BY STACY N. HACKETT
Made in the USA is a claim used to sell everything from automobiles to orange juice, and it’s a message resonating with cat owners as they
continue to focus on the health
and well-being of their pets. And
with pet food recalls continuing
to make the news, consumer focus is intensifying on the source
of pet food ingredients.
“More and more customers
are asking for U.S.-based foods,”
said Dianna Kelley, owner of Kel-
ley’s Pets, which has two locations
in Fresno and Clovis, Calif. “They
are seeking more healthful foods
for themselves, so they want the
same for their pets.”
Manufacturers report the
“Consumers are demanding more transparency from pet
food brands,” said Jeremy Humble, vice president of brand and
marketing for Nulo Inc. in Austin, Texas. “Being made in the
USA is increasingly important
with pet parents. There is a level
Cat owners are paying closer attention to where their pet food is
made; as a result, products from the U.S. are gaining in popularity.
Nulo FreeStyle ( nulo.com) is
receiving rave reviews from
even the most finicky of feline
fans. Nulo FreeStyle dry recipes are 100 percent grain free
and top the charts in terms of
animal-based protein levels,
low carbohydrate and low glycemic ingredients, as well as
a unique, patented probiotic
to help feline digestive health.
The new smaller disc-shape
kibble has proven to be a winner, too, as far as preferred
texture among cats.
The Nulo FreeStyle wet recipes
are all 100 percent carrageen-an-free, and the first four to five
ingredients in every can all are
animal-based proteins such as
salmon, duck, tuna and turkey—
perfect for our natural carnivores.
New to the Nulo FreeStyle line
is its TRIM Salmon & Lentils
Recipe for Cats, exclusively for
independent pet retailers. True
to Nulo’s FreeStyle™ platform,
TRIM provides a high-meat,
low-carb, low-glycemic ingredient recipe, but is lower in
fat, higher in fiber and contains L-carnitine to help cats
maintain a healthy weight.
For more information about
our full line of products, visit
us at nulo.com.
Some pet owners are looking to U.S.-made cat foods because they perceive that the quality and safety of these products is higher.
DUCKYWORLD PRODUCTS’ Yeowww! Lady-Krinkle-Bug is 100 percent stuffed with
organically grown catnip with no fillers. The
toy is made in the USA with durable cotton
twill. It gets its name from the crinkle
fabric sewn into the wings that provide
fun feedback for cats playing with it.
Each 3-in. toy is durable and safe for cats
of all sizes, the company reports. It is
available individually or in a point-of-purchase jug that holds 42 pieces.
PETEDGE DEALER SERVICES’
Meow Town Windsor Cat Litter
Bench is designed to contain odors
and mess. It doubles as an attractive, comfortable bench. It has a
discreet side opening to allow cats
easy entry and exit, and a hinged
top offers convenient access to the
litter pan. Wooden accents and feet
add detail, and the mahogany finish
looks great with any home décor.
R2P GROUP presents the R2P Pet Categories Composite Catnip Butterfly, which
offers a fun, no-mess way for cats to play with catnip. Composite catnip is injection
molded, making it extremely dense and
compact as well as completely mess free.
The high-potency, organic catnip is sure
to entice even the most fickle felines.
The toy is perfect for batting,
tossing, rolling and pouncing on.
WORLDWISE offers its Kathy Ireland
Loved Ones Floral Cat Saucer. The
dish has low-profile sides for
those sensitive whiskers. It has
a beautiful floral motif in the
center, which is accented by
a gold metallic accent around
the rim. Available in green and
pink, the saucer is durable and