Say No Way to Algae: Carrageenan

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Being a pet parent is one of the most satisfying roles there is. But beyond the exciting play times and cute bonding moments lie the most important aspect of caring for our fur babies: proper nourishment. And a well-rounded nutrition starts with food.

As experienced pawrents, most of us have probably memorized by heart what to look for and what to avoid when it comes to pet food. We already know how to meticulously scrutinize labels and ingredients lists. GMOs, extenders, and fillers? No way! 

Unfortunately, there’s still one sneaky raw material that deserves our attention and should not find its way to our precious pals’ food bowls: carrageenan. 

What is Carrageenan?

Carrageenan may sound like an alien ingredient from an obscure planet, but it actually is a typical additive extracted from edible red seaweed. It is common in a lot of pet and human food, mostly used as a thickening and gelling agent. It is added to achieve a desired texture, consistency, flavor, and appearance. Sounds harmless? Not really. The truth is, there are two types of carrageenan and it’s important that we know how to set the two apart.

The first type is degraded carrageenan or poligeenan. It is chemically altered and not considered safe for pet and hooman consumption. According to studies, it can cause inflammation in the digestive system, as well as other potential health risks. It has been banned by the FDA in all types of pet and human food products. 

Undegraded carrageenan, on the other hand, is the food-grade counterpart found in most pet food. It is used to thicken and emulsify pet food as well as to stabilize wet food, helping to keep the oil and water from separating. Undegraded carrageenan is safe to use and is approved by the FDA and AAFCO. 

What’s the real deal?

Although considered safe by the FDA and AAFCO, studies have found conflicting findings about carrageenan’s effects on our fur babies’s long-term health and wellness. Some of these alarming concerns include carrageenan’s potential to cause cancer, stomach inflammation, and digestive issues, such as bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain to pets. It has also been noted that even undegraded carrageenan, considered “safe” and food-grade, contains trace amounts of the more harmful bits. It is also worth noting that carrageenan contains no protein, fat, or carbs, meaning it doesn’t provide nutrition at all.

Definitely a cause of concern for fur parents everywhere. This is why choosing the best carrageenan-free pet food is critical.

Don’t worry, Loveabowl is carrageenan-free!

The good news is there are pet foods without carrageenan, like Loveabowl! Each bag of Loveabowl is brimming with only high-quality ingredients. No preservatives, no extenders, no growth hormones, and definitely no carrageenan. Only all-natural goodness that makes each mealtime deliciously healthy, hearty, and safe for your precious pet.

Each ingredient of Loveabowl is carefully curated with your pet’s health in mind, intended to only provide their specific nutritional needs. These ingredients include novel proteins like Snow Crab and Atlantic Lobster and superfoods like berries, kelp, and lentils. Now that’s worry-free feeding and pawrenting!

To make sure that the food or treat you give your pet is absolutely carrageenan-free, take note of these names that this additive may also be listed as Irish Moss Algae, Vegetable Gelatin, Chondrus, or Danish Agar. 

For now, the best course of action to avoid carrageenan is to make sure to read and double-check the label before adding it to the cart and sticking to trusty pet food without carrageenan like Loveabowl. And if you have further concerns about your pal’s diet and overall health, remember to always seek professional help. 

Superfoods: Nature’s Best

The word ‘superfood’ is pretty much everywhere, from the news to grocery stores and even skincare. Shopping to restock the pantry? It’s there. Buying a new serum? There it is! Looking for treats for your four-legged buds? Yup, you get the picture.

Now that we’re more health-conscious than ever, it seems as if there’s a new nutritional buzzword every day. But what’s the deal with superfoods? Are they really that super? 

What are superfoods?

While there are no specific criteria for food to be considered a superfood, the name is commonly reserved for natural foods that are high in nutrients but low in calories. Not all foods are created equal! Some are just healthier than others.

