If your one of the many pet owners who consider your dog or cat to be a real member of the family or, dare I even say it, a replacement child (and that's what the pet food industry says that we're doing - treating our pets like little people!) then there's a tendency to think that food-wise they ought to be getting something akin to home cooking.
And that's where Natures Menu and one or two other brands step in and say 'Take a look at our ingredients and range and give us a try!'
Couple of things though - These are not cheap foods by any means. If you've a cat or toy breed dog then you probably won't feel the strain on your purse quite so badly as a labrador owner! One way of using these types of food is alongside a dry complete food, as a complementary food, and that way they don't seem so expensive and you can still give your pet a treat.
Secondly, you'll see that the cat food does include sugar. Sugars are seemingly added to cat foods to make them more palatable. Whether this is strictly necessary I do not know but it seems a shame, as I don't think we would naturally feed sugar to a cat given the choice, despite Natures Menus stating 'Feeding as Nature intended!'.
The dog food range has increased and now there is the Country Hunter 600g tins with good quality ingredients. Country Hunter also comes as a dry food in 700g packs.
Natures Menu produce good quality foods - they work out more expensive than, say, Naturediet, but offer a good alternative with natural ingredients.
As with all natural wet foods it's going to be expensive to feed anything other than a small breed dog. The smaller 300g pouches are around £1.15, and the larger 600g tines come in at around £2.29. Country Hunter as dry food is around £6.49 for 700g.
Based not just on quality of ingredients, but if it seems to offer value for money!
Chicken min. 61%. Peas min. 4%. Carrots min. 4%. Rice min. 6%. Minerals. Various sugars. Analytical Constituents: Protein: 10.0%, Oil: 7.0%, Fibre: 1.0%, Ash: 2.5%, Moisture: 75.0%. Vit.A: 2000 I.U./Kg, Vit.D3: 200 I.U./Kg, e Vit.E (alfatocoferol): 16mg/Kg.
Protein 10%, Fat 7%, Fibre 1%
Duck 28%, Broth 25%, Chicken 15%, Peas 7%, Swede 7%, Carrots 7%, Apples 4%, Plum 4%, Seaweed 1%, Spinach 1%, Sunflower Oil 1%
Protein 10.6%, Fat 8%, Fibre 0.8%