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Innova - Evo Cat Food - Best Results!

post #1 of 10
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Okay, after being totally confused and overwhelmed when it comes to what food is best for my Obese 14 year old cat, I decided to take the Innova / EVO plunge.....My cat is healthy otherwise, just obese, and of course he has no energy and doesn't play, which stands to reason(just like people)...Now, after spending hours and hours online reading reviews and all, I'm finding that Innova/EVO cat food is getting the best reviews and results...Perhaps 1 out of 20 people said their cat didn't like it, but overall it's been very positive...I wanted to try Feline's Pride, but that is WAY out of my price range. EVO is still pricey, but not near as pricey as ordering Feline's Pride(about $90.00 a onth), soooo I decided to go to the next best thing to raw food, which is EVO(about $40.00 a month)..... Now, just like humans, I'm sure there are cats that will turn up their nose to it, no matter how many other cats like it, but that's expected.. I'm going to slowwwly introduce him to it..Fortunately, my cat is NOT a fussy eater. He never really has been, so I should be fine....The good news is that I've found several natural health pet stores in my area that carry EVO....

I'm excited to get him on this high protein diet, which suppose to help obese cats and also help if a cat gets diabetes. Right now I'm feeding him 1/2 cup of Eukanaba and 1/3rd of a tray of Whiskas soft food(yuck)...From what I've been reading and what a vet told me, he's obese because of the dry food, due to the high carbs/calories, but I also found out that whiskas is the bottom of the barrel in soft cat food, so hopefully in about 2 months, I'll have him completely weaned off that food and completely on EVO...The Vet wanted to put him on science diet of course, becuase that's what they sell at their office(it's all about the money)....Hopefully over the course of the next 6 months, I'll start to notice him losing weight....

.P.S.. I'm eventually going to an all wet diet, but since he's been eating dry food since he was a kitten, I may pick up a bag of the dry EVO cat food as well, and slowly wean him off of it, although, I'm reading that since dry food dehydrates cats, you should eventually put him on an all wet diet, and my cat does drink a lot of water, even though he's not diabetic...
post #2 of 10
Wet is BEST ... especially when using HIGH protein foods ... see at his age and wt you may set yourself up for kidney or liver issues with dry food
post #3 of 10
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Thanx for the reply. Yea, I've been reading more and more to stay away from dry food(due to higher carbs and hydration issues). It use to be more controversial, but more and more I'm reading articles and hearing that it's better to have a cat on wet as opposed to dry. My cat absolutely loves wet food, so he'll be in heaven

Also, I realize there is no perfect cat food out there, so I'll I'm trying to do is go with the best that within my budget...You are always going to find some that argue as to what is the best, which is why I tend to spend hours reading reviews etc....

Let me ask you, since I've been feeding my cat 1/2 cup of dry food a day, how much wet food would that translate to?
post #4 of 10
Before you buy tons of cans of the EVO wet food, you may be surprised that your cat won't eat it. When a cat is used to something like Whiskas and is switched to a very rich wet food like EVO, they may turn their nose up to it. I would grab a few cans of other high quality wet food as well to try. Also, you can try mixing the Whiskas with the new stuff for a while.

I feed dry & wet. So say Matilda's dry food says to feed 1/2 a cup a day, then I just give her 1/4 a cup in the morning. If her wet food says to feed 6 oz a day, i give her the 3oz at night.
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Originally Posted by Sakura View Post
Before you buy tons of cans of the EVO wet food, you may be surprised that your cat won't eat it. When a cat is used to something like Whiskas and is switched to a very rich wet food like EVO, they may turn their nose up to it. I would grab a few cans of other high quality wet food as well to try. Also, you can try mixing the Whiskas with the new stuff for a while.

I feed dry & wet. So say Matilda's dry food says to feed 1/2 a cup a day, then I just give her 1/4 a cup in the morning. If her wet food says to feed 6 oz a day, i give her the 3oz at night.
Sakura, thanx for your reply. Oh, I wasn't planning on quitting Whiskas cold turkey, I am planning on for the first week just mixing a table spoon or 2 , then the next week another table spoon until he's completely adapted to it...
Then I'll switch it 100%.
EVO seems to be one of the few foods I've seen reviews on where MOST of the cats loved it, of course there's always the exception oddball cat, ...
My cat isn't a fussy eater though, so I"m sure he'll adapt just fine. Heck, he use to steal the tomatoes out of my tacos. When it comes to food, he's like a dog stuck in a cat's body. Also, I wanted to clarify that I know a lot of cats can do fine with dry food, but from what I understand, if a cat is obese is should NOT be on dry food, because of the high fat content...If one's cat doesn't have a problem of obesity, I'm sure high quality dry food is okay....I'm wondering if that's why my cat IS obese, because he's been on mostly dry food for his entire life....This will be an interesting experiment
post #6 of 10
1/2cup a day roughly = 5-8 oz of wet
post #7 of 10
My cat got very obese on EVO dry food and quite a few people report the same results. For losing weight, wet food is best.
Remember that EVO dry is 612 calories per cup, which is a lot.
I would try to find less caloric food for your kitty.
post #8 of 10
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kittylover, thanx for your reply, I think what I"m going to do is keep my Ecunuba dry for now, as it's a weight control formula(yea, right, lol), but it's only 300 calories or so per serving, and add the EVO wet food at night(which is high in protein, so it will help him lose weight), and then gradually I will switch to all wet food over the course of a month or so...

and you are right, for losing weight, wet food is the only way to go..I've even had vets tell me that, and I don't always agree with them, but I do about this...
post #9 of 10
I feed Evo wet (along with another dry brand). My cats love it and do well on it. I have tried the Evo dry but it gave them terrible, raunchy gas! (Even though I started by mixing a tiny bit with their regular dry.) All cats don't react that way to it but just be aware it can be fairly common!
post #10 of 10
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Well, I went to the nutritional pet store and got 5 cans of the EVO 95% chicken/turkey and thought I'd give him a bit of a sample when I came home and he went absolutely nuts over it!! In fact, he was following me around my house whining because he wanted more, and all I had to do is show him the can and he was rubbing against my leg, so looks like I've found a winner ...When I opened up the can myself I figured it would smell all healthy and yucky, but I was surprised it didn't...! It actually smells like Tuna(which my cat loves)...Well, bottom line is, I won't have any problem pulling my cat off his current 1/2 dry 1/2 wet diet and going 100% wet... He's just going to half to be patient though as I'm just going to give him about 25% of the EVO for about a week, and then slowly increase it from that point...I just want the transition to go slow so that it doesn't upset his stomach..I'm glad he loves it though...
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