Originally Posted by cookie
just thought I'd let you know, that after doing research, I have changed my opinion, and will be switching both my cats to Medi-Cal or prescription hills. I was wondering what others would pick between the two. I'm thinking of going with the Medi-cal because it is naturally perserved, but the prescription hills has a good reputation even though it is preserved with Bht etc...My cats are just to precious to me, so even if they seem fine now, I want to prevent them getting sick because of mal-nutrition in the future!
Any thoughts? Also another question, all the popular well known brands here in canada, have some ingresitents considered "low grade",
is there such a cat fodd whre all the ingredients are of good grade?
I imagine it woulf be afortune as the one I found already cost way more than commercial food.
I'm looking at the Medi-cal ingredient list, but I don't really know what formula you're thinking of feeding. First I looked at the "Mature" formula and didn't quite like the ingredients (too much grains as the first ingredients) and then I looked at the "Preventative" formula and it looks okay. Not super duper premium, but an okay ingredient list (still would have liked to see a meat as the first inredient instead of Brewsers Rice)Medi-cal "Preventative" Formula
Brewers Rice, Chicken Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid and Lecithin), Corn, Dried Whole Egg, Herring Oil, Liver Digest, Beet Pulp, Brewers Yeast, Flax Meal, Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Bioplex, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Bioplex, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Copper Bioplex, Calcium Iodate and Organic Selenium), DL-Methionine, Taurine, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E, Niacin, Inositol, Ascorbic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Biotin, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D3).
Prescription Hills is made by Science Diet, which isn't a good food.Science Diet "Adult Original" formula
Chicken by-product meal, corn meal, brewers rice, pork fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), corn gluten meal, chicken liver flavor, taurine, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid, minerals (potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, salt, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), rosemary extract, beta carotene, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (a source of vitamin C), niacin, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement).
First ingredient of Science Diet is Chicken By-product meal, which is BAD. Chicken Meal is ideal for the first ingredient, but By-products are to be avoided in any food, regardless on where in the list they occur. If you have to choose between the two foods, I would definitely say Medi-cal. Their ingredient list is much better than Science Diet's.
Now, I'm not completely experience in ingredients yet, but I'm at the point where I can look at a list and see the good and bad parts. Sometimes I get a "vibe" that sometimes feels like a good vibe and sometimes feels like a bad vibe. Science Diet is definitely bad, no matter what formula you use. Medi-cal (by the way, is it at all related to Techni-cal, another Canadian food, that I was interested in a while ago? Hmmm...) isn't great, but it's still heaps better than Science Diet.