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Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast

Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast

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4.6

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Summary

Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast freeze-dried raw cat food includes natural ingredients like turkey and sweet potato but science says a raw diet may not make your cat healthier than the average dry food.

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Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast Review: Is It Worth It?

By HighYa Editorial Team

Published on: Mar 9, 2020

Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast Cat Food is a freeze-dried raw food intended to boost your feline’s overall health.

Many of the dry cat foods you find on the shelf have fillers like corn, rice, soybean and other ingredients that don’t contribute to your cat’s overall health. Dr. Marty provides an alternative food option that focuses on meats, vegetables, and eggs.

A key concept behind this food is that giving your cat raw ingredients is better for them than the typical ingredients you find in most dry cat foods.

Our review of Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast will help you get a clear understanding of its pros and cons and help you decide if this a good option for your cat.

Feeding Instructions

Every bag of Nature’s Feast has 12 oz. of food. How much of that bag you give your cat depends on his or her weight:

  • 5 lbs.: 1/2 cup per day
  • 7 lbs.: 2/3 cup per day
  • 10 lbs.: 3/4 cup per day
  • 12 lbs.: 1 cup per day
  • 15 lbs.: 1 1/8 cups per day
  • 17 lbs.: 1 1/4 cups per day
  • 20 lbs.: 1 1/2 cups per day

Mix the food with enough water to moisten all the food, let it stand for three minutes and then your cat can eat it.

Each cup of food weighs about 1.2 ounces, which means one bag will last you between 7 (20-lb. cat) and 21 days (5-lb. cat).

Ingredients

The ingredients in Nature’s Feast are meant to give your cat higher energy levels, easier digestion, joint and coat support, and strong brain health:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: EPA and DHA
  • Meats: Turkey, beef, duck, salmon, beef Liver, turkey heart, turkey liver
  • Fruits and Veggies: Sweet potato, eggs, pea flour, carrots, apples, blueberries, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, spinach, ginger

These ingredients are freeze-dried. The fresh ingredients undergo a freezing process that, in theory, preserves all the nutrients. Dr. Marty’s website says most lower-quality cat food manufacturers cook their food to the point that the ingredients lose their nutrients.

Scientific Efficacy of Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food

Freeze-dried pet foods are becoming more and more popular. However, the veterinarians at the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University have done a considerable amount of research in this area.

They’ve concluded that raw-food diets (including those heavy in raw meat) have their pros and cons but, in general, aren’t necessarily a “healthier” choice for your pet.

“No scientific studies have shown benefits of raw diets. Their appeal is based on word of mouth, testimonials and perceived benefits,” the university’s pet nutrition team wrote in a post about raw diets for pets.

This conclusion doesn’t mean that your cat won’t benefit from eating Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast, though. The food’s multiple types of meat give it a higher fat content than the average dog food, which results in positive changes to your cat’s coat and digestion.

Furthermore, the food’s lack of fillers (corn, rice, soybean) benefits your cat, as cats are natural meat eaters and need as little filler as possible in their food.

Finally, Nature’s Feast’s omega-3 fatty acids are most important for young cats, particularly to protect against brain abnormalities. EPA and DHA are an important part of an adult cat’s diet, too. They’re proven to aid in growth and reproduction.

Possible Side Effects

Nutrient Deficiency

One of the dangers of a raw diet that emphasizes meat is that your cat could miss out on important nutrients. Tufts University points to a European study that found that 60% of cats on a raw food diet had a nutritional imbalance.

Nature’s Feast counteracts this side effect by giving your cats a wide range of nutrient-rich vegetables in each serving.

Sickness from Bacteria

Another possible side effect is that your cat could get sick from bacteria in the freeze-dried meat. There’s a higher chance of your cat eating freeze-dried food contaminated with salmonella than the average dry cat food. But, overall the risk to your cat is relatively low.

Diarrhea

Finally, your cat may have diarrhea when he or she first starts eating Nature’s Feast because of the increased fat content from the meat-heavy ingredients. For example, popular cat food Friskies Seafood Sensations dry food has an 11% fat content, whereas Nature’s Feast has 23%.

To ensure your cat doesn’t have an acute reaction, slowly transition them to Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast by mixing in the new food into the old food little by little until the transition is complete.

Price and Return Policy

The cost per bag depends on how many you buy at one time:

  • 1 bag: $59.95
  • 3 bags: $170.85
  • 6 bags: $323.70

Your orders come with free shipping.

If you’re planning on feeding this food to your cat for the next few months, consider the cost of this food. A 10-lb cat will eat about three bags a month, which is around $171, whereas a 20-lb cat will eat around $323 of food per month.

