Thanks to everyone for their feedback. I wanted to try something that was a bit higher in protein and lower in carbs. I have 13 adult cats ranging in age from 7-14. One of the 8 year olds is a wee tad on the heavy side and is a carb junkie - begs for things like potato chips, crackers and cookies! I did the wet food feeding in addition to the dry when they were younger, but the dominant ones would inhale theirs and move in on the more shy kitties. I only did the wet as sort or a treat in the evenings and some just didn't like it. I know that free feeding isn't ideal for cats, but I don't have much time to stand over them to make sure that shy kitties actually get food. That was difficult before I had a human baby 3 years ago and now it just seems down right impossible. Besides, DH would prefer that we had no kitties, so if I spend more time on their dinner than I do on his, it would likely not go over very well!
They all seem to like the California Naturals, but it still has more carbs than I'd like. Not seeing as much poop in the litterboxes as I did with Purina One Hairball or Purina One Chicken and Rice and I'm hoping that they are ju??st digesting more. I haven't seen anyone straining in the litter boxes, but I guess I'll keep a watch out as some of you mentioned that yours became constipated on CN. What exactly would be symptomatic of a constipated kitty? What is the remedy for constipation in a kitty?
Perhaps I'll get a small bag of both Wellness CORE and Orijen and see how they both go over. Pet food store here (DC/Baltimore area) has a policy that if the fur kid don't like it or you're not satisfied with it for any reason, they will take it back (even open bags) and give you a refund or exchange. I was blown away by that, but the guy there said that they are just really passing along the manufactures return policy. If I return a bag to them, they send it back to the company and the company gives them a credit for it. Ideally, I'd like to be able to find at least 2 or 3 that all like so I can rotate. I tried Felidae, but none of them seemed too terribly thrilled with that. I don't think that with 13 cats having a bag go bad or rancid will come into play much in my house.
Thanks again to everyone for your thoughts and feedback - - very helpful!