Superfoods are nutritional powerhouses. They have a whole spectrum of healthful nutrients in a small serving. Fruits, veggies, and many other nutrient-dense items are all considered superfoods. They are high in micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes.

Think of superfoods as the superheroes in the plant universe. Instead of warding off crime, they fuel the body so it can fight chronic disease and other nutrient deficiencies.

For us hoomans, we include nutrient-rich superfoods in our diets with acai bowls and green smoothies. It makes sense to also think about what we feed our furry companions. The good news is you don’t need to look further for a top-quality diet.

At Loveabowl, we’ve packed our dry foods with a power blend of superfoods. We want these superheroes to help keep our fur kids healthy inside and out. A bowl of Loveabowl is not just irresistibly tasty; they boost immunity and keep your furry buds bright-eyed and healthy.

What’s in our superfood power blend?

Let’s break down the superfoods that make our dry food extra special!


Blueberries or nature’s candy aren’t just tasty; they’re also really healthy. This tiny fruit packs a punch and has many antioxidants and phytochemicals. They’re also a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre.

Plus, they help strengthen the immune system while lowering the risk of cancer and anti-aging. (Next time you’re snacking on some, share a few with your furry bestie! Just make sure they’re not allergic!)


Whether you enjoy them dried, from a trail mix, or as a post-Turkey Day snack, these tart berries come with many health benefits. They can boost the immune system, help prevent some cancers, and improve cognitive and bladder health. They can even reduce tartar and plaque build-up!


Hold onto your pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin, not the spices associated with it, is actually great for our furry best friends! The popular squash is low in calories and rich in fibre, which promotes a healthy digestive system. It’s also a great home remedy for hairballs! From diarrhea to constipation, pumpkin can be your picky feline’s new best friend.

And because it’s a great source of vitamin A, it also helps protect your fur kids’ peepers from cataracts and deterioration. Win-win!


Popeye’s favourite snack and for a good reason—this leafy green has many essential vitamins like vitamin A, B, C, and K. It also contains iron, antioxidants, and beta-carotene, the last of which helps keep the digestive tract healthy. They’re also rich in carotenoids (such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and chlorophyll), fat-soluble pigments that provide the brilliant green colour of spinach and help the eye detect contrast better.

Red lentils

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Lentils are a staple among vegetarians and vegans, and we get why. These legumes are low in calories but high in fibre, protein, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also an excellent source of iron, a necessary mineral that gives your furry pals the energy they need to be active. Red blood cells need iron. If there’s adequate iron, the body has enough red blood cells to deliver oxygen to the body and make it work. Without it, anemia can happen and cause fatigue. 


This sea veggie that creeps beside us in the water is actually good for our furry pals. Kelp is one of the richest natural sources of amino acids. It contains vitamins and minerals, including iodine for thyroid health and iron to support circulation. Kelp also promotes healthy skin, coat, stomach, and immune system. No need to head to the beach to pick up a batch of kelp—just one serving of Loveabowl can do the trick!


This healthy and heartwarming spice is not only bold in flavour, but it’s big in benefits too. Around the world, ginger is used as a holistic remedy for a host of ailments and conditions. Ginger contains antioxidant, cancer-fighting, and anti-inflammatory properties. These can soothe the digestive tract, reduce nausea and bloating, and aid in digestion. Studies show that it can even help alleviate pain and ease severe inflammation associated with arthritis.

Include superfoods in your paw pal’s diet today. Whether it’s fussy felines or hyper canines, we have a variety of combinations to choose from.

Feeding your furry family meals rich in superfoods can work wonders for their health. Introduce new food gradually and talk to your vet before major changes in your fur kid’s diet!

Oh My Taurine!

You’ve seen it everywhere and often in huge block letters: TAURINE.

Taurine is part of all Loveabowl wet and dry food for cats for a good reason. Your veterinarian probably mentioned that your finicky feline needs it in their daily diet. But what exactly is it, and why do our cats need it?

