If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m passionate about species-appropriate nutrition for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, and they need meat not only to survive, but to thrive. The optimal diet for a cat is a properly formulated raw, home-cooked or grain-free canned diet.
I maintain a small list of recommended brands on this site. The foods on this list are foods I either currently feed to Allegra and Ruby, or have fed to them in the past. This list is not meant to be exclusive, and it does not mean that there aren’t other really good diets out there. It means that these brands are the ones I’m comfortable with after doing thorough research. Brands can’t pay to get on this list – you’ll only see brands that I trust on the list.*
Good enough to eat for humans
Weruva has been my top choice for grain-free canned food for a number of years. Pet food companies love to use the word “human grade” when describing their foods. What this really means is that the food is legally suitable and approved as nourishment for humans. Whether you would really want to eat it is another story. With Weruva, you might come close! The first time I opened a can of Weruva, I had a flashback to my childhood: the Paw Lickin’ Chicken formula looked just like the chicken fricassee my mom used to make.
All of Weruva’s formulas are produced in a human food facility using many of the ingredients and processes that are used in products made for people. Their base proteins of chicken, beef and fish include only top quality muscle meat, such as white breast chicken, whole tuna loins and select cuts of beef.
Cats need moisture in their diet
The first thing I liked about Weruva when I first started to research the brand is that they don’t even make any dry food. While cats who eat only dry food will generally drink more water, they still don’t get enough moisture to support all their bodily functions and essentially live in a constant state of low level dehydration, which can lead to bladder and kidney problems. Weruva’s diets are 80% water, which promotes urinary tract health. It is important to note that Weruva does not add excess water. Their formulas are naturally high in moisture because they remove the dry bone from the meat cuts and do not add in any fillers.
The true test: will your cats like it?
As with any cat food, the true test is whether your cats will eat it. “Eating” may not be the right word to use in this context: Allegra and Ruby practically hoover up their Weruva meals. I alternate raw food with canned food, and of all the canned food I feed, Weruva is the paws down favorite.
New from Weruva: Truluxe
Truluxe is Weruva’s newest line. It features five of Weruva’s old favorites as well as five new flavors featuring grass fed Australian beef, pink salmon, basa (a white fish), and turkey. Since I don’t feed fish, Allegra and Ruby got to test the Peking Ducken (chicken and duck) and Quick n’ Quirky (chicken and turkey) varieties. Both were a big hit.
Cats in the Kitchen
While I mostly feed Weruva’s original line, Allegra and Ruby have long been fans of Weruva’s Cats in the Kitchen, especially the Fowl Ball flavor (chicken and turkey). This line features cuts of white breast meat chicken and duck breast, delicate gravies, as well as loins from tuna, salmon and mackerel and lean cuts of beef.
Weruva readily addressed a few concerns I had about the diets
I first reviewed Weruva about a year ago, and I had a few concerns about the diets at the time. I prefer diets manufactured in the US, and Weruva is made in Thailand. I also prefer diets that do not have any ingredients that are sourced in China. Weruva sources taurine and a few of the minerals in China. David Forman, Weruva’s president, was very responsive in addressing my concerns at the time, and I’m still comfortable feeding these diets. You can read his responses here.
For more information about Weruva, please visit http://www.Weruva.com.
*This post is sponsored by Weruva on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network, which means that I was paid to feature this content. I also received some free products from Wervua. Weruva did not pay me to be featured on my list of recommended brands. Weruva is not responsible for the content of this article.