Sep 122016

Ernie with Addiction pet foodsHi guys! Ernie here. We’ve mentioned before about how the mom is on a mission to feed us foods that are good for us. She wants us to have the best nutrition possible so we’ll stay healthy. She says a healthy cat is a happy cat…and she wants to keep us happy.

About Addiction

When the mom was at BlogPaws earlier this year, she talked with the people from Addiction pet foods and learned some interesting facts about it. Addiction is a New Zealand company started in 2002 by a leading holistic veterinarian who found that every day pet foods were under-nourishing pets. The unhealthy combination of fats, grains, by-products and additives in the foods were creating harmful food allergies and serious health problems. So he set out to develop pet foods inspired by cats’ and dogs’ natural diets. He formulated recipes around high-quality proteins and meats that were not only richer in nutrients, but also hypoallergenic and easier to digest.

Addiction believes in creating foods that are great for pets as well as for the environment. It’s the first pet food company to use eco-friendly meats like kangaroo and brushtail as an alternative to farming traditional meats like chicken or beef. They get the meat from suppliers that use sustainable and ethical practices that support their eco-friendly philosophy.

Addiction pet foods contain no artificial preservatives, flavors, fillers or by-products. They use wild or free-range meats that are not subject to growth hormones and steroids. Addiction pet foods are as close to what animals would eat in if they were in the wild.

Ernie with Addiction Wild Brushtail & Berries

The mom really liked what she heard about Addiction so when the Addiction people offered to send us some food for us to try, she of course said yes. I’ve been having lots of problems with my allergies lately, and she’s interested in seeing if the Addiction would help me since their pet foods are made to be hypoallergenic.

Addiction Wild Brushtail & Berries

The Taste Test

We were sent a few different foods to try, but today I’m going to tell you about Addiction Wild Brushtail & Berries raw dehydrated food…which provides all the benefits of a raw diet but with the ease of a dry food. What’s a brushtail you ask? Google says it’s a type of wild possum found in New Zealand. Possum?!? Well, that’s a new one for me! In addition to the brushtail, Addiction Wild Brushtail & Berries also contains anti-oxidant rich berries and raw vegetables for added vitamins and nutrients. It is high in omega fatty acids and is low in allergy.

Addiction Wild Brushtail & Berries groupshot

Addiction Wild Brushtail & Berries can be fed either dry or re-hydrated with water. It can also be used as a food topper. The mom chose to serve it to me re-hydrated. It’s suggested that whenever switching to a new food, to mix it with whatever you are currently feeding your pet, and with each meal increase the new food while decreasing the old. The mom mixed some of the Wild Brushtail & Berries in with my regular grain-free wet food along with a little water.

Ernie eating Addiction Wild Brushtail & Berries

And lemme tell you…I could hardly wait for her to stop mixing. I dove right into that bowl and started eating, barely coming up for air. I give it big paws up! And the mom says if it helps with my allergies, she’ll give it paws up, too.

Addiction logo

You can learn more about Addiction pet foods and where to purchase them by visiting their website by clicking HERE.  You can also follow Addiction on Facebook and Twitter.

A Giveaway

Would you like to try Addiction foods, too? We’re giving away an assortment of Addiction cat food including a box of Wild Brushtail & Berries raw dehydrated food (makes up to 6 lbs. of food). Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter. The giveaway is available for those in the U.S. only. Void where prohibited. You have through September 18, 2016 to enter. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours in which to claim the prize or else another winner will be chosen.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure:  We’re being compensated to share our experience with Addiction pet foods, but that did not influence our opinion at all. The Island Cats will always give a fair and honest review, and will only share information that we feel is relevant to our readers.


  52 Responses to “Addiction Pet Food – Healthy Food Pets Crave”

  1. Interesting… We may have to try this.

  2. That does sound like some good food. We might have to try that on our Mew Mew who chews herself raw. I wish I could find something that would help her. Great review Ernie.

  3. Well, any food that is healthy and delicious is surely a good food! I am so glad you liked it and I do hope it helps you control your allergies!

