Even as I write this, Kitty is sitting on my lap. She needs a little “daddy time” these days, what with the cranky rescue dog who keeps her hiding up the spiral staircase when he’s around. Since he’s behind a closed door at night, Kitty is even more nocturnal than usual. To make up for all this neglect, we try to give her high-quality foods, both dry and wet.
We put dry food out for her to eat at her leisure, but twice a day she gets an additional treat – an ounce or two of good wet food (no Friskies or Meow Mix for this girl). One recent addition was a can of Merrick New England Boil. With the words “New England,” Merrick apparently means “seafood.” No kidding: our cat eats better than me sometimes! Take a look at those ingredients!
Ingredients as of January 2015 - verify at Merrick's website
Whitefish, Sardine, Chicken Broth, Lobster, Crab, Shrimp, Fresh Red Jacket New Potatoes, Fresh Carrots, Fresh Snow Peas, Fresh Red Apples, Dried Egg, Olive Oil, Dried Cranberry, Cassia Gum, Carrageenan, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Salt, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin, Lecithin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Cobalt Glucoheptanate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.
Now if you wonder about all those long unpronounceable words, have no fear: names like d-Calcium Pantothenate and Pyroxidine Hydrochlorideare in reality vitamins (Niacin) and sources of minerals and trace elements, all the way down to selenium (Sodium Selenite). There’s no “meat byproducts” or “digest,” just snippets of people food, and the stuff is made in the United States, in Amarillo, Texas. That makes me wonder why Merrick doesn’t sell a TexMex Stew…
As for guaranteed analysis, Merrick says
Crude Protein Min. 10%, Crude Fat Min 3%, Crude Fiber Max 1.5%, Moisture Max 78%, Ash Max 1.80%, Magnesium Max 0.025%, Taurine Min 0.08%.
Kitty’s reaction to this offering from Merrick is two paws up which is pretty much how she rates any wet food from Merrick. It’s great for being grain-free and fortified with lots of nutrients, but oh! that smell! OMG, but it is rank, sort of like the hold of a fishing trawler on a hot summer day!
The food’s not pasty like a paté; it has a stew-like consistency and doesn’t get all jelly-like in the fridge between meals. I can’t distinguish different ingredients, even if my eyes aren’t burning from the stench; but Kitty apparently can – and she loves it. She deserves a little pampering, so I’ll put up with the smell or Merrick New England Boil occasionally to keep her happy.