Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Petbrosia Customized Pet Food Review and Giveaway!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received product and/or compensation in exchange for the possibility of a review. All opinions are my own.

Theo and Vincent Van Gogh
We learned quite awhile ago that clay cat litter is really, really bad for cats. As a matter of fact, through our research, we concluded that several of our cats probably died due to our poor choice of litter. So we're committed to only using safe litters for Vincent and Theo, the unrelated Van Gogh brothers. 

That got me thinking... if I cared about their litter, shouldn't I care about their food, too? We've never fed them cheap food, but it seems that whenever we'd try expensive, supposedly healthier foods, they simply stopped eating and nearly meowed us to death in their attempts to get us to buy something edible.

Along comes an opportunity to review some cat food from a company called Petbrosia. Now don't go scouring the shelves for Petbrosia pet food. You won't find it. Petbrosia is a unique company that customizing dog and cat food according to your pet's nutritional needs. 

What does that mean? Well, after you've filled out an online survey, they customize a diet that is perfect for your dog's or cat's breed, age, weight, food allergies, activity level, and any other specific needs you want addressed. They do this using all-natural meats, fruits, and vegetables. The food is technically, not grain-free, but they do not use corn, soy, or wheat. Additionally, you won't find any artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, or unnecessary fillers in the mix. This made-to-order pet food is also free of antibiotics and hormones. Try to find that combination on the store shelves.

I filled out the survey for my beloved cat, Theo. He's a Siberian Forest Cat who is 10 years old, weighs 15 pounds, and is moderately active. I was anxious to see what he'd think of his new diet.

So, have you ever thought about what is in your pet's food? What exactly is by-product meal? Quite simply it's meal made up of leftover animal parts that aren't suitable for human consumption. Things like feathers, entrails, beaks, feet, necks, hooves, hair, horns, and teeth. Yummy.

But what about foods that are labeled "Natural," "Holistic," or "Organic"?

The law states that pet foods labeled "Natural" must consist only of natural ingredients that are free from chemical alterations. This does not include the addition of vitamins, minerals, or nutrients.

Holistic foods come with no legal definition, which means these foods are completely unregulated when it comes to the labeling. Bottom line, any pet food made up of any type of ingredients could be labeled "Holistic." Hmmm.

Of course, if you're buying "Organic" pet food, you can trust that the ingredients truly are organic and GMO-free. Pet food manufacturers must follow the same USDA guidelines as human food when it comes to using the "Organic" label.

Theo with his winter coat

While it can be confusing to read the pet food labels, here are some things to look for:
  • "Complete and balanced." This means it will contain the right amount of nutrition for your pet. 
  • Choose a blend that is made for your pet's size and age.
  • Avoid by-product meal.
  • Opt for "Natural" over "Holistic" labels.
When in doubt, call the telephone number listed on the bag, or talk to your vet about your pet's specific needs.

The customized Petbrosia pet foods are put together right before they're shipped out to consumers, thus insuring that the freshest possible food is being delivered. And, once your pet is hooked, you can set up an Auto-Replenishment schedule so you'll never run out of healthy, fresh food for your kitty or pup.

And there's no need to be concerned about switching your pet food. You can find step-by-step instructions on Petbrosia's website

So... the real question is: how does Theo like his new food?

He loves it. Seriously. And he eats far less than he used to. He's satisfied quickly and no longer begs for canned food. He's just content with eating what he's given.

And what about Vincent. He's eating Theo's food, too. I didn't realize that I could have entered both cats' info and received a bag of food with the ideal nutrition for both of them. Next time. Vincent is smaller (almost 12 lbs.) and doesn't eat much of the food. But he, too, is satisfied quickly, and he isn't begging for more food anymore, either. 

The fact that they're not eating as much (way less than they were with the cheaper brand), means Petbrosia pet food would actually save us money, despite its higher ticket price -- $34.90/10 lbs. plus $4.95 s/h. 

Rather than taking the time to compare on your own, here is a handy comparison chart with Petbrosia and some popular brands.

 Yes, it's pricier. Only you can decide if it's worth it for your furry family members. For us, we've determined it is. 

And now, you can get $10 off of your first order by using the promo code: BRL10.

Or you can wait and see if you're the lucky winner of a FREE 3 lb. bag of dog or cat food. If you live in the 48 contiguous states and are 18 or older, you are eligle to win. Entries will be verified. Winner will be announced here and on FB and Twitter. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.


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