Bestie Kitchen

The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats

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The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats
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Raw and homemade feeding made easy. And worry-free.

Be confident your raw feeding gives your cat all they need, and more. (And say goodbye to lengthy prep.)

22 all-natural ingredients in one supplement, that adds what meat doesn’t have, to make complete and balanced meals. The Allrounder does more than complete and balance. It's also loaded with extras, to help support good joint, gut and immune system health.

    WHAT CHANGES DO PEOPLE SEE ON BESTIE?

    When you switch to fresh feeding, using meat + bestie, you’re likely to see some changes.

    People say that making fresh food is now almost as convenient as getting it from a bag, and they’re more confident they’re doing the right thing. They’re less worried – and that’s a good thing!


    They also report health improvements in their dogs, after they've been on meat + bestie for a while:

    MOBILITY

    Dogs are more active with a pep in the step.

    NOT SO PORKY!

    Dogs lose weight (the bestie app plays a role here).

    POOS!

    Poos are smaller and healthier (and yes, a little less stinky!)

    COATS & SKIN

    Coats are softer, glossier and skin healthier.

    CHRONIC CONDITIONS

    Chronic inflammation-related, conditions diminish.

    FUSSY EATERS

    bestie even suits most notoriously fussy eaters - with the right protein and transition!

    OUR INGREDIENTS - ALL HUMAN FOOD-GRADE

    6 fruit & veg

    Apple, carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin and kale: together, these Australian-sourced fruit and veg make a powerful mix. The orange veg are rich in betacarotene, a precursor of vitamin A and a powerful antioxidant. Kale is also rich in betacarotene as well as lutein, and other vitamins and minerals. Apple is a good source of vitamins and dietary fibre. Shiitake mushrooms add a range of minerals and vitamins, especially copper and vitamin B5. These medicinal mushrooms also contain antioxidants, among them the amino acid ergothioneine, the subject of much research as a natural and 'adaptive' antioxidant). 

    5 AUSTRALIAN SUPERFOODS

    Kakadu plum, Manuka honey, and sea kelp: these uniquely Australian superfoods play a key role. Kakadu plum has more than five times the antioxidant value of blueberries, and is super-rich in vitamins C, E and lutein. Sea kelp, hand-harvested on the Australian coast, is a potent source of iodine.

    They combine with kale and wheatgrass, which is packed with chlorophyll, vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as minerals zinc, iron, selenium, and manganese.  

    2 super herbs

    Two imported super herbs round out the mix:  nettle, rich in chlorophyll, trace minerals and vitamins; and chicory root, high in inulin and a natural prebiotic

    pre- and probiotics

    Prebiotics, in the form of chicory root and brewer's yeast, support the growth of probiotics, a group of 'friendly' bacteria that help with gut health and in turn, immune system health. The ALLROUNDER includes live spores of B. coagulans MTCC 5856 strain at a strength of 1.47 billion CFU per 5 grams of ALLROUNDER. 

    green lipped mussel

    Green lipped mussel from NZ contains glycosaminoglycans, glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as zinc, and magnesium, all beneficial for good joint health. In addition, green lipped mussel along with cod liver oil, provides omega-3 fatty acids

    cod liver oil

    The cod liver oil we use, is made from wild caught, sustainably sourced Norwegian Arctic cod. This cod liver oil is rich in omega-3s, including EPA and DHA, which support heart, brain, vision, and joint health, as well as vitamins A and D.  

    MCHA BONE MEAL

    MCHA (or Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite) bone meal is extracted from Australian certified BSE-free, pasture-fed cattle. It's a natural bone replacement that provides the proper calcium and phosphorus balance.

    BONE BROTH

    Beef bones from Australian cattle are boiled under high pressure for more than six hours to extract all the nutrients; the broth is then dried using innovative low temperature processing. (See below.) They're packed with trace minerals and a great taste!

    Nutritional Yeast

    Nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast that's a also a complete protein - containing the 10 amino acids that dogs need. It's also packed with B-vitamins, including B12 (typically only found in meat),  has an abundance of trace minerals and the powerful antioxidants glutathione and selenomethionine. It also contains the carbs beta-glucan and alpha-mannan, that boost the immune system.

    HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO FEED A DOG - REALLY WELL?

    There’s no doubt that kibble, even the premium kind, is a cost-effective way to feed a dog. Well, cost-effective in the short term that is. Add in the cost of poor health…and maybe that bag of kibble isn’t really so cheap after all. Plus, should we really feed our dogs like it’s still 1950 - out of  bag? (What matters more - super convenience or pretty convenient good health.) 
     
    That said, if we want to feed fresh, how much does it cost? Does it fit your circumstances? Below is a guide…

    THE LITTLE DOG

    This little Pom is 3.7kg! But let’s assume we’re talking dogs more like 5kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie would be less than a coffee a day. Seriously. And that’s way less. For a 5kg dog, you’ll get about 80 serves of bestie out of a 350gm pack and the bestie will work out to about $1.50 a day on average. The total daily cost will be between $2.20 and $5 a day, depending on the protein you use. (That’s not per meal, but per day.)

    THE KINDA LITTLE DOG

    For an average dog of say 10kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie will be somewhere from a coffee to a coffee plus a bit a day. For a 10kg dog, you’ll get about 50 serves of bestie out of a 350gm pack and the bestie will work out to about $2.55 a day on average. The  total daily cost will be between $3.70 and $7 a day, depending on the protein you use. (That’s not per meal, but per day.)

    THE MEDIUM DOG

    For a dog of say 30kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie will be somewhere between $7.50 and $13.50 a day – based on using human grade meat at an average cost of about 12.60/kg. (You may do better than this.) For a 30kg dog, you’ll get about 61 serves of bestie out of a 1kg pack and the bestie will work out to about $3.60 a day on average.

    THE BIG DOG

    For a dog of say 50kg, then the daily cost of meat+bestie will be somewhere between $11 and $18 day – based on using human grade meat at an average cost of about 12.60/kg. (You may do better than this.) For a 50kg dog, you’ll get about 42 serves of bestie out of a 1kg pack and the bestie will work out to about $5.30 a day on average.

    WHY DOES THE COST CHANGE

    Why does the cost fluctuate? Well, not only do different proteins cost different amounts per kg, but they should really be fed in different quantities. Why? Well, the energy given to the dog by roo, for example, on a gram for gram basis, is less than that given by lamb. That means you’d need to feed MORE roo to give the dog the same amount of energy as that given by say 100grams of lamb.

    the bestie app mealplan screen

    HOW THE APP HELPS

    While some other products provide a one-protein-fits-all feed quantity, that will mean the dog is being given less energy than they need, on some days. Don’t worry though, the bestie app works out the right quantity, based on the proteins you’re feeding.

    THREE EASY STEPS

    STEP 1

    Add a dash of water to bestie.

    STEP 2

    Add your fresh protein.

    STEP 3

    Mix together and serve.

    WHY USE THE BALANCER?

    ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS

    Apple powder, bone broth powder, carrot powder, sweet potato powder, MCHA bone meal powder, cod liver oil, organic wheat grass powder, organic pumpkin powder, organic shiitake mushroom powder, kale powder, green lipped mussel, nutritional yeast, probiotic (bacillus coagulans), kelp powder, organic nettle powder, organic chicory root powder, kakadu plum powder, manuka honey powder, iodised salt.

    LOW TEMP, low energy PROCESSING

    All our fruit, veg, Manuka and bone broth powders are gently processed in Australia, using an innovative low temperature processing method, refractance window drying. RWD helps retain more nutrients through the drying process than other typical dehydration methods like drum drying. For example, research shows that about 56% of carotenes are lost during drum drying vs 8.7% during RFW. 

    (Most of the dehydrated fruit and veg powders available in Australia don't use RFW and they're also imported from China or other sources. They're often spray dried. Spray dried products often suffer from high volatile losses due to atomisation and high air temperature of 150-300°C, as well as significant nutrient losses.)

