About Gabby and Shadow

I want to welcome you to my holistic cat food site first and foremost! Searching for the right holistic foods for my cat has been quite the journey. I have found SO many options and have learned a lot about the way a cat’s body processes food, naturally through research on the internet over the past 6 years.  This is a little bit about me and my passion for the most natural and holistic foods you can buy for your cat without fully converting to a “raw make your own cat’s meals at home” diet.

my boy and me

Shadow’s story

I have had my cat (my son basically) Shadow for almost my whole life. I’m now his primary caretaker since I live away from my mom. He’s now a whopping 18-year old cat on a consistent holistic meal plan. I began the search for a good brand of food for him because used to be pretty overweight. In 2015, he was about 14 pounds and the average domestic house cat should weigh around 10 pounds. Flash forward to 2018 and now he averages around 9 to 10 pounds now. Not too shabby for an old boy!

Besides suffering from congestive heart failure, Shadow is a very bright and alert cat and my veterinarian agrees. He hasn’t quite slowed down yet, like she’s seen with other cats his age. And you know what? I owe it to the food I buy him. I’m a firm believer in wet food diets for cats, as their stomachs are not really meant to process dry foods (we’ll talk more about that in other pages) but there ARE better choices for dry diets as well, much better choices than your average “Meow Mix.”

Patience!

My one regret is not starting Shadow on a holistic food diet sooner. I wasn’t quite aware of it until about 6 years ago. But the holistic “boom” is becoming much more apparent now, so why not start now? There are SO many options to choose from. I understand many cats are finicky but you could use this transitioning time to really get to know your cat. The most important thing to know is to BE PATIENT and start slowly. You should never expect your cat to always want to try what’s “best for them” and that’s OK. Do not force them. They will eventually find a brand and flavor they like. Shadow is luckily not very finicky at all and will eat whatever I put in front of him. But I still have to transition to new flavors slowly.

I want people to understand one simple concept: Your cat is a part of your family. Why would you not feed them the same quality food as you would yourself? It is something I have thought about for the longest time. The costs are not as crazy as you might think. And the long term benefits are SO worth it.

Grain free, gluten free, and high protein are you and your cat’s new mantra.

 

Holistic goals

This site is going to be your gateway into the holistic cat food world. My ultimate goal is just to find the right food for your little buddy. At the end of the day, if your cat is happy and you’re happy, that’s all that matters!

I hope to also share resources in cat weight loss as I feel that is the starting point for many owners and general health tips for cats. Everyone has to start somewhere!

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. This can be a very confusing topic but there are a lot of resources out there and people to help you, including me!

All the best,

Gabby and Shadow

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