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post #1 of 14
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Hello all. I'm newer to kitties and have a question. I'm currently feeding my cat Natural Choice Adult and I've wanted to move my cat to the indoor version. After all. He's indoors. I also hope it might sap a little of his energy and bitey-ness as he's a male at a bit over a year old. I know. Nothing may help that.

So. I tried a couple times to move him to the Natural Choice Indoor and I really don't think he likes it as well, so I stayed with the regular version. I'm also suspicious as the feeding recommendation for the Indoor version his higher than the normal version...so maybe the food is somehow more filler.

I saw that the Petsmart Authority brand just reformulated their dry foods and have decided to give it a try. He's currently getting about half and half...eating both. The first 2 ingredients are now Chicken and Chicken Meal. There is ground corn, but it is 5th or 6th. It's also cheaper than the Nutro stuff, which is another positive.

What do you all think?
post #2 of 14
I prefer Nutro over Authority. Yes, Authority may be cheaper, but it is cheaper because it's lower quality.
post #3 of 14
That's actually what my girls eat. I've been feeding them Authority since they were kittens. I'm no expert on cat nutrition though, but it seemed the best option from what I do know.

I can say that since they reformualted the food, the recommended amount for thier weights has increased. Not sure why thouh.
post #4 of 14
Even though he is indoors, if he is active and at a healthy weight and doing well, I would not advise switching to the indoor formula.

My thoughts were the same as yours: They are indoors, they need indoor food
Unfortunately, my cats are all at ideal weights and they started getting underweight on indoor, so I switched them back to the regular Nutro Natural Complete.
post #5 of 14
Indoors is if they are less active do to being indoors for many the regular works better....

If money is a big issue Authority is decent food .... but the price now is similiar to Nutro max which is a bit better IMHO
post #6 of 14
Well, the other posters have given lots of good advice; personally, and it's just me, we prefer Nutro Max Cat adult maintenance in the Salmon and the Roasted Chicken formulas, varied with the Lobster and the Halibut for interest, plus Solid Gold Katz-n-Flocken for a change, and Nutro Complete Care Oceanfish for yet more variety. I've never tried Authority. Just like with us, "you are what you eat", so I'd scrimp on just about everything else to ensure my cats get the best I can give them. Looked at financially, good health means fewer illnesses and vet bills as well. It's a win/win situation.
post #7 of 14
After much research, I decided to feed my kitty Nutro Natural Choice Indoor. She is not very active so this is a good choice for her. If she was more active, I would choose the regular version. I would stick to what you're feeding him even though it's more $$. Look out for sales..I'm able to find Nutro on sale at either Petco or Petsmart.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
It's less about money and more about what he might like and still be good for him. The fact it's cheaper is just a bonus. I know the Authority stuff is still better than Iams and Science Diet and much better than stuff like Cat Chow. I look forward to hearing others opinions.

The top 10 ingredients on the Authority Indoor are: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Corn, Been Pulp, Natural Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Dried Cellulose, Canola Oil

Top Ten Nutro Adult Regular: Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Rice Flour, Natural Flavors, Rice Protein Concentrate, Herring Meal, Soybean Oil,
post #9 of 14
Well, hmmm....honestly? I do not like the soybean oil, "poultry" fat, or 2 rices in Nutro. But, I do not like corn on corn in the Authority, nor do I like the "natural flavor". (I never got why they put natural flavor on the label, makes me suspicious)

Both have drawbacks & positives....I guess, IMO....if I stop to think about it, Nutro is over-priced for the quality. I opted for Nutro MAX cat rather than Nutro Indoor because the indoor was steeply priced($35/15 lbs). I'm pretty wishy washy on this topic, aren't I?

Like sharky said....do you have access to Nutro MAX cat? If so, I'd get the MAX cat, it is a little better.....
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Top 10 on Nutro Max Dry (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
post #11 of 14
The top 10 ingredients on the Authority Indoor are: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Cornbrewers is LOW quality, corn and corn gluten a NO NO in my book , Been Pulp, Natural Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Dried Cellulosewhen not named likely sawdust , Canola OilNOT my fave oil do a google on it and its other name rapeseed oil
One meat to 2 grains the MAX I allow
Top Ten Nutro Adult Regular: Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Mealfalls under nessessary evil for UTI health balanceing of chn, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E) fat is proceesed in a plant with turkeys so possibley a small amount of turkey fat hence why not called chn fat , Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Rice Flour, Natural Flavors, Rice Protein ConcentrateI am unsure of this proccessing since to me it is unnatural ... , Herring Meal, Soybean OilOMEGA three source ,
2 meats and one to one and a half grains

ALL food have plus and minuses ....
post #12 of 14
Top 10 on Nutro Max Dry (Roasted Chicken Flavor): Chicken Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat Flourcorn glten I covered ... Wheat is a high allergen but not an issue if no allergys , Ground Rice, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Ground Whole Wheat, Natural Flavors, Lamb Meal, Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride

2 meats 2 grains = 1 to 1 ratio .... this is good
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
So you'd say that Nutro Max is actually better than Natural Choice?
post #14 of 14
Either is good MAX is more $$ friendly.... I use Natural choice with both cat and dog but it is allergies and other issues
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