At just about eleven years old, Winky isn’t a kid any more. She’s also had a tough time getting adjusted to the new dog in the house, since he doesn’t seem to have been socialized to other dogs – much less cats. In an effort to remind her that she’s still Daddy’s girl, we make certain she gets a little treat twice a day: a couple of ounces of wet food to spice up the kitty kibbles in her bowl. She apparently has “champagne tastes,” though ‘cause she’ll only easy the “good stuff” and turns up her little pink nose at the sight (and smell) any food you can find at your local grocer.
With “Her pickiness” in mind, we picked up a can of Merrick Classic California Roll a while back. At this price, it had better be “the good stuff,” although it’s still not as pricey as their Purrfect Bistro line. That’s probably because, unlike the Purrfect Bistro foods, Merric’s classic line (Ocean Breeze, Cowboy Cookout, New England Boil, Surf & Turf, Thanksgiving Day Dinner, and Turducken) is not completely grain-free. In the case of the California Roll, the fifth item on the list of ingredients is brown rice – just ahead of cucumber, carrots, apples and chicken stock. The presence of rice doesn’t bother me – after all, it is “sushi.” The tally of ingredients opens with salmon, tuna, chicken broth and crab before getting to the veggies mentioned above. After meat and vegetables, there’s cassia gum and carrageenan and a lengthy list of vitamins and minerals. There’s not a kernel of corn or a grain of wheat in there, so if kitty suffers from celiac disease she’s getting her food gluten-free.
The can’s contents are a thick stew, with little that’s big enough to identify by sight. There’s the occasional tiny chunk of something green or red (dried cranberry), but overall it’s a rather grainy brown. The sauce doesn’t get all jelly-like in the refrigerator, either. Whatever the appearance, Kitty doesn’t seem to mind: she thinks it looks and tastes simply marvelous – I haven’t tasted it, myself. I do think it smells pretty nasty, though simply stinky as opposed to putrid or rotted.
Kitty apparently thinks the smell is acceptable, and she certainly likes the tastes. Though like most cats she can be quite finicky, she devours her morsels of California Roll and mews at me like the kids in “Oliver!” holding up their empty bowls: “Please, sir, can I have some more?” Overall, Kitty would eat this food every day, and since there’s almost nothing unpronounceable in the ingredient list, it must be good..