What Rebecca Bear, a former Vet has to say
I am so pleased to be able to give a testimonial for raw feeding with Bev and Mike’s fabulous raw food products (The Cats & Dogs Dinner Company).
For personal and professional reasons, raw feeding of pets has been on my radar for over 20 years. Yet, it is only in the last year that I have decided to make the switch from commercial dry brands to raw feeding. I am thrilled with the results, and so are our pets!
I trained as a veterinarian in the late ‘90s and worked in both NZ and the UK at a time when conventional wisdom taught us that commercially prepared dry food (especially premium brands) were the healthiest and most cost-effective option for cats and dogs. I can remember being ‘wined and dined’ by the pet food companies as a young student and being taught the ‘science’ of dry food feeding.
Whilst I have had pets do well on these diets, a good friend I went through vet school with started to talk raw feeding and the theory behind it – and I eventually started to listen. What tipped the scale for me and led to a different point-of-view, was my understanding of the workings of cat and dogs’ digestion, their requirements as carnivores, and the overuse of cereals in most commercial foods. My understanding is that high cereal meal leads to less-than-optimal stomach acid (and pH), an altered microbiome and digestion. This leads to changes in gut and skin health and immunity – not ideal!
Most recently, I have almost completed a PhD at Victoria University and I have enjoyed learning more about critical thinking, ‘how to learn’ and the research process in the commercial environment. In short, I now really question the ‘popular science’ around commercial pet food feeding.
Since the switch to raw feeding, I have seen a big change in our 10-years old cat who was very overweight, sluggish and constantly thirsty on dry food. She has lost 1/3 of her body weight, her coat has improved, and she has started to hunt!
We have a 4-month old kitten who is thriving and growing like a mushroom on a balanced raw food diet.
Raw feeding is convenient, cost-effective and there is no waste.
In addition, I am thrilled with being able to feed a species-appropriate diet to our fur-babies, which is ethically sourced and produced to human grade – and sold with love. I can’t thank Bev and Mike enough for their enthusiasm and passion for The Cats and Dogs Dinner Company and the fabulous products they provide.
My family, Jinx and Lily can’t thank you enough
PostgradDip Sci, BVSc, BSc (Massey)
PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington
Doyle enjoying his 1/4 of hare – don’t think it has ever taken the boys this long to eat dinner!
Daisy, 3 year old and Poppy 8 year old huntaways.
For about 18 months now we have been feeding these two a staple diet of the raw food selections of different meats , full of all the good stuff they need
Our vet has finally conceded they are the picture of health and vitality without any veterinary formula processed biscuits, even our friends comment on it.
After loosing our last dog to leukemia we were both determined to give these two a diet at least as much thought as our own (if you’re going to have them you have to love them!) and the raw food diet just makes simple natural sense.
Bev & Mike run a great business and your both lovely people, all the best and on-going success. Thank you for our dogs wonderful health
Ive been trailing the #7 meat blend and its a huge hit with both Teddy Bear (Mr Fussy) and Elmo Bear, I love the way I can take it out frozen when I wake up and within 3/4hour its thawed enough for them to gobble without having to thaw it overnight, and its heaps easier to store in my little freezer!! Well Done! The product looks so much fresher than the boxed product and no gagging smell like a % of the boxed can be sometimes – excluding the tripe. I’m definitely sold on the new product range!
Echo loves his venison leggings! An excellent purchase
Hi Mike & Beverley,
Great news! Daisy is now eating the real cat food I purchased from you.
On Friday last week, I put the food beside her normal food. She ate the junk food, and then after a run ate the real food. And after a few days of that I just give her the real food and she tucks straight in!
Didn’t take long at all. Thanks for all your help
I just want to say how wonderful Bev, Mike & Emma are.We’ve been buying Auggie’s snacks & treats from Cats and Dog’s Dinner for 3 years now and wouldn’t go anywhere else.They’re very knowledgeable and I love the fact that their products are all made in NZ and natural without additives.Auggie loves his Tweets , Lamb Trachea, Lamb Knuckle Chews & Roos Poos (Biscuits). Due to having liver issues & being blind, I can give him these treats knowing they’re natural & a healthier choice.Thanks for keeping Auggie happy & healthy
Hi Bev and Mike,
Thank you so much for Saturday.
It was great to sit down and chat with you about different options for Rory.
Well after trying to bury his bone twice on the way home in the boot of the car, we have learnt that he LOVES the venison bone.
He DEMOLISHED it once we got home on Saturday night (both knobs on the end were pulled off and chewed, and then the rest of the bone stripped back and thoroughly chewed), he then proceeded to bury it 3 times yesterday in our garden before bringing it in again this morning to have another gnaw on.
We are so happy to see the enjoyment it has brought him, and to know that he now definitely knows what to do with a bone
He is also very excited at meal time, including licking everything around his bowl just encase anything was missed.
Thank you once again for all your help, and have attached a few photos of Rory having a good old chew on his favourite bone.
We have used ‘The Cats and Dogs Dinner Company’ for over a year now. Our three dogs not only love it, but thrive on it! The Duck necks are a favorite in our house and great for their teeth. We love knowing that we are feeding our dogs what they’re meant to eat, with no added extras. We don’t eat fillers and plastics, why should our pets.”
“Beverly and Mike make pet food fun and easy. Mike’s always reliable and delivers for such a good price. It’s worth a trip up to Raumati to look through their wares and have a good ol chat! Friendly and helpful, I’d highly recommend them to any pet owners”
Hi Beverley!The team at Dogs Dinner Company are fantastic! I always receive exceptional service no matter what my query, even if i’m ordering last minute they are very understanding and helpful.I have 3 cats, (2 adults and 1 kitten) who all really enjoy the raw food. So far their favourite is a chicken, liver, salmon and possum (i think) mix. They weren’t so keen on the tripe, but I think they’re just a bit fussy.The food is excellent quality, keeps my fur kids happy and has helped fix a few health problems too!I would definitely recommend The Dogs Dinner Company to anyone looking to get their pet the best food possible.
After lots failed experiments, including ‘premium’ processed dog food and ‘prescription’ diets, I stumbled upon the virtues of raw when I was researching my pup’s health issues. Calling Bev was a big step and the best phone call I have ever made for my pets. Instantly Archie went from reluctantly eating when he was absolutely starving to wolfing down his food and licking the bowl clean. It felt like I was feeding him proper dog food for the first time. His skin cleared up, his coat became shiny, his mood and energy levels lifted, his poos became solid and small – it was wonderful to see him so happy. When Cleo crashed into our life from a shelter she must have thought she’d landed in heaven! Not only did this house come complete with doggy company, human affection, lots of exercise, plenty play but it also fed raw meat, raw bones and tripe. People comment on their physiques, coats and teeth, and the fact that they don’t have a ‘doggy’ smell – it’s all down to raw. The three cats are also fully raw now and the purring chorus starts half an hour before feeding time. Happy animals, happy humans. Thank you Bev and Mike, don’t ever stop doing what you do please, as we could never go back to kibble. You’ve helped us to give our pets such healthy, happy lives.
Coco enjoying a chew treat from The cats and dogs dinner company
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