California Natural, Food of the Month for December

November 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm 1 comment

California Natural, “Nutrition Pure & Simple”.   Don’t you like the sound of that, especially after Thanksgiving?  And with the  lovely but chaotic  festive season upon us, doesn’t simplifying sound good to you?  One protein (lamb, chicken or  herring) and generally one carbohydrate (rice, though the Herring formulas contain sweet potato, barley and oatmeal) makes California Natural a great hypo-allergenic choice for elimination diets, for transitioning from say home-cooked chicken and rice back to an off-the-shelf food, or as a first stop when trying to figure out whether or not the food is what is causing your dog to itch. My take on two-ingredient dog foods is that they are a great part of a rotation diet (switch it up, at least once/season), but I’d like to see more variety in the ingredients list if you are not rotating.  A lot of our customers have very sensitive dogs, and are nervous about switching…if you are in that camp, don’t forget that you really need to have at least 3 foods that work well with your dog, and you have to continue to rotate among at least those three if you want to keep allergies at bay.  But I like California Natural a lot, not just because I like the parent company Natura (family-run, all US manufactured in their own plants), and not just because it’s a very useful food to have on hand, but also because it’s a really clean food, and dogs seems to really like it.  Especially the Herring and Sweet Potato, and feedback we get is that it doesn’t give fish breath. Herring is plentiful, is low on the food chain (less chance of mercury and PCBs), and high in omegas.  Yay.

I’ve always liked the simplicity of the line, and I’m glad they added the Herring and Sweet Potato a couple of years ago, but the Large Bites and Small Bites…not sure I’m on board with that…just seems to increase amount of shelf space needed to stock the line, and I don’t see the benefit or any specific loyalty.

The dry cat food is dense with chicken and is a little on the rich side, which makes it a very palatable food but it can put on extra weight.  Terrific for finicky cats.  We have more of a following for the dry than the wet, but I am so happy to have another grain-free (Salmon and Sweet Potato) and another novel protein (Venison and Brown Rice), AND they are available in 13 oz cans…a huge savings for multi-cat households.


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