Thursday, September 19, 2013

The 411 on Hills Grain-Free Cat Food ... and a Giveaway!


What we choose to feed our cats is a personal preference. We all want the best for our fuzzbutts and make cat food decisions based on many factors, including budget, research, convenience or special needs. Catladyland is not here to tell you what to feed your cats; however, from time to time, we're happy to present options we feel good about, knowing you will make the best decision for you and your cat. Don't tell me what to do and I won't tell you what to do. Capiche?

"Grain-free" is such a buzz term, right? For humans and pets alike. But what does grain-free cat food mean and can we expect each pet food company to define the term in the same way? So much to think about! Fear not, friends. I have a little bit of information to share with you, in the hopes that you will walk away from our time together feeling a little more informed. It's fun to feel smart!

Hill's asked me to be a part of a blogger outreach campaign and occasionally share information with you. I said yes because 1) Last year I visited Hills' headquarters and was impressed with the science behind their food, 2) My Saffy has been eating a Hills' prescription diet for a few years, so I feel kind of like we're friends and 3) I am always up for learning new things ... and it's fun to feel smart!

"Hills food is alive ... with the sound of 'grain-free.'"

Yeah, I just busted out a sweet Sound of Music parody. But I think it's a swell segue into the next section. And I wanted to gift you with an earworm this morning. You're welcome.

Some cats have sensitivities to grains that can cause skin irritations or upset stomachs. The first thing you need to know is this: Grain free is not the same as carb-free or that the food is somehow high in protein. You might assume that, but you'd be wrong. Grains are sometimes replaced with ingredients like sweet potatoes, which provide similar -- or even higher -- carbohydrate levels. Here's the scoop: No matter what you decide to feed your cat, what's important is that it's precisely balanced to provide optimum nutrition.

Guess what? With Hills new grain-free cat food, you don't have to worry about balance because they've already done the research and wrapped it all up in a pretty bag that looks like this:

Photo courtesy of Hills Science Diet

It's a gain-free food whose first ingredient is CHICKEN, and there are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. How cool is that? The grain-free natural ingredients in Science Diet support healthy kidneys, immune system and good visions, while providing nourishment for a radiant and lustrous skin and coat.

Hills has given Catladyland readers a chance to try this new grain-free cat food. Well, it's really for the cats to try, but I won't say anything if you try a nibble. Here are the details:

Four winners (U.S. and Canada only, please) will have an opportunity to win 10-pounds of Science Diet Adult Grain Free food. You must leave a comment on this post, indicating you'd like to be considered and please include an email address so we can contact you. The giveaway runs through 11:59 p.m. CDT September 27. The winners are chosen via Randomizer, and will have 48 hours to reply to the email. 

Best of luck!

This post is sponsored by Hills. I'm being compensated for helping spread the word about Hills Science Diet for cats; however, Catladyland only shares information they feel is relevant to their readers. Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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