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Author Topic: Stella & Chewy's  (Read 18482 times)
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Laurie
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« on: January 28, 2008, 01:54:34 PM »

  Please post any experiences with this food here.
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008, 04:11:57 PM »

My 5 cats eat small amounts of the Stella and Chewy's freeze-dried "steaks" crumbled up as treats.  I've been using them for about the past 3 months.  They all really like them.  However, I've had cats choke if given too much of these dry at once; it seems to expand or get stuck in their throats or something.  Except, oddly enough, for the notorious Phantom, who will sometimes lick up a little bit, no one will touch it when reconstituted as a wet food.
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008, 05:18:23 AM »

O-M-G look out for your hands!!   Cheesy

I'm trying out the Chicken & Beef freeze-dried tonight, and goodness, I cut up one to hand out as treats to all 4 of them, and before I knew it, 2 of them had sucked that one patty down!

These freeze-dried patties are very easy to cut up but don't crumble into dust.  They are much flatter than the NV freeze-dried, so they're easier to cut.  Big hit (at least tonight, that is...)!
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2009, 03:30:50 AM »

For some reason the magic has vanished from this product for us.

As we got through our first bag, they slowed down on their eagerness to eat it...I fed different brands of freeze-dried for quite some time to give them a break from it, then decided to buy another bag and try it again, but this time it's being ignored. 


ETA : Well I'm glad I wrote the post above last night...it somehow inspired them to eat this product again LOL.  This morning I woke to find the freeze-dried patty gone.   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2009, 05:55:30 PM »

That's weird, I thought I wrote on this thread...I guess it must be under a similar name?


My 4 cats like this product when it is served every now and then....However....

I recently bought Only Natural Pets Fresh Fillets thinking it was something that looked similar, but it seems they are the same product.  I'm not sure why they would go to the trouble to sell the same product with 2 different names and bags.

I hadn't had any problems with the product, actually, until I bought the bag of it as sold as Only Natural, and I'm not sure if it's a problem, but,....I found when I cut one of the patties that there were some parts that appeared red.  I'm no expert when it comes to freeze-dried products, but it would seem to me that seeing parts that are red would mean that the product wasn't fully freeze-dried?  I may be mistaken, but nobody wanted to eat it, and it didn't seem good to me, so it got tossed.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2009, 06:44:10 PM »

I had been using crumbled dry bits of this as a treat, but when I used any more than a minute amount, it made Phantom vomit later in the day.  Others are still getting a few grains occasionally.  Isis, one of the cats who ate it and immediately threw up when I first introduced it, will no longer touch it.
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2009, 03:42:00 AM »

cross posting.....

August - one thing to note about onlynaturalpets their house brand of fresh filets are the Stella & Chewy's store branded. Exact same stuff. When I was checking on the product Stella & Chewy's are the ones who answered.
http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Only-Natural-Pet-Fresh-Filets-Freeze-Dried-Meals/999325.aspx


Offy, do you mean beef one is the same? Since chicken one has totally different ingredients.

I only bought the chicken. When I asked OnlyNatural the questions, Stella & Chewy's answered me.. the freeze dried were the same. I haven't bought them a couple of months or so.. at the time they were identical (they had one chicken and another beef.. and I've used both but had to drop beef). 

This morning I looked, cos I have it on my simplify life program and all I see under Stella & Chewy's Cat products is a Chicken & Beef (combined). I think I need to take it off my auto ship program now... No Beef flavors are used here....

I just sent an email to Onlynatural to ask who makes their chicken & veggies fresh filets now... I'll let you know what they say..

I also emailed this morning to ask Stella & Chewy's what happened to the cat product for freeze dried chicken & veggies..


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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2009, 04:33:37 PM »

Can someone tell me how to store this, after the package is opened?
At room temp., in frig, or freezer?
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2009, 06:25:40 PM »

I store freeze-dried products at room temperature unless the weather is hot and damp, or if I am not going to use them up fairly soon.  I then store them tightly sealed in the freezer, making sure to keep moisture sealed out and avoid condensation when defrosting.
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2009, 06:27:09 PM »

I always just stored them in the freezer (just somehow felt "safer" that way to me).  Since they're freeze-dried, they can still easily be cut to small pieces, and then eaten, right out of the freezer.
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2009, 07:53:43 PM »

I always at least refridgerate them after opening. Maybe not necessary ,but I don't want to chance a problem.
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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2009, 03:47:03 AM »

I use the fridge for all freeze-dried treats - keeps bugs and pilfering-cabinet-opening-cats out - and freshness in.
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« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2009, 12:36:46 PM »

One of the few way to get my kids to eat raw ...
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2009, 12:37:58 PM »

Has anyone tried their frozen raw cat food? (not to be confused with their dehydrated)

I bought the chicken steaks for cats today, but have not tried them yet. Stella and Chewy appear to be the only company that sterilizes their meat by subjecting it to very high pressures, many thousands of pounds per square inch. They also post the test results of every batch on their website.
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2009, 02:50:10 PM »

I have tried the frozen raw S & C.  Unfortunately, none of my cats liked it.  I'd hoped they would, because not only do I like the test results posting, it would be local for me too--manufactured in my state.

You may have better results.  The food looked good.  I just have very fussy cats.
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