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5 Qualities Of A Good Pet Food You Should Always Remember

 

If you are a pet parent, you already know that all dogs and cats need good quality pet food. But since there are so many brands of dog food and cat food in the market nowadays, it can be difficult to find the right pet food for your furry children.

No need to fret, here’s a list of the right qualities that your ideal pet food should have. Be sure to check if pet food that has these components is available in your country and community. You can always go online and read reviews and articles on Petsumer to know more.

Quality Tip #1 Cat Food Is Different From Dog Food 

It’s important to bear in mind that cats like cat food, not dog food. Dogs may take a liking to cat food but it’s advisable to feed them dog food. The reason for this is that cat food is formulated so that your cat can get all the necessary nutrients to assure its health and survival. On the other hand, dogs have special dietary requirements too. This is why dog food is the appropriate food for dogs. Your trusted veterinarian will tell you that many pet diseases, such as renal diseases, can be avoided if your dog and cat eat the right kind of pet food.

Quality Tip #2 Your Pet’s Food Should Be Made From the Best Quality Ingredients

This may sound like a cliche already, but you should always check if the pet food you are feeding your pet is a quality product. For example, some pet food manufacturers use meat that comes from diseased, disabled or dying animals, such as chickens. The risk is that these types of poor-quality meat can be dangerous for your pets. Your pets may contract some kind of illness if you continue to feed these inferior quality products to them.

To find the best quality pet food, you can inquire with your vet for any specific brands and variants in pet food that he or she recommends. Your vet might also inform you if there are any particular brands and variants that pet owners should avoid buying.

You can also check some websites that review pet foods regularly. This is one way of finding out more about the components of pet food without necessarily buying it yourself. You should also check if the pet food was manufactured in other countries and then shipped for sale to your location. Sometimes, you may come across pet food that is clearly substandard because there’s a lack of quality control protocols in the manufacturer’s hub. It’s not good to do a trial-and-error product testing through your pets since they may even die if the product is bad for them.

Quality Tip #3 Price Is Affordable 

Some pet owners may prioritize price above all the other qualities of good pet food. This is understandable because times are difficult.  You probably want to buy affordable pet food so that your household has enough money to buy human food as well. Although price is just one of the traits that quality pet food has, you definitely must check your salary and list of expenses. This will help you see how much pet food you can safely buy with your income.

Quality Tip #4 Pet Food Variant is Appropriate for Your Pet 

When you go shopping for pet food in the supermarket, you may notice that the packaging specifies the age of the pet that the food was designed for. This is because younger pets may need more nutrients since they’re rapidly growing. Older pets may need different pet food, especially if your pets are mature and have lost most of their teeth already. If your pet has some kind of illness or disorder, your veterinarian may recommend that you buy special pet food that is designed to relieve symptoms of your pet. Bearing these points in mind will help you guarantee that your pet will have a longer, happier life.

Quality Tip #5 Avoid Undesirable Ingredients Listed On the Packaging 

If you are unsure about the quality of a particular kind and brand of pet food, you should learn how to distinguish between ingredients. Of course, there are manufacturers who are rather sleazy in the way they list key ingredients. They want unsuspecting consumers to buy their pet food products without adequate information about the ingredients.

If you feel you are lost in this area, ask your vet to help you. The vet is the best authority on what your pet should be eating for optimal health. You should also check for the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) approval on the packaging since this will tell you if the pet food has passed their standards. 

Final Takeaway 

Your pets are family members and should be treated well. Although it can be tough to buy the best kind of pet food in the current economic conditions, you should always prioritize the health of your pets when shopping for pet food. Remember, that quality pet food may be a bit pricey, but it’ll cost you way too much if your pets get sick due to poor quality. Therefore, it makes sense to buy the right pet food so that your furry children get optimal care and nutrition. Follow the tips above to take good care of your pets. 

About the author, Bette Buckner; 

As a full-time blogger, Bette Buckner writes about topics under the sun. Her blog is very informative for different kinds of readers, as Bette publishes articles on fashion, parenting, housekeeping, and pets. Bette also covers topics on relationships and health and wellness.   

