Best Raw Cat Food Brands for Indoor Cats | Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Raw Cat Food Review

Best Cat Food For Indoor Cats

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Raw Cat Food Review

Best Raw Cat Food Brands for Cats. There are a few key components that you can use to evaluate when you are looking for the best cat food brands. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Darwin’s Raw Cat Food Review

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, I will always try to offer my readers great product selections. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

I spend a lot of time researching the best natural pet products, including looking for the best pet food for my dog and cat. There is no single answer to the age-old question, “What is the best cat food?” However, there are a few key components that you can use to evaluate when you are looking for the best cat food brands.

First and foremost, cats are obligate carnivores. Obligate carnivores are animals that must eat meat in order to thrive. The main source of their nutrients should come from meat—they can eat a small portion of healthy fruits and vegetables, but meat should be the main ingredient. I think if you are reading this post on the best food for a cat, you are hoping to feed your feline a species-appropriate diet so that he may thrive, not just survive.

Best Raw Cat Food Brands for Cats. There are a few key components that you can use to evaluate when you are looking for the best cat food brands. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Real Meat!

If you have visited Raising Your Pets Naturally previously, you probably already know that I believe in a fresh and antibiotic- and hormone-free diet for my pets. Nutter The Cat eats a variety of healthy and natural cat foods, including a home-cooked cat food, high-quality canned cat food, and a freeze-dried raw cat food. I also believe in regularly rotating my pet’s meals to ensure they receive a variety of foods and nutrients. As long as their food fits into my personal quality control, I feel comfortable feeding new brands and flavors.

I’ve been a Darwin’s Pet Products fan for a few years now. The reasons are pretty clear once you dive into the company and their product lines. So, let’s get to it!

When I’m feeding my pets, I look for quality ingredients first. In the case of looking for a raw cat food, I want meat, meat, and more meat! Okay, the same goes when I’m feeding Dexter The Dog. Darwin’s raw cat food is a 98% meat, 2% trace minerals, vitamins, and marine oils. No guesswork on how much meat your cat is getting. And it’s not low-quality meat that you might find in a rendering plant or low-quality pet food manufacturing facility; it’s high-quality, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats from the United States. All of the ingredients used are USDA-certified, human-grade ingredients from the United States and Australia.

Best Raw Cat Food Brands for Cats. There are a few key components that you can use to evaluate when you are looking for the best cat food brands. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
This IS the meat used at Darwin’s Pet Products

Currently, Darwin’s offers a raw chicken, duck, or turkey cat food. Darwin’s ships directly to the customer, eliminating the middleman. They even include a pre-paid return label so you can return the special insulated shipping container back to Darwin’s. If you live in the Seattle and Portland Metropolitan Areas, you receive free home delivery!

Darwin’s raw cat food is super simple to feed. Each 8-ounce frozen, vacuum-sealed bag has an EZ Peel tab in the corner, making it a breeze to open without a mess. They also provide a nice container with a lid to store any unused food. Frozen food can last at least six months when kept frozen. Once defrosted, keep the raw pet food in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Best Raw Cat Food Brands for Cats. There are a few key components that you can use to evaluate when you are looking for the best cat food brands. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Natural Raw Cat Food

The first step in our transition was to thaw a package of the raw duck cat food. This was easy—I just placed a block in the handy container provided, and popped it into the refrigerator for the day. The next morning, it was thawed and ready to go. Because Nutter is used to a variety of foods, I was able to quickly transition him to test out Darwin’s raw cat food. I started with a 50/50 mix of his current food and Darwin’s. He’s usually pretty easy to adjust, and this was once again the case. I do recommend feeding all foods at room or body temperature to help in digestion.

By day three, Nutter was happily eating his Darwin’s raw cat food 100% and licking the bowl clean. Obviously, cleaning your pet’s food dish after each meal is recommended to ensure cleanliness.

