Friday, November 14, 2014

Merrick Cat Food

A couple of months ago, Merrick sent us some sample food to try out.  Mom Paula already knew about the Merrick canned cat food because it was one of the few brands/flavors that Sweet Praline would eat her last few months.  We'd already tried the Turducken and Thanksgiving Day Dinner flavors in the past (right after we were able to eat adult cat food).  
Brulee checking out the Merrick food

We weren't big fans of the food two  years ago, but Mom Paula thought it was worth trying again. The wonderful people at Merrick agreed to send us multiple flavors of the Merrick canned food (not fish), a variety of flavors of the Organix canned food, and a bag of the Purrfect Bistro dry food.
Truffle gets a close whiff of the food.

The Merrick Company has a 5-Star Promise for their cat and dog food:

  1. Local Growers - All of the ingredients are purchased from local growers.  Nothing is purchased from China.
  2. Real Whole Foods -  There are no additives, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives.  The food is made from real, high-quality meats and fresh-caught fish with industry-leading levels of protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
  3. Our Own Kitchen - Merrick has made their food in their own kitchen for more than 25 years. They buy their own ingredients, create their own recipes, and package every bag and can of Merrick in one place.  They carefully test every finished recipe to make sure it exceeds food and safety standards and their facilities uphold the strict guidelines defined by the FDA.
    They also partner with organizations like NSF International, Safe Quality Food (SQF), and HACCP. 
  4. Balanced Nutrition - There are high levels of protein in their pet food.  Deboned meat is always the first ingredient.  None of the canned wet recipes have grain.
  5. Health You Can See - Pets benefit from a high quality food and some of the benefits of the Merrick food is Optimal weight and increased energy, health skin and shiny coat, healthy bones and joints, and health digestive tract.

As  you can see from the photo above, we received lots of difference flavors to try, from duck to turducken.  We also received samples of the Organix cat food, which recently joined Merrick.  We're sure you're waiting to see what we thought about the food.  We are allowed a mixture of dry food and wet food each day.  Mom Paula has plenty of water fountains around the house to make sure we're getting enough fluids with our dry food.  Just as soon as she poured the Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Healthy Adult Chicken dry formula in our bowl, both of us dug in.  That was really a sight to see, especially with Brulee's little flat face.  We loved the taste of the food.  The only problem with the food is the shape of it for Brulee's little flat face.  She has a hard time eating kibble that is round in shape because she eats in the typical Persian fashion of picking up the food with her tongue.  That doesn't stop her from eating this food though.  However, there is a mess around the food bowl at night because of the way Brulee eats it.
Brulee digging into the Merrick canned food

Many of you also know that Brulee is a finicky little eater.  Truffle pretty  much likes everything she tastes, but Brulee has been known to turn up her little flat nose to many a brand/flavor of cat food.  That wasn't the case with each of the cans of Merrick and Organix canned food.  She immediately began eating each time she received one of the different flavors and she pretty much cleaned her bowl. What she didn't finish, Truffle did.  But that's normal for Brulee.
Truffle eating the Merrick canned food

All in all, we (including Mom Paula) were very impressed with the Merrick and Organix cat food. One of our local pet supply stores carries the Merrick food, but we haven't checked to see if they carry the Organix.  We'll definitely buy more of this food to include in our healthy diet.  We give the varieties of the canned food and the dry food four paws up.  Our only recommendation to Merrick would be to include more photos of cats on their webpage and Facebook page.  This is some delicious food and people need to see cats eating it.

Special Note:  We received this food from Merrick at no charge and were not compensated for our review of the food.  Our opinions are always our own and honest.

Would you like to comment?

  1. We love the Merrick company standards, but we have tried their foods an dont like them. Hey, thats just US...

  2. Oh look at all those choices! Oh wait, I hate choices. I like my Avoderm. No wait. I don't. I want fishy flakes!

  3. We agree - Merrick's cat food is really yummy!

  4. You girls really like that food! We've tried the Merrick and we like some of the flavors...mostly the pate ones. Zoey likes them the best.

  5. Happy you found something both girls like. That's an impossibility around here that all eight of us will ever like the same thing. Thanks for the review. Hope you will join us for our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  6. Great review. I did a campaign for them last year and my cats love their chicken. I'd like to see you paid for your awesome reviews :-)

  7. Snowball is quite fussy too, I will have to get some flavors of these for her to try.

  8. Snowball is quite fussy too, I will have to get some flavors of these for her to try.

  9. We didn't care for Merrick foods but that just means more for you!

  10. How pawsome you got food you like :)
    We're glad Brulee likes it too!
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ


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