CANIDAE® Grain Free Barn-to-Table Pet Food and Treats

 

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My family includes me, my husband, our two children, five cats, a dog and a pair of Goldfish. Our pets are very much a part of our family. Just like my spouse and kids, I also care about the health and wellbeing of our pets. I want them to live long, happy and healthy lives.

It wasn’t until our youngest cat, Bella, developed severe asthma that I REALLY started to look at the foods our pets were eating. I tried giving her different foods because a lot of the time her asthma attacks happen after she eats. I thought it might be a food allergy so I headed off to the pet store to find food that was 100% nature and not made with any synthetic, man-made products or bi-products.

After reading the ingredients on several brands I realized a lot of pet food products contain wheat and other grains. Then it dawned on me – when in the wild do you see dogs and cats eating wheat or other grains? You don’t! In the wild cats and dogs eat meat, and occasionally vegetables. They don’t eat grains.

I did an experiment with our dog and fed him grain free dry food. He has a very sensitive stomach. I worried the grain-free food would upset his stomach, but it didn’t. He was fine. Since then I only feed him grain-free dry food. I feed him canned food too, but I’m still in the process of finding one that I like best.

As for cat food we’re still in the process of finding something that all five cats will eat and enjoy. So far I’ll try something and one or a few of the cats will love it and the others will not.

Not too long ago I was sent some products from a pet food company called CANIDAE.

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CANIDAE is a natural pet food company, and they make a premium line of grain-free, all natural dog food called PURE.  With PURE, CANIDAE has finally brought farm to table to the pet food industry with their barn to table food and treats.  

PURE is made with only the best ingredients for pets and free of grains, making it ideal for pets with food sensitivities/allergies, like our dog Espn.

Here is some additional information about PURE.

On average, one cup of CANIDAE® Grain Free PURE amounts to more than 41 grams of protein, making it a valuable source of complete nutrients for pets

The PURE line of food contains just 7-10 ingredients in each formula.  Ingredients include:

  • Fresh meat or fish as the first ingredient
  • Whole foods such as sweet potatoes, peas and chickpeas

PURE also contains the brand’s patented HealthPLUS Solutions, which includes live probiotics to support healthy digestion, antioxidants to help maintain a healthy immune system, and omegas 6 & 3 for beautiful skin and coat.

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CANIDAE products are made in the USA too.

We received to review with Espn several CANIDAE products including treats. Espn loved each and every one of them. In fact he couldn’t get enough of them and wanted us to give him more.

Our dog has a sensitive stomach and even the littlest change in food or treats can cause him to have diarrhea. Thankfully that did not happen with the CANIDAE products we gave him.

The treats and food we gave him from CANIDAE contained Bison, Wild Boar, Chicken, Duck and Lamb. They also contained things like Sweet Potatoes and Quinoa.I was a bit surprised by Quinoa. I always saw that as a grain. Then again that might not be a PURE product but rather one of CANIDAE’s many other quality pet food products.

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CANIDAE also offers grain free cat food options too that I am going to look into for our cats. The brand is available at 10,000 pet stores across the country including Petco. The next time I am at Petco I am going to pick up some cat food to try with our cats.

I like that the ingredients are not man made or overly processed.  I don’t want to eat “junk” food and the last thing I want to do is feed it to my pets either. I want to feed them only quality food. So far I am impressed with CANIDAE and feel good feeding it out our dog.

CANIDAE offers products for pets of all sizes, ages and breeds.

If you are interested in learning more visit www.Canidae.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

My apologies for the poor photos. My husband took them for me and I didn’t want to hurt his feelings to say they were too grainy and not that good. 🙂

What do you think of the brand? Have you ever tried CANIDAE products before?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

NEW Whole Paws® premium pet food now available at Whole Foods Market ($50 gift card giveaway ends 10/25/13)

 

Whole Foods Market Whole Paws

I love my five cats, dog and fish. I want them to all have long, happy and healthy lives. Just like it is with my family (my “human” family that is), I am always concerned about what I am feeding my pets. I don’t want to feed them “junk food”.

I still remember the day about a year or so ago when the vet asked me what I was feeding my cats (dry food). When I told him he said, and I quote, “It’s a bowlful of Skittles”.

