Petite Cuisine Red Snapper Entree for Cats, 3-Ounce Cans

Petite Cuisine for Cats is natural with only added essential vitamins and minerals. No Chinese sourced ingredients means are added which means that owners can rely upon the safety of Petite Cuisine without worrying about possible contamination from adulterated ingredients

Quick facts

  • Pack of twenty four, 3-ounces per unit (total of 72 ounces)
  • All natural with only added essential vitamins and minerals
  • No Chinese sourced ingredients
  • No bad odors
  • No meat byproducts or grain fillers or wheat gluten

Top reviews

Please check the controversial ingredients and decide for yourself

While several reviewers have alluded to the healthfulness of this product, I think that we owe it to our beloved pets to pay closer attention and educate ourselves about the actual ingredients.

The overall appearance gives an allure of wholesomeness to this product, but an item listed in the ingredients is actually controversial with regards to our pets’ health. (And if you’re considering this food good enough for your own consumption, please note that the ingredient is also potentially toxic to human organs).

Here’s the list of ingredients, from the manufacturer’s website:

Fish broth
Tuna fillets
Yellow fin whole loin tuna/red snapper/shrimp/sole
Soy bean oil
Trialcium phosphate
Guar gum
Calcium sulfate
Carrageenan
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin E supplement
Vitamin A supplement
Vitamin D3 supplement
Zinc Sulfate
Thiamine Mononitrate
Manganese sulfate
Menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity)
Riboflavin supplement
Folic acid
Pyridoxine hydrochloride
Copper amino acid complex
Iron amino acid complex

First of all, it’s great that the manufacturer has whole seafood as the major ingredients (as opposed to the by-products, meal, grains, etc). But there is one item which I would not have expected to find in something of this quality: Menadione sodium bisuifite complex.

Menadione is a synthetic precursor for the K vitamins and has been reported, at high doses, to have toxic effects. Moreover, I had actually never seen menadione listed as an ingredient in other cat foods (though there seem to be others out there).

A little bit of Internet sleuthing yielded some disturbing information, which I feel obliged to list here.

*Menadione is banned by the Food & Drug Administration in over-the-counter supplements due to its potential for organ toxicity. It’s also banned in Europe for human consumption.

*There are safer alternatives to menadione for proper K vitamin-related functions (e.g. blood clotting). The use of menadione over the alternatives (leafy greens, kelp) is only for cost-saving reasons, hence usually only found in cheaper and lower quality animal food.

*A study in rats showed that exposure to menadione “produced lesions in the kidney, heart, liver and lung.” Chiou et al. Toxicology 1997.

*Menadione’s toxicity seems to be due to its ability to induce oxidative stress in cells.

There seems to be a pet food watchdog trying to stop the inclusion of menadione in pet food: […]

Does this information mean that this food is bad for our cats, when normal doses are given? I don’t know for sure, but I wish that I’d been more aware about this ingredient before feeding it to my cats. Admittedly, more research needs to be done regarding this subject. In light of recent episodes of toxic pet food and the questionable behaviors of manufacturers and our regulatory agencies, I’m erring on the side of caution on this one.

CurtJohnstown, OH

Cat Goes On Hunger Strike

I received two cases of Petite Cusine from Amazon.com earlier this week. I figured that this would be an easy product to review. After all, what could possibly go wrong with cat food? I have a cat. He eats food. Seems simple enough.

Well, here’s the problem… My cat, who is well-known for eating just about anything, refuses to touch this stuff. From the rest of the reviews here, you would think that this was some sort of feline version of steak and lobster. My cat refuses to play along though.

I guess that I can understand why my cat keeps staring at me with this puzzled look on his face. This is not ordinary cat food. At least not the batch I received. Even before I opened the can, I was struck by the fact that there seemed to be more liquid inside than solid. Sure enough, upon opening the can I found the contents to consist of a LOT, and I mean a LOT, of water. It has more of the consistency of soup than of ordinary cat food. If it were human food, you wouldn’t be able to eat it with a fork. You would need a spoon, or maybe even a straw. This seemed to be the case with all of the varieties that I tested on my cat.

