Mike, Bev and Monty’s story…
Monty was a surprise to everyone, most of all Mike. One day I turned up at his work and held up this little ball of fluff and said. “I’ve done something you won’t like.” Mike’s immediate response was to ask if I had had a car crash and was bemused by the cute black and white bundle in my hands.
The shop where I got Monty had been giving him ‘expensive’ vet approved dry food and I couldn’t understand why he could clear a room with his wind and that his poops were runny.
Whilst on a trip to Auckland we came across a shop dedicated to raw feeding. After asking an infinite number of questions we decided to give raw feeding a try and within days we could breath again. Monty took to it like a duck to water.
To cut a long story short, we now operate a retail shop in Kapiti and sell a vast range of quality raw meat blends online via our website. Products include meat blends sourced from farm animals as well as NZ wild shot meat blends, and all of our suppliers are MPI licensed.
In addition to our raw meat blends consisting of meat, organs and meaty bones, we also stock an extensive range of meaty bones and whole foods such as pilchards, goat, veal, possum, wallaby and rabbit pieces. We even stock goat milk!
Monty has been on raw food all his years and still loves it. No more room-clearing wind; his poops are smaller and well formed; he has great muscle tone; great breath and a silky coat, plus he has an awesome temperament meaning we can take him with us anywhere.
We firmly believe that Monty’s health and happiness – both inside and out – is due in large part to his healthy diet of raw meat, organs and bones and have even transitioned our cats to raw food.
We truly believe that correct raw feeding is the way to go, but don’t take our word for it – let your cats and dogs try it and find out for yourself.
We aim to provide friendly advice, information and on-going support in
natural feeding solutions for the health and well being of your cats and dogs
What Rebecca Bear, a former Vet has to say
I am so pleased to be able to give a testimonial for raw feeding with Bev and Mike’s fabulous raw food products (The Cats & Dogs Dinner Company).
For personal and professional reasons, raw feeding of pets has been on my radar for over 20 years. Yet, it is only in the last year that I have decided to make the switch from commercial dry brands to raw feeding. I am thrilled with the results, and so are our pets!
I trained as a veterinarian in the late ‘90s and worked in both NZ and the UK at a time when conventional wisdom taught us that commercially prepared dry food (especially premium brands) were the healthiest and most cost-effective option for cats and dogs. I can remember being ‘wined and dined’ by the pet food companies as a young student and being taught the ‘science’ of dry food feeding.
Whilst I have had pets do well on these diets, a good friend I went through vet school with started to talk raw feeding and the theory behind it – and I eventually started to listen. What tipped the scale for me and led to a different point-of-view, was my understanding of the workings of cat and dogs’ digestion, their requirements as carnivores, and the overuse of cereals in most commercial foods. My understanding is that high cereal meal leads to less-than-optimal stomach acid (and pH), an altered microbiome and digestion. This leads to changes in gut and skin health and immunity – not ideal!
Most recently, I have almost completed a PhD at Victoria University and I have enjoyed learning more about critical thinking, ‘how to learn’ and the research process in the commercial environment. In short, I now really question the ‘popular science’ around commercial pet food feeding.
Since the switch to raw feeding, I have seen a big change in our 10-years old cat who was very overweight, sluggish and constantly thirsty on dry food. She has lost 1/3 of her body weight, her coat has improved, and she has started to hunt!
We have a 4-month old kitten who is thriving and growing like a mushroom on a balanced raw food diet.
Raw feeding is convenient, cost-effective and there is no waste.
In addition, I am thrilled with being able to feed a species-appropriate diet to our fur-babies, which is ethically sourced and produced to human grade – and sold with love. I can’t thank Bev and Mike enough for their enthusiasm and passion for The Cats and Dogs Dinner Company and the fabulous products they provide.
My family, Jinx and Lily can’t thank you enough
PostgradDip Sci, BVSc, BSc (Massey)
PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington
About The Cats and Dogs Dinner Company
Our names are Bev and Mike and we are passionate about animals and their health and well-being. Making the experience of purchasing your pets food as pleasurable and informative as possible is what we love to do. We know the benefits of raw food are vast and look forward to you and your pets gaining all the advantages that our products offer.