Skittles? I love Skittles, but I certainly wouldn’t want to feed them to my pets. I’m pretty sure that is not good for dogs and cats. 🙂

I also have a cat with Diabetes and another with Asthma. Because if them I became a label reader when it comes to pet food. I want to make sure that there are no ingredients in their food that doesn’t make sense to me.

When our cat Bella was first diagnosed with Asthma I tried to find out what could trigger an attack. I thought her food might have held a key to her attacks. After all, some people are sensitive to grains, so why not pets? Also, when in nature does a cat or dog eat grains? They don’t. So why would they be included in their foods?

Whole Foods Market has launched a new brand of premium pet foods called Whole Paws® that is grain free – both wet and dry foods. As an added “bonus” the dry food bags are in a #2 recyclable bag.

Made with real chicken, salmon and other wholesome, nutrient-rich ingredients, Whole Paws® – contains NO corn or soy, NO animal by-products, NO artificial colors, NO artificial preservatives and NO added sugar— and the new line meets all of Whole Foods Market’s strict quality standards. Whole Paws products officially hit store shelves on October 1st and will be available exclusively at Whole Foods Market locations nationwide.

The foods currently available include;

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Dogs

  • Whole Paws® Healthy Weight Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $7.99, 6 lbs.
  • Whole Paws® Maintenance Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $7.99, 6 lbs.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Maintenance Formula Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe – $13.99, 6 lbs.
  • Whole Paws® Healthy Weight Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $17.99, 15 lbs.
  • Whole Paws® Maintenance Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $17.99, 15 lbs.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Turkey & Sweet Potato Stew –$1.99, 13.2 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Chicken, Beef & Vegetable Stew – $1.99, 13.2 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Chicken & Vegetable Stew – $1.99, 13.2 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Chicken Dinner – $1.19, 3.5 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Lamb Dinner – $1.19, 3.5 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Large Dog Biscuits – Assorted Flavors – $3.99, 20 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Small Dog Biscuits – Assorted Flavors – $2.99, 10 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Dog Training Treats – Chicken Flavor – $3.99, 6 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Glucosamine Creme Dog Treats – Peanut Butter & Molasses Flavor – $4.99, 9 oz.

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Cats

  • Whole Paws® Maintenance Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $6.99, 3.5 lbs.
  • Whole Paws® Indoor Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $6.99, 3.5 lbs.
  • Whole Paws® Maintenance Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $18.99, 12 lbs.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Shredded Chicken Dinner in Gravy – $0.99, 5.5 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Shredded Whitefish, Chicken & Tuna Dinner in Gravy – $0.99, 5.5 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Shredded Salmon & Chicken Dinner in Gravy – $0.99, 5.5 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Turkey, Chicken & Giblets Dinner – $0.89, 3 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Beef & Chicken Dinner – $0.89, 3 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Grain Free Chicken & Whitefish Dinner – $0.89, 3 oz.
  • Whole Paws® Scoopable Cat Litter – $6.49, 14 lb

Whole Foods Market Whole Paws canned cat food

Whole Foods Market sent my pets a variety of flavors from their new pet food line.

My dog gobbled up the dog food. He’s not one to be picky (he’ll eat everything we put in front of him). That is OK with me because I know the food I gave him was a “better” option than some of the other pet foods available for him. I have to admit that I haven’t always served him the best food. I felt good about serving him a dog food that was made with NO corn or soy, NO animal by-products, NO artificial colors, NO artificial preservatives and NO added sugar.

My cats tend to be picky at times. With five cats it’s hard to keep up with who likes what flavor/variety. A couple of my cats are picky (Bella and Padmé). I found that Padmé ate all of the Whole Paws® food that I served to her. If she doesn’t like something she’ll simply walk away. She didn’t do that with any of the foods. She ate whatever I put in front of her.

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Bella is also picky. At first she liked all the flavors I served her but then she stopped liking the pâté and preferred to eat only the shredded varieties.

As for my other three cats they seemed to enjoy everything I gave them. None of them left even a morsel behind in their dish. They ate it all up.

My dog and cats appear to enjoy the new Whole Paws® line of food. As a pet “mom” I like knowing that I am serving my pets food that is better for them and are made with strict standards from Whole Foods Market.