My cat refuses to eat any of the many flavors of this food I have put in front of him. No, he’s not sick, and he seems to have a quite healthy appetite for his regular dry food. I wish that I could come up with even a single positive thing to say about Petite Cusine. Nice looking box? That’s about it.

LavernaVass, NC

Warning: Contains Menadione

According to the manufacturer’s website, this (and many of their other products) contains menadione sodium bisulfite complex.

Menadione is a synthetic precursor for Vitamin K and has been reported to have toxic effects. The use of menadione over the natural alternatives (such as leafy greens and kelp) is only for cost-saving reasons, hence usually only found in cheaper and lower quality animal food. It’s surprising that pet food at this high of a price actually contains this substance.

Menadione is banned by the Food & Drug Administration in over-the-counter supplements due to its potential for organ toxicity. It’s also banned in Europe for human consumption.

A study in rats showed that exposure to menadione “produced lesions in the kidney, heart, liver and lung.” Chiou et al. Toxicology 1997.

Menadione’s toxicity seems to be due to its ability to induce oxidative stress in cells.

Do an online search for menadione and you’ll find more info from a pet food watchdog trying to stop the inclusion of this substance.

In light of recent episodes of toxic pet food and the questionable behaviors of manufacturers and our regulatory agencies, I would advise you to avoid feeding this to your cats.

SherilynHaven, KS

Most cats won’t eat this

My cat turned up her nose at this, as did my neighbor’s cats when I gave them the rest of the case. Don’t buy this…
ElseCommiskey, IN

Highly Recommend

My 18 year old, finicky cat absolutely loves this food.

I’m so glad to find something healthy that he likes.

DuncanWetumpka, AL

This is not Fancy Feast

Petite Cuisine is a proposed competitor to Fancy Feast. Insofar as taste, well, my cat, Matt, will eat anything, and this is no exception. He plowed right through all four flavors: red snapper, tuna and sole, tuna and shrimp and yellow fin tuna. Matt is a food addict, and I have to control his intake, giving him four measured meals a day. Only one of those meals per day is a half of a 3 ounce can of Fancy Feast or a worthwhile substitute. The caloric intake is such that giving him any more than that would double his already 17 pound size.

In any case, I compared the Guarantee Analysis of Fancy Feast to Petite Cuisine, and here are the numbers:

1. Crude protein: Fancy Feast…minimum 14.0%; Petite Cuisine…13%.
2. Crude fat: Fancy Feast…minimum 3.0%; Petite Cuisine…1.5%.
3. Crude fiber: Fancy Feast…maximum 1.5%; Petite Cuisine…1%.
4. Moisture: Fancy Feast…maximum 78.0%; Petite Cuisine…85%.
5. Ash: Fancy Feast…maximum 3.5%; Petite Cuisine…3%.
6. Taurine: Fancy Feast…minimum 0.05%; Petite Cuisine…0.1%.

In particular, I noticed that Petite Cuisine is much runnier than Fancy Feast, which has a fairly thick consistency in ground varieties and much thicker gravy in those versions as well. All together and based upon the comparison of content, I would prefer to purchase Fancy Feast; however, another factor you should consider is overall cost, especially if you are feeding more than one cat.

IselaSaint Clair, MN

#1 Ingredient is Mostly Water

I received two cases of Petite Cusine from Amazon.com earlier this week. I figured that this would be an easy product to review. After all, what could possibly go wrong with cat food? I have a cat. He eats food. Seems simple enough.

Well, here’s the problem… My cat, who is well-known for eating just about anything, refuses to touch this stuff. From the rest of the reviews here, you would think that this was some sort of feline version of steak and lobster. My cat refuses to play along though.

I guess that I can understand why my cat keeps staring at me with this puzzled look on his face. This is not ordinary cat food. At least not the batch I received. Even before I opened the can, I was struck by the fact that there seemed to be more liquid inside than solid. Sure enough, upon opening the can I found the contents to consist of a LOT, and I mean a LOT, of water. It has more of the consistency of soup than of ordinary cat food. If it were human food, you wouldn’t be able to eat it with a fork. You would need a spoon, or maybe even a straw. This seemed to be the case with all of the varieties that I tested on my cat.

