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How to Feed FirstMate & Kasiks Canned Diets

March 17, 2017

FirstMate & Kasiks dog and cat canned diets have a unique texture.  They are softer and juicier than a traditional pate.  They are described by users in many ways: “Collapsible Pate”, “wet pate”, and the crowd favorite, “silky pate”.  The reason our canned products are soft and tender is due to the complete lack of thickening agents such as: Carrageenan, Agar-Agar, Guar Gum, Xanthum Gum, Cassia Gum, Locust Bean Gum, etc.

FirstMate & Kasiks uses only Natural, Human Grade meats in our canned diets, with no artificial preservatives or coloring agents (and of course, no thickeners!).  Therefore, our products are prone to natural variation.  For example, if a salmon is pinker or juicier,  it will show up the same in the can.  A traditional pate has the same amount of moisture as our cans.  However, by not adding thickeners our moisture is usually found around the outside of the pate.  DON’T DISPOSE OF THIS LIQUID!  It contains healthy fats/oils, proteins and soluble vitamins from our ingredients.  Instead, we recommend mixing it with the pate in the can.  Once mixed, our products take on a mousse or applesauce texture.  If you prefer a gravy, simply add more moisture.  This soft, silky, applesaucy texture is great for older animals.  ALL our canned diets are complete and balanced and may be fed as a stand-alone diet.  Our products can also be used as a topper for kibble, encouragement for taking medication, and for maximum excitement, frozen in a chew toy!

In addition, the lack of thickeners doesn’t just create a unique texture, it also helps with digestion.  FirstMate canned diets can be great when a pet has an upset stomach or general touchy tummy.

We are proud to own and operate our human grade cannery in British Columbia, Canada and would love to hear about the unique way YOU use our cans.  Email us at or write to us on social media #FirstMateCans #KASIKSCans

PS: the video below shows how one of our staff prepares a can for their FirstMate!

5 responses to “How to Feed FirstMate & Kasiks Canned Diets”

  1. Tom Tankersley says:

    MY dogs love your canned foods mixed with kibble. It only takes a small spoon full to mix with kibble. One can lasts a lot longer than other canned brands because of the wet nature of your canned product. My Llewellin Setters Sandy, Ginger, and Major are bird hunting machines and really preform great on all the FirstMate products.

  2. rebecca driskell says:

    My dog has currently been eating chicken and rice for a few months and would like to try other flavors within your grain friendly canned food. Do I need to slowly transition to a different flavor within your brand?

    • Wendy Vandersteen says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you for your support of our FirstMate canned food for your dog. We appreciate you contacting us.

      If you switch among the different proteins within the Grain Friendly line you should not need to do a gradual transition. The only difference between the formulas is the source of protein and most healthy dogs transition between the protein easily.

      Don’t hesitate to contact us again if you have any other questions.


      Wendy Vandersteen, PhD
      Manager of Research and Development

  3. Jonathan Dana says:


    Can you feed firstmate chicken wet dog food to cats? Just making sure.


  4. Wendy Vandersteen says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    Yes, you can feed the FirstMate Chicken canned formula for dogs to cats.

    The ingredients and nutritional profiles of the canned cat and dog food are identical. Our company intentionally formulated the canned products to be identical and nutritionally balanced for both dogs and cats. In order to make a complete and balanced nutritional adequacy statement, our dog or cat food must meet the dog or cat food nutrient profiles established by the Association of the American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Although there is some variation in the minimum and maximum levels of nutrients required by dogs and cats, all nutrients show some overlap, allowing us to meet the requirements of both cats and dogs with one formulation.

    Best wishes,

    Wendy Vandersteen, PhD
    Manager of Research and Development

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