What Are You Feeding Your Pet These Days?

I’m not a health nut – witness the banana s’mores I made for a playdate snack the other day – but I care about what I put in my body, and that extends to my pets, too. I worked in an animal shelter for a long time, and I was appalled to learn about all the fillers that so many pet food manufacturers use to increase the protein content and keep their foods cheap to make and process. I’ve always been careful about what I feed my animals, and I believe that goes a long way towards them living healthy and long lives.

I recently had the opportunity to try out a new brand of pet food (for us), the Natural Balance ALPHA line of cat and dog foods. They are a family-owned pet food company that makes holistic, natural pet food. The ALPHA line is grain free, which is a good thing as your carnivore dogs and cats can’t actually digest grains, so they’re just another form of filler. The ALPHA line offers two flavors for cats: trout, salmon meal, and whitefish as well as chicken, turkey meal, and duck for cats and adds a third flavor of lamb, chicken meal, and rabbit for dogs.

 I like that the ALPHA line not only is grain free but also includes pre-biotics, which aids in digestion. Whenever we change our cat food, there is inevitably a period of gastrointestinal distress for my poor cats (and my husband who gets to clean up). When we tried out the ALPHA cat food from Natural Balance, they had no issues whatsoever. That alone tells me there’s something right about this pet food.

The most telling to me, however, was the taste. I noticed that when I put out the cat food the first time, my cats kept coming back to that bowl all afternoon and evening and that it was empty by bedtime. They appeared to like it. However, I needed to do a head to head comparison. I filled up a bowl with the ALPHA cat food and placed it next to their standard cat food to see what would happen. Meow quickly walked over and sniffed the bowls. He went straight for the ALPHA cat food and has yet to touch the other bowl. I think we have an official winner.


 The Natural Balance ALPHA line of pet foods are sold through places like Amazon, Petco, and many others,  PLUS you can get it at most local pet stores. You can find a location near you using their store locator. This all natural pet food runs about $35 for a 12.5bag, but because it doesn’t contain the same fillers that your pets can’t digest, you can feed them less of the pet food and in my mind, there’s no question that this is healthier.

 Enter to Win

One lucky reader will win a bag of their choice (either cat or dog) of ALPHA from Natural Balance. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment  here letting us know what are some ways that you take care of your pet. This giveaway will end December 30th and the winner will be announced the following Sunday in our Around the Blogosphere post.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received several single serving samples of the ALPHA line from Natural Balance pet food for review purposes. All opinions stated here are my own.


Written by 5Minutes4Mom contributor Michelle who was lucky to be able to write this review, as two very happy kitties kept trying to climb on her and sit on her wrist all afternoon. You can also find her at her blog Honest & Truly! or on Twitter as @HonestAndTruly.




  1. tennille says

    With a newborn my poor cats are very neglected right now and are starved for attention…sometimes just finging time to pet them is hard.

  2. Selena says

    We just lost one of our cats so we have been giving our other cat extra attention so she is not feeling so lost and missing the other cat.

  3. Martha C says

    We make a point of walking our two dogs at least once a day. Have to watch what we say or they get their hopes up. Can’t use leash, around the block, ready to go, bunny rabbit or walk around them.

  4. Katie says

    I had no idea what horrible food I was feeding my cats until I got puppies two years ago. After researching the best food for the pups, I changed my cats’ food immediately! I’ll only buy grain free, quality food now. The cats get play time and lots of lap time and I make sure my pups get daily walks and trips to the dog park! I’m sure when I’m not home they keep each other entertained 😉

  5. says

    We take care of our dog by taking her on three walks each day. As city dwellers in a multi-unit building, we can’t just let her out in our yard. But, we know exercise is important. So, we stay committed to do what we can when we’re home and hire a dog walker when we’re not!

  6. Betty C says

    My cat thinks she is a baby so she demands lots of cuddle time. She drapes herself over my shoulder and would stay there for hours if I could sit still that long.

  7. Jemmy M. says

    We have both dogs and cats, so either bag would be fine. :) We give lots of love and make sure they have regular check-ups at the vet. And they do love their treats.

  8. Trisha Thornburgh says

    My dachshund, Daisy, is an older lazy dog, so I spoil her with a daily body rub.
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  9. Cathy Truman says

    Our pets KC our cocker spaniel and Jasmine our cat and our bird Doodle, they are
    spoiled rotten, They get treats and attention all the time, They get good food, toys
    and they go the Vet for their checkups. KC our dog she gets walks everyday which
    she loves. We really love them and show them affection.

