Oh dear. We’re about to get real up in here, folks. And we’re gonna talk about cats.
Specifically, we’re going to talk about what my cats like to eat… because there’s a lot of eating that happens in my kitchen and it’s not all about me (although, it is most of the time).
Do you like cats?
Actually, that’s a silly question. You’re reading my blog so that means of course you do. (And if not… are you sure you’re in the right place?)
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, I’m sure you know two things about me:
1. I believe in eating real food. For me this means lots of (organic) produce from local farmers and sustainably-raised animal products.
2. I really, really, really love my cats.
I’m not gonna lie…I am a total Cat Lady. Yep, I’m a Cat Lady. I’m just gonna own it.
As an animal lover, I feel just as strongly about what I put into the bodies of my cats as what I put in mine. However, my cats can be picky and feeding them has proven to be a slight challenge over the years.
Have you met my cats yet? No?? Gosh, how are we even friends?!
This is my first cat Bilbo. He really likes string and he has the softest fur in the world… but don’t try to pet his belly or wiggle your toes in front of him. You’re asking for trouble if you do that.
This is my second cat, Frodo. He likes birds and he will hunt. you. down. Especially if your leg somehow resembles a scratching post.
When I adopted Bilbo from the animal shelter over three years ago, I didn’t know much about taking care of a cat. So I did the logical thing that any first-time parent does: a lot of research.
My research taught me that the ideal diet for cats involves real meat and no grains, corn, or gluten. Unfortunately, grains, corn, and gluten are the main ingredients in many brands of cat food so I soon began looking for alternatives. And, thank goodness I did because it turns out that Bilbo has a variety of allergies and has bad reactions with a lot of those ingredients… hmm, maybe humans and cats are more similar than we think? 😉
As a certified holistic health coach I often tell my clients to pay better attention to food labels and look out for added sugar, salt, artificial flavors, colors, and any unfamiliar ingredients.
If Bilbo could talk, he would also give you some advice regarding food labels… for your cats that is: look for labels with meat as the first ingredient and without grain, gluten, corn and/or artificial flavors or preservatives.
He would also tell you that one of his favorite brands, SHEBA®, is formulated without grains, corn, gluten, or fillers, and have no artificial flavors or preservatives. I’m just happy that he eats his dinner and doesn’t have any issues with allergies anymore.
If Frodo could talk he would tell you that he is obsessed with SHEBA® Patés because they are made with real meat (real beef, poultry, or seafood) as the first ingredient. I mean to build cat muscles like this you need real fuel, right?
One of the highlights of my evening (because, I am a cool Cat Lady like this) is to pop open one of the Tuna Cuts Entrées or Salmon Pate Entrées and watch my cats come running. Bilbo has a huge preference for the seafood pates and I really like knowing that all SHEBA® seafood entrees are made with responsibly sourced seafood and fish that follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch ® recommendations.
I am always conscious about following the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines so it’s nice to know that my cats are conscious and doing the same.
Or, you know, just fighting over leftovers…
Thank you, SHEBA® Brand for keeping these guys so satisfied. This post is brought to you by by the makers of SHEBA® Food for Cats. Your cat is guaranteed to love it, or you’ll get your money back.