Sounds like folks on here have a good mix of fresh and product food and our little basenji community are eating rather well it seems. Just remember that supplements and vitamins in dog food (and human food for that matter) are synthetic human-made chemicals developed to simulate real supplements and vitamins - and basenji's have sensitive stomaches at the best of times (well my girl certainly does) - there's always plenty of the good stuff in fresh raw food for animals.
Best to do the research and see what fits your time and budget. I don't use any manufactured or canned food, only raw fresh and organic meat. Whatever I get from the butchers Pippi gets some too. Her favourite is chicken and duck, but she also gets a lot of offal, red meat and kangaroo. She also likes trout heads, chicken wings and prawn heads (with the sharp bits removed of course!) Manufactured and processed food is very bad for humans and very bad for animals and you'll pay for it later on with overweight animals and medical problems. If you go looking, you'll find this way of eating can be very inexpensive. She also doesn't get three meals a day, sometimes even one. We're trying to be as close to nature as we can here! That's how it's done in our house and when we walk we often get comments about how in peak condition she is and how glossy her coat.
Many breeders on this forum would disagree with our choice, and they'll say that kibble has the best supplements for your animal, but really, kibble is nothing more than grain and rubbish sprayed with flavourings and colours that are highly addictive. It took us two weeks to wean our rescue cat off kibble - and to even try a small piece of fresh meat. No thanks, we don't do kibble here! We have one very happy and very healthy pooch! and cat!
Yep, read Zande's Put-Off first. I don't worry about your cat being scared of the new dog, but more the new dog harassing the cat. Our basenji doesn't give the cat a chance to breathe (and the basenji has the scars on the muzzle to prove it). I'll be sitting quietly reading somewhere and then I'll hear a loud squeal - 'yep, the cat got the dog again!!' But, I would be more worried about the ducks and macaw. Our girl is obsessed with birds. Someone once told me that basenji's hunted birds as well as vermin, and I can sure see it in our girl, ducks in particular - she'll do anything to get them, as prey! If you find a basenji anything like our dog it'll be obsessed with the macaw and spend 23 hours of the day planning how to get it and the 24th hour attempting to get it. As Dagadingo says you'll have to evaluate the character. Good luck and best wishes with your decision and thank you for taking the time to seek advice and get the info before hand.
P.S. Here is our girl stalking a possum in the tree (most of her morning gone just doing this). And even though our breeder said that our girl was a climber she's never been over this small fence once, yet!!
Hi Pippa, as you can read in most of these posts here, Basenjis are quite different to the 'normal' domesticated dog. You need to accomodate their behaviours and train yourself rather than train the animal. Our Pippi sleeps with us every night, under the blankets and we all have a great sleep (they are very clean dogs with no dog odour). Once she feels safe again she'll start peeing outside because they are fastidious dogs. As mentioned above, if you aren't in a position to accomodate these particular needs of the basenji then it will be best for Pippa to find a new home. That will be the best outcome for both parties as much as you love her.
What a lovely boy Shango is. My girl also loves the cat tower (give em an inch and they'll take a mile!) Our girl only yodels and talks to my 23 year old daughter when she visits.....the continuing odd quirks of basenji behaviour. Enjoy your boy and have lots of fun!