Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Reasons We Give Wellness® Complete Health™ 4 Paws Up #HealthyMeetsHappy

As pet parents, establishing a relationship with pet food brands that you can trust, and that are willing to evolve and make changes to their formula based on our cats' nutritional needs, is so important. It seems like not too many years ago there weren't all that many cat food choices on store shelves. Today a visit to the pet store can be overwhelming with new recipes and textures being added on what seems like a weekly basis. Our pets have to trust us to make the right decisions for them, and it's an even bigger deal because they end up eating the same thing almost every day!

This post is sponsored by Wellness® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share the availability of Wellness Complete Health and NEW Complete Health Grain Free Cat Food available at PetSmart, but Fully Feline only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Wellness or PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.

Because of their long-standing history of providing wholesome food that feeds our pets' souls, sustains their lives and protects their bodies, and their mission to help us provide our fur kids with a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition, Wellness® will always be a staple in my pet food pantry. Better still, the Wellness® Complete Health™  line of dry and canned food has been reformulated in many cases, and readily available at your local PetSmart®! After a few weeks of trying out these new recipes we wanted to give you our thoughts on why we give the Complete Health line four paws up!

All Wellness Canned Food is Carrageenan-Free

My mom suffers from a good amount of heartburn and indigestion. She's always been prone to stomach trouble but as she's gotten older it has steadily become much worse, and since she's developed heart issues as well any discomfort can be concerning. We decided to start keeping a list each time she ate something that didn't agree with her and it didn't take long for a pattern to emerge - offenders such as chocolate milk, soft serve ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese - all contained carrageenan, a thickening agent derived from red seaweed. Edible seaweed, that should be healthy, right? WRONG! Carrageenan has been linked to a multitude of digestion issues stemming from it's ability to activate an immune response that causes inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, even cancer. If carrageenan is capable of doing that much damage to our bodies, imagine what it's doing to our cats!

Truth be told, carrageenan isn't even an ingredient I would've thought to look for if I hadn't been a member of the pet blogging community where it's frequently discussed. Since it's an additive in many pet foods containing gravy (and I freely admit that I pay closer attention to what Mudpie is putting in her perfect little body than the humans in my life), it's something I've educated myself about and red flags go up when I see it listed. Because Mudpie isn't a huge fan of wet food but does love gravy, it's comforting to know that healthier options exist.

Added Source of Hydration

Cats don't have a strong thirst drive, so finding ways to keep them properly hydrated is extremely important. If they don’t get enough water, they can be susceptible to a host of health issues, including urinary tract infections, kidney problems and more.

Wellness realizes cats are picky and often don’t drink enough water, so they’ve launched Wellness Complete Health wet cat food to add extra moisture into their diet. The line features 5 different textures (Gravies, Sliced, Morsels, Minced & Pate), sure to please all palates!

Grain Free Complete Health Dry Food

There are three new options in the new Grain Free Complete Health line: deboned chicken and chicken meal for adults, salmon and herring meal for indoor cats, and deboned chicken and chicken meal for kittens. Each is formulated with carefully chosen ingredients, plus added omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for optimal health.

Terracycle®, the Wellness Recycle Program

Wellness is dedicated to long-term sustainability by embracing and supporting recycling efforts. They are the first US-based pet food company to partner with upcycle and recycle leader TerraCycle® to help eliminate waste. Anyone can sign up for free for the Wellness Recycling Program through the TerraCycle® website and earn points for gifts or cash to your favorite school or nonprofit (such as animal shelters!) All dry food packaging from Wellness Complete Health, Wellness Complete Health Grain Free, and Wellness Core products can be recycled, and shipping your Wellness pet food packaging to TerraCycle is free!

Catisfaction Guaranteed

If your cat doesn't like the new Wellness recipes, simply return the unusued portion back to PetSmart for a full refund. Now that's the sign of a company that truly cares about their customers and believes in the quality of their product!

In celebration of the Year of the Cat (which should be every year as far as we're concerned!), why not commit to providing your precious pet the optimum in cat nutrition? Visit PetSmart® to check out and purchase your cat's favorite Wellness® Complete Health and Complete Health Grain Free recipes today!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness®. The opinions and text are all mine.


Summer at sparklecat.com said...

When my human found out about how bad carrageenan was, she stopped giving us any food that had it as an ingredient. So she may have to go back to Wellness again!

Unknown said...

We first got samples of Wellness at BlogPaws, and both our cats love it!

The Menagerie Mom said...

I know exactly what you mean about being more careful about what goes in Mudpie's mouth than in your own. I am the same way with my furbabies. Yet, somehow, I have still never tried them on Wellness food. I will certainly have to grab some and give it a go. It sure sounds like a winner.

The Island Cats said...

We're eating more Wellness now that the carrageenan has been removed.

The Florida Furkids said...

We love Wellness!!!

The Florida Furkids

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interesting info, Melissa and Mudpie.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Bear approves - especially of the gravies. We love that picture of you in the window, beautiful Mudpie!

Three Chatty Cats said...

Good info on carrageenan here, thank you! Glad to see that Wellness removed it. My Olive likes gravy, too.

Two French Bulldogs said...

We like Wellness
Lily & Edward

Sweet Purrfections said...

We were so happy to hear that the Wellness canned food was reformulated to be carrageenan free. We've eaten Wellness for a long time!

Cathy Keisha said...

Great review. Wellness is one of the few wet foods I'll eat out of the ones TW decides to pick up for me. Lately every time I eat anything with carrageenan, I frow up. Oh, TW said besides the carrageenan, you're no doubt lactose intolerant and so is she. She switched to lactose- and fat-free milk so she can enjoy it again. She gave up ice cream for years but discovered this year, it's not bothering her. She eats Haagen Daz cos they don't contain carrageenan.

Hairballsandhissyfits.com said...

Good to learn about carrageenan--glad you are eating well Mudpie!

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

This is a great review! My girls are doing pretty good with Wellness, and I'm very happy about it! I didn't think about carrageenan causing heartburn - I also suffer with it, and I'm going to pay attention now.

pilch92 said...

That is great that it is all carrageenan free.

Chirpy Cats said...

We're just so happy that they have removed the carrageenan, so are going back to Wellness. Thank you for this great review!