  10. corrie says

    I brush my cats, make sure thier litter is fresh and clean. and i also take them to vet when they have any problems with diaraha and what not.
    my cats are like my kids, we call them KIDDENS. lol

    kadia3 at yahoo dot com

  11. Suzanne K says

    I pamper my cat by making sure I get tons of variety of flavors in her food, brushing her, making sure she gets exercise and by having a small heated bed for her in my office so she can keep me company and have a warm bed for her ‘older’ bones.

  12. says

    I have 5 cats and 2 dogs, I feed them all natural food, I try to rotate their foods to give them variety, 1 of my cats favorites is Natural Balance so I am sure they would love to try this food! I walk my dogs daily when weather permits, I do tricks/training with my dogs, play with my pets, groom them, bathe them, and keep them up to date on their shots and flea, tick and heartworm meds.

  13. jade says

    We use all natural pine litter instead of chemical filled clumping litter. <3<3 our kitties so we try to go as natural as possible to meet their needs.

  14. Brenda Penton says

    My pets are like my children. I do whatever I can to make sure they have what they need are are safe and content at all times.

  15. says

    We try to feed our 5 animals the best food we can. For our cats, that happens to be prescription cat food due to one cat’s health issues. Whatever it takes.

  16. Petunia says

    We feed our dogs Natural Balance. L.I.D. as we believe in not feeding them additives and fillers. They get plenty of exercise and lots of love.

  17. Karen says

    I have one cat with health issues and one with food allergies, so I am very careful about what I feed them. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. 409cope says

    We have three cats and a dog and feed them all holistic food and treats and make sure they all are spoiled with lots of toys.

  19. Katharine D says

    I make sure my cats are well fed, get yearly vet checks and shots, and most importantly I keep them as indoor only cats.

  20. Kathryn C. says

    Yearly vet checkups and a really good brand of pet food. Keeping up with their shots is important, too. katbirdfl (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. Lucy Schwartz says

    We give our kitty canned food and fresh water, comb him, clip his nails and clean his ears and give him lots of love. He is a Maine Coon cat so he is big and yet he loves to be held and rocked. We don’t spoil him! Absolutely not.

  22. says

    I take care of my pets by getting them their routine vet checkups and providing them with the right nutrition to keep them healthy and happy!
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  23. says

    I feed my pet an organic diet, do not give them table scraps or human food of any kind, keep their nails trimmed to a comfy length, play with them for exercise, make sure they get plenty of sunshine and love, and basically spoil them rotten. LOL

  24. amanda says

    my cats eat only grain free, natural foods. they have the best vet care in the area. they get their teeth brushed and exercise with me every day.

  25. Tracy says

    I take care of my daughters best friend, and dog, Dravyn by regular walks to the dog park, baths, omegas, cleaning her ears regularily (she is a lab and they get itchy) just all the stuff you do for your daughters best bud :)

  26. Jessica Anderson says

    I love my two dogs and I make sure they get outside and get exercise at least four times through out the day. I love to sit and watch them play. I also make sure they get to the vet for the check-ups.


  27. kathy pease says

    we feed our animals a variety of dry and moist food,treat them for fleas and ticks and we have 3 pet beds in our living room so they can always get comfy


  28. Jennifer L. says

    Well, my cats get lots of love — and pine cat litter because it smells so much better than regular — which I appreciate and I’m sure they do as well.

  29. Debbie Kennedy says

    My kitty gets lots of love and cuddles and brushing on a daily basis. She gets healthy cat food and no table scraps.

  30. cassandra says

    i take my dogs for daily walks and give vitamins to my cats in their food! thanks for the giveaway :)

  31. says

    I make sure they always have fresh water and dry food and feed them wet food at night. Brush the kitties once a week and snuggle with them often

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  32. sarita berry says

    I love to care for Bear our part German Shepard part Chow. He is the most loving dog around. To care for him some of the things I do are comb his pretty hair, bathe him, play frezbee with him and toss sticks which he brings back to me. Bear loves his family and we love him so if this dog food really is heathier we need to give it a try!

  33. Tonya Froemel says

    We take care of our three dogs by giving them healthy food and taking them out for walks many times each day.

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