I can't begin to tell you how much I admire pet parents who feed a raw diet. The time, effort, and skill set required is so far beyond my abilities that I would never feel comfortable attempting such a project. (Not to mention the fact that I'm 98% sure Mudpie wouldn't eat it anyways!)
Shortly after Mudpie arrived here at her forever home we tried freeze-dried raw and it was a total bomb because I introduced it to her the wrong way: I merely added a few pieces to her bowl of kibble and she just ate around it. I was advised by many readers to try a different approach so when Chewy offered us the opportunity to try out Stella & Chewy's Chick Chick Chicken Dinner we were able to put into practice what we'd learned.
Here's how I attempted to introduce Mudpie to the freeze-dried raw with her thoughts in italics:
First I tried crumbling a few pieces and mixing it in with her overnight kibble snack. I figured this way she'd have all night to think about it. (Who do you think went hungry that night? This girl!)
Then I tried crumbling it on top of her wet food. (Keep trying, Mommy!)
Finally I went with rehydrating the food with warm water. (Are you kitten me???)
So in other words, our end result was the same trying all these different methods as it was when I just added a few pieces to her food. She just didn't go for it. Still, we give this food four paws way up as an easy way to introduce raw food to your cat's diet. If you simply don't have the time or the inclination to make your own raw cat food, it doesn't get any more convenient than getting it out of a bag. The methods we outlined here have been proven to work...if your cat's name isn't Mudpie. (HA HA Mommy, you're so funny...)
Stella & Chewy's freeze-dried food comes in a 12 ounce bag and is currently on sale at Chewy.com for $22.79. It's available in 5 flavors: Chick Chick Chicken, Duck Duck Goose, Yummy Lickin' Salmon & Chicken, Tummy Ticklin' Turkey, and Sea-licious Salmon & Cod.
Disclaimer: This food was sent to us for free by Chewy.com as part of their Blogger Outreach Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we never recommend a product we don’t fully believe in.