Mr. N was never a member of the clean plate club until we started feeding him raw food. He insists on eating a species-appropriate diet and turns his little nose up at eating anything else regularly. We sometimes have to make a mad scramble to the pet store because we’re out of raw food and he is affronted by the thought of having to skip a meal. But now there may be a solution so Mr. N never has to worry about starving again!
|This post is sponsored by Balanced Blends. Tenacious Little Terrier only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. And we only review food and treats that Mr. N will eat which is a short, short list.
is a raw food delivery company that sells convenient raw diets for cats
. You can manage your subscription on their website and edit, change, pause or cancel your order as needed or you can also order without subscribing.They sent us a box of food to try out. It comes packaged with dry ice and all the food was still solidly frozen when we received it. The one-pound bars are in a plastic wrapping. Mr. N examined the package to make sure everything was there and the food to his satisfaction.
The Boulder-based company was founded on the principles of providing species-appropriate diets for cats and dogs. The three founders initially started off making raw food for their own pets then decided to make their efforts commercially available for other pet parents. They worked with veterinarians and a PhD nutritionist to create a complete and balanced natural diet with fresh raw meat, bones, organs (fruits and vegetables for dogs only) and a minimal amount of vitamins and minerals.
Currently, they have a beef and chicken recipe.We were provided with the beef recipe to try out (Mr. N is allergic to chicken). He carefully inspected the label.
Ingredients: Beef, Beef Livers, Beef Hearts, Cabbage, Carrots, Peppers, Bone Meal, Berries, Salmon Oil, Psyllium Husks.
Vitamins: Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, D-Calcium Panthotenate, Biotin, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12, Pyridoxine HCL, Folic Acid.
Trace Minerals: Salt, Iron Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate.
All of Balanced Blends’ recipes are made in the USA and formulated to meet the AAFCO nutrient profile for all life stages. The high-quality ingredients include organic fruits and vegetables, naturally raised beef (USDA approved, antibiotic-free, no added hormones), cage-free chicken (USDA Grade A, antibiotic-free, no added hormones).
Nothing is sourced from China. All of the main ingredients (meat, fruits and vegetables) are US-sourced, the vitamins and minerals from North America and Europe and the psyllium husks from India.
Balanced Blends prides itself on their transparency and welcomes any questions you may have about their food, ingredients and operations. They also take special precautions to make sure their food is safe including high pressure processing (HPP) which kills pathogenic bacteria through a water-based process that uses high pressure, lab testing by third-party laboratories before sale and pouch packaging to eliminate the risk of re-contamination after the HPP process.
Mr. N took to the food right away without any hesitation and licked his plate clean. He is always ready and eager for dinner and this is a dog that will starve himself if he feels like the food is not up to par. He thinks if he does his best Oliver Twist impersonation, someone might take pity on him and add some extra food to his bowl. “Please, sir, I want some more.”
Balanced Blends is launching a Kickstarter campaign on April 26th so pet parents can try out their food at an early cat/dog special price. If you want the early special price, be sure to purchase on the first day as the special price is limited. All backers will get five pounds extra for every twenty pound order of the same item for three or six months (depending on the reward tier) after the campaign ends. There is also free shipping for all pre-orders. The company has also added a risk-free, money back guarantee so if you’re not satisfied, you can get a refund.
You can also use our referral link for a discount on your first order ($20 off). Disclaimer: we do get a small incentive if you purchase through our link.