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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I need some advice. My mother has been feeding her cats Atta cat cat food for a while and they seem to like it. She lost her job last month so she can't afford much. she can get 20 lbs for 9$ and that is the best price she can find. My questions is how horrible is this food? I really don't know much about it,except it is a lower end grocery store food, like friskies and cat chow. Can anyone give me some information on it? I want to make sure it isn't hurting the kitties.

thanks!
post #2 of 16
That food is terrible.
post #3 of 16
I am not familar with that food. I found the company product page with the ingredients listed if that helps.

http://www.anibrands.com/attacat/ingredients.htm Atta Cat

Cooked Yellow Corn, Poultry By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Wheat, Digest of Poultry By-Products and Fish By-Products, Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA), Fish Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dried Whey, Phosphoric Acid, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Yellow #5, red #40, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin A-Acetate, D-Activated Animal Sterol, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supp-lement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Oxide, Riboflavin Supplement (Vit. B2), Inositol, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochlo-ride, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite.
post #4 of 16
Ugh. How can they get away with calling that CAT food?

OP, that crap is about as bad as you can get.
post #5 of 16
I have to tell you guys an interesting story. My best friend adopted an adult cat from some friends in the late 90's. This black cat, Codeine, lived with a bunch of males who didn't know much about animal care. They pretty much fed him Alley Cat brand food for years. If you can believe it, the cat lived for approximately 17 years without much medical complication. That's amazing!
post #6 of 16
It isn't the best food, but if the cat is healthy and that is all your mom can afford, then it will have to do for now.

I have heard of a cat food you can get from feed stores that might be better. I'll see if I can find the info.

Hopefully, someone with more nutrition knowledge will pop up with some alternatives in the same price range

Bless your mom for not giving them up when things get tough!
post #7 of 16
The ingredients are awful, but if that's what she can afford then you can't do much about it.

Usually you can save money by buying bags in larger quantity. Food is always overpriced at the grocery store anyway, she'd be better off hitting Wal-Mart or Costco if that's an option.

Diamond Naturals is a pet food that costs $23 for 18 lbs. or $10 for 6 lbs. The ingredients are so much better than what she's feeding now. Is that totally out of her budget? Also, there is Authority dry food which costs $25 for 20 lbs. I recommend one of these two if she can afford it.

As for super cheap foods...Meow Mix dry is about $15-18 for 18 lbs and Kit & Kaboodle is about $13 for 18 lbs.. They are both a bit better than what the cat is eating now (though not by much).

What stores does she live by?

Thank goodness your mom isn't the type of person who gives up her cat when times get tough.
post #8 of 16
In the same price range and avail at many grocery stores is purina naturals ... about 1$a lb... maxxium at walmart is a touch less and way way better ... reg cat chow IMHO is a better choice
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
In the same price range and avail at many grocery stores is purina naturals ... about 1$a lb... maxxium at walmart is a touch less and way way better ... reg cat chow IMHO is a better choice
what about Sportmix? petfooddirect.com shows a 33 pound bag for around $18 - that'd be $1.83 a pound. it's carried at my local feed store.
Ingredients:
Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Fish Meal, Ground Wheat, Dried Whey Products, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Chicken & Liver Digest, Yeast Culture, Wheat Germ Meal, Taurine, Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamin A Acetate Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium d-Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Magnesium Oxide.
post #10 of 16
Again, bless your mom for doing her best at a tough time - have you checked to see that she's eating ok herself?

Re cat food, if she switches to, oh, Authority or something along that line, the cost per feeding may stay close to the same as she's currently paying, since the cat may be able to eat less but gain more nutrients. But it's going to depend too on what stores she's able to get to easily. Is mail order an option for her? That might save on gas and wear & tear on the car if she's in a rural area.

Good luck to her, and best wishes her financial situation improves - heck, same wishes for all of us!
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
what about Sportmix? petfooddirect.com shows a 33 pound bag for around $18 - that'd be $1.83 a pound. it's carried at my local feed store.
Ingredients:
Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Fish Meal, Ground Wheat, Dried Whey Products, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Chicken & Liver Digest, Yeast Culture, Wheat Germ Meal, Taurine, Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamin A Acetate Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium d-Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Magnesium Oxide.
That is a decent food but I think your math is a wee bit off
it is roughly 55cents a lb
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
That is a decent food but I think your math is a wee bit off
it is roughly 55cents a lb
that was the price quoted on petfooddirect.com [which is also where i got the ingredient list]. i divided 33/18... must've done it backwards - i do that kind of thing all the time
math was never & will never be my strong suit
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the info. After all your ideas, I called her and told her about what I found out and she agreed to change their food. We decided she is either going to order online or I am going to get the food and bring it over to her. Eventhough she is having a tough time, she goes not want to give up her cats, and when i told her how bad their food was, she had no problem changing over. I am going to start helping out with the food cost too, so she can give them a better food and not pay so much more. Again, thanks to everyone who gave ideas and comments, and especially those who sent her good thoughts. So far, she is doing ok, and the cats are still healthy and happy. Hopefully with the better food, they will stay that way!
post #14 of 16
Even though that food she is feeding sounds kinda...corny...some cats do fine on whatever they hav been eating.

one of my good friends has been feeding alley cat and such for most of her cats life (about 12) and it is fine. thats not to say she couldnt be feeding better, but so far so good.

Im glad your mom has the cats, she obviously loves them
post #15 of 16

My cat is very healthy and has been eating Atta cat his whole life.  That's what his original owner gave him and when they moved and gave him to us he was about a year old and that's what we kept him on.

post #16 of 16

I bought a bag for my cats thinking it was cheaper and was giving them indoor friskies dry food and they like it but noticed that one was having blood in his urine. I thought well he is older and developing issues. But then one of my other cats was doing the same. I removed the food and went back to the indoor friskies and they are better. Something in this food was causing a problem or stressing out their systems and/or they could not metabolize something in this brand of food. There must not be enough ash or too much magnesium. I was going to check out what was in it since I already discarded the bag. Won't be getting this again tho cheaper it could have killed my cats, hoping there is no long term issues with their kidneys now.

 

Just wanted to give you my results.

Fiyero

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