Feline Nutrition

Smalls Fresh Cat Food Review in 2022: A Close Look at the Meal Delivery Service


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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.Continue Reading

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Pet Food Shortages Highlight The Importance of Feeding a Variety of Foods


Supply chain shortages across a variety of industries have become common over the past 16 months, and pet food shortages are no exception. There are many reasons for this, including the increased number of  pets that were adopted during the pandemic. For in depth look a this growing problem, read this comprehensive article on Reuters.com.Continue Reading

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Pet Food Recall: Natural Balance L.I.D. Green Pea and Chicken Dry Cat Food


Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. of San Diego, CA, is voluntarily recalling the cat food products listed below due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This was discovered from a routine state surveillance sample from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.Continue Reading

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Is Dry Food Bad For Cats? The Real Truth


Last updated April 2021

Grocery and pet store shelves abound with a dizzying array of dry cat food. For decades, kibble has been the preferred choice for most cat owners. After all, the bags say it’s “complete and balanced,” it’s easy to feed, and most cats seem to like it. Unfortunately, dry cat food, even the high-priced premium and veterinary brands, is the equivalent of junk food for cats. Feeding dry food to cats is no different than feeding sugared cereals to kids.Continue Reading

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Pet Food Recall: Limited Recall of Two Lots of Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food


The J.M. Smucker Co. voluntarily recalled two lots of Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The impacted products were sold at select Walmart stores in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. No other Meow Mix products are impacted by this recall.Continue Reading

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Darwin’s Raw Cat Food: A Perennial Favorite at Our House


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Embraced for decades by holistically oriented pet parents and holistic veterinarians, raw feeding is becoming more and more mainstream as cat parents look for alternatives to feeding highly processed commercial pet foods. I’ve been feeding raw for the past ten years, and have seen my cats thrive on it.Continue Reading

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Jackson Galaxy’s The Food, The Bad & The Ugly: A Three-Part Series on Feline Nutrition


If you’ve followed The Conscious Cat for any length of time, you already know that we’re passionate about species-appropriate nutrition. Cats are obligate carnivores, and they need meat not only to survive, but to thrive. Continue Reading

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Why Quality Matters: Fresh Food for Cats


Have you ever opened a can of food or a bag of kibble and wondered about the contents? Why does it smell so bad? Why are the ingredient lists so complicated and long? What’s even in it? Cats may be mysterious, but their food shouldn’t be. That’s where Smalls comes in. Smalls is human-grade, fresh food, for cats.Continue Reading

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Pet Food Recall 2020: Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula Canned Cat Food


On July 3, the J. M. Smucker Company announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Natural Balance® Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula canned cat food due to health concerns likely associated with elevated levels of choline chloride.Continue Reading

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Rotation Diet for Cats: Benefits, How To, & More!


Human nutritionists tell us that food variety is an important part of maintaining a healthy diet, and yet, we don’t think twice about feeding our cats the same food, day after day. I can’t imagine that they enjoy this lack of variety any more than we would.

But in addition to the boredom factor, there are other important reasons for feeding a variety of foods, also knows as the rotation diet, or rotation feeding. You can rotate different proteins, brands and flavors on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.Continue Reading

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What Should Be in Your Cat’s Diet?


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Cats should be thriving, not just surviving. Yet the vast majority of pet food options is filled with species inappropriate ingredients chosen to meet the minimum nutritional requirements, at the lowest possible cost, while sounding increasingly “human appropriate” to appeal to buyers. We’ve domesticated our cats, but we’ve failed to bring the nutritional benefits of the wild in with them.Continue Reading

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