A Journey of 2 Fat Cats Turning Skinny Kitties: Grain-Free Pet Food #HealthierTogether

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As a fitness blogger and health coach with 17 years in the wellness and weight loss industries, people are often surprised when they find out that I own “fat cats.” Yes, it’s true. I am the proud owner of two, old, fluffy purr-balls, Sam and Sophie.  They are the byproduct of a failed relationship from well over a decade ago and they have been through it all with me ever since…my furry sidekicks. Samson topped the scales at just over 17 pounds and Sophie was pushing 19 at the end of this Summer.

How I ended up with “fat cats”

Just before their first birthday, my then little kitties and I took the leap of faith and left our suburban oasis of North County San Diego and moved to the downtown urban jungle. I had never lived in a city environment and didn’t really know what to expect. We settled in an 850 sq. ft condo in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Great for me, but left little room for them to climb, jump and explore. They quickly became “city kitties” and lost any an all instinct to hunt, sprint, run around and chase anything. 10 years later, we’re still down here. We have more square footage and a large patio, but the “city kitty” mentality damage has been done.

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Samson is in fact very weight concious. Not really.

Short of the occasional tense position if they spot a bird outdoors on window ledge, they don’t run around much or get very excited. They know that each morning I’ll fill their kibble bowls and even give them a chunk of delicious wet food for breakfast. After that, all they have to do is roll off the couch and stroll into the kitchen and lunch and dinner kibble are waiting. Long story short, they have grown up very fat and happy.

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City kitty cat-astrophe: empty food bowls!

The perfect cat diet.

The bummer is that while they are pretty and happy, excess fat is not good — on us humans or our furry loved ones. So about a year ago I started really digging into cat nutrition so that I could help them lose a little weight through a better quality diet. I was 100% aware they would not be interested in a kitty-cat treadmill and the Fitbit I wrapped around Sophie’s neck simply did not motivate her to move more (LOL — I really did that!).

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The extent of Sophie’s involvement with my fitness: photo bomb

I learned that cats are legit carnivores and grain is not good for them. They don’t have amylase (an enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates) in their saliva and in fact, they say that the only grain a cat should eat would be the seed that was in the stomach of the bird that it ate. Gross. But true. Grain-Free Pet Food is the way to go.

Their diet should consist of protein and fat and very, very little carbs. A “low fat” diet for a cat trying to lose weight is ludicrous and wet food is better for your chubby kitty than the dry. I’ve been honestly shocked at the shortage of information around cat nutrition and if I wasn’t so busy trying to help humans eat smarter and lose weight, I’d develop my own line of cat food. But the best news is that I don’t have to. Nulo™ is leading the pack with their line of high quality, grain-free pet foods and it’s easy to find at Petsmart locations everywhere.

Nulo™ Pet Food: Healthier Together

I was so happy when Nulo reached out to me as a part of their “Healthier Together” campaign encouraging pet parents and pets to get fit and healthy together. I can’t take my cat’s running or to yoga with me, but I can, at the very least, feed them the right type of food for their feline bodies.

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Samson is actually a “skinny kitty” now. We’re not trying to get any more weight off him.

Nulo Pet foods are all high in meat protein, completely grain free and have only low glycemic carbs as ingredients. Their products also contain a patented probiotic, BC30, which supports your pet’s immune system, provides improved nutrient absorption, reduces gas, improves stool quality, and prevents growth of yeast organisms that may cause skin problems and ear infections. Nulo blends are made and distributed in smaller batches to ensure they spend less time on the shelf and taste better when they land in the bowl.

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We’re still working on Sophie’s cat belly. But she has lost nearly 1.6 lbs since August.

Nulo is pet nutrition inspired by world class athletes.

I seriously love this company’s mission. Their tag line is “Fuel Their Inner Athlete™” They know that healthy, active humans understand the importance of quality nutrition to their overall well-being and the same translates to their pets. That’s why they choose Nulo. I agree and am thrilled with this company’s product and mission. I would love to see more pet owners dial into the quality of the food they are feeding their fur babies. We don’t always think about it, but the quality of kibble in the dish can go a long ways towards your pets quality of life and longevity.

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How To Get your pet on Nulo

Nulo Pet Food is based in Austin, TX and remains one of the few independently owned pet food companies in North America. Their products are handcrafted in the heartland of Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota and come from the highest quality, natural ingredients. You can learn more about their products on their website and also find it at Petsmart everywhere!  Also connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and share how you and your pet are #healthiertogether.

Giveaway: Win 2 Bags of NULO Medal Series Cat or Dog Food

Nulo has also given me 2 bags of Medal Series cat or dog food to give away to a reader who wants to give their pet the advantage of Nulo pet food! All the details will be over on  my Facebook page!  The giveaway* will run from 12/6-12/12!

What do you do to keep your fur-babies fit and healthy? 

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Teresa Marie Howes, BS, CPT, HHP
Teresa Marie is a nutrition expert, fitness enthusiast and health coach. She is backed with a BS in Nutrition, an MBA, a CPT from ACE and 16+ years of experience in the weight loss and wellness space. She is the founder and lead contributor of this site and coaches clients across the globe on how to achieve better health and more happiness by implementing the 4 Universal Diet Truths of her Clean & Colorful Concept.

*RULES: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Open to legal resident of the 50 United States (and the District of Columbia) and Puerto Rico who are at least 18 years of age. Giveaway starts on 12/6 at 12 o’clock EST and ends on 12/12 at 12 o’clock EST. Only entries received during this time are eligible to win. Each entrant may enter up to 5 times by tagging 5 unique friends. Two (2) winners will be chosen at random to win 2 bags of NULO Medal Series Cat or Dog food (ARV $120). Winner will be tagged on Facebook on this post and messaged via Facebook. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. After 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. Odds of winning are dependent upon number of entries received. Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or BlogPaws.

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