What do our cats really need to meet their nutritional needs? Chef Bobby Flay thinks he has the answer. But what does a gourmet cook know about cat food and cat nutrition? As it turns out, he knows quite a bit.
As a lifelong cat lover and great cat father, Bobby Flay knows what makes cats purr. As an only child, Bobby grew up thinking of cats as his siblings. “There have always been cats in my house since I was born,” he says. “As an only child, they were as close to brothers as I was. I’ve spent countless hours side by side with them and we kept each other company. ”But as a famous chef, he had to give up his love of cats because his busy life didn’t leave much time to properly care for a kitten.
After 30 years without a cat in his life, Bobby says: “I’ll be back.” Bobby got his orange Maine Coon Nacho 6 years ago. It’s no coincidence that Nacho’s orange mane matches Bobby’s. As a child, Bobby had an orange cat named Pumpkin. “I wanted it because it matched my hair and couldn’t be cooler to me as a 5-year-old boy.” In the meantime, Bobby has added Stella to his cat family, a brown and white Maine Coon who is now 2 years old. “Stella adores Nacho and copies everything he does,” says Bobby.
Nacho and Stella travel regularly with Bobby. “I can’t do without her for that long, even a week is too long and I feel bad leaving her. I know that they miss me too. “
As someone who works with food and knows what pleases the human palate, Bobby started thinking about diets for cats and what cats really need in their diet. With his famous Nacho by his side (Nacho has almost as many Facebook followers as his dad!), Bobby started researching cat nutrition and worked with his vet on the development of Made By Nacho. Nacho is actually the company founder as he inspired Bobby to create the line. “This project is very important to me,” says Bobby. “I will Cat Chic,Cat Food & Cat Treats,Lifestyle,Catster Magazine,Cool Cats,Life With Cattitude be our only thought at Made By Nacho. Cats are kings of the street, they are carnivores and we cannot feed them like humans. “
Although Bobby and Nacho have been developing their cat food for a number of years, the pandemic has allowed them to focus on making Made By Nacho a reality and launching the company and website (MadeByNacho.com) in April 2021.
Nacho took a taste test with his little sister Stella. “Cats have very specific taste buds and nutritional needs,” says Bobby. And he wanted to keep that in mind when developing the feed. “The first pieces of wet cat food we made were beautiful, uniform in shape, and nice, large pieces. But we don’t serve it in a restaurant, we serve cats. We cannot forget what we are doing here. Cats want taste and texture, and it has to be easy to eat. ”So they made the pieces smaller to suit the size and texture cats prefer.
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Nachos and Stella’s own vet, Dr. Katja Lang, worked closely with Nacho and Bobby to develop the Made by Nacho meals.
And just one of the magical ingredients? Bone broth: which is full of protein, flavor, and moisturizing. Cats need as much moisture as possible, and bone broth also adds the extra moisture cats need.
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When asked if Nacho is going to put on his own cooking show, Bobby says, “He’s a little busy right now, but that could definitely happen at some point. People love to watch him. ”Nacho is so popular that people keep asking where he is when Bobby performs without him.
The next frontier for Made By Nacho? Cat food. They are currently working on a food line specifically for kittens and their special nutritional needs as they grow. They are also working on a range of grain-free foods for cats that cannot tolerate grains.
Nacho passes on
Nacho uses his voice to bring more cats into loving homes and animal shelters. Bobby encourages people who have never had a cat to adopt one. In fact, Nacho and Bobby are sending a Made By Nacho box to a rescue that is very dear to my heart as that rescue has had quite a bit of trouble lately.
We are so grateful, as is the rescue. We asked Nacho for the last word in our interview, but he politely declined as he was relaxing on a cozy carpet in the living room and Bobby didn’t want to disturb him. This is a great father cat!
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