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Manna doesn’t need help when it comes to food.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™, but Playful Kitty only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article. 

Think about the kinds of food that you love. Do words like “slow cooked” or “small batch” come to mind? How about when you think about what to feed your cat? Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™ is now offering slow cooked cat food, made in small batches that might just be perfect for your kitty. How is slow cooked cat food different? Keep reading to find out!

How a typical dry cat food is made

Manna and Robin with Hill's Apron

Manna loves to be the official taste tester. 🙂

Since the mid-1950’s the most common way dry cat foods have been made is through a process called excursion. It is a process that puts the ingredients through a lot of heat and pressure. This process is a derivative of the process used to make cereals for humans. There are 7 steps to the process of extrusion (source:

  1. All of the ingredients are added into a large mixer and where they are mixed together.
  2. The dough is then treated with pressure and steam to prepare it to enter the extruder.
  3. Once inside the extruder, the dough is cooked with more heat and pressure.
  4. At the end of the extruder, the dough is pressed through a die which will cut it into the desired shape for the cat food.
  5. The newly formed kibble is dried to make it more shelf stable and cooled.
  6. Flavor enhancing coatings are sprayed on to the kibble.
  7. The kibble is packaged and prepared for sale.

How slow cooked cat food is made by Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted


Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted Roasted Tuna & Vegetable Medley for cats

Cat food has come a long way since the 50’s! Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted was created in response to the changes in the way people think about nutrition. Humans are moving away towards fast paced commercial foods and enjoying foods that are more like what they would cook for themselves at home. Why not give the same quality to your cat? Slow cooked cat food is the way to go!

The slow cooked cat food by Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted, has a much simpler process than extrusion. First, they thoughtfully select the proteins and vegetables that will be included. Then their craftsmen make sure to get the perfect mixture of ingredients, which are added to a dough. That dough is cooked at 250º – 300ºF , which locks in flavor and nutrition. Finally, the kibble is shaped in to perfect cat-sized bites. That’s it!

Hill’s Ideal Balanced Crafted dry, slow cooked cat food can be found here!

Manna eating out of my hand

Manna getting a quick snack of Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted Grain Free Herbed Chicken and Chickpeas Recipe for cats.

They didn’t forget the wet cat food!

Personally, I prefer to feed my cats wet food (though sometimes dry food is used a treat). High moisture is important to me. If you are like me, Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted has a slow cooked cat food for  you too! The process of making the wet cat food is as simple as creating the dry slow cooked cat food. Once again, the process starts with thoughtfully selected ingredients. Then the broths, starches and flavorings are whisked together in one kettle while the dry ingredients and meats are prepared separately. Finally, the food is canned and cooked at a temperature of 250ºF. It is that simple!

Hill’s Ideal Balanced Crafted wet, slow cooked cat food can be found here!

Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted Giveaway!


The line of Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted cat and dog foods.

Want to try Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted for yourself? Enter our giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a $300 gift card to Petsmart. That can buy you quite a bit of Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted! The gift card can be used on either cat or dog products. The winner will have the gift card mailed to them approximately 4-6 weeks after accepting the prize.

This Giveaway is hosted by the BlogPaws Professional Blogger Network and sponsored by Hill’s Ideal Balance CRAFTED. There is no purchase necessary in order to be eligible to win and is void where prohibited. This Giveaway is open to anyone that resides in the United States and is over the age of 18. Employees of Pet360, Inc., Hill’s Pet Nutrition, PetSmart and their immediate families are ineligible. This Giveaway will be open from 6/9 – 6/30/2015 at 11:59pm ET. Winners will be notified on or about Wednesday 7/1/15 and will have 24 hours to respond to the email before forfeiting their prize.

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What is your cat’s favorite flavor or food?

Hill's Ideal Balance Crafted has a slow cooked cat food that might be perfect for your cat! Keep reading to learn more and enter to win a $300 gift card to PetSmart!

Good luck with your entries!