Pick up a bag of cat food at a ‘normal’ grocery store, and you are likely to see a long list of ingredients, with the first ingredients often being things corn gluten, soybean meal, chicken by-product meal, or beef tallow. None of which sounds healthy – or even appetizing. Yet this is what a majority of people are feeding to their pets – pets which are ‘part of the family’.
Cats are considered to be obligate carnivores – that is they need meat to thrive – unlike dogs which are omnivores and theoretically could survive on a vegetarian diet. So then why are we feeding them junk?
I knew I needed to make a change in my cats diet. So I went off to my local pet store which had recently remodeled their aisles and now included a whole isle of natural cat food. Being the discerning shopper that I am, I picked the sparkly artistic cat food bag that had all the air sucked out of it (old packaging).
It of course, was Solid Gold Cat Indigo Moon grain and gluten free cat food.
We started out gradually replacing the food, but ran out of their budget food before we finished. Lucky for me, my cats took to it immediately. Although indigo moon is my cats favorite flavor, they will eat a few of the other flavors as well. My cats are always excited when there’s a new bag of cat food and will hover around the bag until we open it.
We’ve noticed some health improvements in our kitties. All of our kitties have noticeably softer coats (the most dramatic change can be seen in our longhair kitty). We didn’t even realize our cats hair wasn’t in optimal health before the change in food, but it’s something we’ve noticed.
Another change is in our cats dental health. Two of our cats have had teeth removed in the past (our long hair, Cleo, had dental problems that the shelter she was at didn’t address). We haven’t had any problems with their teeth health since switching. They get glowing reviews from our veterinarian whenever they go!
The major con of this food is, it’s pricey. It is probably one of the more expensive natural brands you can get, and is much more expensive than grocery store brands. Even when we get it on sale or using coupons, it is still expensive. We currently go through about a bag a month for our 3 cats. Which, actually isn’t that terrible when we break it down by cost $32 / average of 30 days per month = $1.07 for 3 cats. If I could live on $1.07 of food per day my grocery budget would be a lot less.
Now if only I could get my kitties onboard with a more natural kitty litter! 😉