  4. Never tried raw food, but we are game!

  5. Oh heck yeah, Ernie! This New Zealand foods sound like they are the cat’s pajamas! I’m IN!

  6. From New Zealand ! Sound delicious !!!

    PS : Did I ever tell you, my dad is New Zealander !

  7. I feed my dog dehydrated raw, my cats are always interested in her food. I think they might like to try this.

  8. Mudpie already won some of this food and she’s anxious to try it!

  9. I’ve never tried Addiction food for my cats, but it sounds great and I think they’d like it. We have three cats – Moko, who is a senior (with some health problems), Arata (he turned 3 just a few days ago), and Kotoha (the tiny feral kitten I found at only two weeks old, but who is now almost three months old). I try to do what’s best for them, including what I feed them. I’d really like to try this food for them.

  10. We tried Addiction foods once but not the dehydrated kind. We liked the first serving but not anymore after that. We like to keep frustrating our mommy that way. Hope it helps your allergies Ernie!

  11. Interesting foodable ingredients……kangaroo? Possum critters? WOW…..I’d be game (haha) to try some of this for sure…….my tummy is very picky and who knows – maybe it would pick this?!

    Hugs, Sammy

  12. Ernie, you really seem to like that food….we hope it helps with your allergies!!

    The Florida Furkids

  13. I am glad you liked it and it can help with allergies. I should try some for Prancie. I feel bad for the roos though.

    • We were concerned about kangaroos and brushtails, too, but what we have learned is that they run wild in Australia and New Zealand…kind of like deer around here…and it’s necessary to keep their numbers down.

  14. I just tried a new raw food, and wouldn’t eat it. Mom couldn’t believe it because it was chicken and when she makes chicken we always want some. When we wouldn’t eat it raw, mom cooked it but we still wouldn’t eat it. Hope we win this food. I wanna try brushtail!

  15. That sounds very healthy food. Brushtail is totally new to me, too. Glad you liked it!

  16. I’m so glad you liked the new food, Ernie! I like the philosophy behind the company’s actions too.

  17. Glad you enjoyed those noms! We only eat raw when its the stuff we are not supposed ti have, MOL! So no we have not tried commercial raw foods. We have tried freeze dried food, from whole raw, does that count?? We know dog-guy likes raw…
    We think it might be fun to give this a try. Thanks for a chance to win some.

  18. I wonder what the percentage of the as fed totals are plants/carbs

  19. That food sounds interesting and we hope it helps with those pesky allergies, Ernie. Our Mom especially appreciated the photos of before mixing and after. She will need to look up the company to see if they list nutritional information since she’s learning all about phosphorus and sodium levels in our food now.

  20. This food would be worth a try. We don’t get raw food normally but if this type is brought into Canada we’re willing to try it.


  21. What a great name for the yummy food and it looks yummy too.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  22. Great review ! We visited their website and we noticed that there were fruits, potatoes and seeds in the recipe, though. However, we’re glad to hear that it helped you with your allergies. Purrs

  23. I keep trying new foods and they keep turning their cute little noses up. I would love to try this and would hate to have to buy a large amount without knowing if they will eat it.

  24. My human made the BIG mistake of doing a Google image search on brushtails once – and she thought they were so cute that now she feels guilty feeding them to us. 🙁 She’s got to stop doing that – Addiction is a great company, and earth-conscious businesses should be supported.

  25. That sure sounds interesting Ernie and your did a grand review!

  26. Dat sounds really yummy. We couldn’t bigify your fotos, but we really would like to see da actual food in da plate. Is it pawssible fur your mommy to email us da foto to look at? We don’t want to use it or anythin’ we just wanna see it. Fanks fur tellin’ us ’bout it.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  27. dood…..uh….we iz glad ya N joyed yur foodz but……..we dunno bout thiz one…… we iz glad it will help with yur al ur geez N all…… tho still………de best two everee one who enterz de contest ! ☺☺☺♥♥♥

  28. Our momma has yet to find a healthy nutritious fuds that we like. Help!

  29. We hav been eating Addicion Salmon dried for over a year now. It is a favourite here and their other stuff is on our must try list. AND it’s made here in NZ!