Dr. Marty allows you to try your food for up to 90 days after it ships from their distribution center. To start your return, call the company’s customer service line at (800) 670-1839. They’ll give you a return authorization number you’ll include in your shipping box, along with any used and unused bags of Nature’s Feats.

There aren’t any limits on how much food you have to send back, either. We confirmed with a phone rep that you can feed your cat all the food from your order and, if you aren’t satisfied, can get a refund. All you have to do is send back the empty bags.

This is an excellent return policy because it gives you the freedom to feed your cat Nature’s Feast long enough period of time to notice improvements in their appearance and health.

How Nature’s Feast Compares to Other Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food

When you compare one cat food to another, you get a sense of context both for pricing and ingredients.

We researched leading freeze-dried cat food on popular pet marketplace Chewy.com and Amazon to give you insight into why Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast may or may not be better for your cat than other food.

Nature’s Feast vs. Stella & Chewy’s

Stella & Chewy’s is the most popular freeze-dried raw cat food on Amazon and Chewy.com.

One bag of Stella & Chewy’s turkey flavor comes in 18-ounce bags:

  • Costs $2.22/oz.
  • Turkeys are raised cage-free
  • Has probiotics

If your budget is limited but you want to feed your cat freeze-dried raw food, Stella & Chewy is less half the price per ounce ($2.22/oz.) than Nature’s Feast (around $5/oz.).

Additionally, the food’s probiotics are a nice perk if your cat has certain digestive conditions. However, if your cat is healthy, you may want to avoid Stella & Chew’s because probiotics can cause noticeable side effects like bloating and diarrhea.

Nature’s Feast vs. Primal

Primal is another popular, highly-rated option on Chewy’s and Amazon. Primal’s food comes in big nuggets rather than small kibble. You’ll need to break up each nugget and soak it in water before feeding it to your cat.

Here’s a summary of the food’s cost and features:

  • $2.21/oz.
  • No gluten or fillers
  • Organic vegetables

The big difference between Primal and Dr. Marty is that Primal requires preparation on your part. If you feed your cat in the morning before you go to work, Nature’s Feast takes less time to prepare and maybe the better time-oriented choice.

That being said, if you’re someone who prefers organic ingredients, Primal’s organic vegetables are a better fit.

The Bottom Line

Nature’s Feast’s mix of meats, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids give your cat a well-balanced diet. This food is a good choice if you want to give your cat a raw-food diet.

However, this food won’t be a good fit if you have a limited food budget. If this is you, experts recommend trying grain-free dry cat food. While it won’t contain 100% raw food, the lack of grains ensures you aren’t giving your cat unnecessary filler.

Customer Reviews

4.6 Stars out of 70 Reviews
5 Star:75% 4 Star:18% 3 Star:1% 2 Star:0% 1 Star:4%
93% Recommend This Company
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Posted on Jul 1, 2022

A little goes a long way

By Liana M., New York, Verified Reviewer

After 6 weeks of adding just a small amount of Dr. Marty's Nature Feast (about 1–2 tablespoons) to my senior cat's "normal" food, I can honestly say that she still doesn't like Dr. Marty's...she eats it reluctantly after picking around it. However, her appetite is improved. Her litter box looks much more normal. Her coat is shinier and softer than ever before. Her energy levels are great! I smush it into a powder, add water to make a paste, then mix it in with her food. I will continue to do this and gradually increase the Dr. Marty's. In the meantime, I'm really pleased with the changes I've seen in her!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Great information

Very unique product

Backed by a veterinarian

Not available in pet stores

Posted on Jun 17, 2022

My cat loves Nature's Feast. She wants it all the time.

By Elaine G., Huntington Beach, CA, Verified Reviewer

Customer service is excellent and enthusiastic! I receive the product ordered right away. My cat took to Nature's Feast immediately.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Dr. Marty gives us great advice

No “cons” were specified in this review

Posted on Jun 17, 2022

New food for our cats!

By Alexandra C., Louisville, KY, Verified Reviewer

Our cats were regurgitating all the time...usually on our beautiful rugs. They took quickly to the new Dr. Marty Nature's Feast and have not thrown up since. If I give them a bit of the old food (trying to use up the bag), they are back to throwing up on my rugs.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

My cats love it

Great product

Prompt service

The product has an unpleasant smell

The product is a bit expensive

Posted on Jun 16, 2022

My kittens' personality changed with this food

By Lauren B., Fairfax, VA, Verified Reviewer

My 2 Balinese kittens were originally on I Ams dry food and Sheba wet food. We noticed their poops smelled awful, so we did the research and switched to Dr. Marty's as it had the best ingredients. My kittens' fur is now much softer and their kitty litter I hardly notice the smell anymore. A huge improvement in their gut health I'm sure.

