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Nutro MAX .vs. Nutro Natural

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Sorry for the bundle of threads I have been putting up lately! I've just recently become very interested in feline nutrition, and would like to hear reviews and opinions.

I feed Nutro because it's the best dry food I have available to me even remotely locally. I do so wish I had a larger choice of food around! (Stupid, junky town... ) So anyway, I was curious about you Nutro-feeders. Which do you prefer...

Nutro MAX or Nutro Natural Choice

Also, why do you prefer this certain kind? I feed Nutro Natural Choice Indoor Kitten because, just as the title says, I believe it has more "natural" ingredients, i.e. I just like the ingredients label better. Isn't the MAX higher in calories? Maybe I'm wrong... just curious about the difference between these two.
post #2 of 16
I fed Nutro Max Adult chicken & rice for a few years. My cats liked it, and it's economical. We were on a squeaky tight budget at the time.

Right now they get Nutro Natural dry, mostly because it's pretty much chicken & rice. It agrees with everyone, and everyone likes it. It is a bit more expensive than Max though.
post #3 of 16
I feed Natural Choice Complete Care, the Max gave some of my kitties bad gas, and one had vomitting issues with it.
The Natural agrees with everyone's tummies.
I do not use the Indoor formula though as my very, very active crew starting getting too skinny on it.
post #4 of 16
I use natural choice since Zoey is sensitive to wheat ...
post #5 of 16
I haven't used wither, but it is my understanding that the Natural Choice is suppose to have better ingredients then the max. But really, it would all depend on which on works better for your kitten
post #6 of 16
I stopped feeding my cats Nutro after many years just recently.

But if Petsmart is the only vendor to you, than it is most likely the best quality brand available. I saw many cats get healthier from switching from brand X to Nutro.

For the most part I would mix the two brands. Things might be different now, but the ingredient list used to be identical. So identical that their customer service people told me the only difference was something for their teeth, that might be different now.

I lost faith in the company when i finally realized that protein derived from vegetables constituted being a filler, and that not using meat by-products was not a saving grace anymore.

Dont get me wrong, feed your cats nutro before you feed any Hill's(scince diet) or Iams foods. But if you can check out some other brands such as Innova for dry, and Evangers and Merick for wet food.

Natura, the company that owns Innova doesnt ship direct, but i am sure you could get one of their retailers to ship it to you.
post #7 of 16
I use natural choice indoor complete care[along with california naturals]

They seem pretty similar when you set the ingredient lists up like this

I do know the kibble shape is quite different though because i did at one time feed the max roasted chicken, the larger chunky shape of the nutro indoor seems to appeal more to my youngest cat plus i like having the indoor formula since they are long haired indoor cats.

max roasted chicken flavor
Chicken Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat Flour, Ground Rice, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Ground Whole Wheat, Natural Flavors, Lamb Meal, Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Dried Egg Product, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Inositol, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Manganous Oxide, Garlic Flavor, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Potassium Iodide, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite.

nutro complete care indoor
Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Rice Flour, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Soybean Oil, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Flaxseed, Tomato Pomace, Brewers Dried Yeast, Natural Flavors, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Dried Vegetable Fiber (Carrots, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Water Cress, Spinach), Potassium Chloride, Menhaden Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Oat Fiber, Soy Protein Concentrate, Cranberry Powder, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Dried Egg Product, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Carnitine, Inositol, Dried Bacillus Licheniformis Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Dried Chicory Root, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Manganous Oxide, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite.
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Korina- would love to, but can't afford it. But for dry, Zoey will start getting Chicken Soup & Nutro and possible California Natural. For wet, she ges Meow Mix, Fancy Feast, Nutro, Natural Life and will soon be getting Eagle Pack, Natural Balance, and Chicken Soup.
post #9 of 16
I feed Roxie Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Indoor for her dry and for wet she gets Nutro Natural Choice and Max... she really likes both and I am satisfied with the results since switching... She lost weight, her coat is shinier, and less litter box stink
post #10 of 16
Summer is a UTI kitty, but when I found out the Nutro Natural Choice Indoor formula has the same amount of magnesium as the Nutro Max, I switched back. I would love to try the other foods, but the magnesium levels are too high. Chevy has been sensitive to Felidae canned and others. We're sticking with a variety of the Nutro canned food as well.
post #11 of 16
I used to feed my four kittens and my daughter's two cats Nutro Natural Choice wet and Max cat dry (until, of course, the recall, which made all of my kittens ill and contributed, if not caused, Ollie's passing).
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Auntie Crazy View Post
I used to feed my four kittens and my daughter's two cats Nutro Natural Choice wet and Max cat dry (until, of course, the recall, which made all of my kittens ill and contributed, if not caused, Ollie's passing).

If you had actually proof I hope you contacted Nutro as I know they took care of of those with basic proof
post #13 of 16
I feed Princess Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care dry and wet.
At her last vet check (about a month ago) she was very healthy and her blood test was great!

I still feed kitten formula dry though because my girl is only 6 months old.
post #14 of 16
I feed Nutro Max Cat Roasted chicken because Pippin has crystals/uti issues and it's the only food we tried that
A. he liked
B. the rest of the crew liked
C. affordable enough for us to feed everyone.
D. I liked the ingredients of.
E. Sharky's suggestion. (not necessarily in that order)

We tried wellness core, blue spa, wellness indoor, and all prescription foods for both kinds of crystals.
Pippin gets 1/4 5.5 oz can of Wellness Grain free or Evo wet food twice a day and the rest of the 4 kitties get 1 pouch of Meow Mix to share twice per day.

Yes, Pippin is spoiled because he is my sicky boy. Since changing his diet we have had no major flare ups of UTI/Crystal issues (he had a PU so he no longer blocks).

If the Max Cat and the Natural Choice have basically the same ingredients, why pay more (barring flavor preference or issues with one food over the other)?

Devlyn
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
If you had actually proof I hope you contacted Nutro as I know they took care of of those with basic proof
No proof. Ollie passed away a full month prior to the recall and, since he tested positive for FeLV (though no one else in the household did), no other tests were performed. Thank GOD (over and over) that I switched to premium brand foods right afterward. Everyone else in the house was sick (even the dog, who managed to get into the cat's food that week), but seem to have - blessedly - recovered. (And Nutro's response was not what I would call responsible. No products of theirs will ever enter my home again.)
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Auntie Crazy View Post
No proof. Ollie passed away a full month prior to the recall and, since he tested positive for FeLV (though no one else in the household did), no other tests were performed. Thank GOD (over and over) that I switched to premium brand foods right afterward. Everyone else in the house was sick (even the dog, who managed to get into the cat's food that week), but seem to have - blessedly - recovered. (And Nutro's response was not what I would call responsible. No products of theirs will ever enter my home again.)
Well it was for those not dealing with one of lifes horrid illness ... I know many who got the help they needed WHOM HAD proof... Glad the family is fine and well and may they be happy on the new stuff
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