We’re going to help shine the light on this essential nutrient so your cat can feel fine for a long time.

What is Taurine?

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 22 in total, with taurine being one of them. Many of these building blocks can be produced by your cat’s liver, but essential amino acids must come from their diets.

Sadly, our feline buddies cannot produce taurine on their own. While they do make sufficient amounts of other amino acids, this is the one that plays hard to get. 

Don’t worry! There’s no shortage of it for cats. The best source is none other than meat. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, of course. Cats are ‘obligate carnivores,’ which means they have to eat meat.

Picky eaters or not, our feline friends need protein from animal sources to stay healthy! Cats do not store large amounts of taurine, which is why they need to get it regularly!

How can Taurine help cats?

Like we said, taurine is an essential amino acid. It’s found in high levels in the heart wall muscles, the retina of the eye, and the brain, among other important parts. Here’s how it helps your cat’s overall health:

Healthy heart

Taurine is a vital part of keeping your cat’s heart healthy. Lack of it makes the heart muscle weak, which can cause heart failure. This condition, called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), can be fatal.

Superhero vision

Cats need good vision, especially with all the jumping and prancing they do. Taurine is essential for the development and health of cat eyes, particularly the retinas. Without it, retinal cells can’t work right and may die, which can cause vision problems or even blindness.

Healthy pregnancy? Healthy kitties

Pregnant cats need the right amount of taurine to stay healthy and make sure their babies are growing properly. Deficiency can cause reproductive failure or poor growth in kittens. 

Healthier brain, healthier body

A good diet helps cats grow strong and smart. With taurine, a healthy cognitive function is possible. It’s needed for brain cell growth and development.

Stronger immune system

Cats are curious creatures and need their health in purr-fect condition. Taurine’s main role in the immune system is related to its antioxidant properties. It protects tissues from oxidative stress, which is a cause of many inflammatory diseases. It also helps make bile salts necessary for fat digestion.

How to detect Taurine deficiency?

Taurine deficiency isn’t easy to spot. Sadly, cats can’t tell us when they’re running low on it or feeling sick. Depending on your cat’s age, you might not notice something wrong for months. The following can be signs that your cat is deficient:

  • Lethargy
  • Retinopathy
  • Diarrhea 
  • Birth defects 
  • Fetal abnormalities
  • Small litter sizes
  • Low birth weights

If your cat shows any of these signs or if you have any other worries about their health, it’s best to take them to the vet for a checkup.

Feeding your cat well is a crucial part of their health. By learning the importance of taurine, you can ensure you’re giving them exactly what their bodies need. Giving your cat a healthy diet means they have the best chance at a long, healthy, and happy life.

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Wet or Dry Food? What Do I Need To Consider When Feeding My Cat?

Every cat parent wants to do right by their cat’s diet. That’s why more owners are opting to allot a good part of their budget for their feline pals, so they can get the proper nutrition they need. However, when you drop by the supermarket, it’s not surprising to see entire aisles devoted only to cat food. How do you know which one to choose?

Instead of opting for your own preference, know the nutritional differences and specific. For starters, the biggest dilemma for fur parents is choosing between wet and dry cat food. advantages to each one. Here are a few things you need to know about cat diet and health.

Feline Food 101: What You Need to Know

When it comes to a proper diet, everything begins with proper nutritional content. No matter how tasty or how novel your cat’s food may be, if it is not laden with the proper nutrients and ingredients he needs to attain the recommended nutritional intake, you’re most likely not giving your cat the best food he needs.

When it comes to proper feline feeding, there are quite a few things you need to consider, as they can affect what they need, how much they should be eating, and how best to incorporate all the necessary nutrients in their diet without overdoing it.

Cats are carnivorous–so protein intake matters!