The craziest part though is how much they love this food...they used to be hesitant to try new food and a little picky, but after switching to Dr. Marty's they are CRAZY about eating. They beg for food all day now and will eat anything we give them. They are licking our sink, even after we clean it, trying to get more food. We can't prepare their food with them in the same room because they are running around, jumping onto the bowls, and begging and knocking everything over.

Also, we never fed human food to them but now if we hold a plate of our own dinner, the kittens will jump onto us, and climb up my legs trying to steal our food. We've had to start locking them in a different room while we eat, which makes me sad. I love and hate Dr. Marty's food. Hopefully, this is just a phase and they become less crazy once they're older.

Truly good food though, with amazing ingredients and a huge difference between this and our previous dry food.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Quality ingredients

Easy to prepare

Great results

On the expensive end for cat food

The treats get pretty crumbly within the bag, maybe different packaging?

I get lots of texts and email promotions

Posted on Jun 12, 2022

First-time buyer

By Julie F., Houston, TX, Verified Reviewer

Our cats are family. Hence, we do everything we can to keep them healthy. Bea, a domestic short hair has thyroid and high blood pressure issues. Keeping weight on her is not easy. She seems to be more satisfied with Nature’s Feast and that’s a relief. I do have to hydrate and crush the pieces into a powder and it makes a nice gravy. She’s 18 years old and hopefully, this diet will give us more time with her. The only suggestion I’d make is to make the pieces half the size they are now.

I’m definitely going to buy again.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

The money back guarantee made it easy to try out

The very long video

Posted on Jun 11, 2022

A wonderful addition to their diet

By Lana B., Dallas, TX, Verified Reviewer

When I first got Nature's Feast, my two kitties didn't want to eat it. They wanted their canned food. But I put it beside their canned food and now I can see they are beginning to eat it. They eat it a lot in the middle of the night and more and more of it is eaten. I am really looking forward to the day when it will totally replace the canned food they had gotten used to. It just takes some love, time, and patience!

Length of Use: 1–2 years

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

I like the sincerity

I like the vet so often speaking to the cat issue

I am pleased with how the food stays so fresh

I just wish the kitties had taken to it a little faster

It is a bit expensive for a person on Social Security

Posted on Jun 6, 2022

Happy cat, happy mom!

By Donna B., Sugar Hill, GA, Verified Reviewer

Caspurr has adjusted to the change without any problems. He prefers it dry and I'm good with that. He gets lots of bottled water and is a healthy 15-pound ragdoll kitty at 13 years old.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Product seems as good as advertised

I can get it delivered

Ordering is easy

Cost

Posted on May 27, 2022

Better overall health

By Thomas K. , Concord, CA

I have struggled with both my Siamese male cats' food brands. Upset stomachs resulting in vomiting. The main issue is with eating too fast and allergies.

Since using Dr. Marty’s meals and treats the fur babies have regained their energy and their hair is revitalized.

The issue is their gluttony or eating too fast and too much at one sitting. By splitting up their meals, the vomiting is under control.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Convenience

High protein

Health

Needs gravy or broth

Posted on May 26, 2022

Treats!

By Mary S., Big Island, HI, Verified Reviewer

Using as a topper. They don't always finish but my cat insists on a tuna topper in addition to Nature's Feast. He won't eat without it.

Length of Use: 1–2 years

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Fast shipping

Great about refunds if necessary

Cats love the treats

Price

Posted on May 18, 2022

Kitty is adjusting well to her new diet.

By Susan N., Ontario, Canada, Verified Reviewer

Kitty cat is adjusting well to her added diet of freeze-dried raw food. Still has her sardines, which she absolutely loves. I feel better knowing this is a well-balanced meal for her and it is so convenient to use.

Miss pussy cat is just 7 months old now with no health issues and her immune system is as she was born with, not infiltrated. She loves the food dry. This is going to make taking her places a breeze and it will be light as well!

I am very happy to have come across Dr. Marty’s human-grade meal. I have not trusted any commercial cat food to be wholesome. This takes the guesswork and time out of trying to feed her right according to her feline needs.

Thank you so much for all you do to help keep our fur babies healthy and happy and their caregivers too as a result!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Great product

Great follow-up

Quick response to any questions

No “cons” were specified in this review

Posted on May 14, 2022

My cat did not care about this food

By Mario B., Sacramento, CA, Verified Reviewer

My cat did not like the food and walked away from it. I notified the company and I never got my money back. I was willing to ship it back to them or do whatever it takes but never got a response. Extremely bad customer service.

I will never buy any products from this company.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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