In script above its logo, Health Extension has the word “holistic,” and it reflects the family-owned company’s overall approach to making canned and dry food for cats and dogs that has a broad nutritional appeal.
For its canned cat food offerings, Health Extension starts with meat, fish or poultry as the main ingredient. The 13-variety line also features a blend of vitamins, minerals and vegetables to help felines maintain proper urinary tract health. Coconut oil is used “to enhance whole body health,” according to its website.
Health Extension is also particular about what is not in its products. It doesn’t use artificial colors or flavors, and nearly all of its canned cat foods are grain-free. Many varieties are made in the U.S. with ingredients that can be traced back to their origins via a nifty clickable map on the Health Extension website — the aforementioned coconut oil, for example, comes from Massachusetts. (No ingredients are sourced from China.)
The grain-free Tuna & Prawns Recipe for cats is among the few in the Health Extension line made in Thailand, and it features deboned tuna, real ocean prawns, pure sunflower oil and added taurine. We recently had Milo and his sister Carly share a can and decide whether this variety had world-class appeal.
As is the norm every evening, they sprinted into the kitchen and expressed their hunger through a chorus of meows. For all they knew, the 2.8-ounce can pulled from the pantry shelf was one of their tried-and-true menu items, but this selection stood out in more ways than one — and those distinctions were apparent as soon as the lid was removed.
Like a precisely arranged plate of food at a five-star restaurant, a tiny prawn was perfectly centered inside, resting on top. Although tuna was the main ingredient, there was no overpowering smell, and the color and texture of the can’s main contents resembled ground beef, not fish.
Once their bowls were placed on the floor, Milo and Carly dove right in and ate for a few minutes. As is their normal routine, Carly took a break and walked from the kitchen into the library, then Milo promptly moved over to her bowl. Carly returned a minute later and ate from her brother’s bowl (if cat choreography is a thing, then these two belong on Broadway).
Both bowls were emptied in short order, which is not always the case when they’re served canned food — usually, a little is left behind and finished hours later. Equally as notable was there was no evidence in the litter box or around the house that the food didn’t agree with them.
While there is plenty about their personalities that are different, Milo and Carly appear to be in sync that Health Nutrition’s Tuna & Prawns Recipe is one that appeals to their respective palates and doesn’t throw off their daily dining routine.