Best Raw Cat Food Brands for Cats. There are a few key components that you can use to evaluate when you are looking for the best cat food brands. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Real Food For Cats

Darwin’s Raw Duck Cat Food Ingredients: Free-Range Meat and Organs (98%): Duck Wings (including Bone), Duck Necks (including Bone), Duck Gizzards, Duck Hearts, Duck Livers, and Duck Thigh Meat. Trace Minerals and vitamins (2%): Tomato Pomace, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Sea Salt, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12, Iodine (EDDI), Folic Acid, and Vitamin D3. Marine Oils (Under 1%): Fish Oil 18/12 EPA/DHA (Derived from sea-harvested wild Sardines)

If you are unsure where to start in your selection or transition, Darwin’s offers a free menu consultation. Another great option for cats who need a special formulation for a medical issue, is their Intelligent Design™ Veterinary line. These are specialized formulas designed to provide extra support to cats facing certain health issues. Unlike your typical “veterinary diet,” these meals are actually made with high-quality, real food! Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw cat food is a total hit with both Nutter and me. If you are looking to find a high-quality diet for your cat, I urge you to check out Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. Tell them Nutter sent you.


Do you feed your pets a raw pet food? Tell me in the comments.

Best Raw Cat Food Brands for Cats. There are a few key components that you can use to evaluate when you are looking for the best cat food brands. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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120 thoughts on “Best Raw Cat Food Brands for Indoor Cats | Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Raw Cat Food Review

  1. I bet Nutter LOVED his new food. I feed my dogs a partially raw diet and occasionally give some the our cat Jasmine as well (when she happens to be hanging out nearby at feeding time) and she really likes it. Thanks for sharing

  2. Very interesting. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of cat food. I wonder if my dad knows this.

  3. You hear so much about raw feeding for dogs but not so much for cats. Interesting topic and Nutter sure seems to be enjoying it.

  4. Thanks for sharing such an informative product review. We’re happy to hear that Nutter loves his new raw cat food and transitioned so easily. Love and hugs to a happy Nutter and his mother!

  5. Wow, I am really in awe of the fact they have special dietary needs menus!! That is PAWSOME! Natural is always best and yes, animals DO need meat – GOOD WHOLESOME meat!
    I have three cats and would love to try this.
    I am also always trying out new things – of course not changing their diets daily or anything as that would be bad for them but as a pet parent, I too am always looking for the best possible food for my pets.
    I am going to their site and check out prices as that is often an issue for me these days. I wish it weren’t but is a fact of life right now.
    Thank you for the heads up on Darwin pet food! I did not know of them until now.

  6. Nutter is in heaven right now. Nom nom nom. My husband has been telling me this for a while. Raw natural food as cats/dogs would eat in the wild is best for them. I’m certain it aids in their longevity and quality of life.

  7. Yum yum yum! The Darwin’s cat food looks incredible even for human consumption! I used to ask for cuts from the butcher for my cat, and this is very similar. I bet Nutter is very glad to have a human like you.

  8. As a vegetarian, raw would be hard for me to deal with … however, I might have to try. I have a ‘special needs’ cat who is allergic to everything. Currently the vet has her on meds, but that can’t be forever. I have to find something she can eat and even the hypo-allergic vet food isn’t great.

    1. I hear you, Sherri. Cats are carnivores, which can make it an emotional toll on the vegetarians out there. Me too and I’m not a vegetarian. Darwin’s does offer a veterinarian formula(s). I also have my holistic vet that uses food therapy with her patients. She offers phone consultations if you need a referral.

  9. I’ve never given my cat raw food, but this is definitely something I want to look into. She has a check-up next month and I’ll have to see what our vet says. (She has a thyroid condition that we have to watch pretty closely.)

  10. This is amazingI have a cat and this food looks nothing like the food I give my cat. I wonder how my cat would feel about a food change. The quality is clear. I have to check this out for my cat.

  11. Sounds like great food. I love that Darwin has an easy to open seal. Some vacuum packaged foods are impossible to open. I know that sounds silly, but convenience is helpful

  12. I have two cats a rescue black cat ( midnight) and a rescue Siamese cat (bam bam). I have been looking for more natural food for them but always feel so lost when I am in pet store!! Your post came at the perfect time beasue they are running low!! I will try this raw food craze and see how they like it!!

  13. Aww, Nutter is such a beautiful kitty! I’ve not fed any of my pets fresh raw food, but I have tried pet food w/ freeze dried raw pieces in it for my dogs. They seemed to really like it. Good review, I can see Nutter approves!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  14. What a great review! This sounds like an excellent quality and understanding of a raw diet, I’ll definitely pass this on!