My cat refuses to eat any of the many flavors of this food I have put in front of him. No, he’s not sick, and he seems to have a quite healthy appetite for his regular dry food. I wish that I could come up with even a single positive thing to say about Petite Cusine. Nice looking box? That’s about it.

UPDATE: Just to make sure that I was giving Petite Cusine a “fair shake”, and to make sure that I didn’t just wind-up with a “bad batch” of their product, I took a careful look at the ingredients list on their cans. Although the print is so small as to make me wish I kept a magnifying glass around the house, it was well worth the time to check out. It turns out that the #1 ingredient in almost every single flavor of this product that I examined is… fish broth. In other words… WATER!!! The only flavors that did not have fish broth as their #1 ingredient in the whole Petite Cusine line-up was Chicken Pot Pie and Sesame Chicken. The #1 ingredient in those flavors was chicken. The #2 ingredient in both was chicken broth! Some of the other ingredients included such cat “favorites” as carrots, sweet potatoes and soybean oil. Has anyone ever seen their cat eat carrots, sweet potatoes or soybeans???

I can’t blame my cat for not liking this stuff. I’m not sure I even want to know what goes into “fish broth”, especially being as it comes from Thailand. Do yourself and your cat a favor and read the labels of what actually goes into their food. Spending a bunch of money on “fish water” doesn’t sound like a good deal to me.

AgnusNorth Lima, OH

Excellent cat food, causes enthusiastic eating

My cat is a bit finicky and it takes him time to adjust to new foods but I have gotten some good reactions from him from this variety pack. My cat is of course a big fan of seafood derived products and I will give you his response to the four flavors in this variety pack.

Red Snapper Entree: Absolutely fantastic, he eats it all with vigor and then looks for more. Very happy with this flavor. This is his favorite.

Yellow fin tuna entree: He eats it all but finishes it slowly, not as enthusiastic as with the snapper but he eats it all and seems to enjoy it.

Steamed Tuna & Sole Entree: Same as the snapper, he ate it all immediately and wanted more.

Steamed Tuna & Shrimp: He ate it all but slowly.

All in all this selection of cat food was a wild success with my cat because he can be very finicky and he will snub his nose at many different brands and flavors.

Eery cat is different but I usually consider anything seafood based to be a pretty good bet and this selection was a big hit with my cat.
5 Stars

I couldn’t tell you how many brands and flavors I have gone through with my cat just to find things he will eat. SO I am very happy with this selection because he enjoyed and ate all four flavors with no problem.

Aout this style of cat food. This is the liquidy type, not the type that is firm. It is much like a thick soup with lots of broth and fish. You can spoon it into the cats dish.- almost pour it.

MichealGreenville, FL

Confessions of a Finicky Eater

Hello. My name is Maggie, and I’m a finicky eater. I’m one of three furry beings that share a dwelling with our friend Two Legs, and the food that is usually served is gross. Fancy Feast! Ugh. I refuse. Poached salmon I grudgingly nibble on because of the omega oil (makes my fur shiny). I do like sirloin steak when it is cooked precisely medium rare…but wait!

Two Legs is opening up something new!
It smells wonderful. Enticing.
Looks good too.
WOW. What a flavor.
Chicken Pot Pie.
I’m in heaven.
Thank you Two Legs. From now on, only buy Petite Cuisine Variety Pack (the fishie variety is yummy too).

CherryGotham, WI

Great food for you kitties

This is great food and all my cats love it. It’s the perfect size for an adult cat to eat. It looks like ‘real’ food and doesn’t have all the junk normal cat food has. I have also found that it does not make my cats sick when they eat it. It’s pricey, but when you consider how much better it is I think it’s worth it for your pets.
JosieGotebo, OK

Pricey but Apparently Tasty

Well, the cost is up there, that’s for sure–and with more than one cat, you probably don’t want to use it as your every day cat food. But my cats do eat ’em up!

Diane

AbeSherman Station, ME

Another great cat food

My 18 year old cat loves this food. The chicken chunks are a good size and he’s become very lazy about chewing, but went crazy when I put it in his dish. The sauce is more of a broth than a gravy.
Thank you Amazon for offering this brand.
AdeliaState Center, IA

My cats love it…

Our cats love soft cat food, so I was not surprised when they quickly devoured Petite Cuisine.