  30. Raw food is the best. Kudos to mom for caring enough to feed you the best.

  31. We’ve never tried brushtail before, Ernie. But you make it look delicious!

  32. Glad he liked it! No, we haven’t tried raw food.

  33. We tried a few of the samples of raw food we got at BlogPaws … but nothing on a regular basis. We’re glad this food helped with Ernie’s allergies. We know he’s had a tough time of it this year. We’d love to try Addiction foods too!

  34. I live in Europe and can’t get these. Are there any you know for French kitties?

  35. We have never tried raw food or anything like this Addiction food before. But, this sounds so intriguing. I like the concept of how novel it is, so perhaps it could do wonders for kitties with allergies to all the same old stuff. Thank you for sharing this with us! You’ve certainly piqued our interest!

  36. Wow, those are certainly some unique proteins. We like that and the sounds of this company. Sam is so fussy though, I’m afraid she wouldn’t eat it. So we’ll leave the giveaway to someone who has more appreciative cats – MOL.

  37. Mom says that she somehow missed this representative at BlogPaws. She’s always trying to find a food that Fiona will like, so we are signing up for the giveaway. Thanks for the review, Ernie! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  38. i dont have cats, but have dogs and use raw venison, and other raw meats for my dogs. i would like this to donate to safe haven cat shelter and clinic for their local food bank.

  39. I have only tried raw for my dogs but never my cat

  40. That sounds like good food! Too bad we aren’t in the U.S.

  41. We’ve tried a couple kinds of dehydrated raw foods and we really like them!

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  43. That looks like it would be a great packing option for an active cat. Yummmmmm!

    Shadow, Stealth, and Sarah

  44. That looks and sounds very tasty, Ernie. I have to feed a belly now 😉 Pawkisses 🙂 <3

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  46. Yes, I have tried raw food, in fact, just last night mama came over to my dish an plunked down something red and tender called MEAT and wow, that was really good. I could become addicted that THAT but she likes me to eat fish, too. And other things…poultry I think it’s called. It is feathered.

  47. Hiya Kitties, Brush tail (or here, known as bush tailed) possums are native to Australia where in some regions they are a protected species. Some colonial acclimatisation idiots introduced them to New Zealand where they are now a pest species – over 70 million of the furry *&%^*!!!!!! – who prey on our native birds, lizards etc…… (yes – we have more bush-tailed possums then we have sheep) as well as enjoying our lush bush/forests.

    Until humans arrived in New Zealand (some 900 to 1400 years ago) our only mammals were a couple of types of bats so all the birdies and lizards and insects had few predators. Humans have been in Australia for thousands of years. Sooooo if the food has bush-tailed possums from New Zealand in it than that is a good thing as they are a pest animal here. I would be very concerned if the possums were from Australia where, despite it being their native land, they struggle quite a bit in that hot, dry land.

    As a New Zealander the best bush-tailed possum to me is a dead one. I so wish we could send them all back. Okay, wee lecture over, I hope you all enjoy this food, kitty-lover Michelle in Wellington, NZ, with purry head-butts from little round Megs.

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  49. My Cat Yanni, who is a Pet Partners Registered Therapy cat, has been diagnosed with both IBD and food allergies. After much trial and error with many different brands of cat food, we switched to a holistic vet who recommended Additction Vension and Brushtail. Yanni loves both varieties without tiring of them.. His IBD/food allergies are under control and he has been diarrhea-free for a very long time! Without Addiction brand cat food, Yanni would not be able to continue to visit people in nursing homes and shelters as a therapy cat. This food has literally saved my cat’s life.

    • Great that the food is helping Yanni. I have human IBD (Crohn’s disease) so really sympathise with Yanni and his humans. Your special boy helps other humans so much, Michelle xx

  50. I just tried some raw food with the Farm cats. Sherpa and Pumpkin have been having some tummy problems and I’m trying to find something they will keep down.

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