The Good: Very nutritious, Both my cats eat it, Made with great ingredients, Good dental benefits
The Bad: Expensive! Elim consumes it, but is not preferential to it.
The Basics: Purina ONE Smartblend Healthy Metabolism Cat Food is a better class of catfood for adult cats . . . but Purina truly makes one pay for it!
Following the death of poor Gollum late last year, the new cat my wife and I bought to keep Timber (our remaining cat) company has been surprisingly sickly. He is not, as it turns out, a cat bred for winter. Our rescuing Elim was, truly, a rescue and we feel pretty wonderful about that – despite his many behavior problems that we’re still working through. But since Elim joined our family, we’ve been trying to give our cats better cat food. One of the new staples for dry cat food is Purina ONE Smartblend which, honestly, I picked up primarily because its first ingredient is real turkey and because the local grocery store had it on clearance (because, apparently, people in our area do not love their cats enough to get them premium cat food!).
Purina ONE Smartblend Healthy Metabolism Cat Food is a cat food formulated for adult cats to help them burn fat and regulate their metabolism after they have been spayed or neutered. The Purina ONE Smartblend Healthy Metabolism Cat Food regularly comes in a seven pound foil plastic bag that is priced in our local grocery store at about $14.99. As a cheapskate and poor person, this is a bit much for the volume of cat food and made me instantly disinclined toward it. But, in our effort to keep Timber fit and get Elim up to a healthy weight, we decided it was well worth the splurge.
The Purina ONE Smartblend Healthy Metabolism Cat Food comes in hard pieces that range slightly in shape and size. The pieces are brown and tan and range from oval to three-point to round. They are about 3/8” in diameter and 1/8” thick, so they are ideal for all sizes of cat. This cat food does not attempt to mimic the shapes (real or stylized) of any of the ingredients.
Ease Of Preparation
Purina ONE Smartblend Healthy Metabolism 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 Elim, that means a 2/3 – 1 cup serving (each) and the seven pound bag lasts almost a month at that rate of consumption with the two cats (though ours is lasting longer because Elim loves wet cat food).
Timber And Elim’s Reactions
This cat food smells only vaguely like turkey. The Purina ONE Smartblend Healthy Metabolism Cat Food is not at all aromatic; I liken the scent to the smell of turkey fat after one has left a cooking pan soaking overnight. The aroma is more like the memory of turkey cooking than actual turkey. The cats, however, get excited each and every time the bag is opened and they can smell the Healthy Metabolism cat food.
Timber loves the Healthy Metabolism Cat Food. He will eat his full serving over the course of two feedings in a day and he still seems excited by this cat food, even after a month of it (he can be finicky from time to time). Elim is a little more finicky than Timber these days. As a result, he gets irritated (emotionally, not physically as near as we can tell) over not having choices. He will eat half his serving in dry food once a day and he is content with the ONE Smartblend. He refuses, usually, to eat more than that in a day as he is still a little spoiled and prefers the wet cat food. When he is eating the ONE Smartblend, he seems to like it well-enough.
The Healthy Metabolism ONE Smartblend Cat Food is an exceptionally nutritious cat food. The guaranteed analysis of it indicates that it has a minimum of 42% crude protein and 8% crude fat. With no more than 5% 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%), Calcium (at least .9%), 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 turkey, corn gluten meal, and poultry by-product meal. 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 ONE Smartblend Healthy Metabolism Cat is a wonderful, wholly balanced cat food.
Purina ONE Smartblend Healthy Metabolism Cat Food is good and both my cats enjoy it and it seems to live up to its promise of delivering balanced nutrition for our cats. I just wish Purina could do all that at a price that was a little more affordable than it currently is!
For other Purina cat foods, please visit my reviews of:
Friskies Tasty Treasures Pate Beef & Liver Dinner With Cheese Cat Food
Kit & Kaboodle Original cat food
Cat Chow Healthy Weight Cat Food
For other cat products, please be sure to visit my Pet Review Index Page for an organized listing!
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