What Is The Best Dog Food For My Dog AND cat food for my cat!

Looking for the best pet foods and toys and today we're looking at a meal topper and black dog poop!

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So what Pet Food Is The Best To Buy?

First of all – great question!  And we also want to say thank you for visiting the family pet club as we explore what we find to be the best for everyone’s pooch! 

Speaking of pooches,my dog Trooper had a little problem with his poop the other day.  As we all know, as owners of pooches there is a real problem for your whole family if your dogs poop turns the nasty black.  The reason this is so scary is because it can mean that your pet (either dog or cat) might have internal bleeding.  Can you imagine the scare?  

By the way heres a picture of my dog troop.  Isn’t he adorable!  But, what came as a shock to us (my family) is that we had one of the highest rated foods on the market.  My question was, did his dog food somehow damage my dogs health?  For example did it cause black stool?  Well, what we found out was that our pooch may have been extremely dehydrated.  


So what food did we go out and grab? This may be the best pet food topper for me and you.


It was the Meal Mixers from Stella and Chewys.  You have got to hand it to Stella and Chewys, they seem to be everywhere and seem to have tons of different foods! Here’s a link to their site (no, it is NOT an affiliate site) but you can see what they are up to. I know! ITS pretty snazzy! Still the official product we bought was:

The beef meal from Stella and Chewy's product line.
Stella and Chewys

So this food is dehydrated but on the taste factor its as good as can food. My dog really loves this food and will actually come up to me fifteen minutes before his normal dinner time and start “nudging me” – yes, how cute! But, will nudge until he gets his food! So his love of this food is great. In fact if I were to rate this food I’d give 4 out of 5 stars.

Why 4 out of 5? Well, in terms of pet food one of the big things I look for are foods that won’t hurt my pets. And, while I believe it is somewhat user error, but its also somewhat on the company for not explicitly telling people to rehyrdate the food.

So, going back to the previous point – remember when I talked about my dogs poop? Well, guess what happened when my dogs food was hydrated. His stool got magically better!

That’s right! So, there probably was some correlation between the dog food and the poop. So what guidelines did we end up using to rehydrate?

Super simple. All you do is fill the food in a cup (about 1/2 cups worth for my dog – it might be more of less depending on the weight) and then add as much water as you did the food – so this again would have been 1/2 cup.

After this, my dog seems a whole lot better. I wonder if there fact that they food is severely dehydrated can also pull moisture from the intestines and the digestive tract? Not sure, but something definitely felt fishy.

I believe we’re going to go back onto wet can food for a bit to make sure he’s completely get hydrated and then we’ll give these another go. Next time though we’ll make sure to add the water.

So what flavor are we going to get? Not sure but here are the different ones for dog toppers:

First of 4 flavor
Last 3 flavors for Stella’s and Chewy

So there you have it. Well probably try the salmon flavored one as Trooper tolerates that one the best.

Well hope you can find some comfort in this for and hopefully your pooch will love you for it!

And now for cats!

The Best Dry Cat Food: Purina Beyond Grain Free, Natural, Adult Dry Cat Food


Purina beyond grain free dry cat food


Key Features:

  • Grain free, with real ocean whitefish as the first ingredient
  • Made without corn, wheat, soy or artificial colors or preservatives
  • The dry food is produced at in-house facilities and formulas created by nutritionists.


This dry cat food was chosen because of the lack of grains, and primary ingredients being fish and chicken. Cats are carnivores, so it’s especially important to ensure they’re getting enough animal-based protein to sustain them, and Purina’s Beyond food fits that need. The other main consideration is that this dry cat food contains no grains or soy, which cats can be sensitive to.

The kibble can be larger than other companies, so be cautious if you have a small cat or when you’re initially letting your cat try the food. The other grain-free flavor is White Meat Chicken.

Price Point:

$32 for an 11lb bag


The Best Wet Cat Food: Sheba Perfect Portions Pate Wet Cat Food Trays

Sheba perfect portions wet cat food

Key Features:

  • Super convenient packaging with one serving per container
  • All include real protein, plus vitamins and minerals
  • Variety of flavors, including beef, chicken, chicken & liver, chicken & tuna, turkey, or poultry


Sheba has made a great option for people who want to serve their cat’s healthy wet food without the messy cleanup. Each package is easy to open and pre-portioned for a single serving, so there’s no leftovers and less chance any extra food gets wasted or goes bad. These pates are made without grain, corn, soy or wheat as well which is great for cats with sensitivities!

While they’re a bit pricier than most dry cat foods, wet food can also easily be mixed into dry for added nutrition. If you have an older cat who needs an appetite boost or need an option for cats with any oral discomforts, try this wet food.

Price Point:

$22 for 24 (2.6 oz. Twin-Pack Trays)

The Best Kitten Food: Instinct Original Kitten Grain Free Recipe with Real Chicken Natural Dry Cat Food by Nature’s Variety


best dry kitten food InstinctKey Features:

  • Made of cage-free chicken, vegetables, fruits, and nutritious oils
  • 0% Grain, corn, wheat, soy or potato
  • Each piece of kibble has a freeze-dried raw coating on it for extra nutrition and delicious taste


Buying kitten food is an important decision and it’s essential to choose a kitty food with a lot of protein and nutrition for healthy growth. We chose Nature’s Variety’s Kitten food because chicken is the #1 ingredients and this formula has cut out ingredients that are typical for pet intolerances such as grain, soy, and wheat. You can either feed this kibble dry to kittens if they’re old enough to eat it straight, mix some dry kibble with a portion of wet food or mix the dry kibble with water to soften the bites.

Since the kibble is coated in freeze-dried raw, make sure you wash your hands after handling to ensure cleanliness.

Price Point:

$24 for a 4.5lb bag


The Best Affordable Cat Food: Rachael Ray Nutrish Indoor Complete Natural Dry Cat Food, Chicken With Lentils & Salmon Recipe


Nutrish dry cat food for indoor cats

Key Features:

  • Number one ingredient is real chicken plus real salmon
  • Includes lentils, blueberries, cranberries, and pumpkin for fiber and antioxidants
  • Does contain gluten and corn. Does not list soy as an ingredient.


This cat food was chosen as the best affordable option because while it does contain gluten and corn, the main ingredient is still chicken and the overall mix of ingredients contain a good combination of nutrients that help keep cats healthy. If your cat has allergies this might not be the best option, but there were many positive reviews of this dry food helping cat’s with smelly bowel movements and helping to ease cat’s sensitive stomachs.

Price Point:

$19 for a 14lb bag.


Updated August 23d