Do you have a Whole Foods Market near you? Have you tried out the new Whole Paws® line of pet food with your pet yet? If so, what do you (and your pet) think about them?

To find a Whole Foods Market near you visit www.WholeFoodsMarket.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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Whole Foods Market would like to give a lucky reader a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card that you can use to try out the new Whole Paws® product line (or anything else you wish to purchase). Thank you Whole Foods Market.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post as tell me about your pet and why you would like to try out the new Whole Paws® product line?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

Mr. Chewy (Pet Food & Supplies) $25.00 Giveaway

The other day I wrote a review about an online pet food supplier called Mr. Chewy. Here is the review if you would like to take a moment to read it, https://www.shescribes.com/2011/12/have-pet-food-delivered-right-to-your-door-with-mr-chewy.html.

I would like to add to the review that their customer service is awesome. I am extremely pleased with my experience with Mr. Chew from start to finish. They have a new customer in me!

The more I think about an online pet food (and some supplies) delivery service, the more I like that idea.

I am not a lazy person (although I find excuses to put off cleaning as long as I can :-)). But the idea of lugging a 15 pound bag of dog food or cat food up six flights of steps is not something I look forward to. Thank goodness for my husband. If it wasn’t for him I don’t know how I would get the dog food, cat food and kitty litter up stairs into our condo.

I really like the idea of ordering pet food online and having it delivered right to my door. My husband is not getting any younger and our UPS and FedEx delivery guys are all young and strong. I think they can handle it a bit better then my husband.

The other day I was thinking about the Winter too (that is my dog, above, taken last Winter). When it’s bitterly cold outside the last thing I want to do is bundle up, sit in a freezing car until it warms up and then head down to the grocery store. I rather just open my front doo and find it waiting for me. 🙂

Mr. Chewy has a delivery program where you can schedule deliveries of pet foods and other products. My husband and I are seriously considering that. In the new year we’re going to keep track of how quickly we need to buy more food and litter for our dog and cats. Once we have an idea of how often we need to replenish we’ll look into Mr. Chewy’s automatically delivery option. It would be nice not having to worry about the pet foods and to know that we’ll always have enough.

Thankfully Mr. Chewy offers a variety of brand name pet foods. They also have some I have never heard of before but that is pretty cool too since some of those are all natural and actually better options then some of the brand names.

Shipping on order $49 and over is FREE and shipping on orders under $49 is only $4.95. Usually shipping is what prevents people from placing orders online. I honestly would have thought they would ship by weight, in which case the 16.5 pound bag of cat food we just ordered would have cost more then the food it’s self.

My order even shipped in two boxes with no additional shipping and handling fees.

Mr. Chew also donates to charity. When you refer a friend and they place an order they will receive a 10% discount if they use your special code. In turn Mr. Chewy will donate $10.00 to one of the three pet charities they work with or you can opt to have the money split 3 ways (that is how mine is set up).

If you make a purchase on Mr. Chew use the discount code SHES1013 for 10% off your first order.

If you’d like to check out Mr. Chewy please visit www.MrChewy.com.

Mr. Chewy has generously offered a $25.00 gift code for al lucky reader. The code will be delivered via e-mail ASAP so you can use it right away. Thank you Mr. Chewy!

To enter please comment on what you would like to purchase at Mr. Chewy if you were the lucky winner.

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional.

– Subscribe to She Scribes via E-mail or RSS. Both options are found on the right side bar.

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This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on January 09, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using  a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen. The gift code will be sent via e-mail. No mailing address is required for this giveaway.

Other awesome giveaways are found on the right side bar under “Win It”.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. Mr. Chew provided the gift code.

Have pet food delivered right to your door with Mr. Chewy

I’m the “mom” to four adult cats, a kitten and a dog who thinks he’s a cat. To say we go through a lot of pet food each week is an understatement. Not to mention kitty litter and pet treats. To make matters worst we live on the top floor condo. We have six flights of steps to walk up. Sometimes carrying the foods and supplies up the stairs is pure torture, especially large, heavy packages.

