As you know, I switched Chester and Gretel’s diet to grain-free kibble last year. I include raw foods in their diet sometimes but still choose to primarily feed them kibble.
There are many opinions around feeding your pet kibble or raw food. I agree that raw meat is mostly what wolves ate – from which domesticated dogs came from. There is some controversy over how domesticated dogs have or have not adapted to a more domesticated (aka. processed) diet. I do not believe that domesticated dogs MUST eat raw food to survive or be healthy. However, I am 100% sure that a dog thinks that eating raw food is tasty and, as with humans, less processed food is healthier.
For me, feeding kibble comes down to the convenience factor. Yes, I have done my research and know what it does and doesn’t take to feed raw. Kibble just works best for our adventurous, one-the-go lifestyle. I don’t want their stomachs and taste buds to get used to not ever eating it so I feed them kibble on a regular basis.
When I was contacted by Nature’s Variety to try out their new Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Kibble I was excited. The product is a traditional grain-free kibble mixed with bite-sized pieces of freeze dried raw food. It seemed like a great way to keep the convenience of kibble while getting some of the benefits of raw food. I wouldn’t have to change my routine at all.
After trying it for a week, this is what we thought of the food:
- Chester and Gretel LOVED the raw bits. Part of me was afraid they would pick the good bits out and leave the rest but they didn’t.
- The price is comparable to other high-quality, grain-free kibbles on the market.
- There is 10% more protein (40%) and 4% more fat (22%) than in their regular food. Since dogs primarily get their energy and nutrients from these things I think more is better.
- There are 50 more kcal per cup (490). Chester and Gretel are still a very healthy weight and don’t eat much so I don’t think the extra calories will be significant.
The bottom line is that I liked this food because of the Raw benefits. Chester and Gretel loved the taste.
I hear it is good to rotate dog foods every once in a while to provide a variety of tastes and nutrients so I plan to include this food in our rotation in the future.
Disclaimer: Nature’s Variety provided us a no-cost bag of food to try in exchange for our honest review. Our review policy does not guarantee and favorable review.