Thursday, September 16, 2021

Catit® Gold Fern™ Air-Dried Food

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need to eat meat! A common understanding is that dry kibble isn't the best source of protein for cats and most people will supplement with wet food or raw feeding. Wet Food/Raw Feeding can be expensive and difficult to leave out for the "nibblers" in the home. We were excited to find a "dry" food that is made with protein as the major source and is air-dried.

We've always been fans of Catit® products and have recently been introduced to their food lines. We're huge fans of the Catit Dinners wet cat food and responded quickly with a yes when asked to review the Catit® Gold Fern™ Gently Air Dried Food made in New Zealand.

New Zealand is known for its high-quality foods because their farming industry doesn't allow the use of growth hormones, pesticides, or GMC. Their standards for animal welfare is one of the highest in the world. Gold Fern is a complete cat food that is crafted in small batches. The majority of dry food is made by cooking the ingredients at high temperatures which can cause vital nutrients to break down. Catit Gold Fern is crafted through the use of an air-drying technique that allows for very high meat inclusion, in which all nutrients of the raw ingredients are preserved. The advantage of this slow, two-stage drying process is the elimination of potential pathogenic bacteria such as salmonella.

silver shaded Persian cat, eating Catit Gold Fern from person's hand

Truffle enjoyed the Gold Fern food so much, Mom Paula fed it to her as a treat.

Catit Gold Fern has a natural texture and the appearance of chopped beef jerky. The artisanal flakes have a much higher moisture content than standard kibble and are a great bite-size for cats to chew and enjoy. The food is prepared in small batches so your cat gets the tastiest and most nutritious food. A wet mixture of the ingredients is laid out on a shallow tray and cooked in low-heat over a longer period of time. It's then carefully diced into smaller portions and lovingly packed for your cat to enjoy. The ingredients are ethically sourced with wild-caught mackerel, humanely raised grass-fed beef and lamb, and free-range chicken from ethically managed farms.

The Gold Fern cat food is nutrient-dense which means a cup of this "kibble" is much more nutritious than an equal amount of traditional dried kibble, so you can feed your cat less food while she is getting much more nutrients. Each Catit Gold Fern recipe includes New Zealand green-lipped mussel which is a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, chondroitin, glucosamine, and antioxidants, which promote a cat's joint health and mobility. The Gold Fern food have a high meat inclusion of 95% and were developed to closely resemble a cat's natural, whole-prey diet by including protein-rich organ meats like liver and gizzard. Catit Gold Fern contains NO grains, corn, wheat, soy, cheap fillers, or growth hormones. Each recipe contains a balanced amount of taurine, which helps your cat's well-being and longevity. 

The Catit Gold Fern cat food is available in three recipes: chicken, lamb & mackerel, and beef. A glance at the Guaranteed Analysis for each of these recipes, you'll see the protein is high. 

Graphic courtesy - Catit

The Catit Gold Fern cat food is available in 14-oz bags and retails for approximately $25.00 and is available on the Catit website and other online and pet specialty stores.

Our Review

silver shaded Persian cat eating Catit Gold Fern

Truffle begs for the Catit Gold Fern food and loves it for a treat

The Catit Gold Fern food was a HIT with Truffle and Brulee. It was obvious when I opened the bags that the texture was different. It had the look of beef jerky, but was softer and moister. I first put pieces of the food in my hand and fed it to them like I would a treat. Both were excited to eat the food and begged for more. The kibble is smaller in size, so I feel safe giving it to Truffle and Brulee with any fear of choking or difficulty chewing the food. 

Truffle and Brulee are "slow eaters" in that they eat small bits of food at a time and come back for more throughout the day. I've been mixing the Catit Gold Fern with their normal dry kibble and find that they've eaten the Gold Fern bits and left the other dry kibble for later. I've noticed they don't eat as much of the Gold Fern in one sitting as they do with the dry kibble. They definitely prefer the Gold Fern bits when they are fresh out of the bag, so I only give them a small amount at a time.

I haven't fed the Gold Fern exclusively, but continue to mix it with their regular kibble and also feed it as a treat.


We're excited to announce that two of our readers have the opportunity to win a bag of the Catit® Gold Fern cat food (choice of recipe). No purchase necessary. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States 18+ years, except where prohibited by law. The giveaway will run from September 16 - 26, 2021, ending at 11:59 pm ET. Two winners will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winner 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 chosen. To qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left on our blog post.  Other entry options are available after a comment is left.  Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book!  Good luck!

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  1. We would say Laila's favorite would be chicken. And, by the way, the last Catit food giveaway you had that we won, Laila is really liking every flavor and licks the plate clean each time!

  2. We've been hunting for new food but we won't have anything from New Zealand, not the way they treat feral cats there.

  3. That certainly does sound like good food.

  4. My cat's favorite flavor is Chicken paws down.
    Never tried Catit but it looks like something my cat might eat especially if it's chicken.

  5. I would pick either beef or chicken for him although he loves everything.

  6. I use a Catit water fountain for my small dogs, lol. I didn't know they made other products, like cat food, too! Not that I'd have much use for cat food, since I only have dogs. I'll leave the giveaway too cat owners, but shared your post on Twitter :)

  7. Layla woofs that she wonders if they have for her also as it sounds and looks delicious, good luck to all those that enter as not having a cat I would not know what to do with the food

  8. I will keep my eye open for Cat-It food arriving in New Zealand. I know it will be as good as their engagement centres and toys are!

  9. That looks like terrific food and very reasonable priced for such high quality ingredients. I'm amazed! If my dog was a cat, I'd be ordering some today!

  10. I love catit’s stuff. I don’t know what my cats would think about this. It sounds like a good addition but I wonder if the texture would put them off. The only air dried food we’ve tried was ziwi peak which everyone hated. This looks much more appealing.

  11. My cats would enjoy the chicken the most! They are huge chicken lovers. Catit Gold Fern cat food sounds like it is quite the treat. I like that there are no grains and fillers.

  12. Truffle is loving it! Little carnivores definitely deserve to high protein meals that they can look forward to at mealtimes. This looks like a great option for those that can't feed raw or cooked foods.

  13. This sounds like an incredible product. Far too often we overlook just how much of an impact the food that we feed our pets can have on their overall health and well-being. Our cats LOVE their wet food but we haven't tried anything air-dried like this before. I'll have to look into whether it's available here.

  14. I'm impressed with the foods Catit is putting out there!


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