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Grain free food that cats prefer?

post #1 of 23
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In yet another effort to help Jordan eat a healther Diet, I bought some Wellness grain free food on Friday. Well he ate about 1/4 of the can and was done. Then I gave in and gave him is FF medolies (one of the florentine flavors) and that little you know what ate the whole thing like he was starving to death. I've got another brand of grain free I will try tonight, but is there a particular brand that is more appealing to cats?
post #2 of 23
Not sure if you've tried this before.....but I mixed Kitty Krack in with the food I want them to eat. Esp. the FF medleys....those are my way to getting them to eat what I want without them noticing!
post #3 of 23
I haven't had much luck with "grain free" varieties. My guys do like the low carb/gluten free varieties of Fancy Feast though.
http://www.felinediabetes.com/glutenfree.htm

They also like a couple gluten free varieties of Friskies, and Meow Mix pouches.

Have you tried Authority loaf style? Stimpy LOVES turkey and giblets flavor.
post #4 of 23
I feed grain-free - Merricks for wet food and Orijen for dry. Our cats took to the Orijen immediately when I changed over. Orijen has smaller sample packs available (at least at our pet food store so I imagine you could ask at your store).
post #5 of 23
Hmm, let's see:

Merrick - Neither one likes it, at least not the flavors I've tried.
Wellness (cans) - Matilda will eat them, Chloe will if she's hungry but she doesn't eat much. I have to sprinkle freeze-dried chicken dust on it for Chloe to entice her to eat more.
Avoderm Select Cuts - Matilda doesn't like these very much, Chloe hasn't had them.
Chicken Soup - They both will eat this but it's not their favorite and it makes their poo stinky. Matilda prefers Wellness to Chicken Soup, Chloe is the other way around.
Meow Mix Pouches (some are grain free) - depends on the flavor, but these tend to go over pretty well.
Fancy Feast (the grain-free ones) - Haven't given to Chloe, but Matilda was not as enthusiastic about it as she normally is when I give her Fancy Feast (which is rare anyway).

Haven't tried the grain-free flavors from Natural Balance or By Nature Organics yet.

Wow, didn't realize I had such picky eaters!
post #6 of 23
Natural Balance Chicken & Liver is grain free. Mine eat it. Even fussy Cindy eats a bit of it.
post #7 of 23
You might want to keep your eye out for this food, which should become available in the U.S. in the next few months: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=158155
Some flavors have rice, but most don't, and I've yet to find a cat that doesn't like the food.
post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I'll definatly have to try the Chicken soup, as I remember he used to like that one. My other cats get Natural Blance wet every night. Since his elevated blood calcim started (almost a year now) he refuses to eat NB. I was really sorry he refused that because I feel like they have a good quality product for the price. He would still eat the venison & green pea once in a while, but last time I fed it to him was when he got sick a couple weeks ago. My vet told me it would be a good idea not to feed him that food again, just in case. He never used to be picky. This cat took a bite of a pickle one day when he was a kitten. I think the problem is I've been feeding him (as it was so well put) the Kitty Krack for too long.

By the way, where can I get the Avoderm? I'm not sure I've ever seen it before. He is all about shreded food right now, so that sounds like the best possibility. Although I have to say I'm happy to report his stomach no longer make funny noises after he eats.
post #9 of 23
both petsmart and petco here have avoderm
post #10 of 23
I have one cat that use to like Wellness canned and lately he's been turning up his nose in favor of FF gluten free kind. He dosen't seem to like anything by FF lately so that's what I've been feeding him. I'll try mixing the Wellness and FF together , thanks for the idea
post #11 of 23
Mine liked the EVO 95% meat cans (chicken/turkey, beef, vennison, duck, rabbit) but wouldn't touch the regular EVO for cats can...not sure why. Wellness makes some grain frees, but my cats didn't care for them.

Art
post #12 of 23
my cats will eat the wellness pouches, not the cans, they do not like loaf style food. they will eat the merrick cans because it's not loaf style. they have not liked any grain-free hard food so they eat nutro natural choice.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rang_27 View Post
Thanks guys. I'll definatly have to try the Chicken soup, as I remember he used to like that one. My other cats get Natural Blance wet every night. Since his elevated blood calcim started (almost a year now) he refuses to eat NB. I was really sorry he refused that because I feel like they have a good quality product for the price. He would still eat the venison & green pea once in a while, but last time I fed it to him was when he got sick a couple weeks ago. My vet told me it would be a good idea not to feed him that food again, just in case. He never used to be picky. This cat took a bite of a pickle one day when he was a kitten. I think the problem is I've been feeding him (as it was so well put) the Kitty Krack for too long.