If I can find ways to make things simpler and easier for my family I’m all for it. That is why I appreciate a service like Mr. Chewy. Mr. Chewy delivers pet foods and supplies right to you door. Not only do they carry foods and litter but they also carry treats and Flea and Tick supplies.

You might think something like this would carry a hefty shipping price, especially since some foods can weigh a ton (or so you would think). At Mr. Chewy all orders over $49 ship FREE and orders under $49 ship for a nominal $4.95. Only $4.95! That is amazing. Most other companies would charge more for shipping then the product you ordered. Not having to lug a 15 pound bag of dog food up the stairs is worth the $4.95 fee.

Mr. Chewy carries a lot of popular brands including Arm & Hammer, Beneful, Eukanuba, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Greenies, Iams, Milk Bone, Purina One, Scient Diet and Tidy Cat, to name a few. They carry many popular brands as well as lesser known brands. I found that the brands that I have never heard of before are often brands that make natural, organic foods for dogs and cats.

For me one of the big selling points of Mr. Chewy is having the products delivered right to your door. There is no need to worry about rain or snow, or as I mentioned earlier, not having to worry about lugging it out of the car and into your home.

I also like that they carry such a large variety of brands. That allows me to purchase my pet’s favorites and from time to time try out other brands too.

They offer products in a variety of sizes too so you can order as little or as much as you want.

I recently purchased from Mr. Chewy. I picked up the following:

9 Lives Plus Care Grilled Tuna and Egg Flavor Dry Cat Food, 16.5-lb bag

9 Lives Four Flavor Canned Cat Food Variety Pack, 5.5-oz, case of 36

Iams Proactive Health Adult Mini Chunks Dry Dog Food, 8-lb bag

The 16.5 lb bag of 9 Lives dry cat food is very heavy. We would never purchase it locally because it’s just too much to carry up our stairs. Even the canned cat food was too heavy for me to pick up.

Mr. Chewy shipped quickly too! I had my order two days after I placed it. WOW!

You can even schedule your order so you can have the same products shipped right to your door each month without having to place a new order each time. That way you never have to worry about picking up food for your beloved pet, nor does your pet ever have to do without. I think we might set up a recurring order just for the convenience of not having to worry about picking up pet food each week.

I was very pleased with Mr. Chew’s ordering and delivery process. It was quick and easy, just as it should be. Plus you can’t beat the free or $4.95 shipping and their prices are similar to other pet retailer prices too.

They even have online chat available to answer your questions as well as a toll free number.

Mr. Chewy also donates to charity. When you place an order you can set up a special account (FREE) where you can refer your friends and family to Mr. Chewy. When they place their first order they get 10% OFF – and – Mr. Chewy will donate $10.00 to one of the special animal charities they work with.

I have gone ahead and set up the charity donation code. If you make a purchase with Mr. Chewy use the code SHES1013 during check out to receive 10% off your order. Mr. Chewy is going to donate $10.00 to animal charities. They work with three different ones. I have it set up to split the money raise between the three organizations.

To learn more about Mr.Chewy or to check out the products they carry visit www.MrChewy.com. They can also be found on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/MrChewy and on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/MrChewyPets.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no finanacial compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

Nulo Pet Foods – Freshness Guaranteed

When it comes to their pets most pet owners would do just about anything to keep them happy and healthy. Growing up we had a black lab named Misty. She had heart problems. My parents paid $5,000 for  a heart specialist to see if he could help her. Years later I had another dog name Sparky. Sparky developed bone Cancer in one of his front legs. My parents paid $3,000+ for surgery and medications to help him. Three months later he passed away because the Cancer spread to the rest of his body. Removing his leg was pointless.

Most pet owners want what is best for their pets. Some pet owners even lavish their pets with fancy collars, bedding and toys.

Its easy to give your pet lots of “accessories” to keep them happy, but what about the food you serve them? Do you know what is in that food?

Did you know that most pet foods found on the market was processed MONTHS ago? On average most food you serve your pet was processed 12-14 months before it reached  your home. Think about that for a moment. You are serving your beloved pet food that has been sitting in a can (or bag), in a warehouse, for a year or more. Ewww!!! That’s pretty gross. Would YOU eat something if you knew it was made over a year earlier? Probably not. So why would you want to serve something like that to your pet?

