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  • Recent Comments Edanna on Raw Meow Cat Food Review: “You need to convert it to dry matter using a calculator. You have to remember raw meat is 60%+ water, kibble is 10% water. So the numbers appear differently in raw than they do dry. 5% is around 15% fat. 7% is coming up as 25% fat. Using this calculator. https://www.k-9kraving.com/dog-food-calculators/guaranteed-analysis-calculator/ Doesn’t matter whether it’s dog or cat food, it’s a calculator of numbers, so don’t worry about the name.Jan 17, 19:04
  • Recent Comments Michowned on Raw Meow Cat Food Review: “I have been using Raw Meow for my boy since he was a kitten, and it’s fantastic! I was worried to feed him raw since I am a newbie, however it makes the raw feeding process so easy. Good range of products and options at a reasonable price (When you factor that once you add the raw meat, ‘high quality kibble’ costs roughly the same. However, with kibble not being 100% raw, or species appropriate, the choice is a no-brainer). I normally get my boy Raw Meow Mix Adult – Chicken or Lamb, and when he’s stubborn I sprinkle some freeze dried treats on top (They will LOVE Kitty Krack!). My boy goes crazy for freeze dried chicken necks! He is healthy, happy, and wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂 If you are after a high quality product that will make your buddy healthy, go for Raw Meow. You won’t regret it!Jan 17, 16:26
  • Recent Comments Rose on Raw Meow Cat Food Review: “I’ve looked at K9 Rawsome for cats before. Only thing I don’t like about it, is it seems quite low in fat. Only 5 and 7% fat content isn’t very good. Cats need higher amount of fats.Jan 17, 07:45
  • Recent Comments Pet Food Reviews (Australia) on What is the Best Cat Food in Australia?: “Hi Karen, most of the better-rated brands have corresponding wet foods which are equally as good if not better. Generally wet has better ingredients than dry, with another benefit being they don’t undergo the same heating process. Wet obviously contains more moisture which is an essential for cats (they’re not big drinkers). Worth noting whether dry or wet they’re all “products”. To skirt on dental health though – neither wet nor dry do much for dental health, and unfortunately most cats begin to suffer periodontal disease from a young age. Often it goes unnoticed and undiagnosed, and as our cat’s can’t speak they can’t verbalise any dental pain. I’m a big advocate for raw meaty bones in this respect, or if not raw then at least some of the freeze-dried treats available like chicken necks. The chewing/gnawing action keeps teeth in better shape, so consider that too if you haven’t already.Jan 15, 22:47
  • Recent Comments Pet Food Reviews (Australia) on Optimum Dog Food Review: “Hi Denise, Mars is an American company but the Optimum factory is in Australia and I imagine most ingredients are sourced locally. I’m not 100%, so would be worth following up with Optimum if you want to be doubly sure.Jan 15, 22:42
  • Recent Comments Lee-Gwen on Nood Cat Food Review: “Thank you for this review. I need a replacement for Hills and Royal Canin and my cats are being very fussy at the really good options. I’m going to give this one a go – it helps that it’s 40% off on their site for the first bag. Wish me luck!Jan 15, 09:59
  • Recent Comments Karen on What is the Best Cat Food in Australia?: “What about wet food for our elderly cats with few teeth? Which product is best for them?Jan 15, 07:42
  • Recent Comments Denise on Optimum Dog Food Review: “Loved reading the review, can you please tell me if it is Australian Made or packaged in Australia and what country the ingredients come from.Jan 14, 05:59
  • Recent Comments Pet Food Reviews (Australia) on What is the Best Cat Food in Australia?: “Hi Kate, what you’re speaking of was an issue with Australian quarantine regulations not Orijen par se. Once the toxicity was correlated with irradiated cat foods irradiation was subsequently banned and made illegal in terms of cat food. This was in 2009. Unfortunately it was never banned for dog food and numerous dog food products (particularly imported treats such as jerky or rawhide) are still irradiated to this day. We have been campaigning to ban the irradiation of all pet food products and addressed it with the Senate during an inquiry into pet food in 2018. This is also the standpoint of RSPCA and has been for quite some time. Orijen is a product sold worldwide and the irradiation issue is only a factor with Australian regulations not Orijen products, and you should be reassured that since 2009 it has been illegal to irradiate cat food products in Australia. We have more information on irradiation here. As for your second point, it is common for cats (and dogs) to have diarrhoea when fed a new product. What many fail to realise is it often stems from the previous diet being fed for a long period without variety. It’s the same for us humans – if we eat the same food every day, then one day introduce something new, we will likely suffer ill effects. Obviously other factors may be at play such as the health of the cat, possible underlying conditions or food sensitivities, and yes the product itself can never be ignored as a potential issue. The reviews on this website are written in the hope they offer insight into how cat foods are formulated vs how they’re marketed, with the end result (hopefully) being a consumer can make a better informed decision. My personal goal is to raise information from a pet nutritionist perspective who has had a fair amount of exposure to the pet food industry, but at the end of the day products are products and none will work perfectly in every case. But I think it’s fair to say standards of pet food are heading in the right direction, but still have a long way to go.Jan 13, 19:42
