Our New Baby! (And What I’ve Learned About Healthy Cat Food)

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Meet Oscar. He’s the newest addition to our family (a very welcome gift for our three-year-old from Grammy), and he’s a 13-week-old Blue Point Himalayan cat. He’s also spoiled rotten, but can you blame us? I mean, look at him. He’s adorable! And so are our other 3 furbabies. Below are Bocca and Harley (both rescues).

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And Ali, our purebred boxer. Yes, they are sharing the dog bed, holding paws. Oh my heart!

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Just like I did when our daughter was born, I’ve gone above and beyond when it comes to researching healthy cat food options for our little fur balls and insisting on feeding only the best. One of the brands that won me over during my countless hours of research was Sheba, which I recently found at Walmart. (You might have seen commercials for Sheba with Eva Longoria from Desperate Housewives. Boy, do I miss that show!)

One of the best things about Sheba is that all Sheba canned cat food recipe is formulated without grains or corn. This is VITALLY important, because many cat foods are filled with grains and corn, which acts as a low-cost filler and lead to a slew of health problems, including obesity and diabetes. These fillers have little or no nutritional value, and since cats are instinctively trained to eat as much as they have to in order to get the nutrients they need, they end up eating more of these “filler foods” than they should. The result: You end buying more of the “cheaper” foods, which means you pay more in the long run. (Another result is that your cat will poop more often, which means you’ll spend more money on cat litter … and more time scooping the litter.)

Oh, and another thing about canned cat food: Cats don’t have a natural thirst drive, which means they have to drink lots of water if they’re on a dry food-only diet. The only problem is, drinking water doesn’t come naturally to cats, and many don’t drink enough of it, which can lead to kidney and urinary tract problems. Wet canned food, on the other hand, is loaded with moisture, which means cats get more of the water they need simply by eating, which is how cats in the wild get most of the water they need, too!

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What I also like about Sheba is their dedication to responsibly sourced seafood. Sheba entrees use only farmed or wild-caught fish from environmentally responsible sources. In addition to its chicken, turkey and beef options, Sheba also offers five varieties of responsibly-sourced whitefish, tuna and seafood options. By the end of 2013, all Sheba seafood recipes—including salmon—will meet the Seafood Watch recommendations

Of course, our little fur balls don’t care about things like responsible sourcing, but it matters to me. All they care about when it comes to food is taste. And as you can see from the photo below, Oscar definitely approves! (His favorite is Sheba’s Chicken & Liver entrée.) The other two are big fans as well! And of course, the pooch looks on, hoping for some wayward crumbs.

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For more information about Sheba, including a listing of all flavors and varieties, check out their website (while you’re there, don’t forget to grab the Buy 6, Get 1 Free coupon!). Also feel free to follow them on Facebook for news and updates!

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  1. You’ve got quite a fur family there! Your cat could be on the Sheba commercials 🙂

  2. I love the names you picked for your cats, and it was a treat to look at all this cuteness!

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      Aww thanks! Ali is named after the boxer. Harley got her name because she purrs a lot, loudly. Bocca got his name because I found him outside in freezing temperatures just born with the umbilical still attached. He was crying so loudly, which is what saved him. (Bocca means mouth in Italian.) And we thought Oscar sort of reminded us of Oscar the grouch. lol

  3. So super cute – I remember we had such a hard time when we got our puppy with his food

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      It can be a challenge. The best advice I can give anyone is to read labels and avoid corn and rice fillers.

  4. I also do a lot of research on pet food. It is really important to feed them the best food, at least in my opinion. I love the pictures and the one with the cat and dog holding paws is so cute.

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      It’s funny because the first 2 days that Oscar was here, the dog wouldn’t go near him and Oscar would arch his back and hiss anytime the dog even moved. But then one day, Oscar crawled in his bed with him and they’ve been good friends since! 🙂

  5. Oscar is adorable. I have a dog. It is amazing what is in dog food! SCARY! Kingers only eats high quality natural food. I believe we are what we eat and that goes for animals too!

  6. Love the pictures of the puppy with the kitty <3 So cute. We're a dog family though my 8yo dd would love a cat!

  7. Your cat is so adorable!

  8. Oh, she is so adorable! I love cats too and yes, they really need to eat healthy food.

  9. Your cat is SO fluffy! I sooo want a cat like that. I don’t have any cats so I haven’t looked into cat foods too much but after getting a dog for the first time about 3 months ago ive been shocked at the quality difference between brands. Reading ingredient labels is a huge eye opener.

  10. Super cute! I used to have a brother and sister cat pair. We got them as kittens, they were siamese, blue point, snow shoe cats. The male Stormy was all gray short haired with blue eyes and white paws. The female Sky was fluffy haired, blue eyes, and snow white paws. She hated humans, he loved humans.

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      Awww! Himalayans are part siamese, part Persian, so they have a little bit of the Siamese personality. I love it!

  11. Oh my goodness, she is adorable and looks so cuddly. It is crazy that some people don’t realize that even animals need to eat well and that some food is really just ‘junk’

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      Yep! It would be like eating sugary cereal or fast food for every meal, every day of your life. You’d be fat and sick. No fun.

