Home-prepared kitty food: It doesn’t get any EZ-ier
March 8, 2016 1 Comment
In a world where kibble is still king for so many cat caregivers, there’s a small army of people looking to make a difference, both in the information they share and, now, in a product that can make species-appropriate feeding more convenient.
Laurie Goldstein and Carolina Liima teamed up to create a new product that creates a complete and balanced homemade diet when it’s added to meat. Both are devoted and knowledgeable pet parents. They’ve seen how proper nutrition can dramatically improve the health of their cats.
Produced in the USA, Food Fur Life is billed as “EZ solutions for your pet’s homemade diet.” The human-grade quality ingredients have been carefully sourced and include two organs (chicken liver and pork pancreas glandular), eggshell, dried egg yolk. omega 3 (green lipped mussel powder), digestive enzymes, taurine, and vitamins.
Easy it is! All you do is combine 2 pounds of ground or chopped meat, ½ cup of EZ Food Fur Life, and 1-1/2 cups of water. The fear factor about the food being balanced is gone.
Detailed instructions are provided if you prefer to cook the meat (EZComplete is added after the meat is cooked). And there are easy-to-understand guidelines for feeding amounts – in US measurements as well as metric (which I’ve had a problem with since 8th grade).
My three cats have all been raw fed their entire lives – Tekla is almost 13, Mollie is 6, and Celica Blue is 1-1/2. I make their food with ground meat and a base mix of gizzards and hearts and add various supplements with each batch. That’s usually every four or five meals, about every other day.
Even though they are veteran raw diners, I followed the instructions to introduce the food gradually. I sprinkled the powder (which is a little “poofy”) on their individual servings and added a little water. The first test went over all right – they were served turkey, which is not their favorite, but they ate most of it. Since my batches use about 1-1/2 pounds of meat I was able to stretch the sample bag a bit. The next batch was with chicken, and they scarfed that down without hesitation.
When people ask me about transitioning to a raw diet, I always advise them to do their homework, rather than blindly jumping in. Even though this makes it “EZ,” be sure to read all the information on the website. There’s a very detailed FAQ with a lot of information and resources and a Facebook page.
Food Fur Life costs $35.50 for 130 servings and $54.75 for 260 servings. If you’re switching to raw from kibble and canned you should weigh the cost of various supplements, which can be pricey, vs. the cost of this all-in-one product. And, of course, the number of cats you have. Keep in mind that the long-term health benefits outweigh the added expense.
Feeding a home-prepared raw diet requires a bit of extra effort, in terms of the learning curve, transitioning, and preparation, but good nutrition is the best gift we can give our cats.