One of our cats is allergic to corn products, so I was pleased to discover that Petite Cuisine doesn’t contain corn or corn products. It’s also free of wheat gluten. Vitamin supplements are added into the food – Vitamins E, A, and D3. Our cats have digested it without any noticeable problems.

The 24-can pack contains six cans each of “Red Snapper Entree,” “Steamed Tuna & Sole Entree,” “Steamed Tuna and Shrimp Entree,” and “Yellow Fin Tuna Entree.” Our cats especially love the Yellow Fin Tuna, and they eat every last morsel. Some pieces get left behind with the Red Snapper and the Tuna and Shrimp flavors, however, maybe because the fish pieces are larger (I suppose I could mash it up for them, though.) The product’s packaging promises “no bad odors,” and they’re really not that bad — unless you can’t stand the smell of fish.

Petite Cuisine seems to be kind of spendy; it costs about twice what you’d pay for a can of Friskies, and the cans of Petite Cuisine are smaller. After giving my cats Petite Cuisine, I went to the grocery store to look at similar cat food products, and discovered there are several very similar items (to P.C.) on the market, and for a lot cheaper.

So yes, there are cheaper options. But in terms of taste and kitty appreciation, this was a hit.

HiltonSkippers, VA

The Cats Came Running!

I was so excited to treat my 3 kitties to “People Food for Cats” ~ Petite Cuisine!! They eat dry food daily and then once in awhile they get the moist food as a special treat.

In opening the can, there was not the overwhelming ucky fishy smell that most moist cat foods have. And it looked like people food too! I portioned out on one plate 3 equal helpings and called in the calvary!

As they licked, the plate rotated on the floor …ha ha!!… and so did they!! They followed their portion around like it was the last thing they were ever gonna get to eat!

The response … a resounding purrrrr and then paw-licking/face cleaning! They loved it! And that was just the Steamed Tuna & Sole Entree!!

Each day after they got a new flavor, Yellow Fin Tuna, Red Snapper, and Steamed Tuna and Shrimp … responses were all the same! 2 paws straight up from my kitties!!

Highly recommended for humans owned by cats everywhere!!
– 1smileycat 🙂

BirdieNallen, WV

Reminds Me of Garden Medley

This cat food looks and smells a lot like the Fancy Feast premium brand, Garden Medley, that comes in the green cans. (Amazing that Fancy Feast, already an expensive, premium brand, would have an even more upscale variety that’s even more expensive.) It almost looks like people food. I have eight cats and two ate it immediately and the other six walked away. In the morning, I would find the bowls empty (this is not always the case with other foods, even when they’re hungry, they’ll ignore some things). I don’t know if others changed their minds, or the two who pretty much eat anything came back and cleaned it up. I can’t compare prices with this brand because I have never seen it in any store (I live on the East Coast in Virginia, it must be a West Coast brand.)

I was put off by the big Made in Thailand lettering on the box because I lived there for two years and it’s not a clean country. I was a little worried about what actually was in this food.

Since I don’t buy Garden Medley because I can’t afford it, and I suspect this is in the same price range, I can’t honestly say I would buy it. But if your cat loves Garden Medley, and this is a better buy, then it’s a good deal.

AlbertaGardner, KS

50/50 response from family cats

The quality of this cat food is excellent, with fish broth and the named fish (tuna, red snapper, sole, shrimp, or yellowfin) listed as the first (i.e., primary) ingredients. It is 100% nutritionally complete, with no grain fillers. When you pop the top on the single-serve can, it looks and smells like exactly what it is — fish and shrimp. Obviously, the fish smells like fish, but it’s a natural, clean fish smell, not a nasty cat-food odor. I swear, the steamed tuna and shrimp, with its whole shrimp, looked good enough to set out with crackers for a human appetizer!

Although I would feed this food to my cats without hesitation, I felt I had to downgrade it one star because of the cats’ opinions. I fed this to three family cats, and being cats, each had its own opinion, but none endorsed it 100%. One cat loved the steamed tuna and shrimp, one wouldn’t go near it. One gobbled up the yellowfin tuna, two picked at and left most of it. My son’s cat is notoriously fussy about canned food, and ate only one of these entrees with enthusiasm; my two cats are notoriously unfussy, but ate only two wholeheartedly (however, they usually prefer poultry flavors to fish).

