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Why Choose Smack Pet Food?
The Ideal Food for Cats
Family-owned and operated in Canada, our raw, dehydrated food is handcrafted with fresh whole meats and organic, high-quality produce.
Cats - obligate carnivores - have no biological requirement for carbohydrates. Whereas kibble contains anywhere from 25-45% carbohydrates, our recipes have a carbohydrate content of 3.5% or less, which comes from organic, non-gmo fruit and vegetables (no added vitamins or synthetics - only the all-natural, good stuff!).
We know it can be hard to get a kibble-addicted cat to eat raw or canned food (cats imprint on food textures, taste and smells when very young). Our food provides amazing, minimally-processed nutrition in a format many kibble-addicted cats will accept.
The Smack difference
We use only the best cuts of non-medicated meats (no added hormones) and wild caught fish in our formulas, all of which are hand-trimmed in-house during our manufacturing process.
Our technology of low temperature dehydration preserves the nutrients in our food through minimal processing, aiding digestion. Our techniques also ensure food safety while maintaining the natural, beneficial enzymes and bacteria needed for good gut health.
Unlike raw frozen or fresh food, you won't need to worry about bacteria or pathogens; our testing has proven our manufacturing process (combined with very low moisture content) inhibits their growth. We have never tested positive for any pathogens.
Our food is made with fresh, whole meats, hand-trimmed ingredients and organic, all-natural produce. We pride ourselves on the quality of our food and the nutrition it gives our pets.
Our low-carbohydrate recipes help boost dental and gum health (carbohydrates create a starchy film that promotes plaque buildup and encourages gum disease). Carbohydrate-laden foods such as kibble can also lead to obesity, glucose issues and inflammation in cats.
We always recommend ample fresh water for cats. Tricks like using a flowing water fountain can encourage more water consumption. Smaller amounts in a separate bowl with a splash of bone broth can also encourage adequate hydration.
Check out our superfood ingredients page to learn more about how our ingredients positively impact your cat's health.
Why is organic and non-GMO product important?
Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts and people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives may find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods. In essence, organic produce contains fewer pesticides and supplies needed fibre and nutrients in cat food naturally.
What is ethoxyquin? And why should I care about synthetic vitamins and minerals?
Ethoxyquin (E324) is a synthetic antioxidant that is used primarily in animal feed. Globally, ethoxyquin is not approved for use as a direct food additive in foods for human consumption. Specific to the omega-3 industry, some krill meals and crude fish and fish oils for animal feed are preserved using ethoxyquin.
Naturally occurring vitamins and synthetic vitamins are different … really different. They’re not in the same chemical form … so your cat’s body will have trouble recognizing and using the fake, synthetic vitamins. These synthetic vitamins and minerals, even at the best quality, regularly have partially hydrolyzed protein carriers of unknown sources and are almost exclusively available from overseas sources. This means they can be contaminated with toxins, or at the very least, be a source of allergens to some pets.
Why is carbohydrate content and source important?
Dogs and cats have no biological requirement for simple carbohydrates. Some of these also contain a good portion of the food's protein levels, which are simply not easy to digest or particularly bioavailable. Basically a lot comes out the back end…in the form of excrement and litter box odour. So it may look like a high protein food, but much of it comes from peas or potatoes, not appropriate sources for dogs and cats. They also can lead to obesity and can wreak havoc on their ability to control their insulin levels.
Some are more concerning than others, like peas, lentils and those in the legume family. They contain lectins (plant proteins) and phytoestrogens, which can damage your cat's gut, leading to leaky gut symptoms and they provide a continuous source of plant based estrogens which interfere with a normal endocrine system.
Minimal levels of carbohydrates in Smack foods are for fibre and nutrients and like a traditional raw diet lead to easier weight management, less litter box contents and substantial reduction in litter box odour.
Why is the amount fed important?
Calorie density is important. It’s very hard for your pet to digest and work on massive amounts of food consumed in any given meal. As illustrated above, when we’re feeding large amounts of food (vs >1/2 cup) this indicates a large portion of low calorie fillers, which will be partially fermented in the gut and come out the other end. Simply put, excessive food tends to equal excessive excrement and litter box use. It also indicates that a lot of the food’s ingredients are those hard-to-digest carbohydrates.
Who We Are
Founded in 2008, Smack Pet Food is a Canadian-based family business that formulates and manufactures raw dehydrated food for dogs and cats.
Our passion for providing nutritious, convenient, and delicious dehydrated food for pets stems from a family love of animals. Expertise in biochemistry, food engineering, and holistic medicine combined with an innovative production approach allows us to create the highest quality dehydrated pet food in the world. We want the best for our pets to keep them happy, energetic, and full of life!