I’m a recovering addict. I had a 2-can-a-day habit until my diabetes scare last year. I knew if I wanted wanted to live all 9 lives, or even see my next birthday, I had to give up what I loved best because it was probably killing me.
I was a gravy licker.
My habit cost Karen a fortune. Fancy Feast® had the tastiest gravy, but those tiny cans just didn’t cut it, sharing with 2 other cats, so Karen supplemented my portions with this bottled stuff called Vita Gravy that sold for about $5 a pop.
Eventually, to satisfy with my ever-increasing cravings, she switched down to 9Lives™ shredded in big cans — double the gravy in Fancy Feast, but cheaper.
I never touched the meat. Over the years, we could have felt whole shelters full of needy cats on the meat dumped down the disposal.
I’m telling you this because I want you to learn from my mistake. Gravy is empty calories. I might as well have been drinking Scotch. When my blood sugar went sky-high and I was facing insulin injections, I took my last lick and quit gravy cold-turkey.
Now I eat — really eat — only certain flavors of Fancy Feast Classic, which is mostly “meat.” I feel much better and I LIKE it. My blood sugar is back to normal, too.
But just when I’m getting my life together, Fancy Feast introduces a new line called Gravy Lovers™. That’s right. MORE empty calories and even less meat. Here’s what the chicken flavor looks like:
Here’s what’s in it. It’s only 9% protein. Any other carnivore would think we’re crazy to touch it:
Poultry broth, chicken, liver, wheat gluten, meat by-products, turkey, corn starch-modified, artificial and natural flavors, soy flour, salt, calcium phosphate, added color, potassium chloride, natural grilled chicken flavor, taurine, choline chloride, magnesium sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, potassium iodide.
Fellow cats, if you want to live all your 9 lives, stay away from this stuff.