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post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
Not trying to revamp a subject I see on here often, but rather than narrow the subject down to two brands of food, I'd like to know what brand(s) you feed your cats (both wet and dry). Please tell me the following, if you can:

1. Your choice of brand(s)
2. Your reason(s) for your choice(s)
3. How you compare the pricing of your selected brand(s) with that of other marketed brands

(If money were no object, I'd feed my Simon the best-of-the-best and offer him as many organic chicken necks/ wings as possible. )

Thank you,


PS: I currently feed IAMS (kitten) canned food and Eukenuba (kitten) dry to my Ragdoll. All the Raggie breeders I've contacted use Eukenuba; I know little to nothing of other brands about which people rave; I'd love to know more, so as to make the most informed decision.
post #2 of 37
I personally stay away from IAMS and Eukanuba. There were so many animals killed when IAMS did their research. Honestly, there are better, cheaper foods out there that would make your Ragdoll even more happy and healthy!

I feed my cats Solid Gold dry food and Nutro Max wet food. I feed Solid Gold because of the ingredients, and my cats love it! Solid Gold contains only what cats need, they even use apples or carrots for flavors!

Solid Gold Katz-N-Flocken Dry Cat Food

Lamb Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Ground Millet, Ground Brown Rice, Ground Barley, Rice Bran Oil, Canola Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Amaranth, Rice Bran, Garlic, Blueberries, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Taurine, Carotene, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Vitami A Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Folic Acid, Thiamine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Natural Flavors Added.* * Usually Apples or Carrots.

No Wheat

No Soybeans

No Corn

No Animal Fat Added

No Poultry Fat

No By-Products

No Sugar Added

No Preservatives

No Sugar Added

Yucca Schidigera Extract reduces the cats stool smell by 64%! My cats litter boxes NEVER stink!

Now look at the ingredients in IAMS I will make the bad ingredients bold

IAMS Kitten

Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Grits, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E, and Citric Acid), Corn Meal, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Dried Egg Product, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Natural Chicken Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Brewers Dried Yeast, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Rosemary Extract, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Inositol, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate

What you don't want to see in the ingredients

Wheat, Soy, Corn, Peanut Hulls, and Other Vegetable Protein
Animal and Poultry Fat
Additives and Preservatives
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT),
Propyl Gallate
Propylene Glycol (also used as a less-toxic version of automotive antifreeze)
Beet Pulp
Egg Product
Ground yellow corn, corn grits and corn gluten meal

I pay $30.00 for a 15 pound bag of Solid Gold. With 10 cats the bag lasts me a month! When I used to buy Whiskas dry, I paid $4.00 for 2 pounds and it only lasted me a day. The Nutro Max wet food is $0.40 for a little can and $1.79 for a big can.
post #3 of 37
Thread Starter 

What *exactly* are "Lamb Meal" and "Menhaden Fish Meal"? What is meant by the word "meal"? I'm also thrown by ground millet being an ingredient; I feed millet (not ground, of course) to my birds as a small dietary supplement; I never considered a cat as needing millet. Do you know what benefits it provides for a cat?

Also, I believe canola oil to be rather unhealthy, or so I've read regarding human health.

Where do you find Solid Gold? I ask because certain higher-end bird pellets aren't carried by most pet stores (usually bird-only pet stores); otherwise, you must purchase them online.

Thanks again,

post #4 of 37
I try to give the cats canned food and dry food. They get fancy feast canned and purina one dry. They were eukanuba and really liked it but it was just getting way to expensive with all this fur babies. So they tried iams and hated it, but they love purina one. The outside kitties eat purina one with some speical kitty (walmart brand) mixed it.
post #5 of 37
I'm not sure what "meal" means, but if I had to guess its not pure meat, its degenerated in some way. I think since Iams says just chicken as the main ingredient, that would be better than 'chicken or lamb meal'. But I am for sure not expert!
post #6 of 37
I feed a mixture-

1. For Dry Food they get Royal Canin in the morning, and at night.
2. Wet Food I feed either Friskies, or Purina or Fancy Feast, or whatever I find on sale.
3. I choose Royal Canin because all my cats excel on their food, and I like their program on how it is developed. I wish they made canned food as well.

I look at the price that I pay, and RC is not cheap, but in the long run it is healthier for them, and it cuts down on my vet bill. So I am sold with what they have to offer.

