Recently, we were given the opportunity to test the whole array of the new grain-free cat and dog food from Whole Foods Market, called Whole Paws. We shared our first impressions when the box arrived, but today I’m going to share with you our full review after a couple weeks of putting it all to the test.
First, let’s talk about the cat food.
We were given six flavors of canned food and one bag of kibble to try. We haven’t gone through all six flavors yet, but so far Newt has liked them all. The one thing that both John and I noticed is that she’s eating it a lot slower, I think – at least in part – because it’s a denser consistency than the food we’ve given her previously. For us, that’s actually a good thing because Newt is a gulper. She inhales her food… then goes after the dog food.
The kibble has been great, too. Every morning, after she eats her breakfast (wet food), we fill a Kong puzzle with kibble for her. We put it in “her” room upstairs, and throughout the day she takes little breaks to work on it. The kibble pieces are nice and small, and she stayed motivated to work on her puzzle all day. I think she really likes this kibble. She even tried to chew through the bag when we looked away for a moment…
Next, let’s discuss the dog food.
Whole Paws contains no corn or soy, no animal by-products, no artificial colors, no artificial preservatives, and no added sugar. Those are all super important qualities to me, especially since I avoid all that junk in our own food. My dogs deserve the same quality! We tried all the varieties split between Emmett, Lucas, and our foster dog, Molly. There weren’t any options for Cooper, who’s allergic to all poultry and beef. They all gobbled it up, even Molly, who has proven herself to be very unmotivated by food (to the shock and horror of my guys!).
I have two concerns about the dog food: the packaging size and the lack of allergy-free options. With the individual dinners, it said one pouch per 10 pounds of body weight. To feed 80-pound Lucas would be impossible and cost-prohibitive. To be fair, the dogs pictured on almost all the products are tiny dogs, but I’d love to see premium options for big dog. Plus, Coop wasn’t able to try anything except the Peanut Butter & Molasses cookies (which he loved).
The treats were a huge hit. We used the chicken training treats with the big dogs. Cooper couldn’t have them, and Molly wasn’t interested. They all loved the cookies, though!
Bottom line: We were happy with the array of foods and treats we tested. The herd seemed to like everything they tried, and for a premium dog food, this seems like a reasonably-priced, healthy option. To me, it’s super convenient to be able to buy a high-quality pet food at the grocery store – you’re already there, after all, so you don’t need to make extra stops when you’re already out running errands. Personally, I’d like to see additional options for larger dogs and perhaps a limited-ingredient formula for dogs with allergies like my little Cooper, but we were happy with the products overall.
Disclaimer: I have written this post on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network for Whole Foods Market. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Whole Foods Whole Paws, but OMD! only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.