The Good: Very nutritious, Both my cats love it, Made with great ingredients
The Bad: Smelly, Expensive!
The Basics: Still a relatively new product, Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food is beloved by my cats, but not my checkbook!
Ever since Timber came into our lives, my wife has been much more open to spoiling our cats. While she has done a pretty amazing job of restoring our other cat, Gollum, to a healthy weight and form, she and Gollum have never quite gotten along. But, my wife and Timber are the best of friends; Timber absolutely loves her and they play daily and he acts more like a dog with her (he comes when she calls, snarls at interlopers hanging about outside, and plays fetch with her!). So, she likes spoiling Timber and when we were having a day out recently and I found the Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe cat food on sale, she seemed to be okay with me overspending on our cats to get the three pound bag. The 48 oz. bag of Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Purina Beyond cat food costs as much (at its regular price) as we usually spend on a bulk bag (10 or more pounds) of cat food. The redeeming factor of the Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe is that both Gollum and Timber seem to have an absolute love of this dry catfood. Whenever they smell it, and they can do that easily given how aromatic it is, they come running to eat as much from their bowl as they can.
Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food is a cat food formulated for adult cats. The Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food regularly comes in a three pound reinforced paper bag that is priced in our local grocery store at about $9.99. As a cheapskate and poor person, this is a bit much for the volume of cat food and made me instantly disinclined toward it. If our cats had not reacted so favorably toward it, I probably would have been unwilling to spend so much money on so little cat food.
The Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food comes in hard pieces that range slightly in shape and size. The brown pieces are triangular or round pieces that average 1/4” – 1/2" long or in diameter. The mix is evenly distributed between the various shapes and all are quite hard. This cat food does not attempt to mimic the shapes (real or stylized) of any of the ingredients.
Ease Of Preparation
Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food is a hard cat food that comes in a small bag, so preparation only involves opening the bag and measuring out the proper serving size for your cat, as determined by its weight. For both Timber and Gollum, that means a 2/3 – 1 cup serving (each) and the three pound bag lasts about a week at that rate of consumption with the two cats.
Gollum And Timber’s Reactions
This cat food smells exceptionally fishy. The Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food is very aromatic and those who do not like the smell of fish or sea food will not be thrilled by how this cat food smells. The cats, however, get excited each and every time the bag is opened and they can smell the Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe cat food.
Every time I open the bag of Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food, both Timber and Gollum come running. Both Gollum and Timber will devour this food and neither seems to want to be interrupted while there is still food in their bowls. This is a food that they will overeat so long as the food is in their bowl; so, it is a food I found from experience I have to measure out for the cats. Otherwise, they will eat to the point of gorging. It has been a long time since a cat food, and a dry one at that, has completely thrilled both Gollum and Timber that way.
The Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Beyond Cat Food is an exceptionally nutritious cat food. The guaranteed analysis of it indicates that it has a minimum of 36% crude protein and 15% crude fat. With no more than 4% crude fiber and 12% moisture, this is a food that is very balanced. This food also has notable amounts of Linoleic Acid (at least 1.3%), Calcium (at least 1%), Phosphorus, and Zinc. Always have adequate water near your cat’s feeding area!
As well, those who are concerned about what goes into their pets will be pleased by how this is a mostly natural cat food this is, with only the bottom half of the ingredients being added vitamins and minerals. The main ingredients are salmon, chicken meal, and dried egg product. While only the end of ingredient list is a chemistry equation I can barely read, the primary ingredients are all recognizable. My point is that Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Cat is a wonderful, wholly balanced cat food.
Purina Beyond Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food does not have an incredible shelf life (just over a year and a quarter) and it is pricy, but it is incredibly healthy and enjoyed so much by both my cats that it is almost entirely worth the expense. While not specifically designed to prevent tartar build-up, the hard nature of the pieces scrape matter off cat teeth. Similarly, the well-balanced nature of the food is not specifically designed as a urinary health formula, but the Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe cat food seems to promote urinary tract health, as well as all-around wonderful cat health. That makes it a cat food well worth buying.
For other Purina cat foods, please visit my reviews of:
Kit & Kaboodle Original cat food
Cat Chow Healthy Weight Cat Food
Pro Plan Seafood Stew Entree cat food
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