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Freeze Dried Cat Food

Carrying brands like Pure Vita, Instinct, Orijen, Primal, Sojos, Bravo, RAWZ, Stella & Chewy’s, Vital Essentials, and more, The Hungry Puppy offers a fast rising food option that cat advocates say is one of the healthiest possible diets - freeze dried food.

Freeze dried cat food has the same benefits of raw food, as the process of dehydrating and freezing the food locks in the freshness and all of the essential amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals needed to keep your cat healthy. These are the vital nutrients that are usually cooked away during the heating process, leaving the meal with less complete nutrition. Freeze dried or dehydrated food’s lack of moisture ensures no contamination or bacteria, which in turn gives it a much longer shelf life. The loss of moisture is also responsible for its lightweight, airy feel, making it optimal for on the go adventures or travelling, as well as convenient, easy storage for the pet owner. Plus, the overall process of feeding your kitty freeze dried food is painless and quick - all you need to do is add water and serve! Aside from serving your feline a fully freeze dried diet, you can also choose to purchase freeze dried toppers! Just sprinkle and pour over your cat’s current dry or wet food, and you’re all set!

Available in fun, tasty flavors like duck, chicken, pork, beef, venison, turkey, lamb, salmon, sardine, tuna, cod, and more, The Hungry Puppy’s line up of freeze dried food will have your cat meowing for more!

  1. Preserved Nutrients: Freeze drying cat food ensures that all of the natural nutrients found in the raw ingredients are preserved, leading to a more nutritionally complete food source for your pet. 
  1. Long Shelf Life: Because it's freeze-dried, this cat food can last much longer than its conventional counterparts. This makes it ideal for long-term storage, travel, or emergencies.
  1. High Protein Content: Freeze-dried cat food often has a higher protein content than regular dry food because it contains more meat and fewer fillers.
  1. Improved Digestibility: Freeze-dried foods are easy to digest because they retain their original cellular structure, making them more biologically appropriate for cats.
  1. Free from Preservatives and Additives: Freeze-drying eliminates the need for artificial preservatives, flavors or colors, making it a healthier option.
  1. Hydration: When you add water to freeze-dried cat food before feeding, it encourages hydration which can help prevent kidney and urinary tract issues. 
  1. Tasty: Many cats love the taste of freeze-dried food, making it an excellent option for finicky eaters.
  1. Less Processing: Since the freeze-drying process does not require high heat, it results in less processing compared to traditional pet food, making it a more natural choice. This can be particularly beneficial for cats with sensitive stomachs or allergies.
  1. Boosts Immune System: The high nutritional content in freeze-dried food, such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, can help boost your cat's immune system and overall health.
  1. Weight Management: Since freeze-dried cat food is typically low in carbs and high in protein, it can be a good option for weight management.
  1. Less Waste: Freeze-dried cat food usually comes in smaller quantities than traditional canned or dry food, leading to less waste if your cat is a picky or slow eater.
  1. Versatility: Freeze-dried cat food can be used as a stand-alone meal, a treat, or as a topper on wet or dry food to increase protein intake and entice picky eaters.

Remember to always consult with your veterinarian before making major changes to your pet's diet. Each cat is unique and what works well for one might not work as well for another.

Transition to Freeze-dried Cat Food

Here is how you can transition from regular dry food to freeze-dried food:

  1. Gradual Transition: Start by adding small amounts of freeze-dried food into your cat's regular food. Gradually increase the amount of freeze-dried cat food and decrease the amount of regular dry food over a course of 7-10 days. This will help your cat adjust to the new food slowly and reduce the risk of digestive upset.
  1. Rehydrate the Food: Follow the package instructions to rehydrate the freeze-dried food before serving. This makes the food easier to digest and helps in keeping your cat hydrated.
  1. Monitor Your Cat's Reaction: Keep an eye on your cat's behavior and stool during this transition period. Any signs of discomfort or loose stools should be discussed with your vet. 
  1. Consistency: Once the transition is successful, maintain a consistent feeding schedule to help with digestion.
  1. Watch their Weight: Although freeze-dried food is generally lower in carbs, it can be higher in calories. Keep an eye on your cat’s weight and adjust portion sizes if necessary.

Following these guidelines will ensure a smooth transition for your feline companion to a healthier diet option. It's important to remember that every pet is unique, so some cats may take more time to adjust than others. Always monitor their behavior, eating habits, and health during the transition period. Don't hesitate to consult with a veterinarian if you notice any unusual symptoms or behavior changes.

Also keep in mind that sufficient water intake is crucial, especially when making the switch to freeze-dried food. Always ensure your pet has access to fresh water.

