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Ziwi Pet Food

Ziwi Pet Food

Photo credit: Ziwi Pet Food on Instagram

Watching the Lord of The Rings trilogy years ago, filmed in New Zealand, introduced me to an amazing and beautiful country.  How can so much beauty and diversity in nature be found in such a small place?  Ever since then New Zealand has been on my bucket list.  There’s also an incredible pet food company that calls it home, too:  Ziwi Pet Food.  

What is the Ziwi Pet Food difference?

After learning more about their philosophy, ingredients, and unique air-drying process this pet food deserves to be in every pantry.  Located in the small, coastal town of Mount Maunganui on the north island, Ziwi has strict standards and creates small batch recipes to ensure quality.

Image credit: Ziwi Pet Food on Instagram

Ziwi Pet Food ingredients and standards matter

For starters, Ziwi recipes are 96% meat, organs, bone and seafood.  Crafted after prey diets of carnivores, their grass-fed meat, organs and seafood are sourced from ethically and sustainably managed local sources that exceed strict New Zealand standards. You will find zero soy, potatoes, corn, grains, wheat or rice in any of their recipes.  In fact, animals are humanely, pasture-raised all their lives from local farms, and all wild-caught seafood comes from the pristine southern oceans of the island.  

The other 4% of the recipes contain a blend of nutrient goodness.  For starters, New Zealand Green Lipped mussels, a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin, support joint health.  Secondly, fresh green tripe is also added as a superfood to support digestion and gut health.  Finally, the recipes include hand-selected sources of vitamins and minerals, include green kelp to make a balanced and complete diet.  

Air-drying technique preserves naturally

Another distinction in Ziwi Pet Food is the way they air dry their food. 

Air-drying is a technique that has been used for centuries to naturally preserve meats. Our modern method stays true to this artisan approach, while eliminating the need for artificial preservatives, sugars or glycerines. Our slow, gentle, twin stage air-drying process crafts a food that is as nutrient-dense and digestible as a completely raw diet but safe, clean to handle and can store for up to 21 months. 

Unlike freeze-dried or kibble, air-drying is gentler and provides even greater nutrient density.  This translates into feeding a smaller quantity to achieve the same number of calories per meal.  As an added bonus, this is also easier on your pocketbook!  To learn more about their Scoop Science check out this page.  

Ziwi Pet Food

Taste the difference

My friends at Ziwi sent me some air-dried Mackerel & Lamb along with with a wet Beef recipe to try with my cats.  I’m happy to report that both products were a huge hit!  I recommend using the air-dried food as a topper or treat at first.  Furthermore, if your cat eats kibble this is the perfect food to transition to!  The only downside is the cost.  Yes, it’s a bit more expensive, but because you will feed less quantity, it’s a good trade off.  Remember, ingredients matter!  Providing your cat with the best nutrition is fundamental to a long, healthy life.  

Want to find a Ziwi retailer new you?  You can check out their store locator here.

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