    RW drying can retain heat sensitive vitamins, colour, phytochemicals content and antioxidant activity at similar levels to freeze-dried products, but with about half the energy consumption.

    SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING AND PACKAGING

    We're using 100% carbon-neutral shipping with Sendle, and mailing satchels made from biodegradable and home-compostable materials. In fact, even though it looks and feels a hellavalot like plastic, it's actually made from 70-80% PBAT (a co-polymer that is completely biodegradable) and 20-30% PLA (which is a fancy way of saying cornstarch).

    In a commercial compostable environment, it will break-down within 90 days. At home, it may take up to 120 days. 

    (We're still working on the product packs themselves.)

    HOW TO TRANSITION

    Transitioning from one food to another depends on the dog, and the food they're used to getting, so go easy, initially.  Start by replacing a small portion of their usual diet with your homemade fresh food and see how that goes. Then keep adding a little more fresh food to each meal as you slowly decrease the amount of their previous food.

    Watch for any signs of vomiting and/or loose poo; this probably means you're transitioning a bit too quickly.  If you are, slow down a little.

    (Read more about transitioning in our FAQs.)

    Customer Reviews
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    06/30/2021
    TH
    Tasha H.
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    3 out of 4 cats won’t eat it

    Pretty disappointed that only 1 out of my 4 cats would eat the meat I put this supplement in. One cat stopped eating for 2 days after eating this. I gave up after several attempts and the only cat that would eat it started refusing it on the 3rd day??

    06/30/2021
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thanks for your review Tasha, and sorry to hear it's not an immediate hit...I've touched base with you separately to offer some transition tips. As you probably know, cats imprint their feeding habits very early so some can be slow to change to new food...

    05/12/2021
    PF
    Penny F.
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    Happy Cats

    Good experience - lots of information on how to introduce the Allrounder into the cats diet. Liked the daily emails from Bestie that came whilst waiting for it to arrive. Cats loved their new food from first try. It’s been an easy transition. Happy cats, happy owner!

    05/11/2021
    Bestie Kitchen

    That's great to hear! Glad you'e all happy...

    04/13/2021
    A
    Anonymous
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    It’s a nice thick gravy and mixes well but it needs more

    Crude protein should be around 44% crude fat 17% crude fibre 0.3% and total carbohydrates 3.6% my cats are eating it,so I’m happier feeding raw then anything else good value for money.

    Bestie Kitchen The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats Review
    04/13/2021
    Bestie Kitchen

    Hi and thanks for trying bestie. We're really thrilled that your cats are eating it. Just a query though re your statement about what cats need; where did you get those figures from? For AAFCO, the min requirement on a DMB for protein is actually 26% and 30% (maintenance and growth respectively); and fat is 9%; with no minimums in the profile for fibre and carbs. In NRC, (on which AAFCO is based) it’s 40% min (adult cats) with 50% recommended and fat recommended at 22.5%. Given that the balancer is fed with meat, the nutrients provided by the combined meal are important, not the ones for the supplement on its own. Using lean beef as an example, bestie for cats and beef provides 65% protein, 26% fat, 1.3% carbs and and 3% fibre.

    03/23/2021
    A
    Anonymous
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    Allrounder balancing supplement for cats

    My 2 took about a week to get used to product. They were raw fed once a day beforehand but having this added was a bit of stress at time. Re amount required. It can be a bit much considering amount of food to mix Bestie into. Cats are smaller in general compared to dogs. Second thing I'd also already mentioned to Amanda is feed recommendation for various proteins as currently limited to 4. She is working on it. All in all a great product for cats My 2 look and feel better already. Now meowing when I get Bestie out from cupboard at mealtime - no meat in sight yet. Highly recommended for cat owners who want to raw feed but am worried about nutritional gaps.

    03/23/2021
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thanks so much for your feedback; and yes, we'll be adding the feed guide for those extra proteins soon. Good to hear you got through a transition phase and that your cats like it!

    11/16/2020
    A
    Anonymous
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    Success!

    My cats transitioned and accepted this quite easily which is an indicator of a great product. Thank you

    11/16/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thank you! That's great to hear.

