Happy 14th Birthday to the one who started it all…. Jackson!



Ever wonder how Pet Wants got its start? Michele and Amanda Broughton Hobbs struggled to ease the allergies of their dog Jackson for years. After countless trials and errors with different foods and medications, and thousands of dollars spent on vet visits and testing, they decided to take matters into their own hands. The couple began working closely with a family-owned pet food company right at home in Ohio to formulate a gluten-free, nutrient-dense pet food that could be made-to-order in small batches fresh every month. Jackson finally experienced relief—within a couple of months on Pet Wants food, his symptoms disappeared and Michele and Amanda’s search for a cure came to an end. Nearly seven years later, thousands of dogs and cats throughout the country are now thriving on the same pet food that eased Jackson’s allergies. All of us here at Pet Wants still honor Jackson as the mascot of Pet Wants and the one who started it all—you can even see his portrait hanging in our original shop at the historic Findlay Market.

Today we celebrate Jackson’s 14th birthday and still tell his story as the first pet to experience the wonders of Pet Wants food. Jackson is an energetic 75 pound Australian Shephard/Collie mix. With the birth of Michele and Amanda’s twin boys, Jackson and his high-energy demeanor became a lot to handle. A Pet Wants staff member knew the perfect match for Jackson through a colleague at Save The Animals Foundation. Sure enough, Jackson and his new family were a wonderful fit and he has lived with them ever since. He now enjoys a large yard and lots of trees… and a cat to chase around. He is, of course, still enjoying Pet Wants food, and supports his joints in his older age with our Joint ReLiver supplement and Sound Dog chews. His long, healthy, happy life reminds us all of the power of a high-quality, nutrient-dense, gluten-free pet food.

Why Freshness is Key in Your Pet’s Nutrition

Pet Wants is more than just the name of our company. It’s also a guiding principle of the food blends we offer. Specifically, we make sure that our food is developed in a way that best serves what pet’s bodies want and need to be as healthy as possible. By taking this approach with our food, we’re able to offer foods that are great for pets who range from puppies and kittens all the way to senior dogs and cats. Read More

Do Cats Get High on Catnip?


If you have a cat, it may absolutely love catnip. And if you have multiple cats, you may have noticed that at least one of them is not really fond of catnip. Since cats can have such different reactions to catnip, plenty of owners have questions about this substance. To help provide insight, as well as clarify whether certain beliefs about catnip are fact or fiction, we’ve put together a catnip guide with everything you need to know:

Catnip 101

While catnip can be stuffed into all kinds of toys, it’s not something that’s manufactured by humans. Instead, catnip is actually a herb. Specifically, it’s a perennial known by the scientific name of Nepeta cataria. Catnip belongs to the mint family, and plants can grow as tall as three feet in height.

The reason that some cats are so fond of this herb is it contains a compound known as nepetalactone. When cats smell this compound, they may experience a type of high. And if they eat catnip, they may get sleepy and want to take a nap. However, the reason that not all cats are interested in this herb is a gene determines whether or not they have those types of reactions. For around 50% of all cats, this herb won’t trigger any type of reaction. Also, some cats do react in a somewhat aggressive manner to this herb.

Although cats with the catnip gene may get very excited by it, that doesn’t mean there’s any cause for concern. Catnip is not a drug. That means it’s not addictive and there’s no concern of an overdose. The worst possible scenario is a cat eats too much and ends up vomiting or having diarrhea.

Buying, Storing, Growing and Using Catnip

As a natural substance, catnip can provide a safe and enjoyable experience for many pets. If you purchase loose catnip instead of just a toy that contains it, be sure to store the catnip in a container with a secure lid. Otherwise, there’s a chance that you may walk into your home and discover your cat having a messy catnip feast!

Since catnip is just a herb, it’s something that cat owners can grow on their own. An added benefit of this plant is it will keep away mice, rats and mosquitos. The one thing to keep in mind is unless you want to attract all the strays in your neighborhood, it’s best to stick with planting a small patch.

For cats who enjoy catnip, this herb is a great way to provide them with an enjoyable treat. Another use of catnip is to rub it on a scratching post that a cat has been neglecting. This will remind your cat to resume scratching in that specific area. At Pet Wants Cincy, we offer Organic Catnip for your felines!

Understanding Pet Food Labels

Happy Havanese puppy dog is lying beside a red bowl of dog food

One of the most stressful things about shopping for groceries is reading the labels. You’re definitely not alone if you feel like trying to look at or compare food labels sends you down a blackhole. Just as soon as you start to feel like you’re getting a handle on calorie counts and daily percentages, you notice an ingredient with a strange name that sets off your internal red flags.  Read More