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Written on Saturday, July 25, 2015
Pros: no grain fillers, quality ingredients
Cons: costly, less stew-like than expected

Our kitty, Winky, spent a year or two basically hiding from our rescue pooch at the top of the spiral staircase, only coming out at night when he was behind a closed door. Twice a day, we’d climb the stairs with a pulls a can to add a treat to her bowl: we’d augment her dry kibbles with an ounce or two of wet food. She has expensive tastes, however: no Meow Mix or Friskies for her, it had to be “good stuff.”

One sample of “good stuff” she heartily approved of is Merrick Purrfect Bistro Tuna Nicoise . It’s definitely the good stuff, sliced and free of grains. The first ingredient is deboned tuna, followed by chicken (broth, liver and deboned bits). Them come some plant parts potato parts, peas, green beans, cranberries and flax seed; and ultimately there’s a list of added minerals. There’s no corn, rice or wheat, so if you’re so inclined your kitty can be gluten-free.

The label says “sliced,” which translates to small chunks of meat in a thick sauce. It’s a medium brown, though the listed vegetables aren’t readily apparent. I suspect Merrick’s “slices” are in reality ground ingredients shaped into chunks like chicken nuggets, rather than sliced from tuna and chicken meat.

Kitty doesn’t care: she certainly cares about taste, though. While often a finicky eater – she will leave “chunks” of meat after licking off the gravy – she devours her share of Tuna Niçoise and stares at me as if to ask for more. Merrick, like other wet food vendors, says to feed one 5.5-ounce can for every 6.5 pounds of body weight every day, but our 7-pound cat gets less than half a can per day – most of her nutrition comes from Blue Buffalo dry food .


The bottom line? Winky likes her Merrick Purrfect Bistro Tuna Nicoise, and so do we. The list of ingredients appears to be top-shelf, and it costs more than twice as much as a can of Friskies. It had better be good!

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2labz recommends Merrick Purrfect Bistro Tuna Nicoise Wet Cat Food

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Type: Wet Cat Food
Brand: Merrick
Category: Cat Food & Treats
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