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  1. Sandra Murphey

    I’m very impressed with this company, and did try their cat food, but my cat wouldn’t eat it. She’s hooked on raw venison by Rad Cat.

    1. Gloria

      I feed my cat Rad Cat, too. He prefers the turkey. I wish he’d try the venison, too, but no luck. Sometimes I let him have a little of the good quality food that I feed the homeless kitties, just for variety.

      1. T Allen

        Chop both up very finely and mix together adding a little more vensison ever couple of days. You have to be very sneaky changing foods with cats, birds and toddlers. 🙂

    2. T Allen

      Cats are very sensitive to change. Always mix old and new foods together, first to get them to try it and get used to the “different” flavor and second to decrease the chance of minor digestive upset as the cats GI system changes it’s microbiome to adjust to the new ingredients. 🙂

  2. Merry

    Amazed along with you…. something in the right direction, too!

  3. landsharkinnc

    WOW!!! this is just another example of why we should feed ‘FOOD” and not ‘Feed’ !

  4. anonymous

    I really do commend JFFD but there is room for improvement. The truth is that if they tested the ingredients when they arrived at their kitchens they would have discovered the listeria before the ingredient made it into their food. Or if they tested batches of their food they would have discovered this before the food made it onto their shelf.
    Most pet food companies test their food before the lots are released. I know of none that tests the raw ingredients because its just too expensive and risky to have to send back thousands of pounds of ingredients and have to alert FDA (just because you get one positive listeria test doesn’t mean that everything will test positive).
    BUT, all leafy greens or green veggies that make it into pet food should be batch tested (i.e. the food should be held while 2 packages are tested). And this is where JFFD can learn and do better.

    1. T Allen

      All this testing IS very expensive and although it would be great, how much can you afford to pay for pet food? Do you test all your food before you eat it? Do you assume that when you buy frozen green beans in the store they are safe? Obviously they aren’t and if they aren’t testing before selling to humans can they afford to test before selling to pet owners? We need better, quicker, cheaper testing and safer product handling. The more companies are hit in the bottom line the better off we all will be food safety wise.

    2. Paula

      I agree. I do get T Allen’s point. But I am one of those crazy dog moms who would pay any amount for safe healthy fund. I feed half kibble/half freeze dried or dehydrated. I do not think human meat is safe to feed “raw” unfortunately. I get my own vegetables and greens from a local organic farm and do not eat any greens off season and very little in the way of vegetables of season. But the dogs need balance year round.
      They handled it well after the fact. They need to test pre-release. Much better than Primal. I contacted them after their limited recall with pics of large bone pieces in non-recalled batches. They did not reply and when I first called I got a young clerk and requested a manager/owner — no call back! Guessing JFFD learned their lesson. Primal is history.

      Human foods are frightening – we need a Susan Thixton to improve their safety.

  5. Debra

    I make food for my dogs and had a recall on apples. Since I make ahead and freeze it I had to back track a bit. Thankfully the apples recalled were from a week that I didn’t buy any. I have looked over JFFD’s website and was quite impressed with their commitment to quality. If I had one or two small dogs I may have ordered from them but with a small (28#) a medium (52#) and a large (95# hog-dog!) I have to make my own. They go through about 35# of fresh food a week. If anyone out there has a good recipe that turns out a good quantity of food I would love to read it.

    1. SweetKimy

      Debra, if you feel that the meals offered by JFFD are a good option for your fur babies, you might be interested in knowing that they sell DoItYourself kits that include the nutrient blend and cooking guide so that you can make their recipes at home.

      I did this for about a year. If I remember correctly, the recipes make about 14 – 15 lbs. of food. I’m not an experienced cook, so for me it was very time consuming. But I’m a person who takes about 2 hours to prepare a 20 minute recipe! : )

      Making food at home takes dedication and is a lot of work, but I liked that I could choose grass fed, organic, and free range options. Kudos to you for making it a priority!!

      1. Debra

        Some of my recipes are based on their recipes. I also based some recipes from a doggie cookbook. The DYI kits were pretty pricey also seeing how I would need so much. I buy meat (b/s chix thighs and centercut pork loin) from a food service store every couple of months. 40# of the chix and 50# of pork. Since I started this almost 2 years ago I now have an electric meat grinder, food processer and a new big big upright deep freezer in the garage. Also a new extra refrigerator in the garage. I keep telling the big hog-dog he needs to get a job! He eats 3# of food a day and the vet says he’s a couple pounds underweight. Since he is big dog, under is better than over. I do work full time but I don’t mind so much. I start prepping a day or two before I make it all.

  6. samiswan

    I admire all of you who cook for your pets. I have neurological dystrophy; because of extensive nerve damage in my hands, I no longer try to cook, as I get hurt or burned and can’t tell until much later. I’ve also been banned from opening the knife drawer! We have a houseful of rescued kitties and an enormous female Rottweiler (who believes all kitties belong to her), so feeding them is a handful. Managing the expense is an ongoing challenge, but I just can’t feed them lousy food. Those of us with big hearts have to find a way, eh?

  7. Faye

    This is not the first. 2008 melamine in canned pet food led the investigation to a protein supplier in China who upped the nitrogen content using melamine also sold to manufacturers of infant and adult piwdered formula.

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