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Review:Merrick has been mostly known for dog foods in the past, and still primarily is, but they do have this cat food that is made grain-free, the way nature intended a cat’s diet to be. That’s why they termed it “Before Grain”. It simply means that this food is the way cat food was before humans started putting cheap and worthless grains in cat food to save money by cheapening production. The end product is something that is quite good.
Looking at the ingredients, they give cats 3 different types of meat within the first 4 ingredients. Potato is quite high as the main carb, which is fine. They also include sweet potato as the 2nd carb.
Salmon oil is put in for the Omega fatty acids and heart health, and egg is included for bonus protein.
One thing I love about this food are the fruits: blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes. and acai berries. The acai berries are purportedly very good as an antioxident. It’s also kind of neat to say it’s in your cat’s food.
It isn’t cheap, but again, most good products aren’t. It’s highly recommended if you can find it.
What’s good about this food….
Many high quality meat sources, potatoes, eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell., salmon oil, acai berries.
….and what’s not so good.
Nothing to mention.
Salmon Deboned, Chicken Meal, Potato Dehydrated, Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative. – a source of Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), Sweet Potato Dehydrated, Dried Egg, Natural Flavor, Yeast Culture, Dicalcium Phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food., Lysine, Sea Salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., Alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber., Salmon Oil, Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Acai Berry Freeze-Dried, Blueberry Dried, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated., Taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., Zinc Amino Acid Complex★★★ Good source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Chondroitin Sulfate★★★ Mostly used as gimmick, too expensive to use enough in food for therapeutic response., Glucosamine★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency. Hydrochloride★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency., Chicory Root, Marigold Extract, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing., Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Iron Amino Acid★★★ Good source of iron needed for red blood cell production. Complex, Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Copper Amino Acid Complex★★★★ Better source of copper, improves use, needed for iron absorption, bone formation, protein metabolism, blood clotting., d-Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth., Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Lecithin★★★★★ A natural antioxidant, very beneficial., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement, Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response..