Feline Nutrition

Is Fish Bad for Cats?

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Fish is not a natural part of a cat’s diet, and yet, pet food manufacturers offer a large variety of fish-based foods, leading cat parents to think they’re providing an appropriate meal for their feline charges. And a lot of cats love fish. But while it’s tempting to indulge your feline’s palate, fish is not good for your cat’s health and can even be harmful.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Win 20 Pounds of Darwin’s Raw Cat Food for Your Cats and Your Favorite Rescue

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This giveaway is sponsored by Darwin’s Natural Pet Products*

When it comes to feeding your cat, the less processed her food is, the better it is for her health. A raw diet is the least processed of all feline diets, and raw feeding is becoming more and more mainstream as cat parents look for alternatives to highly processed pet foods. I’ve been feeding raw for the past ten years, and have seen all of my cats thrive on it. For the past six years, I’ve been feeding Darwin’s, and it has become a perennial favorite.Continue Reading

How to Read and Understand Pet Food Labels

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This post is sponsored by Darwin’s Natural Pet Products

As responsible cat parents, it’s up to us to make sure that we’re feeding our cats a diet that ensures optimal health. For most of us, that means that we’re going to compare different brands. In theory, pet food labels should offer an easy way to do that. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. In this article, we’ll explain what the jargon on pet food labels really means.Continue Reading

Allegra, Ruby and The Taste Test

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September 2022 update:

Back in 2012, friends of mine started a small company making safe, locally sourced pet food. They were involved in every aspect of the food they made, from farm to bowl. Their meat and produce was sourced from local farmers who follow humane practices. Pawgevity owners Carole and Norman King personally visited each farm they work with. Sadly, the company didn’t survive.

Back then, I had an opportunity to visit Pawgevity’s offices. Located in a refurbished former railroad depot, the offices featured giant high ceilings, whitewashed brick walls, dark wood floors, a cozy seating area for visitors, and, of course, a freezer full of their products. I got to visit their spotless kitchen, where they prepared the organic produce that goes into the food. After a tour of the premises, and chatting with Carole and Norm for a while over ice cold lemonade, I was delighted to find out that they are adding a new line of rabbit food to their product offering.

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Rabbit is Allegra and Ruby’s favorite food, and when Carole and Norm offered me a sample of their new product, I knew my two girls would be absolutely delighted. But why don’t I let them tell you.

Ruby: Allegra, Mom is getting our dinner out of the fridge! Come quick!

Allegra: I’m coming, Ruby, I’m coming. You know it always takes her a few minutes to get everything ready for us.

Ruby: I know, Allegra, but it goes much quicker if we sit there and stare at her! And even quicker if I rub against her legs the whole time!

Allegra: You just keep on believing that, little one. Oooh – wait! Something smells different!

Ruby: It smells so good! I’m starving! Mom, hurry up! Can’t you see I’m practically wasting away?

Allegra: I think Mom has a new food for us, Ruby.

Ruby: I smell it, too. Do you think we’ll like it? I don’t always like everything she gives us.

Allegra: I like everything Mom gives us. It’s not nice to be fussy, Ruby.

Ruby: Hurry up, Mom! Me first, me first!

Allegra: You always get yours first, Ruby. You think you’d know that by now.

Ruby: Thanks, Mom. Oooh, this is so good!

Allegra: It is different. Unlike you, Ruby, I’m going to take a careful lick first to make sure I’m really going to like it. Hmm. This is tasty. I like it! What do you think, Ruby?

Ruby: Nom nom nom nom nom.