Petite Cuisine comes in handy single-serving cans and, as I mentioned, contains excellent ingredients with no foul odor or appearance. If your cat generally likes fish flavors and you are looking for a high quality, healthy cat food, I would certainly recommend trying Petite Cuisine.

AsuncionDeer River, NY

12 cats later…..

With 12 cats (1 outdoor, 2 part-time outdoor, 9 full-time indoor), it didn’t take me long to test this product!

What do you get in this package?

SIX FOUR-PACKS of cat food. Each serving comes in a small tin, (3 ounces each), 24 tins all total. EACH four-pack includes:

— one Red Snapper Entrée
— one Steamed Tuna and Shrimp Entrée
— one Steamed Tuna and Sole Entrée
— one Yellow Fin Tuna Entrée

As I said, each tin is a breakfast or supper-sized serving for your cat. These are the smaller-type tins, not the larger Friskies-sized ones (from which I get two servings).

I gave each of my cats a tin of this (I included an equal number of each flavor) and just let them go to whichever bowl that they wished, which is how I always feed them (They normally get Science Diet hard food twice daily and then canned catfood once every two days for a special treat). They went after the “gravy” first and, after licking that all up, they ate the chunks of seafood. All the cats ate all the food. These cats are all orphans (former strays) and some were really ferrel when we first took them in — now they’re all spoiled and calm. Most are pretty old (seven of them are over 10 years old). One cat is especially finicky about her food but she ate this product just fine.

This catfood (like most catfood) is sort of nasty looking when you open a tin but that’s because all the good chunks of meat have settled to the bottom. The fairly clear gravy has some thickness, not watery.

I’ll give you the ingredients list here from the Red Snapper Entrée: fish broth, Tuna filets, Red Snapper Fillets, soy bean oil, tricalcium phosphate, Guar gum, calcium sulfate, Carrageenan, vitamins and minerals (Vitamin E supplement, Vitamin A supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement), zinc sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, Menadione sodium bisulfate complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Riboflavin supplement, folic acid, Pryidoxine hydrochloride, copper amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex.

Guarantee analysis: crude protein (min) 13%, crude fat (min) 1.5%, crude fiber (max) 1%, moisture (max) 85%, ash (max) 3%, taurine (min) 0.1%. This catfood contains no Wheat Gluten.

The breakdown on all four flavors runs about the same. Two of my cats are diabetic (they each get two insulin injections per day) which means, in the real world, that they throw up quite often. This food did not make them throw up.

I can definitely recommend this catfood with these two caveats:

— it’s pricey.
— they still like one type of Friskies brand slightly better (they fight over it): Salmon Dinner.

Given those two items, this catfood is a winner. Highly recommended.

ChristeenIsabel, SD

My cat tried to bury this food.

My cat and my neighbor’s cats would not eat this food. I wound up giving the case to the cat rescue organization.
TyNewfane, VT

My Cat Liked It

Well, he’s a cat. I opened the can, spooned it down on his dish, and he ate it. Not all in one sitting, but he did gobble. Bear in mind though that this cat denuded a mouse and has gnawed on baby rabbits, so he will eat things that don’t smell like seafood and are not on an attractive ceramic plate.

I suppose the true taste test would be to partake of it myself, but Amazon Vine, I’m not willing to go there, even for you.

The cans are on the smaller side, the smell was not overpowering. The product is made in Thailand, if that information would help you decide whether to purchase.

Personally, I’m sticking to Red Lobster for my seafood. But I can’t take my cat there.

JonFairfax Station, VA

My Cat Loves It

Granted, my cat does not have the most discriminating taste (I’ve seen him happily munching on lizards and cockroaches), but I can tell he really likes this food. He usually breezes by whenever he feels like it to eat the dry food I leave in his bowl. Since I have been giving him Petite Cuisine, he is ready and waiting by his bowl at meal time. I have to push his head out of the way so that I can finish emptying the can into his dish.

