Friday, July 24, 2015

The picky cat food challenge results (and a cat food sweepstakes!)


Black cat eating canned cat food
A few weeks ago, the nice folks at Weruva sent me a big box of food to try on picky eater cat, Troy. I wrote up a quick blog post about that here, and at the time, I mentioned that I was going to put Troy through a food challenge, so I could keep track of what he would and would not eat.

The results of the #WhatWillTroyEat challenge are in, and I'm thrilled to share the results with you. And, keep reading, because I have a sweepstakes you can enter in order to win some BFF goodies of your own.

Update: And we have a winner! Kim Berg is the lucky duck that gets the Weruva package. But be sure to keep reading; you might want some of your own!

The picky cat challenge basics

I kept a tally of all of the foods in my goodie box, and I kept track of what Troy would and would not eat during a time period of about a week or so, when I was here to supervise and/or coax him to nosh.

Turns out, Troy has very definite preferences about what he will and will not put into that little maw of his. Check out my notes. (Update: I typed these up, so they'd be easier to read.)

Chart of cat food options and cat foods the cat liked


In case that's a little hard to see (particularly for you mobile readers out there!), the food tended to fall into one of two camps. Either he loved everything and ate everything, or he wouldn't touch the food at all. Only one thing falls in the middle. The rest he either loved or hated.

And most of the things he loved had a common ingredient: Tuna.

Picky cat challenge redux!

So to test this guy's palette, so to speak, I picked up all of the foods he liked, and I tried them again in a head-to-head challenge. And here, there was a clear winner.
Black cat and nearly empty bowl of cat food
The BFF that comes in a packet (like this: Best Feline Friend (BFF) Tuna and Chicken Charm Me, Pack of 12 (3oz pouches) is a huge hit for Troy. Every time he got near that packet of stuff, even if it was just a tablespoon of food put on as a topper, he ate the whole bowl.

It's great to know that I have a secret weapon I can use to get this guy to eat.

The picky cat sweepstakes!

Do you want to try it for yourself? I thought so.

I'm holding a sweepstakes with the Wervua team to help introduce you to this BFF food with your own cats. Let's get some official rules out of the way, shall we?
  • The contest runs between 12 AM Eastern on 7/24/2015 and it ends at 12 AM Eastern on 8/7/2015.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this blog entry with the name of your cats (so I can prove you're not a robot). When you've done that, check off your work on the widget in this blog. No other entry formats allowed. 
  • The number of eligible entries received will determine your odds of winning.
  • The winner will be chosen at random from the eligible entries. 
  • The name of the winner will be posted on this blog, and I'll try to contact you through your comments, too. 
  • The winner will have 1 week to claim the prize, and if it's not claimed, a new winner will be chosen at random.
  • The prize will be sent to the winner by Weruva, so you'll need to provide a valid mailing address.
  • Open to residents of the United States, older than age 18.
  • Void where prohibited by law. 
Whew!

So here's the spot in which to enter. Good luck, and remember to comment!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

A few disclosures

Some product links in this post are “affiliate links.” If you click on them and make a purchase, I'll get a commission. Rest assured that I only recommend products that I believe provide real value. This disclosure comes in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I was sent samples to try as compensation for this blog post. I wasn't paid for my time, nor was I provided with specific words to use in my review. All of the opinions expressed here are my own (and they weren't purchased!).

23 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun! I would love to try the food with Rosie and Moo Shu! I'm officially entering now.

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  2. Troy, you really like Tuna, buddy! MOL! We are big chicken eaters here, not fish so much.
    We would love to be entered in your sweepstakes - our names are Delilah, Sampson, Sophie, Sassy, and Caster

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  3. This is funny. Our cat Samantha is very picky too, and we recently went through a hard time with her after she was diagnosed hyperthyroid. I can't tell you how many foods we went through trying to get her to eat! We had tried the BFF cans quite a while ago and she and her late brother had seemed to like them. But I stopped shopping at the store where we got them and kind of forgot about it. Recently we got some more and she would eat some and not others. I haven't really paid attention....I thought she had liked salmon but then she had been refusing salmon too. So I also wonder if tuna is the common denominator and if she would like those pouches as well.

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    1. I would recommend this challenge approach to anyone with a picky cat. Once you start charting results, it's amazing what you discover!

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  4. My 3 cats (Ferris, Dorian, and Alex) love Weruva. They would love a chance to try the BFF line.

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  5. Honeycreeper FarmJuly 29, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    While not particularly picky, Thomas is old a cranky! The others, Rooster, Suitor, and Not-Ours cant be picky there are mice and rats in the barn to deal with. But I bet they like to try some fancy food ;)

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    1. Cranky cats deserve treats, I say.

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  6. Hahaha! Yummy! Thankfully we don't have any picky eaters here, but my kitties sure do love yummy wetfood treats!

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    1. You're lucky to avoid the picky business! It's no fun, for sure.

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  7. My ultra picky girl will eat the BFF food as soon as I offer it, which is important, because I also have a very healthy young cat who gobbles everything she leaves behind!

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    1. Ah, the cleanup crew. I have one of those cats here, too! Thankfully, he doesn't mind dining alone. He eats all of his meals in the bathroom and then has some rest time in there until everyone else is done. Otherwise, he'd weigh 1,000 pounds!

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  8. Actually my cats will eat anything. They especially like sardine canned cat food. I thought I'd enter anyway.

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    1. No sardine flavor, sadly. Maybe tuna?

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  9. I've got one very focused eater and one who eats because I put the food out. As a result I've got one sturdy cream point and one slim tuxedo. They're total opposites from coloring, to food consumption, to personality but they're both sweethearts and do get along quite well.

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    1. How funny! Love the team approach.

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  10. Mickey Mouser is a picky eater. As soon as I think I've identified a food winner and order multiple cans to be shipped to us, he refuses to touch it!

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    1. Ah, the persistent picky eater! So frustrating!

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  11. We have 2 kitties, Munch and Jaspurrs!

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  12. Hi my name is Cheerio, and I'm on a diet called FAT CAT by another manufacturer. I'm always hungry, maybe I should try something more satisfying. Hmmm, I'm happy to eat anything and all things!

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  13. I would love to win for our 2 kitties, Bowser and Princess. Thanks for the chance :)

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