Product Review: Wellness Core Simply Shreds for Cats

My dogs says today we're here to tell you about kitty food! Specially, Wellness Core Simply Shreds. Is it a hit or miss with our resident feline, KitCat? We tested it and here are our results.



Ingredients:

We're big fans of simple ingredient lists and this variety of Wellness Core is exactly what we like to see. Four ingredients. Total. No weird names you can't pronounce or don't know what they heck they are. It is simply tuna, fish broth, water sufficient for processing, and shrimp.

That makes us super happy. We know exactly what KitCat is eating, and it's ingredients we feel good about. No fillers, grains, or starches; just solid protein with Omega-3 fatty acids for good health.

Usability:

This variety of food, the Simply Shreds, comes in pouches. It's a nice single-size serving and comes with ample broth. It's not a stew type broth, more of a clear one that just keeps everything moist.


On the broth/pouch note, we only have one complaint. If you don't manage to tear off the top of the pouch all the way the first time, and have to go back to pull the rest of it off, you may end up with a mess. If the pouch is partially open and you go to put the top off the rest of the way, there's a strong likelihood you'll squeeze the pouch just enough to have fish broth and water come out the top and start dripping down your hand and arm. So word to the wise, pay attention when you tear so you pull the top off all the way across the pouch.


The Simply Shreds can be used as a topper for kibble or canned food, a side dish to your cat's regular meal, or as a snack all on it's own. We chose to use it as a snack so there weren't other tastes mixing in and KitCat could sample the product without distraction. He lapped up all the liquid enthusiastically and then I looked away for a minute. When I looked back, all the meat was gone. And I mean gone. No evidence there had been anything in the dish.


In regard to packaging, you can either open the box at the top or tear diagonally along the perforated lines so it creates a retail-like holder for the pouches. It's actually nice to have a choice so you can store the food in a way that makes the most sense for you and your pantry/kitchen.


Origin:

United States of America

Cost:

The current cost on Chewy for the Wellness Core Simply Shreds is $14.49 for a 12-pouch box, each 1.75 ounces of food.  Although this costs a little more than regular food, it's a high quality product and falls into the "you get what you pay for" category.

Rating:



As you can probably already tell, KitCat LOVED this food. L. O. V. E. D. (Yes, he's hard to see in the photo above because black cats don't photograph well, but you can absolutely see his tongue lapping up the broth!) We felt like we were doing something special for him when we saw how much be enjoyed this food. It was like he thought he was getting a special reward for being a wonderful kitty.

Our rating? Well, our top rating is four paws but that doesn't seem to be enough. So, let's just say we give this a four-plus-plus-plus. This is absolutely a product we'll be getting again and again.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.  

Product Review: Nutro Wild Frontier Grain-Free Kibble

My dog says the pups here have been busy taste testing another fine product for you all. This time we checked out Nutro's Wild Frontier line of grain-free kibble in salmon flavor. Was it a hit? Let's see...


Ingredients:

This high protein food is free of grains, wheat, soy protein, corn gluten meal, and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. We prefer grain-free foods like this because they are generally better for your dog and there's a decreased chance of food allergies or sensitivities.

The top ingredients in this formula are salmon, chicken meal, chickpeas, fish meal, dried potatoes, and peas. As always, we like when the first ingredient is real meat (and so do the pups!). And bonus points that the ingredients are non GMO.

Usability:

The only thing that's of note in the usability area is the bag. It says easy pour spout, inferring that when you open the bag you'll have an opening to pour the kibble from. If that's supposed to be the case, it wasn't clear how it worked. We cut it and even looked at the bag's seams to figure out how it worked, but we couldn't figure out how it was supposed to work.

The kibble itself is a good size; appropriate for smaller or larger dogs.

Origin:

Made in the good old U.S. of A. Something noteworthy here is that this product is produced in the manufacturer's own facility so that should help ensure added safety and quality control.

