Monday, November 11, 2013

BONUS Tuesday Reviewsday: Merrick Purrfect Bistro (Canned)

I know it's not Tuesday, but I wish it was Tuesday... so I'm going to pretend it's Tuesday.  

Well wouldn't you know, Chewy.com decided the cats needed even more delicious canned food to try!  This month we were sent four cans of Merrick's Purrfect Bistro.  There are 16 different canned Purrfect Bistro recipes available.

"You woke me up for this?  ... This package had better be for me, or I will totally break into the pantry and eat another loaf of your bread.  Just to spite you."


Right off the bat, let's talk about what Merrick is doing right with this food.

- 100% American Made.  Let's face it - if pet food companies are superheroes, China is their arch-nemesis.  Purrfect Bistro doesn't have anything in it from China, and their facilities are all in the U.S.

- 100% Grain Free and low-carb.  Part of Merrick's "Real Food Revolution" addresses the unique dietary needs of cats.  Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they are strictly meat eaters.  Their teeth and digestive tracts are designed solely for meat.  Cats only have four small molars for grinding; the rest of their teeth are made for tearing meat.  (Dogs, by comparison, are not obligate carnivores.  Dogs have ten molars, since their diets can be varied enough to include non-meat foods.)

- No Gross Stuff.  Purrfect Bistro contains no artificial additives or preservatives, no gluten, no artificial flavors or colors, no corn, no wheat, no soy, no MSG.  Small side note on soy: Cats often have issues with hyperthyroidism.  Soy screws up the thyroid in cats.  Ergo, soy is bad. 

- Low Glycemic.  Every canned variety of Purrfect Bistro is low glycemic, which means it could be considered as a high-quality option for those of us with overweight and/or diabetic cats.  (Always discuss food options with your veterinarian first though!)

Time to look at ingredients!  We were sent two varieties:

Beef Wellington (Sliced)
Deboned beef, beef broth, chicken liver, deboned chicken, peas, dried egg product, potato protein, natural flavor, dried potato, cranberries, ground flaxseed, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Powdered Cellulose, Dried Whey Protein Concentrate, Sodium Phosphate, Salmon Oil, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate), Taurine, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Thyme, Sage, Rosemary.

Surf + Turf (Pate)
Deboned Beef, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Deboned Salmon, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Cranberries, Calcium Carbonate, Organic Alfalfa, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Sodium Phosphate, Salmon Oil, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate), Taurine, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract.

"Aha!  So the package WAS for me!  I'm starving, hurry up and open these!"

As you can see, I am awful at photographing food.  I suppose we all have to be bad at something. Anyway, the Beef Wellington is on the left, Surf + Turf on the right.  

Dart got shoved out of the way by the two adults.  I'm pretty sure Pierre (right) was channeling his inner tiger as he sunk his fearsome fangs into the Surf + Turf.

"Imma just take this as a to-go meal, mmkay?" - Pierre


Palatability:  Obviously quite high. (Really though, I'm pretty sure my cats would think cardboard would be delicious.  There have been times when I've been convinced they're part goat.)

Litter box Results:  No diarrhea!  (That's really the only thing I care about when it comes to the litter box.  If there are no messy cat-plops, I am a happy camper.)

Price:  At Chewy.com the price of a 24-can case (most varieties) is usually $24.99, but is currently on sale for $21.24... which means each can is a smidgen over a buck.  Considering this is a grain free line, that's a pretty darn good price.  (The sale price makes it even out to only $0.89 per can so hurry over to Chewy.com to buy a case or two!)

"You're done typing the review, now give me more food!"


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