Trying out a new food: K9 NATURAL

December 3, 2010 at 5:00 am 10 comments

K9 Natural is a brand new dog food from New Zealand (so far away!) and recently I ordered a bag of the Lamb diet via Urban Pet for Boogie to try out. It also sold online at

My impressions:

  1. Expensive.
  2. Very convenient to feed. You mix it with warm water, as you do with The Honest Kitchen food, except that…
  3. …this hydrated food looks and smells like rich brown meaty stew! Unlike THK’s greenish oatmeal appearance.
  4. I watched Boogie eat. Then he licked his empty bowl for ages… then sat next to his bowl, and looked up at me… “More, please”.

Sigh. Unfortunately for all this food’s grain-free, filler-free, authentic-looking meatiness it is REALLY EXPENSIVE.

[…looks like stew to me, but according to the website, the liquid is “reconstituted blood”. Eek]

K9 Natural is less expensive that the Proportions food that we sampled last month, but more expensive that Boogie’s usual The Honest Kitchen combo, and the K9 Natural website advises against mixing their food with any other (cooked) food. So, going by Boogie’s weight and the ‘how much to feed’ calculations on the back of the bag, this $35 small bag will last only two weeks…

Compare this to how much I am spending right now:

10lb box of The Honest Kitchen KEEN ($55) or ZEAL ($108)
Approx total cost of meat & veggies  – $20
TOTAL: $75 – $130
TIMEFRAME: 3-4 months

A 8.8lb bag of K9 Natural costs $200!

If only it were cheaper.

Entry filed under: Food.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sherry  |  December 3, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Have you ever thought of cooking for Boogie? I’m going to try it this month for our dogs…should be interesting!

    • 2. lili  |  December 3, 2010 at 8:51 am

      Yes, I cook for Boogie all the time! I usually mix this with store-bought dog food (50/50).

      • 3. sherry  |  December 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm

        Wow! I just checked out the recipes you’ve cooked for Boogie. THE FOOD LOOKS AMAZING. I think I’d end up eating all of it myself. 😀

  • 4. lili  |  December 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Sherry, don’t tell anyone but sometimes when I am hungry and too lazy to cook, I steal Boogie’s food 🙂 (that is, the stuff I cooked for him. Not “dog food”)

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  • 7. marshall  |  September 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I’m thinking of switching to this product. How big is your dog? I have a 30lb dog and am trying to figure out how much food he’ll eat so I can figure out what I’m going to spend on him. $200 a month is kind of outrageous, considering I don’t even spend that on myself! The lady on the phone from that company said about 1 scoop per day, but how many scoops are in those 8.8lb bags?

    • 8. lili  |  September 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Hi Marshall,
      Boogie is 26lbs. This was good food but way too expensive for me! There are not many scoops in one of those bags. From memory (and it was a long time ago) we finished one bag really quickly 😦

  • 9. Bellyrubplease  |  July 26, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Not sure where you see these prices. I feed the frozen raw K9 Natural food. It’s $49.99 for an 11 lb bag which lasts my 50lb dog a month.

  • 10. Bellyrubplease  |  July 26, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I wonder why the freeze dried is so much more than the frozen! That’s just crazy!


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