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Giveaway: Win a $50 Whole Foods Gift Card and Try Whole Paws Cat Food

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I do most of my food shopping at Whole Foods, so when I started to see some of their advertising for their Whole Paws line of pet food, I was very curious. I particularly enjoyed their “Love is a Four-Legged Word” teaser campaign at the cash registers. But of course, cute marketing does not tell you anything about the food being advertised. I was very interested to see whether Whole Paws would meet my requirements for what constitutes species appropriate nutrition for cats.

Thankfully, Whole Foods didn’t disappoint. Whole Paws is made with real meat and containsContinue Reading

Weruva Cat Food Review

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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. Cats shouldn’t eat dry food; even the grain-free dry varieties are too high in carbohydrates.

You can find many of the articles I’ve written about this topic in the Feline Nutrition section right here on this site. I also provide one-on-one consultations if you need help with transitioning your cat to a healthier diet.

What I look for in a food I feed and recommend

  • Protein is listed as the first ingredient on the label, and the meat/poultry used is fit for human consumption. If the meat is organic, that’s even better.
  • The food is grain-free (no rice, barley, or any other grains. Even though these are considered healthy in human nutrition, cats’ digestive tracts are not designed to digest the unnecessary carbs).
  • The food does not contain by-products, corn, soy, or any other fillers.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Enter to win Instinct Limited Ingredient Canned Diets for your cat and your favorite shelter

Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet

The concept of limited ingredient diets has been around for quite some time. These diets are designed for cats with sensitive stomachs, food allergies or intolerances. By limiting the number of proteins, chances of a cat reacting to the ingredients in a diet are reduced.

A limited ingredient diet is not the same as a diet used for a complete food elimination trial. To truly diagnose food intolerance, cat guardians must feed a novel protein, meaning, a protein that the cat has never eaten before, and feed nothing but the diet containing the novel protein for a period of at least eight weeks.

Since pet food manufacturers are starting to use more and more “exotic” proteins in their dietsContinue Reading

Are Dehydrated and Freeze-dried Foods a Healthy Option for Your Cat?

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Guest post by Jodi Ziskin
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Raw food may seem like a new trend for cats (and dogs), but don’t tell them that; it is what they and their ancestors have eaten for hundreds of thousands of years.

In today’s world of highly processed kibble and canned foods being recalled for a variety of reasons, many cat lovers are discovering the myriad of benefits associated with feeding a raw diet. These include easier and better digestion and assimilation of nutrients, reversal of allergies, disease prevention, better oral health and cleaner teeth, less stool and an improvement in overall health.

Still, some people are freaked out by the idea of preparing raw meat at home. There are many wonderful commercially prepared frozen raw foodsContinue Reading