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Food Experts- Advice Needed Please

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am looking for a quality dry food that is not too rich.

Okay, here is my dilemma. I feed dry food to both of my cats because I cannot get Emily to eat any wet food. Chessy does eat wet food, but he will also eat Emily's dry food because she doesn't eat it all at once.

I used to feed Iams dry until I found out that it wasn't a very good food. They didn't have any problems on Iams, but I wasn't comfortable continuing to feed it. So I have tried Nutro, California Natural (chicken and rice as well as herring and sweet potato), and Natural Balance (venison and green pea). With Nutro, Chessy got diarrhea almost immediately. With the other foods, he gets diarrhea off and on. I have taken him to the vet a couple of times for this and they cannot find anything wrong. They have just given me a medicine which stops the diarrhea temporarily.

So I am thinking that these dry foods I have tried have been to rich for him. I did each transition slowly and tried each one for a couple of months, because I read here that you should try a new food for about 8 weeks. I don't think it could be allergies because each food has had different ingredients. Since the diarrhea is off and on, I don't think it is a major problem. But I don't want Chessy to be in any discomfort and it is pretty smelly!

Sorry this was so long but I wanted to be thorough. Any suggestions on what dry food I should try next? Thank you!
post #2 of 13
how old are they???

if over a yr old look at max cat by nutro hairball lower fat and protein but not too low
post #3 of 13
as the unofficial TCS Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul spokesperson I highly recommend Chicken Soup http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
as the unofficial TCS Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul spokesperson I highly recommend Chicken Soup http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
chn soup is also lower protein but higher fat .... solid gold would be another higher protein lower fat
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Emily is 4 and Chessy is 5. Thank you! I knew I could count on you guys!
post #6 of 13
I would try the solid gold first as it is lamb chn and fish .... 34% protein 12% fat .... I noted all of the previous were moderate to high fat so
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I would try the solid gold first as it is lamb chn and fish .... 34% protein 12% fat .... I noted all of the previous were moderate to high fat so
Okay. Does the fish content worry you though?
post #8 of 13
This is a great site for excellent nutrition info:

www.catnutrition.org
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Okay. Does the fish content worry you though?
it does a little but it is far enough done the list... lamb is number one followed by chicken meal

http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/produ...?id=4&code=130

I was not real impressed till my vet gave me samples and I found out my 18 yr old can snack on it
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
as the unofficial TCS Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul spokesperson I highly recommend Chicken Soup http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
it works well for mine. Cable is susceptible to soft/loose stool with richer foods. she does fine on the chicken soup. you can get it online [& see the ingredients] here: premium foods online.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Great, thanks again everyone!
post #12 of 13
I would recommend Chicken Soup too, I also had some luck with GO! But since mine all do well on EVO I am sticking to that
post #13 of 13
I think it depends on what the difference is between the foods that he's tried. If you think it might be too high in carbs, then try Innova Evo by Natura. It expensive but it's got the lowest carbs in the industry and no grains. It's also got the highest protein.

Other than that, you might try one of the foods for sensitive stomachs. I know Royal Canin makes one, and the little ladies here did wonderfully when they were on it. They also do well on the Purina Pro Plan. They also love Meow Mix.

If it were me, I think I'd try the Innova if I could afford it. I'm probably going to try to switch my hoarde that's are not on raw over to the Innova Evo. They're just such little dry food fiends. :: They're out to make my life difficult, the little brats.

Anyway, please keep me posted on what ends up working!

~Heather
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