This post is sponsored by Smalls
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat in their diet to thrive. Their systems aren’t designed to digest carbohydrates. A raw diet is one of the best ways to fulfill cats’ nutritional requirements, but raw food, even a commercially prepared raw diet, may exceed the comfort level for some cat parents. I don’t think it’s necessary to take an “all or nothing” stand when it comes to feline nutrition, but I do believe that it is important to feed our cats a diet that is as minimally processed as possible.
Until now, you’re only option for a minimally processed cooked diet was to make it yourself. Enter Smalls. Food. For Cats.
The founders of Smalls believe that good food shouldn’t be rocket science. It should be simple and wholesome. It should be trustworthy and transparent. That means going back to basics. Smalls meals feature whole ingredients, simple recipes, and freshly-cooked food. Not cat food. Not kibble or ‘wet’ food. Just real food. With real nutrition.
The recipes for Smalls were developed with the assistance of Susan Lauten, Phd, owner of Pet Nutrition Consulting, which provides unbiased, evidence-based nutrition advice for pet owners and veterinarians. All of the ingredients are human grade. The meat and produce are sourced from US suppliers, the vitamins and minerals are sourced from GNC. Smalls is made in Brooklyn, NY.
Smalls will design a customized meal plan for your cat when you order, taking into account your cat’s age, weight, neutered status, health issues, and body type to recommend the amount of food you’ll need to feed.
Putting Smalls to the test
Smalls is shipped frozen in 16 ounce plastic pouches, and feeding is as simple as thaw and serve. I transferred the thawed food into a glass storage container, which made it super easy to scoop out in meal sized portions. I’m vegetarian, but the smell of the food reminded me of childhood turkey dinners when I still ate meat. It smells like real food!
I wish I could report that Allegra and Ruby were super enthusiastic about Smalls, but alas, they only nibbled at it. I’m sure it’s because the texture is very different from what they’re used to. They prefer raw and pate style canned. The texture of Smalls food is similar to what freeze-dried raw foods end up looking like when re-constituted, and so far, the girls have never accepted those diets.
I love the idea of a gently cooked food, and I’d love to eventually transition them to accepting this food. Smalls recommends a gradual transition over a period of about a week, starting with a tiny dab of Smalls on the side of your cat’s regular food, and gradually increasing the amount of Smalls and decreasing the amount of your cat’s regular food. They even include a small packet of chicken liver powder to aid with acceptance.
October 18, 2017 update: Smalls has improved the palatability and texture of their formulas since I reviewed this food.
For more information about Smalls, and to order, please visit Smalls.Food.For Cats. You’ll get 50% off your first order, discount automatically applied at checkout.
FTC Disclosure: I received these products for review at no charge. I also received a fee to feature these products. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion. The Conscious Cat is an affiliate partner of Smalls. This means that if you decide to purchase through any of our links, we get a small commission.