Oreo by John Flynn catAs a cat begins to get older, he or she may begin to have challenges they didn’t have as a younger cat, leaving we as owners to look for solutions to assist our faithful feline companion. These changes often manifest themselves in three common areas: feeding behavior, litter box behavior, physical ability. Taking the last item first, issues with physical ability may show themselves in an inability to jump up or down in places where the cat always has…leaving him or her feeling somewhat insecure and uncomfortable, giving the cat that “on edge” look more often than you are used to seeing from them. Litter box behavior issues can come in the form of complete refusal to use a litter box, refusal to use a litter box unless it is completely clear of waste, or an occasional case of not being able to get to the litter box in time and having an accident. Finally, feeding behavior, a difficult and scary issue indeed, and one that I have had to work through with one of my cats lately. My cat Oreo, pictured in this post is about thirteen years old, he still has a full set of healthy teeth and has healthy gums. His eyesight is fine, with beautiful clear eyes, his skin and coat are healthy, and he has no signs of arthritis or joint problems. So, he’s a very healthy kitty in general except for his recently manifested dry food problem.

Packed canned food for catAfter trying a variety of dry foods and realizing no matter which one I tried caused my vomiting problems, I decided to see about switching him over to primarily a canned food while leaving dry food out for him as well in case he wanted to nibble on a bite or two. Since I was possibly going to be converting him over to a canned food full time, I felt that I should carefully read up on each possible food choice and be sure I picked one out that would be nutritionally complete for him as well as being high quality. After examining the possibilities, I ended up trying five different brand named can foods. I offered him a different type each day, and judged his reaction, as well as offering him three different types at once to see which one he chose. With the Merrick B.G. canned food he not only voraciously chowed it down, he licked the bowl clean and he went back several times to see if the bowl had magically refilled itself before I picked it up. With the other canned foods, while he did eat them, he didn’t attack them nor did he lick the bowl clean. None of the cat foods caused any vomiting, which makes both Oreo and myself happy. When offered three different canned foods, he checked them each out, and ate the Merrick. Merrick’s new canned food formula is 96% meat and the rest of the ingredients are targeted at making the food complete nutritionally, so it can stand alone. Between the high quality ingredients, being made in the United States, and being made by a family owned company, it met all of my requirements and then some.

I hope this write up helps some of you who may be in a similar situation, or who may be looking for a good quality canned food to add to your cat’s usual daily diet of dry food. The Merrick BG canned cat food gets a thumbs up from me, and two paws up and a whisker lick from Oreo!

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About The Author John Flynn

John is the Live Deliveries Manager at Petsolutions, and has 20 years of experience working in the pet care industry specializing in live fish, plants, corals, and reptiles. Outside of PetSolutions, John enjoys photography as well as outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.

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