Simply Nourish® Source Adult Cat Food
Taste Test Winner-cats loved Simply Nourish Source
After searching for grain free cat foods due to intolerance by two of my cats (all eat together), I taste tested dry grain free brands. After fighting to get them to eat grain free dry foods, different dry foods were compared using 3.5 to 4.5 lbs bags, as sold by the manufacturer, with cats consuming each bag until nearly gone, and then mixing servings for 2 days with the next dry brand to be tested to allow transition without gastric problems; we would then move exclusively to the next brand in the taste test. Roughly, one cup of dry food was made available for picking all day to all five cats until gone. Dry cat food was refreshed twice daily by replacement with 1 1/2 to 2 fresh cups, and accompanied by one can (plastic tub) of grain free (Natures Recipe) cat food for morning and night feedings.
I recorded my general observations (not very scientific but based on my knowledge of my pet's overall behavior) based on cat's enthusiasm, general consumption of refreshed, general consumption of food out all day, attraction to the food when refreshed. My observations were based not only on the five cats as a whole, but also for each individual cat. My cats preferred Simply Nourish over all foods named and tested, showing heightened enthusiasm and consumption. A variety of other brands were offered in the taste test. Observations were: my cats did not like Hill's Natural Balance (some totally ignoring or and the remainder barely picking at); they ate Nutro (low enthusiasm by most ate modestly); they liked Royal Canin Limited Ingredient PD and PV foods (they had previously been on and loved the Persian-targeted food before moving to grain free) with some being "pickers"; they tolerated and modestly ate Natural Balance, Iams and Eukanuba; they disliked Blue Buffalo (this made a big impact on me as they were leaving it in the bowl untouched for most times with little or no consumed until stale and tossed for refresh); they moderately ate Natures Variety Instinct; they ate Natures Recipe moderately well, with only two being "pickers"; they modestly consumed Science Diet, Wellness Core, Indigo Moon, Innova, and Evo, but with limited enthusiasm.
These cats consisted of (all exclusively indoor) one Persian, one Exotic Shorthair (Persian), one Himalayan, and two domestic shorthairs. All were fosters and rescues. Some of the cats the (three bracycephalic or flat face breeds) have trouble picking up kibbles and must be persistent in eating dry food. When fed Simply Nourish Source, all cats showed enthusiasm not shown in eating the other brands. Even those cats that generally ate little or no dry food showed heightened interest. However, no other brand incited the enthusiasm I saw for the Simply Nourish Source. The winner was Simply Nourish Source. I will be feeding Simply Nourish Source from this date forward.
P.S., As of this time, we have not tested grain free canned foods, and not yet fed Simply Nourish canned. We have so far seen a preference in canned fed to date for Natures Recipe. Will soon try the grain free canned Natures Recipe against the Simply Nourish Source canned.
September 7, 2014
SimplyNourish Grain-Free Rabbit & Chicken Dry Food
I originally purchased this product to introduce to a litter of young foster kittens that were graduating to solid foods. As a way to supplement between feedings of canned food, I wanted a dry product that was grain-free and high protein. I was pleased that all five of the kittens immediately took to nibbling on the food, indicating that it was taste pleasing to them. What I found out is that all of my other cats also found this to be a new treat. Needless to say, I have had to resort to buying the larger bags and a lot more frequently. Everyone seems to do really well digesting and processing this product, so I would definitely recommend it. As a bonus, it is the lowest priced grain-free dry cat food product available, and the fact that they are offering primary ingredients like rabbit and duck is a welcome change from the ample chicken, turkey and fish products.
August 21, 2014
My cat love it!
I look for cat food that contain minimum to zero corn product, at least not on the top 4 ingredients.
While shopping for new dry food for my cat (she got bored with the same food), I found this brand, with Grain-Free advertise in the front, and exotics meat to choice from, it is one of the best dry food out there! And the price is good, too!
First ingredient is Rabbit! Then come chicken meal, turkey meal, potatoes & peas. Crude protein not less the 40%, and Crude fat not less then 18%, the number is the best I have seen.
Then comes the taste test. My cat doesn't really care about her food, sometimes a 1/4 cup dry food will last 2 days when she is not in the mood to eat.
First time I gave her this new Rabbit/Chicken dry food (of course mix with her old food), she ate 1/3 of her bowl! And she look happy about it! My cat has been eating this new food for 4 days now, there is no stomach problem, and she still likes it.
I will continue to buy this brand for my cat, there are enough flavors to shop, and the most important thing is I like the ingredients! No Corn! No by-product!
June 8, 2014
On the right track!
Thank you PetSmart for thinking like a cat!!! I recently adopted a cat who had problems with severe diarrhea (food allergy). I tried many healthy brands wondering with all the organics they couldn't make cat food from rabbit or mice. This is the only brand that contains a protein cats actually hunt. Yes, it still has chicken and turkey... sigh, but the fact that rabbit is the first ingredient, I think they are on the right track to developing cat food that a cat will eat in the wild. My indoor/outdoor cat will leave me mice, rabbit and an occasional bird or squirrel on my door step. Rabbit is the only one he will hunt and eat. No he hasn't gotten sick or worms/parasites from the naturally raw meat. Rabbit is a lean protein and both cats love the rabbit food. I just don't get why there is so much tuna and salmon flavored cat foods. Without humans that would not be on the dinner menu for them!
May 2, 2014