  • Recent Comments Edanna on A La Carte Dog Food Review: “It still has emu oil, just a lot less it seems. True Colours is a new brand by those that make Man’s Best and are using the original Blackhawk recipe. https://www.truecoloursfordogs.com.au/Jan 13, 09:49
  • Recent Comments Kate on What is the Best Cat Food in Australia?: “Wasn’t Orijen recalled for a toxicity related to irradiation of the food prior to export to Australia? And the company stated it wouldn’t supply Australia anymore? And a friend of mine changed to Ziwi Peak- her cats immediately developed severe diarrhoea! I’m not sure that I trust your reviewsJan 12, 19:11
  • Recent Comments Andi on A La Carte Dog Food Review: “In my opinion better thanBlack Hawk. I used to buy Black Hawk when I was still breeding Irish Wolfhounds awesome product . . I’d buy direct and it was in a plain white plastic bag with a sticker . Emu oil was still being used . The bag got fancier . The price went up. Product was sold to big company who promptly changed the recipe and used flax seed oil instead . I’d not use it now especially if breeding animals involved . I e recently heard the original inventor now has a new range but haven’t tried it yet .Jan 12, 14:59
  • Recent Comments Pet Food Reviews (Australia) on What is the Best Puppy Food in Australia?: “Yes, it’s amazing how many people recommend expensive ointments or hypoallergenic diets without ever considering the underlying cause! As for vets recommending against raw meats… that’s another subject largely affected by misinformation, but also a big subject in itself. A dog’s digestive system is designed to process raw meats, and many dogs these days show excellent health on raw diets (assuming the raw diet covers all nutritional basis).Jan 12, 00:00
  • Recent Comments Chris on What is the Best Puppy Food in Australia?: “Many thanks. I’ve received so much conflicting advice about the issue and purchased goodness knows how many creams and ointments on the recommendation of others but it’s simply closing the stable door after the dog-shaped horse has bolted! I’d much rather address the source than treat the symptoms and will be changing diets for both dogs. One vet suggested we may have been feeding our older dog too much raw meat and told us the animal wouldn’t be able to process so much protein. We just felt so guilty for being uninformed. I look forward to following guidelines outlined in the aforementioned book as I am not playing Russian Roulette with pet food from this day forward.Jan 11, 17:48
  • Recent Comments Pet Food Reviews (Australia) on What is the Best Puppy Food in Australia?: “Hi Chris, there’s a few hypoallergenic products on the market, but if it’s a food sensitivity then there are also many other foods which would work (dry/wet/barf/raw/fresh). My best advice is to try and figure out the cause as this will give you many more options for the future rather than being locked into a vet-endorsed kibble. Were your dog’s paws itchy for an extended period? Did a change in diet/recipe mark the onset? Take a look at the ingredients of the Optimum recipe you were feeding at the time – if you were feeding Optimum Puppy my guess is wheat, but that’s not the only cause of food sensitivities. It gets more complex when meat proteins are a trigger, especially chicken which is in most commercial dog foods, or sometimes artificial additivities and preservatives. The food recommended by your vet isn’t a miraculous cure, it just won’t contain the key allergens. So if it’s a food sensitivity, and the diet contained wheat, then most highly rated foods on this website will likely do the trick.Jan 11, 17:21
  • Recent Comments Chris on What is the Best Puppy Food in Australia?: “Hi there. I’m so please to have stumbled across this website but wish I had done so a long time ago. We have a border collie puppy and the breeder was feeding him Optimum. Given this, I have blindly bought the same, along with vet-suggested foods such as Royal Canin and Hills. Having read your assessments and having ordered the book by Dr Tom Lonsdale, I’m going to be much more judicious with my choices from now on. Additionally, our older border collie cross seems to have had an allergic reaction to something (I think it’s food-related) and he has started biting at his paws. The vet has suggested a particular kibble – the name of which escapes me – but wondered whether there is a hypoallergenic product you’d recommend.Jan 11, 16:37
  • Recent Comments Edanna on Orijen Dog Food Review: “And this.Jan 11, 06:53
  • Recent Comments Edanna on Orijen Dog Food Review: “So not to step on your toes or forcefully break any fingers haha, but no it’s not the highest protein or lowest carbs, these are.Jan 11, 06:52
  • Recent Comments Tammy on Orijen Dog Food Review: “Thank you so much. I am looking forward to trying it. Thank you for your wonderful informative reviews. Best wishes TammyJan 11, 05:02
  • Recent Comments Edanna on ZiwiPEAK Dog Food Review: “So far that has been what has happened to nearly all the companies who did that or sold out. So people are going to be naturally sceptical. I took pictures of nearly every food and saved them to an album, if anything changes I’ll be the one that knows. I hope for everyone’s sake and sceptical mind that nothing changes.Jan 10, 21:55
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