The other evening when my wife and I were at the grocery store buying our cat Patches her canned food, we noticed several new flavors of Fancy Feast.
As a rule, we do not experiment with our cat regarding her wet food. We don't want to disrupt her digestion creating An Incident. Consequently, the dozens of flavors that are available from this brand on the grocery store shelves tend to just complicate us finding the four that we do regularly buy.
But these new flavors were completely different than any we'd seen before.
They all contained cheddar cheese.
Besides the fact that one of the flavors was tuna and cheddar cheese and sounded positively disgusting, I have to wonder if this is something you really should be feeding your feline?
Tuna, I can sort of understand as an ingredient, although I'm sure that cats in the wild -- even those living by the seashore -- rarely have the opportunity to snack on one of these deep-sea fish. But the whole addition of cheddar cheese just baffles me. It is quite apparent that Fancy Feast is marketing this offering to humans and not directly to cats.
If an actual feline were in charge of marketing this cat food, I'm fairly certain none of them would contain cheddar cheese and the names would be a lot different. For instance, I could see a whole line of fowl-based cuisine, but rather than specifying chicken or turkey as they do now, they'd be more direct like "Small Bird", "Really Small and Chirpy Bird", "Slow Moving Bird" or "Dive Bombing Bird From Hades In Gravy."
That type of marketing would certainly get our cat's attention provided that she happened to go shopping for her own food and knew our debit card pin number so she could pay for it.
I've mentioned before in this blog that our cat loves gravy, often lapping all of it up and barely touching the rest. I've even contemplated just buying her a jar of Heinz Homestyle Gravy and ladling a couple of tablespoons out for her every evening. However, I draw the line at feeding Patches a cheddar cheese stew as Fancy Feast is apparently now promoting.
Just how fat do the makers of that cat food want our felines to get? What's next? Stuffed Crust Kitty Pies? Naked Chicken Tenders with Catnip-Zing Sauce? Or Grilled Beef in Turtle Cheesecake Gravy?
I realize that the marketers of pet food are trying to entice the humans buying their products by making them appeal to our own sense of taste, but I've had enough.
I don't want our cat to turn into one of those lumbering 30-pound pussies I've seen on the Animal Planet channel who eat all the time and remind me of the famous Bill Cosby character.
Hey hey hey. It's Cat Albert... Not!
Just because you happen to crave some sliders from White Castle, means that your dog or cat should have a couple too. It's not good for them.
Even if you get them without cheese.