A few days ago, we received this way cool box from Whole Foods Market. How did they know what to give us for Chanukah? Boxes are just the best!
Maxie, seriouslies. It's what was in the box that was way cool. Well okay, and the box was pretty chill, too. Speaking of which, it's my turn to play in it.
***Cool boxes aside, it would appear there's a lot to like about the new Whole Paws® line of dog and cat food.
All proteins for the dry foods are sourced within the USA, and the proteins for the wet food are sourced within North America. (Except for lamb, which is sourced from New Zealand.)
We don't have to tell you how dangerous non-North American sourced meats can be. We've written more than one post on warnings by the FDA about the dangers posed by treats and foods made in China.
Just a few weeks ago, the FDA issued a proposed rule aimed at improving the safety of our pets' food. It's currently in the middle of a 120-day open period where public comments are welcomed, and you can read all about it (even voice your own opinions) at this link here.
Whole Foods has stated they insist Whole Paws® meet their strict quality standards. If you wish to learn more about their quality standards, you can read about them here. Though they have yet to publish a standard specific to pet food on this page, you can still get a good feel for where the company stands on quality issues at their site.
|Faraday can't wait to try out Grain-Free Chicken & Whitefish|
Their ingredients description states that all Whole Paws® foods are made with real chicken, salmon and other wholesome, nutrient-rich ingredients. They contain NO corn or soy, NO animal by-products, NO artificial colors, NO artificial preservatives and NO added sugar.
Why is it important that the food you feed your pets does not have these ingredients? I want to briefly touch on just two of these.
Soy is used by some pet food companies as a cheap way to increase the protein content in their pet foods. It also increases the bulk of the food, which means they have better profit margins.
But soy comes with one huge problem: our pets aren't wired to process plant proteins like soy. In fact, soy has been linked to a deadly list of disease in both dogs and cats:
- thyroid damage
- cancer and diabetes in cats
- seizures in both dogs and cats
What an ugly list....
The fact WholePaws® is soy-free is VERY GOOD.
|Faraday: " Soy free. Thank you, Whole Foods!"|
Second, animal by-products.
If you've been reading our blog for a while, you may recall our Blog The Change article on Pet Food, Recalls and Radiation. In it, we relate a story told to us firsthand about the questionable sources that some pet food companies use to acquire animal by-products.
Believe us when we say you do not want to feed this to your pet. Again, the fact WholePaws® is by-product-free is GOOD.
[If you want to go more in-depth on animal by-products are for dogs and cats, click here to be directed to an excellent article on the topic (with source footnotes included).]
We're intrigued. And we can't wait to try it out. Whole Foods Market sent us dry kibble, canned and grain-free canned. We personally prefer grain-free, and do not like to feed dry because of its low moisture content.
|The cat who will not eat wet food|
And we've been on a two-year-long quest to find a canned food for our lone holdout, Maxwell.
Will WholePaws® be the brand that finally weans him away from dry food? We hope so - and can't wait to find out!
Come back December 27 when we post our review to see Maxwell's progress.
Wait, please come back more often than that! :-)
Oh...and Allie approves this message.
And the WholePaws® slogan: "Love is a four-legged word".
WholePaws® is available exclusively at Whole Foods Market locations nationwide.
You can follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about special offers and even tasty holiday recipes and tips!
FTC Disclaimer: I have written this post on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network for Whole Foods Market. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about WholePaws®, but A Tonk's Tale only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.