Sunday, December 01, 2013

Tuesday Dose of Cute: Two Thumbs and Six Paws Up for SHEBA® Food for Cats

Sarah Kate, Molly Doodlebug, and Mr. Midnight

I’ve always been a cat lover, and when I moved from urban California to rural Missouri 19 years ago, I brought four cats along with me. Then the remote farm I bought came with seven resident felines. Did I mention they were semi-feral?

By the time I was able to get everyone—including a couple more tomcats who showed up and decided to stay—spayed and neutered, the cat count was up to, well, a really high number.

Our current farm cat count is now a much more manageable six (Molly Doodlebug, Mr. Midnight, Sarah Kit Kat Kate, Jasper, George, and Skittles), but we still spend a lot of time in the cat food aisle. So when my publishing network, BlogHer, asked if my cats were interested in testing out some SHEBA® premium wet cat food as part of an upcoming ad campaign (that helps me and over 3,000 other mostly women bloggers bring you all of our content for free), we looked into the product and said yes.

What did we discover? Some good stuff, like:

More below. . .

— All SHEBA® recipes are formulated without grains, corn, gluten, or fillers, and have no artificial flavors or preservatives.

—All SHEBA® Patés are made with real beef, poultry, or seafood as the first ingredient.

— All SHEBA® seafood entrees are made with responsibly sourced seafood and fish that follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® recommendations.

I think it's great that a major company is making an effort to create more responsibly-sourced pet food. And at about fifty cents a can, Sheba® entrées cost the same as other supermarket premium wet cat foods.

Of course what matters the most is whether or not your cat likes the food you buy them. We tried the Turkey Paté, Chicken Paté, Salmon and Shrimp Paté, and the Tuna Cuts, and our cats gave SHEBA® entrées six paws up.

Three pound, eighteen-year-old Molly Doodlebug, who can barely eat because she's been battling mouth cancer for the last five years, went crazy for it. Your cat is guaranteed to love SHEBA® food for cats, or you'll get your money back.

What do you look for in your pet’s food? Let us know in the comments!, it's the cat's meow.


  1. I love the doodlebug! She is either taking over a beagle dog bed or now she is eating everyone's cat food! So cute!

  2. My cat is a Sheba fan too--mainly cause her mom only tries to feed her the best--her dry is Blue Mountain--thanks for the post--I did learn some more about the Sheba!!!
    hugs, di and miss gracie

  3. I've had cats all my life, from a peak of 8 when I was at home to just one today, Betty (my creative muse and the inspiration behind BettyWestern).

    We've learned to mix it up over the years feeding wise because cats have a habit of suddenly going off whatever was an absolute must have the week before. Finding a great wet food though is a challenge so I'll look out for this product if it gets across the pond.

    In our efforts to provide Betty with a good pure meat, we decided cooked plain chicken was not only cheaper than canned but also we felt we were doing the right thing. But BEWARE cat lovers, cooking meat deprives cats of the valuable mineral taurine which cats need for their healthy organ function, so if anyone has had the same idea, do remember to incorporate some raw or better still, a premium prepared meat such as Sheba.

    P.S. My first cat was called Sheba

  4. How funny that Molly Doodlebug is pushing Mr. Midnight out the way. Great photo sequence. I always buy a variety of canned food because Brickman for the most part only likes the gravy and a morsel or two. Winston on the other hand is not picky. No pate for Brickman either, not enough gravy. They are only supposed to get a spoonful in the morning, but Winston has conned her way to two or three spoonfuls by crying at her food dish that she has been starving for days. She'll tell anyone who will listen.

  5. I have three cats that I rescued from Humane Society. Big male who weighs 26 pds. Not fat just BIG lol. I just tried the Sheba soft pate for my oldest cat who is 17 and can't eat hard food because she has no big back teeth to chew. She loves the Sheba cat food. I would recommend this cat food to one and all. It's healthy food and my cat loves it.

  6. Rae Otlowski2/19/2014 7:53 AM

    It's good to see Molly Doodlebug still doing well. I know how hard finding an acceptable wet food is, too. I will try the Sheba food next time Sabrina decides she doesn't like her current food. And that's a when and not an if thing. My other cat will only eat the cheapest dry food. She has been that way since we adopted her. Cats are funny!
    Once again, thanks for sharing your farm life with all of us!

  7. Lib Scott Dornbush2/19/2014 10:05 AM

    I've dome homemade cat foods for various cats over the years, and I used to buy taurine from my vet to add. There were also other additions, minerals and vitamins which I can't recall, but the internet has a host of various cat food recipes.

  8. My cat,Scooter, loves Sheba. The pates more so than the other type. His allergies have subsided quite a bit. I have always looked for no corn,wheat,byproducts or fillers regarding his food. It is just better overall. Susan, I still want to come and live on your farm. I just love everything about your place and your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Aw, sweet Molly looking up at you: "I can haz moar, please?"


  10. I have four cats and feed Pro Plan wet ($1.39/can), Wild Calling ($1.99/can), and Taste of the Wild ($1.69/can).I also feed Science Diet Hairball Control and Science Diet kitten dry. I have not seen the Sheba at any of our local grocery stores or pet stores in eastern Ontario. I will try it if I find it.

  11. Molly Doodlebug, you sweet thing! What a fighter that tiny girl is! So glad you wrote this post, I had no idea about Sheba. We have been buying the nasty Friskies for our feral cats, for about the same price. We will definitely be switching to Sheba, I'm thrilled to put my $$ with a more responsibly made food. Thanks, Susan! Smooches to all the furs!

  12. Purrrfect timing. (very sorry) Our vet just told us that our adopted-us when she was 4 months old cat, needs wet food as dry does not have enough protein for her. Thanks for sharing Sheba's goodness. Will definitely pick some up for Tom Kitten! :)

  13. Hi Everybody,
    Thanks for all the great comments!

  14. I switched last year to Sheba and am so glad I did. My two Feline-Americans --both age 9 -- have more energy, shiny coats, and have come to what the vet calls "appropriate" weights for their size and age.
    I'm gratified to know that this good food is also GOOD food, in terms of the company and its policies and practices


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