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Monday, April 13, 2015

Luna's Larder: Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Nutrish Pet Food in conjuntion with Clever Girls. All opinions are mine.
Luna's Larder: Rachael Ray Nutrish
Today I'm going to introduce you to Luna, our two year old rescue cat with attitude. I know, I say attitude like it's not a normal cat quality, when we all know it totally is. I guess I should say "with extra attitude". Although Luna came into our lives when she was only about three months old, this is her first featured appearance. I thought it would be fun for her to have her own little feature every once in a while, and I'm calling it "Luna's Larder".

Luna is a member of our family, so it only makes sense that in this spot where all roads lead to the kitchen, at least one of those roads is a kitty-cat road. Hopefully we can bring you a lot of fun cat food and treat recipes, recommendations, tips, and ideas!

So, let's start today by taking a glimpse at Luna's current dry cat food of choice—Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Whitefish Dry Cat Food. Now, you may be thinking...sure, it's a "favorite" because you got a free bag of it. Wrong. I don't do the choosing, Luna does. Remember that extra attitude I mentioned earlier? If she doesn't like it, she will not eat it.
Luna's Larder: Rachael Ray Nutrish
Case in point: when you introduce your pet to a new brand of food, you should always ease them into it. Mix the new brand of food with the old food, a little at first, increasing the amount of the new food each day over a period of 5 to 10 days, until they are only eating the new food. This helps their system adapt and transition with get all twisty and turned around.

Luna has no desire for a slow transition. She decides which food she likes best, and somehow picks through and only eats that one. I stir and mix and toss, and still I'll come back later to find only one kind left in her bowl. Let's just say that her transition to Nutrish took considerably less days. She decided quickly that this was the food for her. Can you blame her? Real whitefish, which is a highly digestible protein that helps maintain strong muscles and minimize litter box odors (bonus!), is the #1 ingredient. Aside from the fact that she finds it tasty, I love that there are no grains, gluten, fillers, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, or any meat or poultry by-product in the food. If I'm conscious of what I'm feeding my human family members, I want to be conscious of what I'm feeding my furry ones, too.
Luna's Larder: Rachael Ray Nutrish
Rachael Ray Nutrish has actually been around since 2007 with ultra-premium food and treats for dogs, but expanded the brand to include cat food in 2014. All Nutrish recipes are made using simple natural ingredients inspired by Rachael's kitchen, and real meat is the #1 ingredient in their cat food.

Now, since Luna's first bag is almost gone, I've added it to my shopping list. What's so great about that, is that I can find Nutrish in so many of the stores I regularly shop in, so no side trip is needed to hit up a specialty store. Both Martin's and Meijer, which are fairly localized, carry it; you can also pick it up at Target, Walmart, Kroger, and Amazon. (If you want to pick up a bag, print this $3 off Zero Grain White Fish & Potato Recipe coupon offer.)
Luna's Larder: Rachael Ray Nutrish
Aside from the fact that both Luna and I dig this food, we (I) also find it extremely cool that all of Rachael's personal proceeds go to Rachael's Rescue, which was created to help shelter pets. As of now, more than $9 million has already gone toward food, medical supplies, and treatment for animals in need. As a shelter cat owner and advocate, that makes my heart happy.

A great way to stay connected and find out about new products and special offers is to follow Rachael Ray Nutrish on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Luna's Larder: Rachael Ray Nutrish
With Luna's seal of approval, I'd like to recommend the first zero grain dry cat formula from Rachael Ray Nutrish, White Fish & Potato Recipe. A bag of this inside the larder will go a long way towards a happy, nourished cat.

A few other things that make Luna happy:
  • play time: break out the string or laser pointer, although a foam dart or hair tie are perfectly acceptable substitutes.
  • pampering time: aka a good, long brushing. She may have short hair, but she can shed with the best of them. A sunny spot where she can stretch and occasionally nibble your hand are preferred.
  • a window seat: for bird watching and long naps.
Luna's Larder: Rachael Ray Nutrish
Next time on Luna's Larder: something homemade (and perfect for cats with extra attitude)!