Cost:

A 4-lb bag of the Nutro Wild Frontier in salmon flavor is $17.09. The next size up is 24-lbs and is $52.19. As always on chewy.com, you get a discount when you sign up for auto shipping.

Rating:

The pups ate this food, however it wasn't necessarily a hit or a miss. The dogs didn't turn their noses up at it, but they didn't eat it enthusiastically either. That said, we'll give the Nutro salmon three paws up. It does come in other flavors (including chicken, lamb, and also venison meal), so we'll give those a whirl and see if those are a better match for the sophisticated palates over here at taste test headquarters.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.  

Product Review: Halo Vegan Canned Food for Dogs

My dog says the pups have taste tested one of Halo's canned food for dogs and we're here to share the results. See what the canine crew has to say about Halo Vegan Garden Medley.



Ingredients:

As can be seen from the name, Vegan Medley is a meat-free food. The first three ingredients are vegetable broth, chickpeas, and potatoes. There's also carrots, spinach, peas, and dandelion greens. There is no animal protein, animal fat, or dairy in this recipe. Spinach, olive oil, and flaxseed provide essential fatty acids and pea protein helps to build strong muscles.

Usability:

This is a slightly grainy pate. I suspect some of that "grainyness" is from the chopped up chickpeas. It's also sticky. If you use a spoon to scoop it out, the food sticks to the utensil and you have to wipe it off with your finger. It won't come off on its own, even when you tap the spoon on the bowl pretty hard.

The most noteworthy thing about Vegan Medley is the smell. It reminds me of Thanksgiving stuffing. Maybe it's the dried rosemary? I'm not sure, but It made me want stuffing that's for sure.

Origin:

Made in the U.S.A.

Cost:

A 12-can case of the Halo Vegan Medley currently sells for $41.18 on Chewy.com, so it's three bucks and change per 13 ounce can. A discount kicks in if you auto-ship.

Rating:

We've tried the Vegan Medley kibble in the past and the dogs really liked it. That's why we were eager to try this recipe in canned. However, it was met with a mediocre response. Half of the crew ate it, and half wouldn't. It kind of felt like feeding a kid brussel sprouts. You know it's good for them, so you want them to eat it. But they're not doing cartwheels when you serve it up.

It's a high quality food and when using it, it's nice not to have to worry about food safety issues for the meat. That said, we give this canned food 2.5 paws.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews. 

Product Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Pate for Cats

My dog says today we're eager to share our thoughts on one of Blue Buffalo's products for cats. KitCat has his tastebuds at the ready, so let's get started.


Ingredients:

Blue Buffalo offers a pate, variety pack in three flavors: salmon, chicken, and duck. Each are grain-free and have solid ingredient lists, with meat as the first ingredient.

The duck has duck, turkey broth, and chicken liver. The chicken has chicken, chicken broth, and chicken liver. And the salmon has salmon, fish broth, and chicken liver. Each recipe also contains potatoes, but no corn, wheat, or soy. There are no chicken or poultry by-product meals in any of these foods.


Usability:

This is a nice, soft pate with an enticing broth. It's easy to eat and smells really enticing. It's similar to a kitten food in that has lots of moisture. Texture is ideal for kittens, adults, or seniors.

Origin:

Made in the United States.

Cost:

The variety pack comes in a case of 12 cans, four of each variety. It's the "kitten size" cans, three ounces. The current cost for the Blue Buffalo at Chewy.com is $12.99, just a little over a buck a can, so that's a pretty competitive price for a high quality food. It's a little less with auto-ship.


Rating:

This is the second Blue Buffalo product KitCat has reviewed and he's really liked both of them (see his previous review on Blue Buffalo Tasty Toppers). KitCat ate with enthusiasm and he finished everything in his dish. This was a great food and it was clear he really liked it. How many paws do we give the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Pate Variety Pack? Four! Four paws up for sure.


Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews. 
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