Wellness Core Turkey and Duck Cat Food, made by Wellness|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola
The boss really likes this. I think thus far, it has gotten her highest approval
rating of any food. That is especially good news, because this formulation
contains no fish. Many pet custodians think fish is healthy rather than toxic,
and even eat fish themselves. The sad truth is that all fish is now so
contaminated with heavy metals that it is unsafe for any of us to eat.
I had previously reviewed another product,
Wellness Trufood Chicken, Chickpeas, and Chicken Liver Cat Food, and the
boss was ecstatic about that also. But for some reason, she changed her mind
after a few days. I'm not sure why, but it may be the result of ants swarming in
that food on about Day Four. I think she associated the food with ants ever
thereafter. I gave the bag to a neighbor who has four cats (two of his and two
he mercy-adopted), and that crew just loves the Trufood.
When the boss rejected the Trufood, that put us back on the salmon-based food.
Much to my chagrin. The problem I have with salmon is it's loaded with heavy
metals these days. Humans should not eat it; doing so significantly raises your
risk of pancreatic cancer (this fact is confirmed in the medical literature).
Much to my relief, she now snubs her nose at the salmon food to eat this turkey
and duck food. And now it's been over a week. No ants, so I think we're good.
When the box arrived from Amazon, the boss knew it was for her. She took one
whiff and immediately wanted what was in there. Before feeding her any new food,
I always taste it myself. This passed the taste test, so I gave her some. She
gobbled it up and wanted more.
Here's the complete list of ingredients:
Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Herring Meal,
Peas, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols),
Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Cranberries, Chicory
Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Salmon Oil, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement,
Niacin, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine
Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement,
Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)],Minerals
[Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper
Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium
Selenite, Calcium Iodate], Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve
freshness, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum
Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried
Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus
Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract.
Notice the added vitamins and other nutrients. This solves the problems of
trying to give her supplemental vitamins.
We are both very happy with this product. It's what I'm buying her from now on.
I realize the price tag is rather steep, but you get what you pay for. And
this is well worth paying for. There's a big cost-savings if you buy the 12lb
bag rather than the 2lb bag. But this is food you are buying for a cat; test
with the smaller bag first. If your cat does not go completely nuts over this
food, I will be surprised. But again, we are talking about cats so anything is
Why the right cat food matters
I feed this cat dry kibble, though she does get moist treats on occasion. She's
an indoor cat who likes to go outside. So she does hunt and eat rabbits, chipmunks,
birds, and other little critters.
At 7.8 lbs, she's not a big cat but she is a lean, muscular athlete. This is
because of her diet; "Great bodies are made in the kitchen" and "You are what
all contenders in the territory fights, even those big males that are more than
twice her size. And I've seen her make a six-foot
vertical leap. One time, she even took a bird that was in mid-flight.
When she goes in for her exam and vaccinations, the veterinarian always remarks
on her clean teeth and sweet breath. So many cats and dogs have caries today,
and that is entirely the fault of people who feed them soft, mushy food they are
not meant to eat. In this age of a caries epidemic among pets, she doesn't even
have tartar. The "secret" is the dry kibble I feed her. Not just the fact it's
dry kibble as opposed to the (never feed to your cat) canned junk, but it's very
high quality kibble. No sticky grains to start that plaque forming.
(Note to parents of human children, this will work for your kids also. Take them
completely off of processed grain, and they won't get cavities).
Note also that the bad diet exacerbates cat allergies (my girlfriend is
supposedly allergic to cats but has no problem being around mine), and it's why
cat "output" and litter usually smell so foul. My cat's litter smells like clay,
only; there is no stench. If your cat is on a grain-based diet, switch
immediately. If your kids are on the same thing, the same advice applies. You
will notice huge and very positive differences in only a few days.
Buying cheap cat food is a very expensive proposition that compromises the
health of the cat you are caring for. It violates the tacit agreement you have
with that animal and betrays the trust s/he put in you.
Buying quality cat food saves money, but more importantly you have a better,
healthier, happier cat. It is the right thing to do, and the rewards are