Those of you who read Stunning Keisha on a regular basis know I blog about different brands of food on a monthly basis in the hopes that you'll get your cat to try something new. I just attended an informative online chat by the wonderful Chloe DiVita of Blogpaws about exclusivity when reviewing pet foods since many of their new campaigns now require it. Some in the pet food industry think that if I talk about Brand X this week and Brand D next week, readers won't trust what I'm saying about either. While I can respect their POV, I'm going to tell you why you need to mix up your cat's diet. Not only is it a good idea to rotate proteins but it's a good idea to rotate brands too even though the larger brands have recipes for practically any dietary need.
It's not relevant anymore but the first cat TW shared a home with, Faith, only ate one brand of food in one flavor. Gramma had to keep the cabinet well-stocked because occasionally the one supermarket in our town would run out. Those were the days before online shopping where you could not only search for the cat food you wanted on unlimited cat food sites but find the best price for it.
When I moved into the condo, I was fed one brand of food—and it was the kind you bought in the supermarket four cans for a buck. TW didn't know better. Then I got sick—very sick—and was switched over to my beloved Fancy Feast. A year later, TW started to read about newer brands of food online. One of my Twitter furrends loved a certain brand which was all natural and didn't contain unhealthy fillers. TW bought some for me. This is still one of my food staples. Now that I'm a blogging cat, I get to sample lots of cat food brands and pass the word onto my readers. There are many reasons why I won't blog exclusively about one brand.
What if the brand suddenly discontinues your cat's most favorite food or treat?
I always loved Greenies' SmartBites Digestion flavor and TW felt it really helped with my digestion. Last year, we discovered we couldn't find it anywhere. We contacted the company and found out they were discontinued. Luckily I get different kinds of treats so I wasn't missing that one kind. TW missed it more since she thought it helped me.
Brand X has a recall or is bought by a larger brand and incorporated into Brand XYZ.
You read the unthinkable. Brand X food has been recalled due to some bacteria in the food or packing plant. You may even have some with that code in your house. What can you feed your finicky kitty if she'll only eat Brand X? Luckily for me, I get fed a rotation of brands and proteins. TW doesn't have to scramble to find some other brand I'll eat.
In the Facebook cat groups I belong too, someone is always in a panicked state because their exclusive small-market Brand X cat food was bought by some large corporation—and it's happened quite a few times in the past 18 months—and they're afraid the larger corporation will cheapen the ingredients or formula. That is a legitimate concern. You fed your cat Brand X because it contained no fillers and now you're noticing subtle changes. More importantly, so is your cat and she's snubbing her nose/scraping the floor at feeding time. I used to like Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain recipe but then we bought a case in which the gravy was thickened and there was less of it. Some may like more meat and less gravy but not me. Since I don't drink water, I need a food with a high liquid content. I wouldn't eat it.
Your cat suddenly develops an allergy to the food she has been eating.
I review different foods so I get to try something new to possibly incorporate into my rotational diet and so you're aware of new foods and know that Brand X isn't the only cat food on the market. There are choices and a happy, healthy cat needs to be eating more than one brand and more than one protein. I love fish but TW is working more chicken and beef into my diet. After all, it IS possible to develop an allergy to a protein or ingredient in a food that you've been eating for years
In a nutshell, here are some reasons not to feed your cat the same food every meal:
- Brand discontinues recipe
- Brand goes out of business or gets bought by larger brand
- Brand changes recipe
- Sudden brand recall of your cat's food
- Cat becomes allergic to protein or ingredient in food
There is a method to my madness. I'll always be honest in my reviews although I will point out the good points in foods that contain healthy ingredients even if it's not to my liking. Just cos I don't like something doesn't mean you won't. I will not, however, do a review for a food that TW doesn't feel comfortable feeding me. You can bet on that and you can bet that I'll be reviewing some yummy cat food in the coming weeks.
|Even though I love the tuna, TW has been feeding me the Tender Liver|
& Chicken and the Chicken Hearts & Liver and even some beef.