The Good: Gollum enjoys it, Very nutritious, Limited dental benefits, Comparatively inexpensive
The Bad: Still requires treats to protect/maintain my cat’s dental health.
The Basics: Gollum enjoys his 9 Lives Daily Essentials Salmon, Chicken & Beef flavor cat food every day!
Congress can fuck itself. Seriously. In my lifetime, I have watched as the Federal government has investigated baseball players for steroid use (I would have preferred true universal health care be nailed out instead of that waste of time!) and the Judicial Department attack Microsoft for anti-trust violations. I’m saying “screw it” to the Federal government because they don’t investigate what actually affects me directly. I’ll be happy when catfood manufacturers are finally called to account.
Why? How is it not a criminal conspiracy to have every major catfood manufacturer producing food that cannot meet all of the needs of a cat’s dietary requirements? Seriously. It’s a racket and I suspect conspiracy and collusion between the catfood producers of the world. Have you ever noticed how cat treats are tartar control and can be specialized to meet specific dietary conditions, but there are no bulk bag catfoods that address feline urinary tract issues AND are tartar control. You buy the food, but to protect your cat’s teeth, you have to buy separate treats that are, in addition to horribly packaged from an environmental perspective, disproportionately expensive, by several orders of magnitude.
I mention this at the outset of my review of 9 Lives Daily Essentials Salmon, Chicken & Beef because if this food legitimately removed tartar and plaque from my cat’s, Gollum, teeth, it would be a perfect cat food.
Salmon, Chicken & Beef 9 Lives Daily Essentials is a cat food formulated for adult cats and the serving sizes on the package distinguish the proper serving size for cats 5 – 9 lbs and cats 10 – 14 lbs. Gollum has not been below 10 lbs. in years, so his serving size is 1 – 1 1/3 cups per meal. Gollum makes that last a full day, sometimes not even eating all that is in his dish, despite being surprisingly active. However, because Gollum frequently begs for the food, even when there is still some in his dish, it is pretty obvious he likes this catfood.
The Salmon, Chicken & Beef 9 Lives Daily Essentials food comes with three types of pieces in each bag, mixed evenly. All of them are hard, so there are decent dental benefits to this cat food that help keep One's feline companion's teeth clean. Each of the pieces is about 3/8” long and 1/8" thick and this makes them perfectly bite-sized for a cat. These hard, molded pieces are uniform and are good for the cat's dental health. Because they are crunchy, they help scrape plaque and tartar off the cat's teeth, helping to freshen the feline's breath, but only when they actually chew these pieces. Gollum more often splits them and then licks up the crumbs he creates. Gollum has great teeth, more because of treats than foods like this one.
This cat food does not smell bad at all. The Salmon, Chicken & Beef 9 Lives Daily Essentials has a surprisingly neutral scent to it, which is a nice touch and transfers to the cat. Gollum's breath was never bad after eating this particular cat food. As well, this is a pretty nutritious cat food. The guaranteed analysis of it indicates that it has a minimum of 31% crude protein and 9% crude fat, but no more than 3% crude fiber and 12% moisture. With 1% calcium, this is a decent cat food for bone and joint health for adult cats.
As well, those who are concerned about what goes into their pets will be pleased by how mostly natural this cat food is. The main ingredients are whole ground corn, poultry by-product meal, and corn gluten meal. While the last half of the ingredient list is a chemistry equation I can barely read, the primary ingredients are all recognizable and several are even human friendly! My point is that Salmon, Chicken & Beef 9 Lives Daily Essentials cat food is one of the healthier alternatives for cats and Gollum actually likes it.
Ultimately, Salmon, Chicken & Beef 9 Lives Daily Essentials is a good food for cats. Gollum can be very finicky with change, but he eagerly eats this cat food and it has become his staple food. If only it didn’t leave him begging for tartar control treats later in the day . . .
For other cat foods or snacks, please visit my reviews (with Gollum's help!) of:
Pounce Moist Chicken Treats
Pro Pac Tempting Tidbits Tuna And Whitefish Treats
Cosmic Catnip Fish Treats
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