In our house, when important questions come up, like those from the current controversy about natural cat food, we routinely check with the one source we have found to be consistently reliable. Ingrid King’s Conscious Cat Blog is one of the very best for objectively considering aspects of a cats health and happiness. Ingrid is also the author of one of the best cat books ever written: Buckley’s Story
Learning About Fresh Natural Cat Food From Ingrid King
We’ve learned a lot from Ingrid King, who became a personal friend. Did you know, for instance, that most dry cat food is so disagreeable to cats that the manufacturers have to spray them with ‘hydrolized animal tissue’ (don’t ask) to trick them into thinking they’d like it?
So, when Ingrid wrote a product review about FreshPet Select for Cats, a new, natural cat food, my wife read it eagerly. I got an early rundown before reading it myself.
We have two cats, Billy and Sam, who we believe should be treated like family members who depend on us for vital nutrition, health and activity.
Billy, who is fourteen, has evolved from an ‘I’ll eat anything’ cat to a selective eater. Unpredictable too.
With animals as emotionally sensitive as cats, it’s important that feeding be a time of affection, not struggle, and that trust is maintained.
Ingrid may have given us a whole new angle for doing the right thing for our cats.
Related articles, more reading on this topic:
- Best Wet Food For Healthy Cats
- Best Wet & Dry Food Brands
- Best Dry Food When Your Cat Insists
As a bonus, better foods may also help cats become more hypoallergenic.
According to her blog, ‘Freshpet Select is a line of freshly prepared meals. According to the company, each recipe only includes select ingredients like high protein meats and eggs, and vegetables. The cat food contains no grains, although it does contain some pea fiber. As Freshpet Select states on their website, the recipe is much like a meal you would prepare for your family with simple ingredients you are familiar with and can pronounce.
The nutritional composition closely resembles raw food when it comes to protein and moisture content. The food is minimally processed, batch-cooked and quickly cooled to eliminate any harmful bacteria or parasites. The products undergo pasteurization just like milk or cold cuts. The company states that their food is mostly sourced from the US and Canada, and that their poultry is USDA inspected.’
As Ingrid notes, she usually doesn’t agree to test foods because she’s reluctant to let her cats eat what she hasn’t researched to verify claims. But after checking out FreshPet, she thought it was safe to try.
The results were interesting. One of Ingrid’s cats devoured it, and the other gave it a conditional okay. A neighbor with cats of her own reported rave reviews. Read the full review here.
We’ll try FreshPet Select, now that Ingrid has endorsed it, and maybe we can add healthful and happy natural cat food to Sam’s and Billy’s diets.
If you’re up for a little more cat reading, try my Cats and Water.
David Stone, Writer