How many dog lovers out there also share their lives and homes with a cat? With an estimated 78.2 million dogs living in the United States, it is believed that a large portion of dog-loving homes also have a cat or two living in them. Would it surprise you to learn that 86.4 million cats make their home in this country? No doubt, dogs and cats have been living together for ages. In a continuing effort to provide news dog lovers can use, for those of you sharing life with a dog and cat, read on. We’ve got a cat food giveaway and grain free cat food news to share.
In a pet nutrition seminar hosted by Daniel S. Aja, DVM at the BlogPaws Pet Blogger and Social Media Conference, I learned more about pet nutrition in one hour than I had in 5 years of reading research studies and reports. We even blogged about this pet nutrition seminar. Honestly, Dr. Aja blew the lid off some misconceptions about pet food. So when the folks at Hill’s asked if I could share news about their line of grain-free cat food for my dog readers, again, my ears perked up.
Protein is a building block that is essential to cats at all stages of life. In general, cats have a high protein requirement, so knowing how much to feed according to age is pivotal. Since cats cannot synthesize certain amino acids, they require protein in their diets. Essential amino acids are reformed into proteins that help tissues grow. They also repair and regulate the body’s metabolic processes.
Always check with your cat’s veterinarian before making any nutritional changes.
What About Grain-Free?
Grain-free pet food is all the buzz in the dog world, and our feline friends are no different. Grain-free cat food is a great option for cat parents whose feline family members have allergies or a sensitivity to food with grains. Grain free does not mean carbohydrate free, and good nutrition for our pets does not mean the right ingredients only: Our pets need the right balance of ingredients. As a dog mom to a canine who had irritable bowel disease, I know how important it is to have the right combination of ingredients. The best diet for your pet, quite honestly, is the one that works.
I am all about reading the label of a pet food, and I am sure as a discriminating cat parent, you probably do the same thing. I tend to bypass the pretty kitty on the front of the bag or can. I want to know what’s really in the product that the cat will eat, right? The first ingredient listed on the bag of Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free cat food is real chicken. Potatoes are the second ingredient. No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or grains. If I had a cat, this would be the type of food he or she would be fed.
By the Numbers
Who else likes to know the numbers behind the product? I like to know calories, how much to feed, and if the food is designed for my pet. In this case, Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free cat food is designed for adult cats between 1 and 6 years of age with grain sensitivities.
Calorie and nutrition wise, numbers don’t lie and here’s how Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free cat food stacks up:
Finally, I also like to know what benefits a particular food has when feeding my pet, and I am sure you do, too. Here are the benefits of the different ingredients in Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free cat food:
GET A FREE BAG OF CAT FOOD: CONTEST CLOSED
Here are the four winners, selected at random, who will each receive 10 pounds of Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free cat food (and thanks to ALL who entered):
|Jennifer Nicole Johnson|
So four readers to write a comment below and tell us the name of the cat that would like to try this food, Hill’s will send out four 10-pound bags to four of you of Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free cat food on the house. We will pull four names at random at the end of the week and notify you if you won via email.
When does the contest end? September 20, 2013 at 11:59 pm est.
Who can enter? Fidose of Reality staff and their families are not eligible to win but anyone in the United States or Canada ages 18 or over is eligible. One entry per person.
What are we judged on? Four random winners will be selected.
Can my friends and family play? Sure! The more the merrier. We love to see tails wagging here at Fidose of Reality, so spread the word and make your voice heard.
What if I win? Winners will be notified and announced on the Fidose of Reality blog in this thread and via email no later than September 22, 2013. Winners must provide name and mailing address. If winner does not reply within 5 days, a new winner will be selected.
* 2011–2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey and estimated by The Humane Society of the United States using statistics provided by The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy.
Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid program for BlogPaws Pet Blogger Program but Fidose of Reality only participates in programs and shares products we would use ourselves on our very own pets.