Transitioning from wet cat food to freeze dried cat food should be a gradual process to lessen any potential adverse effects on your cat's stomach. Here's a general plan you can follow:

  1. Enjoyable Introduction: offer a piece of the freeze-dried food as a treat, allowing your cat to get used to the taste and texture.
  1. Start Gradual Mixing: mix a small amount of the freeze-dried food in with your cat's regular food. You may need to re-hydrate the freeze-dried food first, depending upon the brand and your cat's preference. You can usually do this by soaking the food in warm water for a few minutes.
  1. Monitor your Cat: observe your cat to make sure they are eating the new food and not experiencing any digestive issues like vomiting or diarrhea. See how your cat reacts to it for a week.
  1. Gradual Increase: each week, increase the amount of freeze-dried food and cut back on the wet food. You can continue doing this until you're feeding your pet 100% freeze-dried food.
  1. Patience: it can take anywhere from weeks to several months for a cat to completely transition from one type of food to another. Patience is key.
  1. Stay In Contact With Your Vet: Always let your vet know about any major changes to your pet's diet. They can provide more specific advice tailored to your pet's needs and monitor their health during the transition period. 
  1. Set a Feeding Schedule: Always follow a set feeding schedule so your cat becomes accustomed to its new diet. Try to feed your cat at the same times every day. Note that the feeding amounts for freeze-dried food may be different from what you were previously feeding. Always follow the feeding guidelines on the package or consult with your vet.
  1. Hygiene: Pay extra attention to hygiene when handling freeze-dried cat food, especially if it's a raw variety. Wash your hands before and after handling the food, clean your cat's dish after every meal, and ensure that any uneaten rehydrated food is not left out for more than an hour or two.
  1. Check Ingredients: Always check the ingredients of the freeze-dried cat food. You want to make sure it's high-quality and doesn't contain any harmful ingredients for your cat.

Remember, every cat is unique and may react differently. Always consult with a vet if anything seems odd or if the transition is not going well.

Remember, if your cat refuses to eat the freeze-dried food at any stage in this process, do not try to starve your cat out until they eat it. This can lead to significant health problems. Step back a phase and continue with the mix that they were previously taking. 

In general, it's also a good idea to keep your cat well-hydrated, especially if transitioning from wet to dry food. Make sure that it always has access to clean, fresh water. If your cat seems to react badly to the new food, stop the transition and consult with a vet.

Freeze-drying is a process that preserves food while also maintaining its nutritional value. Here is your guide to freeze-dried cat food:

  1. What is freeze-dried cat food?

      Freeze-dried cat food is made by removing the water content from the ingredients, leaving food in a preserved and concentrated form that’s lightweight and easily stored. 

  1. How is it made?

   It’s made by flash freezing fresh or cooked ingredients and then removing their moisture content under low pressure. This process keeps the food's nutritional content intact.

  1. Benefits of freeze-dried cat food:

   - High in nutrition: Freeze-drying retains the natural nutrients of the ingredients.

   - Long Shelf Life: Because it’s dehydrated, this type of food has a longer shelf life compared to fresh or canned food.

   - Convenient: You can store it at room temperature and just need to add water before feeding it to your cat.

  1. How to feed freeze-dried cat food?

   Freeze-dried cat food can be fed dry, but many pet owners prefer to rehydrate it to give it a consistency similar to canned food. Follow the label on the packaging for recommended water amounts.

  1. What to look for when buying freeze-dried cat food?

   - Ingredients: The main ingredient should be a high-quality source of animal protein, such as chicken or salmon.

   - No by-products or fillers: Like any cat food, look for one that doesn’t contain lower-quality ingredients such as meat by-products or corn, wheat and soy fillers.

   - Added nutrients: Freeze-drying shouldn’t remove nutrients, but some brands add extra vitamins and minerals. It’s especially important to see added taurine, an essential nutrient for cats.

   - Allergy-friendly: If your cat has food sensitivities, you can find freeze-dried foods that exclude common allergens. 

  1. Popular brands

   - Stella & Chewy's: Known for their high-quality ingredients and good variety of flavors.

   - Primal Pet Foods: Offers a variety of freeze-dried foods made from premium animal proteins.

   - Instinct by Nature’s Variety: This brand offers a selection of freeze-dried foods, including novel proteins like venison and rabbit.

Remember, while freeze-dried food can be a great choice for many cats due to the high protein levels and convenience, not all cats will like the texture or taste. You might need to try a few different brands or mix the freeze-dried food with wet or dry food to see what your cat prefers. Plus, remember to transition your cat to new food slowly to avoid digestive upset.

Just like any other type of pet food, it's important to consult with your veterinarian before changing your cat's diet or introducing new types of food. Freeze-dried cat food can be a beneficial part of a balanced diet for your feline friend, but each cat will have its own unique nutritional needs.

Also, ensure good hydration for your feline because freeze-dried foods may provide less hydration than canned foods. Always provide fresh water for your cat to drink alongside the feed. Lastly, practice proper food storage to maintain freshness, as once the package is opened, it can last around a month or so.


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