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Old 01-22-2013, 05:58 PM
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I actually know the owners and staff of Natural Instinct and can vouch for it being a top quality product. They also offer excellent customer service.
You are right, it is not expensive to feed a Chihuahua on the best foods available, because they eat so little. A lot of raw feeders with several or large dogs buy bulk minces from other suppliers, which is a lot cheaper than a quality complete like Natural Instincts. All their meat is human quality and they have won several awards. Whichdogfood.co.uk (the new British version of dogfoodadvisor) gives their range a maximum 5 star rating.
With only one small dog you will have to partially defrost the block, cut it into smaller portions and re-freeze. This is what I do when I feed it, I have freezer tubs that hold the right amount, or I wrap the sections in foil and put them back in the tub.
The only thing that stops me using it more frequently is lack of storage space, I only have a tiny freezer and no room for a bigger one. I have to order it, there are no suppliers local to me. (I do pinch quite a lot from my mum though!)
I would feed it alongside some more solid food though, (meaty bones, chicken portions etc) as I don't think a 100% minced diet is great for dental health.
It is the ideal way to get into raw, all the guesswork removed. My dogs have always enjoyed it and do very well on it. It was very good for getting the weight on Harley when he was underweight.

ETA: Quantities for feeding a puppy; you should aim for 2-3% of her estimated adult weight or 10% of her current weight as a starting point. Then adjust up or down according to condition.
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Brilliant WP! Thanks, I think I will definitely be buying this brand then. It really does look great! I'll have to check the freezer space at my new house though!
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Also how many times a week do I replace a meal with bones? With the chicken wings.. how much would I feed if I was replacing a meal.. would it still be around 10% of the pups bodyweight?
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Work out how much food she needs a day, weigh your chicken wing and include it as part of her daily allowance. (A whole wing will probably be too big for a puppy, they cut into 3 parts easily.)
With meaty bones that are too big to be eaten, if you weigh it first, then weigh what is left after she has finished chewing the meat off, you will know how much meat she has actually consumed, and again subtract that from her daily allowance.
Start off with just the NI, it is balanced and very palatable, especially if you add a little hot water to bring it to room temperature. When she is eating it well start adding other things. Up to you how often, a couple of times a week sounds about right.
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Hiiiiiiiii,

I have a new baby and looking for a good quality food for her. She seems to not care for kibble but am waiting on some good samples to see if any might work for her.

Looking for alternatives also
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Well if you want to try raw, a complete diet like Natural Instinct is a really easy way to start. Honey's and Wolf Tucker are excellent as well.
There are a few really good UK made kibbles available now too, check out Eden Holistic and Canagan.
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Hiiiiiiiii,

I have a new baby and looking for a good quality food for her. She seems to not care for kibble but am waiting on some good samples to see if any might work for her.

Looking for alternatives also

Hi there you, long time no chat, hope all is well

Aww scruffy is 7 now, my Dave is now 8 time flies

I'd really recommend raw - don't think my Kirby would still be here if I'd
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Minnie, Did you go onto the Natural Instinct? I am just starting my Mr Chi on it and am a bit scared, especially about the bones. I thought I would do NI and wing tips or chicken neck at weekends.
Would be interested to hear how you got on?

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