Because I feed so many feral cats, I do not free feed the RC- my feral feeders outside are filled with just about any type of dry food I have (as the townsfolk are always dropping off bags to contribute)

it is my inside/outside cats who get the greatest consideration. But if I could afford to feed RC to all the ferals around here, I certainly would.
post #7 of 37
Here's the information you wanted!

Meat vs. Meal Comparison

(Chicken & Lamb are 70% water and only 15% protein)

Pet food labels found in grocery and mass marketers like to use Chicken or Lamb to represent real meat. – (Contains 70% moisture). This leads you the consumer to believe that their product is meat based. Chicken or lamb meats are heavier than grains prior to cooking. The moisture contained in the meats (70%) is reduced by 2/3rds after the cooking process, leaving the total formula as a grain base food after processing.


(Chicken Meal and Lamb Meal are dry and 50% to 65% protein) meat protein!

Solid Gold lists Lamb meal as the first ingredient. Lamb meal is dry and less than 10% moisture and contains 50% - 65% meat proteins. In processing the meat meals do not shrink below the grain weight, producing a true meat based formula for your carnivores. AAFCO label rules require that, the heaviest to the lightest ingredients be the order on the guaranteed analysis panel, (with or without water content)

Menhaden Fish Meal

Menhaden fish - a herring-like fish found along the North Atlantic coast of the United States - the flesh is an excellent source of menhaden oil for coat and skin. Fish is a prime source of a complete protein. It includes all the essential amino acids. It is rich in unsaturated fats Omega 3 fatty acids), Vitamins A, K and K, and also ontains iodine, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium copper and fluoride.

Benefits of Ground Millet

Millet is a nutritious, ancient grain, thought to be one of the first cereal grains used for domestic purposes. It is renowned for being a "soothing", non allergenic and easily digestible grain.

Canola Oil

Canola oil contains no animal fat and is lower in saturated fat than any other oil on the market. It contains no sodium or cholesterol. An important monounsaturated fat that may help to reduce the risk of some immune disorders.

Solid Gold is cat food, not bird food! I buy it from my local pet store. You can go here Solid Gold and use their Store Locator!
post #8 of 37
i feed nuto max food (dry). the cats love the taste and it is healthier than the other brands i considered. i have considered trying royal canine and authority due to the good things i have heard around here.

when i was a girl we fed our cat store brand food and switched to purina be cause the vet said it was healthier. that cat ended up having digestive problems in the long run. hopefully what i am feeding now will make a difference.

as far as cost, it is actually less than the purina i started ed out on because he eats less to get the same amount of nutrition and doesn't become a pudgeball. i really like the food calculator on petsmart's website. it helped me realize i am spending less on the premium brands than i was on the "lower cost" food.

i have to thank the people here who pointed out the less is more on feeding. i would probably have ed on the other stuff, still, if it weren't for them.
post #9 of 37
I feed our 2 F1 Chausie's and the F4 Bengal and the one tabby this.
The dry food is a combo of Royal 32 and Wellness. Here is the Wellness ingredient list.

Salmon, Deboned Turkey, Herring Meal, Salmon Meal, Menhaden Fishmeal, Ground Whole Oats, Brown Rice, Dried Whole Eggs, Dried Peas, Canola Oil, Herring Oil, Chicken Liver, Flax Seed, Cranberries, Blueberries, Taurine, Garlic, Alfalfa Leaf, Dried Kelp, Whole Apples, Whole Ground Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Zucchini, Yucca Schidigera, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Protenate, and then all the vitmans and minerial supplements.
No meat by products and all human grade meats. That's the key. If it's not good enough for me, then it's not good enough for them.

Wet food they get 2 cans of Pro Plan and a can of either wellness or innova wet with cooked chicken or cooked stew meat mixed in.

P.S They also get only bottled watter and have there feet massaged at night :-)
Well at least the bottled water.
post #10 of 37
My kitties get NutroMax dry food, which I free feed. I had been giving them tuna once a week, but found out that could be dangerous. I am in the process of weaning them from tuna as a weekly treat to the new moist Nutro pouches.

I had been feeding Midnight and Sunshine Purina food when they were my only two, but Sunshine developed urinary crystals and had to have surgery to save his life. The vet recommended Nutro, and I have to say that all the cats like it and do well with it. They have glossy, smooth coats, no health problems other than the occasional hairball, and no digestive problems. Knowing it is good for their urinary tracts gives me peace of mind, after seeing the pain poor Sunshine had been in.