    09/24/2020
    SR
    Susan R.
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product
    Picky ****

    We have a picky **** and we didn’t think she would like the Bestie because of the natural smell of the powder, but after a sniff or two she clears her bowl, leaving it squeaky clean.

    Bestie Kitchen The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats Review
    09/24/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Oh that is awesome. Thanks so much for your feedback and giving it a try.

    04/23/2020
    Y
    Yas
    Australia Australia
    A comparison

    So I took the cats off Bestie at the beginning of the COVID-19 panic where there was no mince in sight! Put them back on it a week ago and there was a huge turn around. Mr Frankie became so affectionate (which happened when he was on Bestie before) and Miss Juno became more playful! Also their litter did not have to be cleaned out constantly (less poo and wees) and they were drinking far less water. The comparison from feeding them Bestie then back to tinned food now back to Bestie was incredible!

    04/23/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thank you Yas! That's a great comparison...thanks for sharing. We're glad it's making a difference to them (And you. More cuddles!)

    04/14/2020
    YS
    Yasmin S.
    AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA
    Clearly what is Best!

    Amazing It took a few days (perhaps a week) to transition both cats over to bestie. After this they were really enjoying their meals. Their litter required less cleaning and they were not drinking nearly as much water. As a cat lover I felt great knowing that everything they were consuming was contributing positively to their health and wellbeing

    04/14/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    That is excellent Yasmin - thank you! So glad it was a hit with both your cats.

    04/03/2020
    JM
    Jenny M.
    AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA
    longer lead time needed for cats?

    Amanda's support and advice was excellent. My cats were very fussy. We tried a lot of different ideas. They only ate it with the kangaroo mince and I had to give them 1/2 of what they needed. My cats are very fussy anyway. They also eat very bland food usually so I think a longer run in with them might have been helpful.

    04/03/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thanks Jen, cats can be fussy! We learnt from these earlier trial experiences so now recommend the longer transition schedule and provide a complimentary pack of nutritional yeast with the first order, (to sprinkle on top), to help those fussy cats make the transition.

    03/31/2020
    A
    Anonymous
    AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA
    Besties satisfies the carnivore in my cat

    The transition to high protein with Bestie supplement pretty easy. The guidelines provided meant that the balance was right and my cats are more satisfied and healthier than ever .

    03/31/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thank you! So glad to see it's good for them.

    03/31/2020
    MW
    Margaret W.
    AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA
    Another Winner

    Sully loved the Bestie supplement for cats and he’s not an easy boy to please! he can be very picky with his meals but he didn’t hesitate to eat every meal with Bestie. It’s so good to know we’re feeding our precious babies with the best available nutrition we possibly can too. I’d recommend the Bestie Supplement for all cat owners if they want to feed their cats a quality balanced diet without a lot of fuss

    03/31/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thank you Margaret! So glad Sully loved it.

    03/31/2020
    A
    Anonymous
    AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA
    My cats love it!

    My cats were already on a diet of fresh, raw food with a variety of supplements added, and I was curious to see how they found the Besties. Short answer - they loved it! They tucked in to their food with enthusiasm, and one of my cats, who typically leaves a little bit in the bowl most meals, polished his off every time.

    03/31/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thanks heaps for trying it and glad it was a hit!

    03/31/2020
    SQ
    Sharyn Q.
    Australia Australia
    Great for my cats

    I found using Bestie for Cats great. My lazy persian had a weight problem and was in danger of getting Diabetes so she was trialled on Bestie for cats. Both cats eat a mostly raw diet anyway but adding Bestie has helped keep them satisfied and the Persian has lost a Kilo in weight following the Bestie Plan. The bonus for me is she had constant diarrhoea that I had tried everything to help but since starting Bestie she has returned to normal. That was a very unexpected bonus. The cats are happy eating it and it seem to be working very well for them so I will continue to use it.

    03/31/2020
    Bestie Kitchen

    Thanks so much Sharyn - so thrilled it worked well for them - especially the lazy one!