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8 Specialized Diets for Cats’ Diverse Needs

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all diet solution.

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JUST AS ALL cats are different, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all diet solution. With that in mind, manufacturers offer high-protein, grain-free and/or ancestral-diet inspired products.

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Freeze-Dried Raw Food
The Simple Food Project

KEY FEATURES: Salmon and chicken recipe made with 13 whole food ingredients sourced locally when possible.

SALES TIP: Developed by Chris Bessent, a Wisconsin-based holistic veterinarian and veterinary nutritionist.

simplefoodproject.com, (800) 451-5267

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Grain Free Catch of the Day
Evanger’s Pet Food

KEY FEATURES: Grain-free and flaxseed-free formula, made in an easy-to-eat shape works great for finicky felines. Turmeric added. 4.4-pound resealable bag.

SALES TIP: Can also be used as an indoor cat and weight management formula.

evangersdogfood.com, (847) 537-0102

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Purrfect Bistro Complete Care Hairball Control
Merrick

KEY FEATURES: Deboned chicken and three natural fibers to help control hairballs. 4-, 7- and 12-pound bags.

SALES TIP: Joins Sensitive Stomach and Weight Control recipes to address specific health concerns.

merrickpetcare.com, (800) 664-7387

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Raw Coated Kibble
Stella & Chewy’s

KEY FEATURES: Available in cage-free chicken and wild-caught salmon flavors. Grain-free, potato-free, with meat as top ingredients. High in omegas and probiotics. 2.5-, 5- and 10-pound bags.

SALES TIP: Sold exclusively to independent retailers.

stellaandchewys.com, (877) 477-8977

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Fussie Cat Market Fresh Guinea Fowl & Turkey
Pets Global

KEY FEATURES: Gluten-free recipe features real guinea fowl first followed by other wholesome ingredients such as turkey meal, peas, turkey, cranberries and blueberries. Part of line of five distinct formulas. Three bag sizes.

SALES TIP: Free of fish and chicken for cats with certain diet restrictions.

fussiecat.com, (888) 897-7207

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Lifespan Cat and Kitten Dry Food
PetGuard

KEY FEATURES: Chicken and brown rice recipe is free of by-products, corn, soy, wheat, artificial colors and artificial preservatives. 3- and 10-pound bags.

SALES TIP: Same great taste, with a refreshed look, with recent updates to branding and packaging.

petguard.com, (929) 515-1436

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Wild Caught Salmon Recipe
Hound & Gatos

KEY FEATURES: Formulated with around 90 percent animal protein. 2-, 6- and 10-pound bags.

SALES TIP: Good news for cats with food allergies: no white potatoes, grains or plant proteins. Part of line with two other flavors: Cage Free Turkey and Cage Free Chicken.

houndgatos.com, (888) 896-2951

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Lowland Creek Feline Recipe
Taste of the Wild

KEY FEATURES: Cage-free quail and duck recipe, inspired by cats’ ancestral diets. 5- and 15-pound bags.

SALES TIP: Healthy gut equals a happy cat. Every pound provides 80 million CFUs of live, active probiotic cultures that are added after the cooking process.

tasteofthewildpetfood.com, (800) 324-4808

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After 15 years working for newspapers across the US (and even Alaska), Melissa Hart is now freelancing, working for a variety of publications and trade organizations. She specializes in content for the small nonprofit and business owner, in fields such as pets, IT, grocery and other retail. Melissa is based in Upstate NY with her husband, twin daughters, two rescue dogs and rescue cat.

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