Mike, you're not the only one giving your cats bottled water! We feel that if WE don't want to drink the tap water, our cats shouldn't have to drink it either! We have a new freshflow fountain with the reservoir attachment, I have to refill it on a daily basis, as they have been drinking significantly more water since I got it for them.
post #11 of 37
1) I mainly feed dry Innova but switch brands every so often for variety. Other dry brands I have used include Solid Gold, Felidae, Wysong, California Natural and currently Im trying out the new Chicken Soup For The Cat Lovers Soul. I split a can of food between the 6 of them every other day and because they only get about 1 oz. each I use/have used a large vareity of brands including Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Azmira, Spots Stew, Pinnacle, Petguard, Natural Balance, Nutro, Active Life, Boulder Creek, Natures Variety, Felidae, Wysong.
2) I originally chose Innova because I was having such great results with it for my dog and thought the cats might also have these results. My cats thrive on Innova...of all the brands I've tried they all seem to do best on Innova.
3) The most accurate way to compare prices is by figuring out the cost per day rather than the cost per bag. The more calorie dense the food the longer it lasts because you feed less...and if you dont feed less you end up with fat cats. You can compare prices of different brands using cost per 100 kcal to get a general idea. This is how I compare the price of different dry brands -
example: Innova
Info. needed -
Price of Bag: $25
Size of Bag : 16.6 lb.
Ounces per cup: 4.6 oz.
Calories per cup: 537 kcal

16oz. = 1 lb.
16oz./4.6oz. = 3.48 cups per pound
16.6 lbs. x 3.48 cups = 58 cups per 16.6lb. bag
$25/58cups = $0.43 per cup
537kcal/100kcal = 5.37
$0.43/5.37 = $0.08 per 100kcal

My cats get about 200kcal per day each so it costs me approx. $0.16 to feed each cat daily.
post #12 of 37
1. Your choice of brand(s)
Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care

2. Your reason(s) for your choice(s)

a.) Spike needed a food for sensitive tummies, and it said it was easy to digest.

b.) I like the list of ingrediants (no by-products, no corn, the first ingrediant is chicken meal, etc.).

c.) Spike will actually eat it (he refused to eat another of my choices).

d.) He's maintained a good weight being on it... he's almost 3 years old, he's rather tall, and long, and he weighs 9-9.5 pounds. He is free-fed.

e.) He doesn't get hairballs, and his litterbox isn't stinky.

f.) His coat is shiny and very soft.

g.) It is available in stores where I live.

3. How you compare the pricing of your selected brand(s) with that of other marketed brands
Well, before I knew much about cat food, I had him on Iams for a short while. I can't remember back then how much he ate though. I do know that I buy 1 20 pound bag of the Nutro Natural Choice dry cat food for about $25, and it lasts me about 6 months. I do open it up when I get it and repackage it into smaller ziplock freezer bags so that it stays fresh for that long.

There are a bunch of great foods out there... and I'm sure that each one effects different cats in different ways. Hopefully you'll find one that suits both you and your kitties.

Hope this helps! :tounge2:
post #13 of 37
Vanessa, I have heard about Chicken Soup For The Cat Lovers Soul Cat Food, what is it like? I saw it on an online pet store!

And WOW Innova is cheap where you live! They want for the $9.99 for the 4 pound bag, $17.99 for the 6.6 pound bag and $40.99 for the 16.5 pound bag out here!

That's why I like Solid Gold. It's affordable, the cats love it, and it last me a month!
post #14 of 37
Originally posted by Crazy-Cat-Lover
Vanessa, I have heard about Chicken Soup For The Cat Lovers Soul Cat Food, what is it like? I saw it on an online pet store!

And WOW Innova is cheap where you live! They want for the $9.99 for the 4 pound bag, $17.99 for the 6.6 pound bag and $40.99 for the 16.5 pound bag out here!

That's why I like Solid Gold. It's affordable, the cats love it, and it last me a month!
The Chicken Soup food seems to be a big hit here. All of mine seem to love it and are doing quite well on it so far.

Wow, $40.99? Then again, Canadian $ and American $ have very different values. How much is Solid Gold in Canada? Its $20 for 15 lbs. here.
post #15 of 37
Solid Gold is $29.99 for the 15 pound bag.
post #16 of 37
I have heard a lot about Solid gold cat food, One is it really that good, and how do the cats like the taste of it? I'm always willing to try something different if they like it and it's good for them. Also is it "Human grade Meat"?
I have wild cats so meat is a big deal with them..
We also have one of those cat fountains and run bottled water and the nice charcoal filters on it. I'm trying to develop a way to hook a small refrigerant to it so it's cold water :-)

Thanks in advance
post #17 of 37
Yes it is human grade meat. My kitties love the taste of it. It smells so yummy!