  12. She is so cute! What a beautiful cat!

  13. That is just the cutest little fluff ball ever!!! 🙂

  14. Oscar is a gorgeous kitty! He looks like he’s really enjoying his meal in that last photo!

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      Oh yes! He always does! While I’m getting his food ready, he’s meowing and pawing at me and I swear he’d follow me to the ends of the Earth while I have that bowl in my hands! lol

  15. That has to be one of the cutest cats I have ever seen. I love how fluffy cats like to lay on their back and stretch out. It’s one of the cutest things ever.

  16. beautiful cats, I’m jealous because my cat died a few months ago he had a bad UTI, the surgery was over a thousand dollars & I could not afford it so I had to put him to sleep, or he just would have suffered. But your cats are so fluffy and adorable

  17. I’m not usually a big fan of cats, but these photos are melting my heart right now! Congratulations on bringing home a new fur baby! And good for you for ensuring that your pets are eating well. I feel like so many people just feed their pets whatever is cheapest without giving much regard to their health, so it’s refreshing to read that you aren’t following that route.

  18. Aw! He is such a cutie! We have three cats as well, two of whom are rescued. They have to eat a special cat food because one has a grain allergy.

  19. Oh my!!!! I think that is probably the most adorable fur baby that I have ever seen!!!!

  20. What a fancy cat! My boys won’t go for wet food, we just stick with cans of whole white tuna.

  21. Those are great pictures! I miss having a cat. Unfortunately we had to give him up after the birth of my second son who had a sever asthmatic reaction to him! I agree with you that healthy cat food is needed from Kittenhood until adulthood!

  22. Aww she is so adorable. I just love your photos.

  23. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    I am a sucker for any photos of pets and yours are adorable. I am going to check out Sheba for my kitty.

  24. What a gorgeous cat <3 it's amazing how much a food can make a difference to a pet as well. x

  25. i love your kitteh!! pretty pretty kitty

    we buy the healthiest foods we can afford for our kittens

  26. Love the dog overlooking the cats. Everybody needs a guardian like that!

  27. Love Your Beautiful Cats, Your Such A GoodMomma!!!

  28. We’re a dog house…but, that cat is ADORABLE! and that picture with your boxer….made my heart smile. I’ll be sure to pass on the food info to my cat friends (I have too many to count!)

  29. Congratulations on your new cat! I didn’t know that about cats not wanting to drink water and I’ve had cats my whole life. I’ll have to take that into consideration when feeding Missy.

  30. Awww, what an adorable cat. We are definitely more of a dog house but I love seeing pictures of kitties.

  31. Such a cute, fluffy kitty! We recently got a new kitten too.. He’s growing so fast! I completely understand doing research to find the best food for them, I know I did!

  32. Awww… lovely! Just like any parent, you want what’s best for your baby. So I’m right there with you about healthy food!

  33. Oscar is absolutely adorable! We just added a new addition too and feed him the best we can. You dont realize what “stuff” is in most cat foods, gross!

  34. You have very beautiful babies. I love animals. I have to make my cats food because of dietary issues.

  35. That is a georgeous kitty.

  36. I love that your kitty is an absolutely fluffball. It’s so great that your dog is kitty friendly!

  37. I am a dog person, but that cat is stunning. You are so lucky to have Oscar – and I love that he and Ali are friends!!

  38. Love your furbabies!! So cute!

  39. LOVE the pic of the kitty and the doggie – so cute! When my cat was alive I used to feed her this brand as well, she loved it!

  40. Sending this on to my cat lover friends!

  41. Ok that is the most adorable kitten I have seen in a long time. He is too freaking cute. I like cats but am allergic to them, my daughter is dying for a cat but she will have to wait until she moves out as I can not have one in the house but thanks for sharing the adorable pics. Makes me sad I can’t have cats though.

  42. I love all the cat pics! We can’t have cats due to allergies but yours are adorable and seems to be well loved!

  43. I’m allergic to cats, but I think they are so cute! Your animals are super cute, and sure seem to enjoy their Sheba!

  44. What a sweet little kitty!

  45. Congratulations on the new addition to the family. The kitty looks so soft an cute and just lovable.

  46. Yikes, I didn’t realize there were all those fillers in there. That’s no good! Yay for Sheba cat food!

  47. Looking at all this cuteness has made me so jealous! I so want a cat.

  48. The last picture looks like he passed out In the food bowl. Poor little guy.

  49. what an adorable ball of fluffy cuteness!! Love it!!

  50. Oh my gosh are you kidding! Oscar is like the cutest cat ever. Love your photos.. awwww! Thanks for sharing about healthy cat foods.. my 3 cats thank you 😉

  51. What a beautiful family of pets you have! It’s great that Sheba is a such a conscientious brand and that your kitty loves it. #client

  52. What sweet animals. I know my cats are ling their Sheba and it makes their coat shine.

  53. great post. I find myself smiling looking at the cat and dog so close. it’s a spoiled cat i can tell. and really cute breed

  54. my parents have a cat, but he only eats dry food.. and tuna.. lol that cat is cute, im more of a dog person though

  55. such an adorable furry cat! my parents have a cat and they only give him wet food.

  56. Melissa Smith says:

    Oh my goodness, how cute! I’ve always had cats, but never tried wet food for them.

  57. Your cat is so puffy. I want to hug him and squish his puffiness!!!

  58. Catherine Tabal says:

    Wow!!… Oscar really cute..want to hug him tightly…whooa.. can’t stop myself to imagine it.. I am a kitten lover.. very adorable..:)

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