hungry. Sometimes we are away for 8 or 9 hours and I don't feel right leaving nothing for them. Breakfast is a NV Raw medallion covered in Honest Kitchen, lunch is some type of canned food, and supper is either canned food or the NVIRaw/THK mix again. They are only 5 1/2 months old, which is why they get three meals a day. I would love to put them on 100% raw but we have a very small freezer and don't have the space.
I am really picky and I do a lot of research before I add anything to their diets, not to mention that I add stuff in slowly so they don't get diarrhea. I actually feel that NV Instinct cans are too high in fat, but I like the company and their philosophy and if I get coupons for cans, I use them to save money. My general philosophy is that I am willing to spend more money if I know the product is highly nutritious without fillers. The Ziwi Peak, for example, is $18.99/bag here at my local store, which is really expensive for me (I am a student), but I pay it because it is high quality, great ingredients, and a good protein/fat/carbs ratio. It is also the only really decent kibble-alternative I have seen so far. I want the girls to have a wide variety of foods. I also give them digestive enzymes once a day, coconut oil twice a week and fish oil once a week.
Neither of them are picky, but I can definitely tell when they like certain foods better than others. The battle I have is that I want them to like to foods with the highest protein and lowest carbs, such as Weruva and Tiki, but most of those that I have tried are a shredded consistency and they seem to prefer the minced/pate of the NV. Basically, I do the best I can with the knowledge I have, and I am always reading and learning so I can provide them with the best nutrition (and life) that I possibly can!
Edited by author Thu Oct 3, '13 10:32am PST
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