By the way, where can I get the Avoderm? I'm not sure I've ever seen it before. He is all about shreded food right now, so that sounds like the best possibility. Although I have to say I'm happy to report his stomach no longer make funny noises after he eats.
actually now that I think about it, I don't think chicken soup is grain free...

It's good though. My PetCo has Avoderm wet and my PetSmart has both Avoderm wet & dry.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by Sakura View Post
actually now that I think about it, I don't think chicken soup is grain free...

It's good though. My PetCo has Avoderm wet and my PetSmart has both Avoderm wet & dry.
no, it's not. here's dry: Chicken, Salmon, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, whole grain white rice, potatoes, cracked pearled barley, millet, turkey, duck, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, salt, choline chloride, chicory root extract, dl-methionine, potassium chloride, taurine, carrots, peas, apples, dried skim milk, kelp, cranberry powder, rosemary, parsley flake. Vitamins and minerals.
& wet regular: Chicken, salmon, chicken liver, turkey, duck, chicken broth, whole grain brown rice, whole grain white rice, oatmeal, potatoes, barley, egg product, guar gum, flaxseed, kelp, carrots, peas, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, taurine, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamin mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite (source of vitamin K), copper sulfate, calcium iodate, and sodium selenite.
post #15 of 23
My cat loves the Evanger's canned foods, they come in whole mackerel, chicken, and other flavors. She also likes the Instinct canned.

We started switching my brother's kitten from Royal Canin kitten food to Orijen dry food a few weeks ago. We started with just adding a few pieces to slowly adapt her to the new food, but she just kept picking out all the Orijen and leaving the Royal Canin in the bowl!
post #16 of 23
thanks for this list, my kids don't like the Wellness or other grain free good stuff. They do like Fancy Feast though


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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
I haven't had much luck with "grain free" varieties. My guys do like the low carb/gluten free varieties of Fancy Feast though.
http://www.felinediabetes.com/glutenfree.htm

They also like a couple gluten free varieties of Friskies, and Meow Mix pouches.

Have you tried Authority loaf style? Stimpy LOVES turkey and giblets flavor.
post #17 of 23
I wouldn't give my cats even one taste of FF - I'm sure they'd get addicted to this kitty crack and then I'd be stuck finding a decent food that they would eat.

To get cats off FF and onto a decent quality food, you can always start mixing the good food with the FF and gradually increase the amount of the better quality food until they are weaned off FF.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Javern View Post
thanks for this list, my kids don't like the Wellness or other grain free good stuff. They do like Fancy Feast though
I wouldn't feed only Fancy Feast though (even the grain-free versions).
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Sakura View Post
I wouldn't feed only Fancy Feast though (even the grain-free versions).
Nabu wouldn't eat the "healthy" brands if they were the last food on earth. So it's Fancy Feast/Friskies/Meow Mix or no wet food at all. Since I like him to eat wet food, I give him what he wants. I also got very tired of throwing away $1.50 worth of canned food at every meal because it went uneaten.
post #20 of 23
My boys eat EVO dry food. Occasionally they get Wellness cans or pouches, but they're picky about which flavors. EVO also makes canned food, but we haven't tried any of those.
post #21 of 23
I was feeding Nutro canned for the longest while b/c it was the only canned food my babies would actually eat enough to stay alive. hahaha. On a whim I bought Wellness Chicken (grain free) and they love it!!! Yay!

They won't touch Merrick. hahahahahaaha. Good luck. These kitties have us trained.
post #22 of 23
try the weruva cans, if you can find them. They have some grain free available. It's very soupy with shredded meat in it and an occasional piece of carrot or a pea.
pretty decent food, expensive though.

As far as dry food goes I give my kids "taste of the wild". It's grain free and they all seem to like it just fine. (they don't get too much though, a handful a day for all three of them)

http://www.PetFoodDirect.com:80/stor...Fid=1074&Page=
post #23 of 23
Thread Starter 
Jordan was having a good day yesterday so last night we tried Evo for the first time. Not only did he eat his whole 3 oz, he licked the plate clean. So I think he likes that one.
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