My new ’2013 List’ of pet foods I would trust to feed my own pets is now available. This year, there are more pet foods, one prescription pet food, and a couple pet treats on The 2013 List.
The most frequent question I receive from pet owners remains “What pet food do you feed your own pets?” My answer is “I home cook for my own pets, I prepare their food.” The next question invariably is, “what pet food do you recommend?”
I can’t answer that question, and here’s why…
For me to ‘recommend’ a pet food is a type of endorsement. I represent pet food consumers and I cannot/will not endorse any pet food company. Certainly there are pet foods that I like, that I would trust to feed my own pets – but it remains, I cannot endorse/recommend any pet food to anyone.
But I can share a list of pet foods that I would trust to feed my own pets. And in doing so, I can help raise the funding to support the advocacy work that I do. Being painfully honest, doing what I do requires me to go to meetings, attend industry events, give lectures and pet food educational events (of which I do not charge a fee for). This requires some major $$$ to accomplish. Petsumer Report subscriptions help, The List helps, and soon I will share about another (very different – not pet food) fund raiser for my advocacy work.
Things to know about the 2013 List…
The pet foods on the 2013 List were chosen for quality of ingredients, integrity of the company, customers service, and ‘things’ I know. About those ‘things’ – I am fortunate to be provided with insider information about this industry. The unfortunate part is that much of these ‘things’ shared with me I cannot report publically; threats of lawsuit are very real. However, these ‘things’ influence my decisions of pet foods I would trust to feed my own pets. In other words, while I can certainly list the pet foods I do trust, I might not be able to explain why one pet food or another is not on this list.
No pet food company pays to be on the List. Zero.
There are NO cheap pet foods on the 2013 List. If you are looking for a cheap pet food, this isn’t the list you want. Quality costs money (but it’s worth it).
There are 18 dog food manufacturers, 7 cat food manufacturers (3 more will add cat foods this year), including one prescription dog and cat food manufacturer, and 3 pet treat manufacturers (though any of the foods on the 2013 List that produce treats would be great treats too). The 2013 List includes fresh cooked pet foods, raw pet foods, kibble, and canned. Some of the companies on the 2013 List have international distribution, some have extremely limited U.S. only distribution.
No, you cannot share the 2013 List with your friends, family, or strangers. I depend on the income provided by the List to keep doing the work I do. The List is copyright protected; without expressed written consent from myself (Susan Thixton) no part of The List can be emailed, copied, quoted, printed (except for personal use), or altered.
Note: I am aware of a couple of pet forums that publicly posted the names of pet foods on last years List. While almost everyone respected the request to not share, a few did not. C’mon, give a girl a break. Please respect the no share request.
I have again this year made The List available in different price categories so that it is easily affordable for anyone. $5, $10, $20, $25, and $50. If you can afford $50, wonderful – thank you. If you can only afford $5 – that is wonderful too! The price is up to you; I thank you for any amount you can afford.
To order the 2013 List, click on the appropriate link below.
Note: When you order, you will receive a confirmation email of your order. And once the order has processed (this might take an hour or so depending on the type of payment) you will receive a second email with the download link to the 2013 List. If you do not receive the second email within 24 hours, check your SPAM folder. Problems still? Click here to email me.
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