Monday, April 27, 2020

Single Source Animal Protein: Merrick LID

Do you have a cat with a sensitive stomach and/or allergies? Has your vet ever told you that you should feed your cat more protein? Do you need a food that may support healthy digestion and provide other nutrients for health and happiness?

The Need for Protein

Feline nutrition is very important for the general health of your feline. Domesticated cats' bodies have adapted to a protein and fat rich, carbohydrate-poor diet through the evolutionary process (Advanced Animal Care, 2020). Many of the wet foods we feed our cats a nutrient profile that mimics the kind of diet cats would choose in the wild, especially if the protein in the canned food is animal-based. Wet food also provides hydration, which is extremely important for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need to eat meat because of the nutrients that are only found in animal products. When cats eat protein, they break dietary protein down into amino acids, which they burn for energy or to make new proteins (Buffington, 2017). A study in 2011 found that cats tended to select foods that contained 2.3 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day.

You've probably heard people talk about their cats being finicky. I had that problem with my previous Persian cat, Praline, because I only fed her one brand and protein for most of her life. When the company changed the formula/diet, I had a difficult time finding a food Praline would eat. For a long time, all I fed Truffle and Brulee was chicken and turkey. I thought that was the best protein to feed them. I fed them their first duck when Merrick® had Turdurken cat food and they loved it. I began reading that feeding your cats a variety of proteins may help prevent your cat from becoming finicky and only wanting one type/flavor/brand of food. I began trying a variety of proteins and textures of wet food with Truffle and Brulee. They don't really like beef or tuna, but will eat turkey, chicken, duck, rabbit, and recently, lamb. One word of caution to people trying a new food with your cats - be sure to introduce the new food slowly to avoid digestive upset. 

Truffle eating her Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet duck recipe

Merrick® Limited Ingredient Cat Food

I've praised the cat food from Merrick for several years. For a long time, I fed them the Purrfect Bistro® recipes with success. Recently, I tried the Backcountry® recipes and the girls really liked the rabbit flavors. When I was at BlogPaws and Global Pet Expo, I talked with the representatives about their Limited Ingredient Diet recipes.

The Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet (LID) begin with a single source animal protein as the first ingredient and it only contains carefully selected essentials. The single source protein helps cats with sensitives and allergies. The LID includes pre/probiotics and easy-to-digest proteins and carbohydrates. In addition, organic alfalfa included that helps strengthen and support your cat's allergy resistance. There is also Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, along with antioxidants for immune health. The Limited Ingredient Diet is grain-free, soy-free, and corn-free. This food is available in kibble and wet food. I prefer feeding the wet food to my cats. There are several recipes offered in the wet food:

  • Real Chicken Recipe Pate
  • Real Duck Recipe Pate
  • Real Salmon Recipe Pate
  • Real Tuna Recipe Pate
  • Real Turkey Recipe Pate

The cans are available in both 2.75 oz and 5 oz cans. All Merrick recipes are crafted in Hereford, Texas and cooked in the USA, in facilities that uphold strict FDA guidelines. The Grain Free Real Duck Recipe Pate is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Brulee eating the Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Duck Recipe Pate

Our Review

We received the Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Duck Recipe Pate to review. I hadn't fed the girls duck as a single-source protein yet, so I was interested to see if they would eat it. As many of our readers know, Truffle will eat almost anything, but Brulee is our finicky feline. I wasn't sure if she would eat the pate because she eats her food by licking it and picking it up with her tongue, so she usually prefers wet food with gravy. 

As you can see in the short video below, both Truffle and Brulee appeared to love the Real Duck Recipe. In fact, both cleaned their bowls, which is unusual for them. 

I'm was so pleased that both girls enjoyed the Duck Recipe and will continue to rotate this protein with the chicken, turkey, lamb, and rabbit they eat. I'm finding that the more I vary their proteins and textures, the less finicky they are (especially Brulee).


The wonderful people at Merrick have generously agreed to allow us to host a giveaway for one of our readers to have the opportunity to win a case of Limited Ingredient Diet Cat Food (choice of recipe).

The giveaway is open to residents of the US, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. The winners will be randomly selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. Please note that to qualify for a prize a comment must be left on this blog post. Giveaway closes May 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Truffle says - What are you waiting for? Enter our giveaway now!


Advanced Animal Care (2020). The Pros and  Cons of Different Types of Cat Food. https://www.advancedanimalcare.com/services/cats/feline-nutrition-cat-food

Buffington, Tony, DVM. (December 4, 2017). How Much Protein Does Your Cat Need? Fear Free Happy Homeshttps://fearfreehappyhomes.com/much-protein-cat-need/

Cornell Feline Health Center (July 2017). Feeding Your Cat.  https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/feeding-your-cat

Would you like to comment?

  1. We’re lucky here that we don’t have any food restrictions.

  2. The cats here seem to do all right on what we feed them. Have a good day.

  3. That food sounds purrfect for kitties with allergies. We loved hearing the girls licking up that food!!

    The Florida Furkids

  4. You beautiful girls look like you really love that food, enjoy!

  5. We had Celestial Chuck on a limited ingredient diet, which helped his IBD.

  6. Glad it was a hit. Looks like a high quality food.

  7. That does sound really good, we may have to give it a go!

  8. I like tuna or salmon. I'd love to try those noms.

  9. Purrcilla's favorite is the tuna!! Yummy!

  10. Purrcilla's favorite is the tuna!!! Yummy!

  11. my cats would love to try the duck! they eat a variety of different proteins

  12. my girl loves fish, tuna, salmon. i think she would love to try turkey or the rabbit.

  13. I lost my senior kitty, Moko, just four weeks ago. Now I am trying extra hard to keep my Kotoha healthy and happy. I'd love to be able to try this food for her.

  14. Thankfully my cats are not picky eaters and love any protein I give them. I would love to try the turkey flavored LD pate.

  15. I'd like to try Duck or maybe Turkey. He loves both of those flavors.

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  17. Would like to try duck. Chicken is the most recent favorite flavor.

  18. This is the greatest review! Delighted to learn of this brand. Our kitty loves pate and would enjoy any of the flavors. Great post cats for Merrick!


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