Benefits from Solid Gold

-Their coats are shiny and smooth

-Their litter boxes are changed half as much, poop doesn't stink

-They eat half as much

-The bag lasts longer

-My males have all gotten more muscular

-It gives them tons of energy

Overall, it's the best food I have ever tried! I don't believe there is a better cat food you can buy!
post #18 of 37
I can only echo those sentiments - Solid Gold is terrific. If your cats are fish fans, the Solid Gold canned food is also quite tasty. Our cat really likes the Nutro kibble, but isn't fond of the canned. Felidae is another of his favorite brands. My main criteria are the ingredients and whether the cat will eat the food - he's very picky, doesn't like poultry and wants constant change.
post #19 of 37
I feed Sam "Feline Cuisine" which is the (Canadian) Pet Value store brand. I like it because it does not smell like cat food. Sam prefers the Turkey and Giblets variety - meat by products, water, turkey, poultry giblets, poultry by products, calcium phosphate, guar gum, potassium chloride, choline chloride, vitamins, taurine, iron oxide.

Bailey gets a diet wet food, because she is a little tubby, and she will eat anything. Its performatrin brand, again a Pet Value store brand. It contains:
water, liver, meat by products, poultry by products, beef, rice flour, oat, bran, steamed bone meal,guar gum, salt, potassium chloride, carrageenan, vitamins, and a munch of mineral supplements. Sam doesn't like it much, and I must say I don't like the texture. However, Bailey inhales it a can at a time, so I'll see how she does.

And they both get Royal Canin slim kibble, free fed during the day. This is the first kibble that Sam will actually eat. He only pretended before. My vet says that I can leave them on this "slim" formula permanently. I tried to give Sam the formula for sensitive stomachs, he will have nothing to do with it.
post #20 of 37
I'm using Royal Canin or Wellness. I'm not sure which one is the best for my kitties. I am getting an Exotic Shorthair kitten and I am wondering which would be best for him. The breeder feeds Science Diet or Nutro. Not my choices
post #21 of 37
Either one! Royal Canin and Wellness are both AWESOME foods! I would go with Royal Canin because they have food specific for certain things. Whatever one you choose, your going to have one happy kitty!

I don't like Science Diet either. It is filled with by-products and things your kitty doesn't need! Nutro is not SO bad, except for the fact that it has meat only listed once. Kitties need meat!
post #22 of 37
Hihi =^______________^=!!

This is the morning that United States is smiling with the Elizabeth Smart's household from Salt Lake City, Utah! She returned last evening after an absence of 9 months!

Jenk, i did receive emails from friends regarding Iams products, but steer clear from commenting as i do not know whether it is a fact or rumour.

My babies eat :

1. Fancy Feast wet food - the flaked fish/seafood varieties (Price: $0.39 per can from Target/$0.60 from Petco.)

2. Wellness dried food -

a. Kitten Super5Mix - consist of deboned chicken, chicken liver, real cranberries/blueberries, flax seeds, and they don't have any rendered fats and no by-products (Price: $14.50 for a 5Lb 14Oz bag and $8.50 for a 2 LB 14 Oz bag)

b. Lite Super5Mix - consist of deboned chicken, chicken liver, real cranberries/blueberries, flax seeds, and also no rendered fats and no by-products (Same price as a.)

c. Salmon, Turkey & Herring Oil Formula (their favorite - smells good!) - consist of salmon, deboned turkey, herring oil, flax seed, cranberries/blueberries, and no meat by-products (same price as a.)

i buy the Wellness from B&B Supplies on Geary/22nd in San Francisco, as it is not readily available.

Jenk, the reasons for my choices: supposedly good for the kitties and are pretty acceptable and agreeable. (They don't get sick and they are pink in the health! :-)) i tried many others, but they like the above.

i feel that feeding them wet foods will help soften their stool. i give Wellness for the nutrition content, and for their teeth. i do brush their teeth on a regular basis. i am sure they much prefer to chew on something.. hehe!

i always call around to ask for prices before any purchases. For example, i don't buy my canned foods from B&B Pet Supplies as they sell the FF for $0.49 a can (in San Francisco, the price variance is torrid!!)

i think i go for the quality as opposed to pricing. After choosing a particular product, i just call and scout around for the lowest price available.

