It is a good time to be a cat.
With more and more cat guardians becoming educated about a species appropriate diet for their feline companions, they are demanding higher quality foods and a greater variety. Pet food manufacturers from the natural sector have heard them loud and clear and have responded with new offerings.
Many of the foods were revealed during the 2013 Global Pet Expo that took place February 20 - 22 in Orlando, Florida. They include:
Oracle by Dr. Harvey's
Dr. Harvey's has long been known for its excellent pre-mixes (just add meat and oil), which help make homemade food easy for both cats and dogs.
In March 2013 Dr. Harvey's will launch Oracle, a protein-rich, freeze dried line of foods for cats. The food is made from 100% human grade meats, dehydrated vegetables, vitamins and minerals. Simply add water to create the next best thing to homemade food.
Oracle contains no preservatives, additives, fillers, dyes, soy, wheat, corn, meat meal, meat by-products, salt or sugar. There will be three varieties for cats, all grain-free: Beef, Chicken and Fish. There will also be a line of Oracle foods for dogs.
Against the Grain by Evanger's
Created by the children of the folks who own Evanger's, Against the Grain is a new product available in BPA-free cans. In April 2013 the human quality cat food will become available in BPA-free clear plastic containers.
Ingredients are human grade and include wild-caught, certified dolphin-safe fish, a sustainable source of palm oil, fresh and regional ingredients and some ingredients one is not used to seeing in cat food, like turnips and spinach. Varieties for cats include Big Kahuna with Crab & Tilapia; Aloha Tuna with Seaweed & Crab; Bimini Brunch with Krill & Egg; Shrimp Daddy with Tuna & Salmon; Captain's Catch with Sardine & Mackerel; Caribbean Club with Chicken & Cheese; and Chicken & Pumpkin Samba. All Against the Grain foods are hormone, antibiotic and GMO-free.
Pride by Instinct Pet Food
With the tagline, "For Cats with Lion-Sized Personalities," Pride canned cat food is sure to grab attention.
Pride will launch in May 2013 with 12 varieties; 6 minced and 6 flaked. The minced line (ground bits in savory gravy) includes Cheshire's Chicken; Diva's Duck; Lovebug's Lamb; Ritzy's Rabbit; Sherlock's Salmon and Titan's Tuna. The flaked line (thin cuts in savory gravy) includes Champ's Chicken; Daredevil's Duck; Lucky's Lamb; Rockstar's Rabbit; Starlet's Salmon and Trickster's Tuna.
All Pride foods are grain-free, GMO-free and made from ingredients fit for human consumption. The cans are BPA-free.
Instinct has also recently added more of their frozen raw offerings (designed for cats and dogs) in the form of 'bites.' These small nuggets do not need to be thawed overnight in the refrigerator as they defrost quickly in the pet's dish. New bites varieties include rabbit and organic chicken (joining chicken, lamb, duck and beef bites that have been available for several months).
Weruva's BFF (Best Feline Friend) line of cat foods has just become available in pouches. In addition, their Cats in the Kitchen line, formerly only available in pouches, is now available in cans.
So what is the difference between all three lines of foods?
- Cats in the Kitchen is completely starch-free and carrageenan free
- BFF contains seafood in all of its varieties
- Weruva has chicken, beef and seafood options with chunks of vegetables (all are placed by hand into the cans during processing
Some things you may not know about Weruva:
- Slip Jack tuna is used because it is a small, sustainable fish that swims in the middle of the ocean, not along the floor, making it lower in mercury and other heavy metals
- All ingredients are fit for human consumption (until vitamins are added, as cats have different requirements than humans)
- All foods are made in a facility that makes food for people
- They make their own cans (BPA-free, except for the 14 oz cans that are 99.9% BPA-free (something to do with the seam of the liner)
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