Monday, December 22, 2014

Trader Joe's Premium Cat Food

Trader Joe's has three varieties of canned cat food "dinners." They also sell their own brand of dry cat food, which I have not purchased.

My cat, Lucy, has basically four different reactions to cat food. (1) Loves it and snarfs it down immediately. (2) Likes it, eats about half immediately, the rest later. (3) Meh, which means she sniffs at it and walks away, hoping that I'll get her something better, but if I don't, she'll come back and eat it later when she gets hungry enough. (4) Blech--the stuff she'd rather starve than eat.

The TJ's chicken/turkey/rice gets a reaction (2). The turkey/giblets gets a type (3). The fish/salmon/rice gets a (4).

As for nutritional quality, these products are sort of in the mediocre range. They're lower in protein and higher in fat than would be ideal. See the PDF chart here if you want all the nitty-gritty details. However, they're essentially the same on those parameters as the food that constitutes the mainstay of Lucy's diet, which is Newman's Own Turkey Formula, and the TJ's cost only about half as much. All three sell for $0.79 per can.

Calling these "premium" is a stretch. OK, it's a lie. However, among the wet cat foods that are in that price range, you'd have a hard time finding anything of better nutritional quality, and among those in the same general range of quality of ingredients, you'd have a hard time finding anything cheaper.

Will I buy it again? 

No. Lucy doesn't like any of them better than her regular food, and I don't mind the higher price of Newman's, so that's what I'm sticking with.

Nina's View

Loki says, "They tried to make me eat TJ's but I said NO NO NO." (You may remember that he likes the Tuna for Cats, though. A lot.) This stuff dries up in the dish. Enough said.

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