Bestie Kitchen

The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats
The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats
The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats
The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats
The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats
The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats

The ALLROUNDER Balancing Supplement For Cats

9 reviews

$15.00

Plus subsidised $5 flat rate shipping across Australia, for orders up to 1.5kg. (We also offer a 70gram SAMPLE PACK for $20 incl shipping.)

If you want a healthier cat, you’ll feed fresh food. bestie + fresh meat protein makes a complete and balanced meal – and boosts health.  

Meat is great, but it doesn’t give cats all they need. bestie’s 22 super-nutritious whole foods add the missing elements to make a complete and balanced fresh meal.

bestie also boosts gut, immune and joint health, because it adds more than the ‘complete and balanced’ minimum.

  • Antioxidants, in particular vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotenes, and phytonutrients, from kakadu plum, kale, wheatgrass and others. Antioxidants are particularly helpful in reducing inflammation and immune system health.
  • Chondroitin, glucosamine and omegas – important for good joint and general health.
  • Pre- and probiotics – important for good gut health.
  • Apple cider vinegar and cranberry to support urinary tract health
  • And especially for cats, sea kelp for arachidonic acid, cricket protein for taurine, and nutritional yeast for thiamine

Mix with fresh protein, for a meal in seconds.

  • 100% human food-grade ingredients
  • Animal Nutritionist Formulated
  • 5 gram scoop inside
  • Supplementary food for cats
  • Shelf stable when stored at 25C or less, if used infrequently or in a humid environment, refrigerate
  • See below for serves per pack guidance

A note re sample packs: 

  • Sample packs are 70grams each. That is enough for about 14 meals, for an average, 5kg cat.  
  • A cautionary note about sample packs. It can take persistence transitioning a cat from dry biscuits or tinned food, because they're typically high in artificial taste enhancers and kind of as addictive as eating chips are for us! Often, a transition period longer than a week (the period a sample pack will last) is needed. Our guide to a transition plan is here. We'll also pop one in with your order.

WHY FEED YOUR CAT FRESH?

In essence, a diet that is high meat, high moisture and fresh, will be healthier for your cat, than standard biscuit-based diets.

In fact, recent research[i] showed that cats on a kibble diet vs a raw meat diet had lower gross energy, protein and fat digestibilities, lower microbiota diversity and produced more poo!

A fresh, high protein diet can also help with diabetes, weight control and urinary tract health.

[i] Butowski, Christina F., et al. "Addition of plant dietary fibre to a raw red meat high protein, high fat diet, alters the faecal bacteriome and organic acid profiles of the domestic cat (Felis catus)." PloS one 14.5 (2019): e0216072.

CATS THRIVE ON PROTEIN

Cats have a high protein requirement (they're known as obligate carnivores). This requirement is because of their limited ability to control the activity of amino acid catabolic enzymes. In contrast, cats are commonly fed diets rich in carbohydrates. We know from research[i] though, that when cats are able to ‘self-select’, which they do to maximise fitness and reproductive health, they preference high meat protein diets.

[i] Salaun, F., et al. "Impact of macronutrient composition and palatability in wet diets on food selection in cats." Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition 101.2 (2017): 320-328.

THE DIABETES PROBLEM!

Life expectancy of cats is increasing, and that brings with it age-related diseases like diabetes. Diabetes in cats is now a world-wide problem, as is obesity and chronic kidney disease. The hallmarks of type 2 diabetes in both cats and humans are decreased insulin secretion, especially in response to a glucose load, and insulin resistance. Several research[i] studies have shown that low carb diets reduce the need for insulin injections either partially or completely, in diabetic cats. Our meat + bestie diet is inherently low carb - and high protein.

[i]Cats and Carbohydrates - What is the Impact?  World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2011, Claudia A. Kirk, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVIM University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, TN, USA

THE FAT & MOISTURE PROBLEM!

When cats eat a biscuit-based diet, they don't drink enough water. In fact, research[i] also shows that cats drink more water when offered dry diets (vs when eating wet), but they don’t drink amounts that would compensate for the significant reduction in moisture content of these diets. However, when fed high moisture diets urinary tract health improves and weight is reduced. And being overweight or obesity, is an increasing problem with cats, especially as they age - beyond 5 years.

[i] Buckley, Catherine MF, et al. "Effect of dietary water intake on urinary output, specific gravity and relative supersaturation for calcium oxalate and struvite in the cat." British Journal of Nutrition 106.S1 (2011): S128-S130.

EASY FEEDING & HOW TO TRANSITION

STEP 1

Add a dash of water to bestie.

STEP 2

Add your fresh protein.

STEP 3

Mix together and serve.

TRANSITION SLOWLY

Depending on what you're already feeding your cat, you may need to switch diets slowly. The feedback from our testers is: be persistent!!! (And don't cave in...) Take a look at the transition guide.

USE A BRIBE!

If you're having trouble getting your cat to make the transition (it may take a week or more) consider sprinkling a bit of nutritional yeast on top. This is  readily available from health food shops.

ROTATE YOUR PROTEINS

It's important your cat gets variety in their protein sources, so don't just feed them fish or roo all week, for instance. And when switching them over to some of the 'less-loved' proteins, use the bribe!  

THE FEED GUIDE IS ON THE PACK

An average 5kg cat will have about 48 grams of beef and 5 grams of bestie, each meal. The quantity changes for each protein, as each protein has a different metabolisable energy. This will mean that each 350 gram pack has about a month's worth of meals for a cat of this size.

OUR INGREDIENTS - ALL HUMAN GRADE

7 FRUIT & VEG

Apple, carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin, kale cranberry and broccoli: 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. Broccoli is an antioxidant, rich in carotenoids, as well as vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in glucosinolates, helpful in regulating inflammation, metabolic function, and stress responses.

4 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, packed with chlorophyll, vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as minerals zinc, iron, selenium, and manganese.  

3 SUPER HERBS

Three imported super herbs round out the mix:  nettle, rich in chlorophyll, trace minerals and vitamins. Astragalus contains astragalans which are polysaccharide constituents that stimulate white blood cells production, T-cells, killer cells and antibodies in a fashion that helps maintain and restore the immune system. Chicory root is 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.

AUSTRALIAN CRICKET PROTEIN

Not only an environmentally sustainable, digestible protein, this Australian cricket meal is also rich in calcium, iron,  B12 and B2 vitamins and has three times the amount of omega 3 as salmon. For cats, it adds the essential amino sulfonic acid, taurine.

CRANBERRY & APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Cranberries contain citric, chinic, benzoic and oleic acids, vitamins C and P, carotene, saponins, amino acids, routine, quercetin, glycoside, microelements (iodine, iron, copper, manganese. They've been shown in some research, to have a role in supporting urinary tract health. Apple cider vinegar contains antioxidants, acetic and and amino acids.

ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS

Apple powder, carrot powder, bone broth powder, MCHA bone meal powder, sweet potato powder, cod liver oil, organic wheatgrass powder, cricket meal, organic pumpkin powder, kale powder, nutritional yeast, cranberry powder, probiotic (bacillus coagulans), organic nettle powder, green lipped mussel, organic chicory powder, kelp powder, kakadu plum powder, astragalus, apple cider vinegar powder, broccoli powder, iodised salt.

LOW TEMP, LOW ENERGY PROCESSING

All our fruit, veg 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.)

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11/16/2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!