Grocery store cat food

No one was more surprised than I was when I noticed a new can of cat food on the shelves at Smith’s grocery store (Kroger). The food was called “NaturalLife”, and I picked up the food with some skepticism because it was priced at just 69 cents for a 5.5 oz. can. However, I read the ingredient list, and it’s pretty darn good! They only had two flavours in stock, “Chicken and Veggie Platter”, and “Lamaderm Lamb Platter”.

The ingredients in the chicken one are chicken, chicken liver, chicken broth, ground rice, peas, carrots, and a few other vitamin-ish things. I’d rather not see the rice in there, but still, it’s a nice list of ingredients for such a reasonable price.

The food looks and smells good, and the vegetables can be seen in small pieces. The lamb version has ingredients of lamb liver, lamb, lamb broth, ground rice, peas, and carrots. Even though rice is a filler, at least a food which is called “chicken” really just contains “chicken”, and a food called “lamb” just contains lamb.

Their dry pet food products are certified organic, but the canned ones aren’t. Still, I feel pretty good about feeding this when a can of “premium” food is about a dollar more. The manufacturer’s website is at Natural Life Pet Products, and they have a “retailer search” so you can locate a distributor near you. Oddly, they don’t even list Smith’s grocery for my area, but as long as Smith’s keeps it in stock, I’ll be happy.

I had to go pick up some more cat food today, so besides this new brand, I tried a new flavour of Natural Balance, and a Petco store brand called “Pet Gold”. I’ll let you know what Chelsea thinks, because Chelsea will not eat just anything, so she’s the true judge of taste around here. All the other cats eat whatever I put in front of them.

While on the topic of new food, I bought a bag of kitten kibble by the company Castor and Pollux. I’d heard of them, but had never tried their products before. I bought Natural Ultramix, a dry kibble which is odd a mix of kibble and dried fruits and vegetables. So far, TJ the kitten is saying, “Why the hell is a dried carrot in my kibble?”, but he’s not a big kibble fan, anyway. If your cat likes it, it seems great, but if your cat is a picky eater, this might be a tough food to transition to.

I’ve written this entry with great difficulty while under the influence of Xanax. Lots of spelling errors! I was feeling pretty sad about Freddie and Fannie going (mostly sad because TJ is left behind, I think), so I took some Xanax to calm my nerves. It’s going to calm me right into bed in about 60 seconds.