Originally Posted by Renny
I think my challenge is I can't get many of the foods that you guys have often recommended without taking a 2 hour drive. Thankfully my neighbourhood natural pet food store just started stocking a line of grain free including Orijen and Core. They can't keep the Orijen on the shelves. The herbs in the food sound a little strange, but are at concentrations (1%) typical of what an animal may digest when eating a mouse (whatever the mouse ate).
The cats immediately jumped on Orijen...and have since turned their noses up at the Nature's Variety (couldn't get Raw Instincts here) and the Natural Balance Holistic. Guess I'm going to donate the full bag of Variety and buy some Orijen.
I get almost all of my cat food online. The shipping & handling costs here aren't all that bad - typically about €4.90 = $6.68 - but I order in bulk, for friends, neighbors, colleagues and the shelter, so I never have to pay the shipping costs. Most online retailers have free shipping for orders of €20 ($27) or more.
Orijen is a huge hit here in Germany. I first heard of it here at TCS (thanks, Eithne), and got one online "hit". Within a few weeks, just about every major online retailer was carrying it, and cat forums are full of praise.
Jamie loved the Raw Instinct until he tried Orijen. He seemed sceptical at first, but now definitely prefers the latter. Since he demands a lot of variety, I think I'm going to experiment with mixing grain-free dries, or adding a little bit of stuff like Felidae, Solid Gold, or Eagle Pack Holistic once he seems to be tiring of straight grain-free varieties.