Our feline friends may be so docile and cute, it’s hard to forget that they share the same lineage as carnivorous cats like lions, leopards, and tigers. In the wild, cats get their protein needs from various meat and fish sources. There may be some meat types that are better for your cat’s digestive system, but overall they have as many as 11 protein needs that they have to get from their daily sustenance.

These 11 essential amino acids are important for optimal energy levels as well. Experts noted that if there are deficiencies in these amino acids, it may lead to further complications. For instance, taurine is essential in cats, as deficiencies can cause metabolic issues and clinical concerns, including heart, eyes, reproductive, and immune system failure in the long run.

Since your cat is most likely a homebuddy, then chances are the food you serve is the only source for these diet-based amino acids. It’s important to take note of these the next time you are shopping for cat food.

Be mindful of your cat’s feeding time

Apart from the content of his food, it’s also important to be mindful of his feeding schedule. Many vets recommend sticking to a twice-a-day feeding schedule for most cats. To follow a timed feeding approach, you need to make his food available at specific time periods.

Once you know the total portion that your cat needs per day, then it’s all about dividing that between two feedings. Make his food available at regular times, so it’s better if your schedule is synced with his.

Some cat owners may tend to leave food in their cat’s bowls for the whole day. Remember, you need to be in control of your pet’s food, so you can give them the best portion at the best times, and with the best means that match their needs. It also ensures freshness of the food.

Activities may match their feeding needs

When talking about daily nutritional needs, you may need to consider a lot of factors. Some of them can be identified with your vet, such as needs based on size and age. However, what can be unique to each cat is the activity that they partake in. Some cats may adjust to the kind of activity and interaction they have with their owners. Some environments may be more conducive to play, particularly those with play areas for cats. Get a sense of how much activity your cat partakes in, and navigate with his vet on how much energy should be accounted for regular play activities.

The Ultimate Question: Wet or Dry?

When it comes to the actual food choices, there are two main groups that you may already be familiar with: wet and dry cat food. There have been countless debates, as some cat owners prefer to give a purely wet or dry diet to their pets.

However, rather than sticking to a specific diet, there may be a few more things you’d want to consider. Just as every cat may have a specific taste, the available food for them may have nuanced differences that can be a deal maker or breaker to becoming a staple in your pet’s dietary needs.

Let’s get down to the basics of cat nutrition. Rather than looking at it with a wet versus dry food mentality, experts state that the big difference focuses on the manufacturing process. Because wet food requires more moisture content when packing in canned foods, chances are the manufacturers use fresh or frozen meat products. Wet cat food also contains wheat and some carbohydrates, but this may be blended in with water and vitamins.

Dry cat food is manufactured by mixing wet and dry ingredients into a dough, which is then heated under pressure before it is cut into kibble bite-size pieces. Kibble is then dried, cooled, and spray coated, while some other manufacturers may prefer baking their products.

Why Go The Wet Food Route?

Adding some wet canned cat food is definitely a must when you take that trip to the grocery. So what’s the advantage of stacking on some canned options?

Better weight management

Canned cat food is undoubtedly higher in moisture content. But an added bonus is that, compared to dry food, it requires less carbs in general. While this can vary per brand, wet cat food does not need as much starch as kibble to hold the food together. A diet with fewer carbs lessens chances of your cat having too much unspent or unused energy sources that may only add to his weight gain overtime.

Additionally, since it is a denser option, wet food can make your cat feel fuller and, therefore, eat a bit less compared to dry cat food.

Avoid constipation for your feline friend

Dehydration has its price, and for pets, it can lead to constipation. Even though nothing will beat regular hydration, feeding them with wet cat food can provide them with more sources for hydration.

The picky eater’s choice–most of the time!

Perhaps a big advantage of wet canned food over dry food is its stronger, fresher taste. Even picky eaters may find their preferred flavour in a single or many varied cans. There can be a downside to this though. Tastier food means making your cats susceptible to overeating. Thus, once you see which flavours a cat loves, use timed feeding and portion feeding to keep portions in control.

