Raw Food Products for Cats by Rad Cat
We use the highest quality muscle and organ meats in all of our products. Our foods contain meats and poultry that are USDA-inspected (or the New Zealand equivalent for our New Zealand sourced Venison), hormone and antibiotic free. We also use free-range, grass-fed and pasture-raised and natural meats that are the same whole muscle meats found at your finest natural food stores, rather than cheaper, mechanically separated products.
All of our varieties use muscle and organ meats all from the same species. We don’t mix lamb and fish with beef and chicken, so there is better flavor for your feline carnivore. Simple is better.
All products are produced in our own licensed and inspected manufacturing facility. All batches are tested for freshness and pathogens by an independent laboratory. Please see our Safety and Quality page for more information.
All of our products are carrageenan-free. We have received several emails about our certified organic dulse, which is a species of red algae, but is monumentally different and very far removed from the species of red algae (Irish Moss), that is used to make carrageenan. Dulse IS NOT used to make carrageenan and carrageenan cannot be made from dulse, as dulse does not contain the mucilage that is found in Irish Moss. There is some misleading and incorrect information published on some sites. These two species of red algae are vastly different and should not be confused.
Free-Range Turkey Recipe
Turkey thigh and leg meat, turkey heart, water (sufficient for dry ingredient hydration), turkey liver, gelatin, organic dried egg yolk, organic dulse powder, egg shell powder, organic psyllium husk powder, vitamin E supplement, manganese gluconate.
Free-Range Chicken Recipe
Chicken thigh and leg meat, chicken heart, chicken liver, gelatin, water (sufficient for dry ingredient hydration), organic dried egg yolk, organic dulse powder, egg shell powder, organic psyllium husk powder, vitamin E supplement, manganese gluconate.
Pasture-Raised Lamb Recipe
Lamb shoulder, lamb heart, water (sufficient for dry ingredient hydration), lamb liver, gelatin, organic dried egg yolk, organic dulse powder, eggshell powder, organic psyllium husk powder, vitamin E supplement, manganese gluconate.
Grass-Fed Beef Recipe
Beef chuck and trim, beef heart, water (sufficient for dry ingredient hydration), beef liver, gelatin, organic dried egg yolk, organic dulse powder, egg shell powder, organic psyllium husk powder, vitamin E supplement, manganese gluconate
Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe
Venison trim, venison heart, water (sufficient for dry ingredient hydration) venison liver, gelatin, organic dried egg yolk, organic dulse powder, egg shell powder, organic psyllium husk powder, vitamin E supplement, manganese gluconate
Natural Pork Recipe
Pork shoulder, pork heart, water (sufficient for dry ingredient hydration), pork liver, gelatin, organic dried egg yolk, organic dulse powder, egg shell powder, organic psyllium husk powder, salmon oil, vitamin E supplement, manganese gluconate.
All varieties are sold frozen in 8oz, 16oz and 24oz convenient, re-sealable and recyclable containers.
More About Rad Cat Raw Diet
Although feeding a raw diet may seem more expensive than a conventional kibble or canned diet, the benefits far outweigh the cost in terms of the health and happiness of your cat. Here are a few reasons why our Rad Cat Raw Diet is so special:
When meat is ground, more surface area is exposed to air and accelerates bacteria growth. In our processing, whole meat moves from the freezer to processing and back to the freezer as finished product in the shortest time possible. As a result, your cat will eat the freshest, most nutritious cat food available.
Grains are not a natural part of the feline evolutionary diet. Historically, cats were used to guard grainaries because they would catch mice and not eat the grain. Only in the last 50 years, with the development of the commercial pet food industry, have grains been added to cat and dog foods. Many of these grains used are waste products from large agricultural production facilities.
Many cats are allergic to the grains in their commercial cat food. These allergies can often manifest as skin and digestive disorders. Grains are also a source of carbohydrates, which cats require very little of. The optimal feline diet is one that provides high protein and low carbohydrates. Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, designed felines to use protein as their main energy source, rather than carbohydrates. Unfortunately, foods on the market that say they provide ‘high energy’, typically do so by using a grain source. Carbohydrates are a quick source of energy and are burned away very quickly. They are also the cheap and unhealthy solution to providing a dietary energy source. In fact, one of our own cats was highly allergic to grains, and that was what led us to start this company.
For more information why Rad Cat doesn’t contain grains, see our Raw Diet Benefits page.
Protein, from a meat source, provides sustained energy and is burned completely and efficiently. Yes, foods containing mostly meat are more expensive, but the longer life expectancy, health benefits and lower vet bills outweigh those costs. High carbohydrates in feline (and canine) diets are also major contributors to obesity in pets. Cats on high protein, low carbohydrate diets tend to lose excess pounds and maintain a healthy weight, with increased energy and vitality. Starches in high carbohydrate diets tend to bond to teeth, creating tartar build-up, which leads to gum disease, bad breath, and other health problems that are associated with chronic gingivitis. Cat’s dietary needs are very different from humans and from dogs, who are omnivores. Cat’s digestive systems are very short and they need to eat foods that are easily digestible. Raw diets are the most digestible for cats due to the high enzyme content naturally present in raw meat.
Many commercial and holistic cat foods also contain vegetables. The reasons for adding them are varied. From claims that their food represents all the food groups, to individual claims about added fruits and veggies, all tend to boil down to the reasons why humans need them in their diets. Though there are some claims that cats eat vegetables contained in the stomachs of their prey, the amount contained in the stomach of a mouse, small rodent or bird is smaller than a dime, and can be considered negligible. Often, the first organ that cats ingest is the brain, which contains the highest concentration of nutrients. That’s why when our mighty hunter (or huntress) leaves a present on our porch, it is usually a carcass with a missing head.
Another argument, is that cats will eat grass, therefore, they need vegetables in their diet. In fact, cats ingest grass to help cleanse their digestive tract, mostly to help pass hairballs. Upon regurgitation or elimination through the bowel, the grass will pass completely undigested and whole. Here is why: In order to extract nutrients from vegetables, carnivores and omnivores need to break down the cell walls in some way. Cooking (steaming is best), grinding, and powdering are the best methods of breaking down the cellulose walls in vegetable matter. For humans and some other animals, our chewing process is very effective in that our jaws allow us to “grind”. Cats, however, do not ‘chew’ and grind as we do and therefore, need ‘pre-digested’ vegetables in order to process the nutrients they contain.