The story actually began in 1988 with a cat named Mealy. Mealy was a feral kitten born on a farm in Iowa and taken to her new home in Virginia by us, Steve and Diana. Mealy grew up surrounded by other critters, including Daisy, the white boxer with one blue eye and brown eye, and Sam the wonderful chocolate lab. Throughout the years, Mealy was introduced to even more furry friends that loved to visit our house including Isis, the gorgeous terrier with ice blue eyes, Tiggi who wanted nothing more than to befriend Mealy, and Rosie, the playful boxer mix.
As the years passed and Mealy grew older, Mealy started suffering from kidney disease. In 2001 we were advised to pay closer attention to her diet, focusing on higher quality foods. It was at this time that our research into pet food began and we were appalled by some of the ingredients found in pet food. Many of the food products are highly processed and artificial foods, composed of unnatural ingredients, such as soy meal, artificial colorings and flavorings, as well as harmful preservatives such as BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin. They are loaded with fillers and other unhealthy ingredients such as corn gluten, wheat gluten, meat by-products and artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. Many of the meat by-products are from slaughter houses and not considered fit for human consumption.
We asked ourselves, if we humans would not eat these things, why would we consider feeding these things to our pets? As our favorite feline became more ill, we went in search of quality foods that focused on providing her with healthy, wholesome and natural ingredients. The best diets for both dogs and cats are natural ones, coming as close as possible to the diet they would eat in the wild.
In the end, Mealy succumbed to her disease in 2002, but she was with us for 14 wonderful years. After her passing we vowed to do as much as we possibly could to feed any future furry friends with only the best diets available. In 2003, we adopted our two new boys, Felix and Oscar from the Fairfax County Humane Society. They are now 11 years old and thriving and spend their days playing, relaxing and excitedly watching the wild birds that frequent our yard.
All of these wonderful animals that have touched our lives over the years have inspired us to open a pet food store that focuses on sharing our knowledge and selling only the best, healthy, high-quality, holistic and organic pet food with natural wholesome ingredients. And a healthy diet promotes a healthy life!
Please visit us at Felix & Oscar to check out for yourself our quality foods. And don’t forget to bring your four-legged family members as they are very welcome in our store.
Steve, Diana, and Felix and Oscar