Good luck with feeding Simon with yummy and nutritious foods!!

post #23 of 37
Oh lookie, yet another food topic I've been avoiding replying to, cause I'm sure I'm going to write one whopping post! hahaha

Crazy: Thanks for explaining the meal vrs. meat. Nutritionally they are basically the same, standing alone, and for the sake of argument they are both human grade. But what it comes down to, is after the cooking/rendering process you have are left with MORE meat protien from the meal, verse the meat.

My cats are currently on Solid Gold dry, and Special Kitty in a can, (I know I know, I'm a nutrution nut and I'm feeding special kitty please don't shoot me, it's only a small treat every 3 days.) And occasionally they will get things like pork, chicken, egg yolk, beef, when I buy too many pounds more then what we can cook. I made a tastey treat/meal out of it for them, part of our transition to the RAW/BARF diet some day.

From an incomplete list, my top fav foods are (based on nutritional facts):

Solid Gold: (Ingredients already previously discussed). My cat with a horrible coat has finally improved, my female FINALLY gained decent weight, and my already buff male Asim gained even MORE muscle mass while on this food, and no other food has done this. There is less waste in the litter box, and it doesn't smell, it even makes my ferret poohs smell like nothing. I'm lucky and ony pay $22.39 for 15 pounds of it, and $6.99 for the 5 pound bag.

Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul: 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.

Eukanuba: While this food has better ingredients and meat then a lot of the low grade and medium grade foods, it has by-products and corn, which I do not like to feed, I think the reason has also been discussed here. But mainly because the company does things that I DON'T like, if you want to know what these things are feel free to PM me, (this also includes Iam's.) These products aren't even on my list of consideration.

Felidea: Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Brown Rice, Lamb Meal, Chicken Fat, ( preserved with mixed tocopherols and ascorbic acid ), Menhaden Fish Meal, Eggs, Flax Seed Meal, Sun Cured Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil, Lecithin, Nutritional Yeast, Natural Flavors, Linoleic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Sage Extract, Amaranth, DL Methionine, Taurine, Kelp, Cranberry meal, Apple meal, Yeast Culture, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Streptococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamins A, D-Activated Animal Sterol Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Choline Chloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine-Hydrochloride, Thiamin, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Bacillus Subtillis, Yucca Schidigera Extract.

Natural Balance: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Duck, Lamb Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, Vitamin E) Canola Oil, Oatmeal, Fish Meal, Brewers Yeast, Rosemary Extract, Dried Skim Milk, Natural Flavor, Dried Eggs, Carrots, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Kelp, Garlic, DL Methionine, Cranberry Powder, Grapeseed Oil, Lecithin, Parsley Flakes, Tomato Pomace, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin C Supplement, Yucca Schidigera, Folic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (a source of Vitamin K activity), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Ethylene Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite.

Timberwolf Organcis: *I have not studied this food extensively yet* Chicken meal, Fresh Chicken, Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), Barley, Fresh Potatoes, Flax Seed, Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), Fresh Eggs, Dried Chicken Liver, Anchovy Fish Meal, Dried Whole Milk, Dried Whey Extract, Nutritional Yeast, Kelp, Casein, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Lecithin, Choline Chloride, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation, Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product, Enterobacter Faecium Fermentation Product, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Fresh Blueberries, Fresh Cranberries, Zinc Sulfate, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Iron sulfate, Carnitine, Zinc proteinate, Vitamin E supplement, Creatine, Manganese sulfate, Iron proteinate, Manganese proteinate, Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin A supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D3 supplement, Cobalt Proteinate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Copper sulfate, Cobalt Carbonate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Ethylene Diamine Dihydriodide (Iodine supplement), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Papain, Yucca Schidigera Extract.

Wellness: Ingredients already discussed here.

Pinnacle: Chicken Meal, Oats, Chicken, Ocean Fish, Oat Bran, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocoperols, a Source of Natural Vitamin E and Ascorbic Acid, a Source of Vitamin C), Quinoa, Grapeseed Oil, Phosphoric Acid, Whole Dried Egg, Cottage Cheese, Cranberries, Oyster Shell (Natural Source of Calcium), Lecithin, Brewers Yeast, Monosodium Phosphate, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Ferrous Sulfate, DL-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Cobalt Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B Complex), Zinc Methionine, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Niacin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, D-Biotin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Menadione Sodium Bisulfate (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Calcium Iodate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Inositol, Potassium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Papain, Bacillus Subtilis and Aspergillus Niger (Sources of Alpha Amylase Activity), Dried Whey, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Bifidum Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Lactis Fermentation Product.