Most canned cat foods look like fishy hummus or strange, extruded rubbery strips, but this food looks just like what you get when you open a can of tuna, except with more sauce. The shrimp flavor has tiny recognizable shrimp in it.

Full Crazy Cat Lady Disclosure: Before I would let my babies eat a new cat food, I did a little (ok, hours) of due diligence research on Petite Cuisine. After the Chinese pet food debacle, I wasn’t about to let them eat food produced by an unknown foreign entity. According to what I could find on the internet, PetPlay Inc. is a relatively new American startup by CEO Eric Weber. He has years of experience with the premium cat food market; was part of the team that launched the Fancy Feast brand and ran the Friskies Japan division (both part of the Nestle SA family).

(According to the SoCal Buzz podcast I listened to, he even worked for Hello Kitty. I particularly loved his remark about cat owners being “a little more illogical” than other pet owners, therefore they are more likely to spend money for premium products – I resemble that remark.)

Yes, the cat food is produced in Thailand, but it is not associated with any of the companies involved in recalls for Thailand or China, and is not on any of the FDA’s lists. They have nutritional facts and a nutrient analysis for each product readily available on their website […]

ChrystalLinn Creek, MO

Two Paws Up!!

I cannot really comment my own opinions on this product since for obvious reasons I will not be sampling it but I will trust the vendor that it is every bit as good for my cat as they say. How would I know differently anyway? All I can tell you is my cat’s reaction. This consisted of the following:

“Meowwwww! Errowwww!” (as I am dishing it out) After placing it on the floor there was copious munching and slurping until the bowl was empty followed by licking of chops to devour anyy stray morsel that may have stuck to a whisker and then a forlorn look that indicated the preceding events should be repeated. I’ll take that as two paws up or whatever the feline equivalent is to the Siskel & Ebert sign of approval.

None of this is any great surprise. The noted finickiness of cats usually applies to dry food. Place a bowl of any random dead animal parts in front of them and they are far more decisive. Still, this was an especially energetic performance and hence the high rating.

KendaRappahannock Academy, VA

Actually smells pretty good!

Unlike other fish catfood, this product does not have that strong fishy smell. Nice flaky chunks of fish in some nice gravy.

However Ms Cassiopia lapped up the gravy and left the fish. This has happened with other food so it is no reflection on the product.

I would have given it 5 stars but since I won’t be buying it, I gave it 4. If your cat will eat food other than pate, you will want to give this a try. Looks almost like something you would eat.

I have given the remainder of the package to a less fortunate friend.
Her cat will probably eat it and expect it all the time.

Thank you!
MEF

DemetriusDelaplaine, AR

Great cat food, even the dogs love it!

This is a great product for a finicky cat. It’s really very rich as the ingredients are pure and there is no filler, which is great. Our cats love it more than Fancy Feast or any other higher end cat food!!! A can is eaten up in minutes!!!!

Our dogs, of course, love cat food and want to partake in the feast!!!

MerleCashiers, NC

My cat gave these five stars…

My cat loved the chicken pot pie. I was very skeptical, but she even ate the carrots! Amazing.
BerneiceValentine, NE

My cat gave these five stars…

my cat practically inhaled this food! and it was wonderful… it didn’t smell like horrible cat food it smelled like people-food.

I recommend this.

LenaLapine, AL

Mixed reviews from the house felines

Dash loves it. Jasper does not. Dash Hoovered both his bowl and Jasper’s, while Jasper took two bites and then moved over to the kibble bowl. We’ve tried three different flavors so far, and the verdict has been the same. So safe to say, not ALL cats want to eat “people food.” I don’t know much about this product except what’s on the label. The fact that it’s a product of Thailand concerns me a bit — I don’t know what their standards are for pet food, and after the scandal with the lead in Chinese-manufactured toys, well, I’m a little skeptical. It’s also an expensive product. Since I don’t have a consensus among the house felines, I doubt I will purchase any more of this product.
ColbyEagle, AK

My Two Cats Inhaled The Stuff

OK, so I couldn’t personally taste this cat food and give you a review. But all I can say is: my two cats (14 and 15 years old) virtually inhaled it. Clawdette is the older one and she is fussy. She likes a cat food that has seafood and tomato in it. Chappie is less picky, but he can turn up his nose at some supermarket brand cat foods. So more often then not I buy the canned cat food at petshops (or on Amazon). I fed them each of the cans in the Variety Pack…and its as if the food vanished off the face of the earth within a few minutes. The bottom line: they loved it, it left their coats nice and softy and glossy, and they had lots of energy. So I (or, rather my cats) give it five stars.
MildredGrassy Butte, ND

If your cat likes people food, this may be for you.