Want to experiment on flavour? Try Loveabowl’s Chicken Snowflakes in Broth with Barramundi. Its recipe packs each can with taurine, vitamin E, and other natural ingredients without adding more grains and carrageenan. Meant for cats of all ages, this flavour will definitely be a favourite.

Go easy on your cat’s teeth

Is your cat struggling to bite into dry, hard kibble? Then you may do well to give his teeth a break by feeding him with wet cat food. Wet food is infinitely much softer and easier to eat. This may bring immense comfort to your cat during feeding time.

Loveabowl’s Tuna Ribbons in Broth with Shirasu takes it to another level by incorporating whitebait as a source of calcium, for stronger bones and teeth.

Why You Should Try The Dry

More carbs

When reading the food label, you may notice that dry cat food may appear to have a higher carbohydrate content. This can throw some cat owners into a toss-up: does that mean I should skip dry food? Vets would advise that most cats need only minimal carbs in their diets anyway.

However, carb content in dry food may be due to the inclusion of rice and other grain products. Even so, carbs play a role in one’s dietary needs, and your cat is no exception. Carbs can be broken down to glucose, which is a readily available source of energy for your pet.

Additionally, certain cat food recipes may require a balanced proportion of protein and carbs, especially for cats that have weight management issues. Opting for dry carbs means your pet’s protein portions are reserved for producing and maintaining body tissue, rather than for energy production.

Want to play it safe with the carb content? Go grain-free instead. Try Loveabowl Chicken, which is loaded with superfoods rather than excess carbohydrates. It uses low-carb starchy ingredients like flax seed and kelp meal for a tasty treat.

Easier on the budget

As much as we would want to keep spoiling our feline babies with gourmet meals every time, it can make quite a hefty dent on our weekly budgets. The overall appeal of dry cat food is that it can be a very economical alternative on some days.

Less spoilage overall

Adding to its economical upside, dry cat food also has a longer shelf life. This can offer a big weight off your shoulders, as you can store a lot of kibble bags in your space and not have to worry too much about spoilage. Plus, it’s the equivalent of our own take-out. Just pour some kibble into a bowl and leave it for them to enjoy.

Good complement to wet food

Perhaps the biggest advantage of having cat kibble in your pantry is that it’s a good complement for a better, more balanced diet. You can enjoy all the benefits of wet and dry food if you strike the proper balance in what you feed your fur baby. The variety of the kibble’s crunch and various flavours can easily make his meal times even more enjoyable.

This is what Loveabowl boasts: a wide array of flavours for its dry cat food line. Want to experiment with taste? Try a blend of Chicken and Snow Crab. How about introducing a novel but flavourful taste of the sea? The grain-free Herring, Salmon and Atlantic Lobster recipe features a unique recipe that is loaded with taurine and lean-protein Atlantic lobster for all the essential nutrients without too much unnecessary carbs. Best of all, the seafood ingredients are sourced from free-range farms and fresh Canadian Atlantic waters, ensuring freshness in every bite.

The Importance of a Balanced Diet

So, what’s the verdict? It’s always about balance. Cats need both dry and wet food for a better eating experience. Each type has an advantage, and you can make the most out of it by mixing wet and dry food, or alternating each type during feeding time.

Some cat owners opt to incorporate some dry kibble into wet canned food. Others feed wet food on certain periods as part of an established routine. In whatever way you find yourself using these two cat food types, what’s important is you take full control in feeding your feline baby.

It’s a matter of understanding your pet’s needs and preferences, so you can cater to them accordingly. Make sure to go with the cat food brand that understands what most cats need in terms of their dietary nutrition.

And what better way to deliver their needs than to trust only in brands that prioritize your cat’s needs and then some–just like Loveabowl. Focusing on delivering only the freshest free-range ingredients in every serving, Loveabowl aims to give a balanced diet packed in so many unique and novel flavours, it will feel like a feast with each mealtime.