Evanger’s grain-free canned buffalo

BUFFALO! Now when we say ‘buffalo’, most people think of this:

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Moo.

But this isn’t what I’m talking about. This is the African Buffalo (thank you, numerous Earth Vision/Animal planet episodes that I watched like an addict when I was a kid).

Nope. That isn’t it. This is it:

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Moo.

This is the buffalo that I’m talking about!

American buffalo = bison!

Buffalo/Bison is a member of the bovine family (cattle) but you can’t call it a cow because it isn’t the normal cattle that we’re used to. Ahah! You can’t insult it! 

*laughs manically to self*

Anyway. I was saying.

Bison is considered healthier meat than normal cattle (beef) because of the reduced fat levels and higher iron and essential fatty acids. According to Livestrong.com, buffalo/bison meat also tastes different. Apparently it tastes ‘sweet’, ‘clean’ (what?) and ‘rich’. I am not sure. At this point, I am hungry, and I want some buffalo meat. I shall have to make do with buffalo wings instead.

/end cold joke. I promise. hehe.

According to Dr. M. Marchello at North Dakota University, bison is better than beef because it has greater protein, minerals and fatty acids and less calories. Also, it doesn’t taste like game meats (I don’t know, I have never eaten bison. I am only quoting!).

In any case, I have never seen buffalo sold in Singapore. Here’s what we have to make do with for our pets:

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I love Evangers, because the ingredients list is simple and short:

Buffalo, Water Sufficient For Processing, Liver, Guar Gum.

No extra addictives, no presevatives, no grains, no fillers, no nothing. Awesome. No carrageenan (red seaweed extract), which is carcinogenic–and found in many premium food brands. I’m looking at you, Wellness! No actually I’m not–don’t sue me; I’m poor!

So it is best to avoid carrageenan in your canned pet food because if you’re going to feed the same thing day in and day out, that little bit of non-toxic carrageenan may build up over time, leading to tumour and other cancerous growths. I shall make a toxic ingredients list someday, just so you guys can look at it and learn how to read labels better 😉

Buffalo is good game meat for those of you whose pets are allergic to common meats, especially because this is a single-source meat product. Many pet foods today contain multiple meat sources, and I know how hard it is to find a good food without several proteins inside. It is also good for those who want to let their pets try novel meats, and those who want to rotate meats for their pets to reduce chances of them developing allergies.

Anyway, this is what it looks like inside. I particularly like how little water it has, because it means you’re paying good money for something that’s worth it.

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Well, it’s not pate. It’s minced buffalo, and good for those whose pets don’t like pate. In fact it…actually…looks…like…

vomit. There. I said it. It’s true–check the 2nd video out!

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BUT, folks, THIS THING SMELLS LIKE SLICES OF PINK LUNCHEON MEAT SIZZLING TO ON A PAN. GOOD, FATTY, CRISPY LUNCHEON MEAT THAT YOUR MUM PROBABLY FORBADE YOU TO EAT.

I could sniff this stuff the whole day, it’s that good. *happy sigh.

And the cats loved it. See!

To see the texture:

Next Morning’s Poop Smell-O-Meter: 2/5

Definitely less stinky than other brands I’ve tried, but not as stink-less as raw.

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