  15. Great idea! Cats should eat healthily and be on diets too, no more chemicals in their food. Sorry for the ducks that need to be killed to provide raw meat though.

  16. I have heard a lot about raw meats for cats and dogs and I am still on the fence. I do feed my cats and dog with high quality protein. I mean I buy them beef and turkey but I cook the meat before feeding them I guess I need to learn more. But a lot of vets do recommend raw meat and fish.

    1. A balanced raw diet is great for most dogs and cats. A home cooked balanced diet is also a great option. That’s how my dog eats most of the time, home cooked. Some meats need to be frozen before eating raw. I’ve never prepared my own raw, which is why I like companies like Darwin’s who know all the ins and outs on what do do with the meat prior to eating. If you are home cooking, check out my book, What’s For Dinner, Dexter? to learn how to properly balance a dog’s diet. http://raisingyourpetsnaturally.com/naturalpetcarebooks/

  17. Nutter certainly seems to be enjoying his feast of raw food! We tried a different brand for Rooster and he wasn’t keen. The dogs enjoy a raw diet. Great point about cleaning the dishes after use. People have heard negative things about raw food – salmonella. Easily preventable.

  18. If I was going to switch my pets to a raw diet, I would use a trusted brand like this one. It seems like a lot of things could go wrong if I just tried to wing it.

  19. although I don’t feed my dog raw meat, a lot of people advise it’s one of the best food types for pets like cats and dogs!

  20. When I move out of my current home I’m surely getting a cat so I’m trying to get as informed as possible. I didn’t know there was just so much to know! Nice article.

  21. I’ve never heard of the term ‘obligate carnivores’, you learn something new everyday! Nice post. I have never heard of raw cat food before. Is there any reason not to feed them meat or is the cat food just more convenient.

  22. Didn’t even know about this product and the idea of natural food product. Nutter definitely looks so healthy and the idea of no antibiotic and hormone is enough to feed the cutie pie and keep it healthy.

  23. I’m so glad you wrote about raw pet food. While we’ve never fed it to our cats, we did when we had our pugs. Within weeks their fur was shiny and their demeanor far calmer. The way you feel when you’re content and your tummy is full. Now that our golden retrievers are a year old, we’ll soon start to incorporate it into their diet as well. ps: Not all vets are onboard with a raw diet, but for our pugs it worked wonders

  24. I had no idea raw cat food existed. I don’t know if I could do it myself-open this up and watch my (imaginary) kitty cat lap up the contents..but only because I am a vegan. You’re right that felines require meat in their diet, and raw is the way to go for this mini predators! Even though I don’t think I could handle the product myself, I am glad it exists because the kitties of the world deserve to be happy and healthy!

  25. I don’t have cats or dogs but have heard a lot about the benefits of feeding raw food. It’s good that companies are supplying good quality raw food for them.

  26. I have never given Mini the cat raw food. He’s only eaten raw whatever he used to catch on his own when he lived in the yard outside. I really am not that comfortable with the idea though…am I a bad cat mom?

  27. I love the sound of these for my cats! They’re getting old and I kind of want to give them the best type of food for their health as I possibly can and I’m fed dup of all the chemicals in conventional cat food! This, I will bear in mind! xx

  28. I haven’t had a kitty since mine died years ago, but I’ve been thinking of getting a new one and one of the considerations that I have had is whether or not to feed it raw cat food or regular cat food. This is very informative, thank you!

  29. I love the concept of natural/raw animal food. I can’t believe more people aren’t giving this to their pets. They deserve natural just like we do!

  30. As a Mom to two cats I am always looking for the best food to give them. This is very interesting. I will have to give this brand a try.

  31. I tried ground chicken meat from a butcher, full chickens, bone and all ground up..the majority of my cats won’t eat it unless it is doubled up with commercial cat food..any suggestions

    1. Just remember, that balance is key. Darwin’s actually provides a nice handout on transitioning to a balanced raw diet. First, make sure your cat is used to specific meal times. Once that’s established, mix a small amount of room temperature Darwin’s with your cat’s regular food, mix well. Once this is going well, gradually increase Darwin’s and less original food. 🙂

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