Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuesday Reviewsday: Dr. Harvey's Oracle

Lookie, another dehydrated food review!  Are you all sensing a theme for September?  This week, we're going to talk about Dr. Harvey's newest dehydrated food - Oracle.  The folks at Dr. Harvey's sent over Oracle formulas for both the dogs and the cats.

Oracle is a complete grain-free freeze-dried diet, containing actual chunks of USDA meat.  Other ingredients shared by most formulas include eggs, sweet potatoes, green beans, zucchini, alfalfa, kelp, and ginger.  Measure out the appropriate amount, add water, wait awhile, and feed; it's as simple as that.  

Upon opening the cat formulas, I was greeted with what is quite possibly the best feature I've seen for dehydrated food to date... a scoop!  No more rooting around in the utensil drawer for measuring cups!  (I'm a bit afraid to admit how excited I was over the scoops. I'm pretty sure my husband thought I was nuts.  Oh well, he should be used to it by now.)

For the cats, a little Oracle goes a long way.  Each 21 oz. bag ($38.99) can feed a cat for two weeks.  $2.78 per day to feed is a relatively decent deal, on par with feeding quality canned food.  Of course, with Oracle you don't have to deal with empty cans that stink up your recycling bin.  I count that as a win, especially since I'm usually the one who has to deal with the "clean up" associated with feeding our pets.  (Side note: The bag says it lasts for 14 days, but the recommended feeding amounts are just guidelines. I found that it lasted even longer.  Yeehaw!)

Here's what each formula looks like in dry form.  I have labeled each formula with a primitive stick-figure drawing of each protein source.  Chicken goes buk buk, Cow goes moo, Fish go blub.  (But what does the Fox say?)

And... wet and soaking!

Check out those chunks!  Those are actual freeze-dried chunks of chicken, beef, and cod.  The fact that this food has actual chunks of identifiable meat is great. The cats apparently thought it was great too!

They didn't seem to like the little veggie bits though.  Ah well.  The dogs were happy to clean up after the cats, so it wasn't a big deal.  I will say that while Oracle still has the problem of sticking to bowls like cement when allowed to dry, it does clean up much easier than other products we've used.

While it is more expensive than other freeze-dried diets, it's not as expensive as I would have expected. The high meat content and the large chunks of meat definitely make the price easier to swallow.  I don't think I'd be able to afford to feed Oracle to the dogs, but I would strongly consider feeding it to the cats intermittently. As I've said in the past, my cats usually eat raw but need something different when I'm away from home and the feeding is left up to my husband.  Out of all the dehydrated foods I've tested so far, this is probably my favorite. Probably because of the friggin' scoops. 

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