Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sunday Taste Testing

So I'm really happy with my dry food. I've been eating Natural Balance for the last few weeks and like it quite a bit. Mom bought some Evo yesterday (she found a store in town that carried it), and I REALLY like it! She put some in a small bowl next to my regular bowl, and I scarfed it down. So she is going to mix it with the Natural Balance for a while, then I'll probably eventually just eat that. So I'm not going to starve....

However, the wet food stuff, most of it I just can't stand. Does Mom really expect me to eat that slop? I really like Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys, but it has wheat gluten. Mom tells me wheat gluten is to kitties like junk food is to humans (watch those McDonald’s French fries mom), so I’m not getting any. But come on, can’t I have some junk food every once in a while?

But Mom is really trying. She ordered some Merrick, which came in a cool box yesterday.

And this poppy plastic stuff inside was something else!
Inside, there were a few loose cans, and two variety packs of food to try.
The outside of the cans smelled pretty good. But alas, so far I haven't been impressed. So, I decided I would do periodic PSA on my taste evaluation of wet foods with no wheat gluten. There is a lot of good healthy food out there, unfortunately, most of it taste like {insert bad word here} , and not worthy of a princess meezer. Here are the results of my taste tests to date:

AvoDerm Select Cuts
Chunks of Meat in Gravy-this looked like chicken bits in gelatin goo..not for me
California Natural
Chicken and Brown Rice-this is in my bowl now, I’m letting it age a bit before trying, but so far, I'm not impressed
Fancy Feast Varieties with No Wheat Gluten (need to read label carefully!)
Savory Salmon-Pretty good if canned salmon mixed in with it
Turkey and Giblets Feast-OK sometimes, but I need to be in the mood for this one
Flaked Fish and Shrimp Feast - I used to really like this, now I’m sticking my nose up at it, I just got tired of the flavor
Gourmet Chicken Feast - Yuck, didn’t even like this with canned chicken mixed in
Southern Delight - this was reasonable, but not worth eating the entire portion
New England Boil - not really my taste
Thanksgiving day dinner - major Yuucck, looked like brown glop
Natural Balance Ultra Premium
Salmon - a bit too slimy for my taste, but might try it with canned salmon mixed in
Sheba Premium Cuts
Chicken Breast Dinner with Sauce - a nice delicate sauce, this was pretty good
Chicken and Duck Dinner with Sauce - a few bites of this went a long way

Mom has an entire cupboard of different flavors of the above brands she is subjecting me to. I’ll report periodically on review of their taste. If you have ideas of stuff I can try, let me know, and I'll put my discerning meezer palate to work.


Chairman Mao said...

Wow, thanks for the important and interesting reportage! You're a great journalistikitty, Tara. Momma's been doin' lots of reading and reasearch on foodies, too, and she appreciates your foodie reviews.

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

yao-lin said...

LOL ha ha ha LOL you well and truly have your humans' wrapped around your tiny siamese paw. Enjoy your tase testing, I am sure you will find something to quench your delicate siamese palate. MOL ha ha

Daisy said...

I am glad you found some dry foodies that you like. You are doing a good service to taste test the different varieties of stinky goodness. I hope you find some you like. It's too bad you did not really like the Merrick food because it is pretty wholesome.

Mu shue Pooh King Cat said...

Tara this be Lilly Lu, I luving blue spa slelect my mama has the same problem the all barteal pet store recembed weruva i send you a can to try if you send me a paw mail i also send you By nautre pouch food Chicken and chicken iver pouch. The women at the pet store said she never meet a cat who did not like weruva it was expesive about 99 cents a can so we alutering off and on

Lilly Lu and babby iris too ( who love blue spa kitten foumla

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Yeah for Evo!!!! Its tasty and sooo good for you! I'm glad you like it a lot. I know where you can send the Merrick if you don't like it ;), I LOVE Merrick. The turduckin and pot pie are my favorites. I'm sure you'll find something you like soon. Wellness wasn't very tasty to me... other than that I like most everything.


Caesar and Princess said...

you are the test kitty for the foods.
Well just remember you can turn your nose up to what ever doesnt smell right!

The Meezer Gang said...

Wow! This was so informative! We definately are not as picky as you...we'll eat almost any stinky goodness!

Jake and Bathsheba said...

Tara, I'm with you; I don't like wet food. You and your mom are sure going to a lot of trouble trying out all those foods. I eat dry Science Diet Senior and have for years. I say, why change now?

Mom never much tried wet foods with us except for special occasions--and I turned my nose up at them. However, once Jake got his hyperthyroidism diagnosis this past summer and needed pills twice daily, Mom had to think of something to get the pills in him. She slips the pills in the food and he scarfs them down. Of course, he eats almost ANYthing.


Mu shue Pooh King Cat said...

send us you snail mail adress to queenlillycatAtaolDOTcom and we send you a few thigs to try

Lilly The queen of fussyness Lu

Kimo & Sabi said...

Fanks fer the important research yer doing!

We loves that platic popping stuff too!

And we loves da new purply colors on yer bloggie!

Lux said...

We're with you on that Merrick, Tara! It *sounds good, but isn't very. All of us have turned our noses up at that.

Phoebe said...

I hope you find some good food soon. I don't want you to get too skinny or go hungry.

Anonymous said...

we only like mush - no chunks. we've been eating Innova, which is very healthy and "crap-free", but the Lady was thinking of trying Merrick too. the problem is, we can't tell from the labels whether or not it has chunks. have you come across any flavors that are just one big pile of mush? (also known as "loaf" form)

Forty Paws said...

Wow, you do seem to have a major Princess attitude toward your foodstuffs!!! We're crackin' up!

Luf, Us

Lux said...

By the way, you might try Nature's Variety (Prairie) canned food - we like beef the best. (Although Mom's still sort of mad at NV for never emailing her back.)

Riley & Tiki said...

All we really like canned wise these days is Sheba. We are tired of Meow Mix already. Poor Mommy keeps trying. We had some EVO as kittens, but it gave us stinky farts. Now that our systems are more developed, maybe we should try it again. Keep us posted on your food trials.