This giveaway is sponsored by Merrick Pet Care

I got a first look at Merrick’s Backcountry Ancestral Feline Diet line at Global Pet Expo in March, and I liked what I saw. These grain-free, protein-rich formulas meet the dietary needs of our obligate carnivores.

While I don’t recommend any dry food for cats, I have to give Merrick credit for introducing a line of kibble that includes freeze dried raw protein pieces. I still don’t consider it a good choice for cats, but if you absolutely must feed dry, this is a better choice than most other grain-free products on the market.

The grain-free wet recipes feature protein-rich morsels in gravy, in a variety of flavors and proteins including:

• Real Chicken Recipe Cuts
• Real Turkey Recipe Cuts
• Real Duck Recipe Cuts
• Real Rabbit Recipe Cuts
• Real Whitefish Recipe Cuts
• Real Beef Recipe Cuts

The wet formulas come in convenient 3 oz pouches and retail for $1.49 per pouch.

Merrick also introduced its first line of cat treats. The Backcountry freeze-dried raw treats are grain-free and come in two flavors: Wild Prairie Real Chicken Pieces and Pacific Catch Real Salmon Pieces, in 1-oz. bags and a suggested retail price of $3.29. Ruby is a big fan of the chicken treats!

Like all Merrick recipes, Merrick Backcountry is made in the USA and contains no ingredients from China.

For more information about Merrick’s Backcountry line, please visit

Here’s your chance to try some of the new recipes for your kitties: the Backcountry Starter Kit includes one of each of the six flavors of the Backcountry pouches and a bag of freeze-dried raw treats.

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