Nulo has taken pet food to a whole new level. Their foods are not mass produced, nor do they sit on store shelves for months at a time. Nulo food is made fresh daily and shipped directly to your home. Instead of severing your pet food that has been sitting around for up to a year or more you can serve your pet food that is only a few weeks “old”.

Nulo has a holistic approach to pet foods. Nulo pet foods is 100% free of corn, wheat, soy, chemical preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. Nulo food also contains vitamins C and E, high-quality sources of animal proteins, natural antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, wholesome complex carbohydrates, even probiotics. Seriously… if the canned food didn’t look gross I think people should eat this. LOL! This is some healthy sounding food.

Nulo sent my four legged family members some dry and canned food to try out. I should have taken a picture of the box. The box was red with a big heart on it. It was cute! What a nice touch.

My dog received some dry food and canned food and our cats received the same. The canned dog food had the same look and consistency as regular “Pate” type canned dog food. I wasn’t turned off by any offensive smells (not that I make a habit of smelling pet food).

The canned cat food was a bit different with the consistency. It seemed to be softer then the dog food and a bit more “runny” for lack of a better description. It didn’t have an offensive order either (like many cat foods do). It did look pretty gross though. Not that it matter to me. Its what my cats thought of it that mattered most.

Our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) INHALED the canned food! We tend to buy him the same brand of dog food because of the price and the fact that he’ll eat it. Our dog is actually VERY picky when it comes to both dry and canned foods. He also prefers things made with fruits and veggies over meats. As far as the Nulo is concerned he gobbled it right up.

Our cats all loved the canned cat food too. They didn’t leave so much as a smidgen in the bowl. We don’t give the cats canned food daily. They eat dry food all day long. We give them canned food a few times per week. We also have four cats and they tend to share a can of cat food. In a way its more like a “snack” or a “dessert” for the cats rather then a staple. Our dog gets canned food each day and he gets dry food to nosh on all day long.

We have to keep the cat food on top of the litter box or else the dog will eat it. Our Calico cat, Kitty (I know, how original), could NOT get enough of the Nulo food. She wanted it all the time. Here she is enjoying a bowl all to herself. I  picked the dish up and put it inside the dry dish because I was vacuuming up the litter. Normally the dish would be on the floor.

The canned food was a huge hit with all five our our pets. The dry food was a different story. Initially our dog didn’t care much for the dry food. Once he realized that we were only going to serve him the Nulo dry food he eventually warmed up to it. Espn also is VERY, VERY, VERY picky when it comes to dry food. I cannot tell you how much dry food we have donated to the animal shelter that he wouldn’t eat. We finally found one that he does like so we tend to stick with it.

Our cats were a different story. We usually stick to two different cat foods. For some odd reason they were not overly keen on the Nulo dry food. I know SOMEONE was eating it because it would eventually disappear from the bowl, but I’m not sure which of the four cats it was. Compared to their regular dry food the Nulo food didn’t seem to get eaten as quickly. I eventually mixed it with their regular food and noticed that they would eat all the pieces of their regular food but leave many of the Nulo pieces in the bowl.

Its possible they just didn’t like the flavor of the dry food. Nulo has different flavors.

Aside from the fact the cats were not too happy with the dry food I am still pleased with Nulo. I like that their products are made fresh and they are made with healthy ingredients for my four legged family members. Just the idea of serving my pets food that is over a year old makes ME sick to my stomach.

Nulo also offers a lot of great resource pages for pet owners including weight loss plans and a weight loss tracker for your pet. As a “mom” to 3 overweight cats I can certainly benefit from this.

The only downside is that Nulo is a bit more costly then the food you find in the grocery store. However if you tend to shop at pet stores or the vet for your foods then Nulo is probably comparable in price.

You’ll also find an online community, articles from experts and many other great tips and resources for dog and cat owners.

Currently Nulo is offering some money saving options. You can get 25% off your first order using the code tryme2508. And they are offering FREE SHIPPINGon your first order too. Now is a great time to try out Nulo with your pets.

For more information about Nulo, or to check out their products, resources or expert advice, please  visit www.Nulo.com.

Kimberly

*I received free sample products in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.