My cat George never quite finishes a 6-ounce can of cat food, so I thought I would try these 3-ounce servings. However, George is not terribly fond of people food, and he has only finished one of the cans that I have given him so far – the Sesame Chicken, as it turns out. He clearly likes the broth in the Chicken Pot Pie, but he doesn’t finish his vegetables, or even all of the chunks of chicken.

Of course, we can hardly blame him for abandoning one can to attempt to get into the turkey liver I was cutting up. Some people food is too good for cats to pass up!

AshelyMarion, LA

Looks like a winner

I’m a serious label-reader, even more so for my cat than for myself, so before I ordered Petite Cuisine, I went to their website to see what they had to say for themselves. I was pleased to read that they use no wheat gluten in their food, nor meat by-products; neither belongs in pet food. They also make a point of saying that they use no products from China. It’s a reassurance I appreciate in the light of the recent spate of pet deaths linked to product coming out of China.

What they do use was also reassuring. White meat chicken, veggies, olive or soybean oils, vitamins and minerals. The sesame chicken does contain rice which isn’t something that should necessarily be fed often, but it’s a minor consideration. While it’s never said that the ingredients are “human grade” they are listed as safe for humans to eat. I don’t know about anyone else but I wouldn’t want to feed my pets anything that wasn’t safe for me to eat.

The carton arrived and was marked as “Product of Thailand” which was a bit of a surprise since no mention of Thailand appears on their site. They are, however, quick to point out that no child labor is used in production of any of the food. (It’s also listed as “dolphin safe.” This is a pretty politically correct company.)

Of course the proof of the pudding, or in this case, the cat food, is the eating. My response as I opened the cans was the the sesame chicken looked and smelled very tempting. The chicken pot pie, not so much. It smells wonderful, but is very watery. Again, this is a minor consideration. If my cat likes it, that’s the important thing. He’s a picky boy, in part because he can’t eat beef or lamb, so he’s limited to poultry and certain types of fish. He doesn’t tend to like the souped-up, holistic foods that add things like rosemary and acai and all those things which humans so cheerfully add to their own foods. But this stuff is pretty basic, and, well let’s just say, he doesn’t hate it. I can probably add it to the rotation without causing much consternation, and know that he’s getting a quality meal.

Your mileage — or your cat’s — may vary, of course. Cats are perverse little beasts, and you just never know what they’re going to take violent dislike to. I can’t tell you if your cat will like this food or not, but I can tell you that it looks like quality product made by people who have high standards. Yes, it’s pricey, but if you feel, as I do, that your cat deserves the consideration you’d give to any member of the family, you probably won’t balk at the cost.

The rest is up to your cat.

MortonBear, DE

Warning: Contains Menadione

According to the manufacturer’s website, this (and many of their other products) contains menadione sodium bisulfite complex.

Menadione is a synthetic precursor for Vitamin K and has been reported to have toxic effects. The use of menadione over the natural alternatives (such as leafy greens and kelp) is only for cost-saving reasons, hence usually only found in cheaper and lower quality animal food. It’s surprising that pet food at this high of a price actually contains this substance.

Menadione is banned by the Food & Drug Administration in over-the-counter supplements due to its potential for organ toxicity. It’s also banned in Europe for human consumption.

A study in rats showed that exposure to menadione “produced lesions in the kidney, heart, liver and lung.” Chiou et al. Toxicology 1997.

Menadione’s toxicity seems to be due to its ability to induce oxidative stress in cells.

Do an online search for menadione and you’ll find more info from a pet food watchdog trying to stop the inclusion of this substance.

In light of recent episodes of toxic pet food and the questionable behaviors of manufacturers and our regulatory agencies, I would advise you to avoid feeding this to your cats.

ByronGroveland, NY