How We Choose the Cat Foods We CarryIngredients: We look at the quality and digestibility of the ingredients for the biology of the cat. We look carefully at the ingredient sources of the nutrients. All ingredients in the foods we carry have a sound nutritional reason for being there. We won’t stock foods made with ingredients of poor nutritional quality such as meat by-products, meat and bone meal, anonymous meats and unnamed plant products, artificial preservatives, sugars, or coloring agents.
Nutritional validity and approach: In addition to ingredients, it’s important to consider the formula’s foundation. Why were the formula’s ingredients chosen? How does the combination further the health of a cat? Is the formula up to date or on the leading edge of veterinary nutritional science? We prefer to carry foods made by companies that have a veterinary nutritionist on staff, available to answer our questions, and whose food formulas are designed to stand up to nutritional goals for cats.
Manufacturing: Whenever possible, Mud Bay staff visit the manufacturing plants of the companies whose foods we carry. We prefer to stock products from companies that make their own foods. They tend to have on-site testing labs and a high degree of quality control, which affects everything from the integrity of ingredient sources to batch consistency.
People we trust and know: More than ten agencies regulate the cat food industry, but none guarantees that what is on the label is actually what is in the bag (or can). Labeling laws allow only certain minimum descriptions of ingredients. As a result, to completely know the quality of a cat food, you have to know the integrity of the people who make it. We prefer to work with people who care about the quality of the food they make, stand behind it, have a reputation for excellence and are forthright and honest in all their communications.
Environmental and social contribution: Just as important as nutrition and quality is the environmental and social impact of the foods we choose to carry. We look for companies that do business and buy from suppliers that work in planet-friendly ways. And we look for organic ingredients, local suppliers, and companies that charitably contribute to the well-being of cats and the people who take care of them.
Mud Bay stands by every food and supply we stock. If for any reason you, your dog or your cat isn't completely happy with something you've bought at Mud Bay, please bring it back. We'll trade it out for something that may work better, or simply refund your money.
Mud Bay chooses foods from the thousands of premium cat foods available in the marketplace. Over the last twenty years, we’ve practiced an approach that rigorously evaluates the nutrition and manufacturing of foods, and we’ve developed relationships with the people who make them.
Mud Bay carries a wide variety of foods. You can view a list of them here.You can also stop by one of our stores for a free copy of our brochure, "How We Choose the Foods We Carry."