Mazspeed: I have often noticed, and so have others, that when switching to a lot of the "holistic blends" they have trouble convincing their animals to want to eat it, either as a treat, let alone as their full meal. *This is not always the case, some animals will eagery eat these foods!* With my gang, they normally wont eat these as a meal but as a treat, and it takes about 3 days for them to warm up to the idea of eating it daily, once they do they love it.

When compairing the taste test to the other foods, ones which I consider to be low grade, like most walmart/grocery store brands. They put a lot of flavor enhancing additives into these to make them more palatiable for the animal, thusly the animals will scarf this food down as if it was us eating a candy coated apple! (The candy being the additives such as liver spray.) Now seeing an animal happily eat this food (and a lot of it) makes some owners automatically think that this is a great food (which imo it's not.)
A general rule of thumb (though not always) is feeling the food, if it feels greasy or even has a "greasy" appearance to it, then it has a lot of additives, mostly spray dried foods.
I'm not saying this is a bad thing, I'm just saying this is what they do. Some of the holistic foods (namely Evolve) are using vegitable substances vrs chicken liver for palatability now adays.
post #24 of 37
where do you FIND solid gold? I looked on the petco and petsmart websites as they are the only known pet stores within an hour of my house.. Anyhoo I can't find it anywhere! I feel bad because I've been using purina kitten which is bad i guess, but i don't kno where to get anything else =( Am now glad I didn't waste my money on Iams tho =P

All the local pet stores were closed due to the walmart/kmart thing, and I've never seen solid gold there.. I can order it on the net but with shipping I'd rather just try to find it somewhere..

Kitty's getting neutered today and keeps looking at me with those saucer eyes.. ack. (i'm soo sorry but it has to be done )

tia =)
post #25 of 37
Go to their official site, and up top click on the Store Locator tab. Fill in all that info, and it will give you a list of all the known retailers of Solid Gold in your area or the whole state if you want.

Honestly, you can always order online if you can afford it!
www.petfooddirect.com is a great site for this! And they carry solid gold.

However, if for whatever reason you wind up being limited to only Petco and Petsmart. The "acceptable" foods IMO! And yes some are better then others.

Nutro Max
Nutro Max Natural
Nature's Recipie
Pro Plan

Nutro Natural Choice
Pro Plan
Breeders Choice Avo-Cat
Natural Balance (I would pick this one)
Natures Recipie
Nutro Max Cat
Pet Gold
Royal Canin
Sensible Choice

Good Luck!
post #26 of 37
Hi Anna,
I also was looking for Solid Gold in stores here, and it seems that it's not sold everywhere... not even in the larger chain pet stores. If you go to http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/ there is a store locator up on top. I also live in PA and the closest place that sells it is in Allentown... which is probably about 2 hours from me.
post #27 of 37
Oops! Must have been posting at the same time as you AngelzOO.
post #28 of 37
hey thanks both of you, I had no idea what their website would be.. Suprisingly there are actually about 4 places that are within 40-60 min of me which is the same as petsmart etc.. Maybe I'll venture down tonite while kitty is at the vet.. What kind of treats are good for him (since i guess tuna's not..?) I want to coddle him for a few days after getting the snip snip so he doesn't blame me for it lol..
post #29 of 37
Treats, well there's always raw or cooked meats, those are the best treats possible!

My gang likes lots of things, we have pounce complete treats (supposid vitamins) lol. And the Wiska's Temptations. I dunno we've tried lots of stuff, they are just treats, so basically just find something your cat really likes.
As for Asim his FAVORITE treat is Beef Jerkey
post #30 of 37
I was just looking at the ingredients of Felidae canned food, which is supposedly for both kittens and adult cats:
chicken, turkey, chicken broth, chicken liver, ocean fish, lamb, brown rice, egg, sun cured alfalfa meal, sunflower oil, lecithin, nutritional yeast, rosemary, cranberry meal, kelp, guar gum, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, salt, carrageenan, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, riboflavin supplement, niacin, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, taurine, menadione sodium bisulfate complex, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium panthothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin supplement, folic acid, sodium selenite.
Unfortunately Solid Gold canned food isn't available here at the moment - the dealers kept saying "at the end of February", but we still can't get it. Oh, well, Jamie prefers dry food, anyway.
This may be a dumb question, but what is meant by "holistic cat food"? I can understand "holistic medicine", but food?
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