|Price Per Unit|
|Top Ingredients||Deboned Chicken, Chicken Broth, Duck Broth...||Deboned Duck, Duck Broth, Turkey Broth...||Deboned Turkey, Turkey Broth, Chicken Broth...||Deboned Rabbit, Lamb Broth, Beef Broth...||Chicken (Boneless, Skinless Breast), Chicken Broth...|
|Food Flavor||Poultry, Chicken, Duck||Poultry, Turkey, Duck||Poultry, Chicken, Turkey||Meat, Lamb, Rabbit||Poultry, Chicken, Duck|
|Special Diet||Gluten Free, Grain-Free, High-Protein...||Gluten Free, Grain-Free, High-Protein...||Gluten Free, Grain-Free, High-Protein...||Gluten Free, Grain-Free, High-Protein...||Gluten Free, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...|
|Food Texture||Chunks in Gravy||Chunks in Gravy||Chunks in Gravy||Chunks in Gravy||Chunks in Gravy|
|Food Form||Wet Food||Wet Food||Wet Food||Wet Food||Wet Food|
|Health Feature||—||—||—||—||Vitamins & Minerals|
Kittens seemed to like this and it looked like pretty good quality
I have bought numerous packages of this variety of Merrick Backcountry in the past. Last box none of my cats would eat. I don't know what happened, because I think this is good food. Nice size pieces, not too big and juice. I still recommend it to try though.
chunks could be smaller but kittens love the food
My cats really love the gravy in this food! They lick up all the sauce first and then eat the pieces. I like how easy the pouches are to use (no chance of a key breaking off a can). Merrick makes premium pet foods, so I'm also confident in the ingredients and balancing of the nutrients my cats need.
I see a lot of reviews about the chunks being too big for kittens. My kittens were 8 weeks when I started this, and they are able to eat it just fine. Yes, the chunks are bigger than a "bite size" for young kittens, but they absolutely can eat it. The reviews that ding for this are a little off base. Now, as to whether or not kittens will seem to "like" it, thats very subjective. My kittens absolutely love it. I use it as a supplement to dried food, since they are carnivores I want their diets to what they need and not about what I think they should eat. I figured if the kittens didn't like it, well, that happens. Not sure I'd circle back and leave a bad review just because my kittens don't show a like for it. But I have been feeding them this daily for a month now, and they have never left a dish unclean. They have learned the sound of my pulling a pouch out of the box, and they come running. They know where that box is, and the sound of it, and they know what is coming. So I'd say they don't just like it. My kittens are growing quite rapidly, and are very athletic and active, with muscle tone developing. While I certainly can't prove it, my anecdotal observation is that their growth is related to this as a supplement. I have two kittens, and since it is just a supplement, I open a bag and that is enough for the two of them. If I had one kitten, a bag might be a bit much. But rather than give half servings, I'd give the one kitten the entire bag and reduce the dry food as necessary.
This food comes close to being a great food. Its one of the few kitten foods that has a reasonable ingredient list, and has texture to it. We are trying to give our kittens a varied diet of flavors and textures to avoid pickiness when they get older. Would be five stars, except for the potato starch and guar gum. Neither of these ingredients are good for cats, and manufacturers need to stop using them.
Only one of my two kittens will eat this. The other sniffs it and no matter how hungry, tries to cover it with the floor. The one who does eat it won't eat all of it. I have used the Merrick pouches for previous cats (not the kitten food but the cat ones) and they enjoyed it. The kitten pouches, though, a failure. We had success with the Wellness kitten canned food and the dry food of theirs as well.
I was very confused when I went to feed these to my kittens. The size of the chunks in the packets are too big for kittens, I had to mash everything up which really defeats the purpose. I am a fan of Merrick food for animals but this was very disappointing. I’d just can’t imagine spending that much time messing everything up on an item that was meant for kittens.
My Cat and dog were not crazy about them. Maybe with out the duck it would be better.
I thought the point of these packets was so that you could just open them and feed them to your kittens but the bites inside are too big for kittens and now I have to mash everything in order for my kittens to eat these.