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post #1 of 16
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  • How many of you rotate dry foods for your cats?
  • How often?
  • How many different brands do you use?
  • How many different proteins?

When rotating, how many different brands do you feel is best?
I have about 3 brands I rotate amongst, but some say that 2 is enough or ideal. Others, on the other hand, have a long, long list of rotation they go through.

Just wondering what you do and what works for your kitties.
post #2 of 16
I rotate between 3 different dry foods ( which is only about 25% of thier diet) the brands I roptate between are Taste of The Wild,Natures Variety Instinct and Go grainfree chicken turkey and duck, I rotate from one bag to the next ( large bags) by slowly mixing in the new food until they are eating just that one.My cats have had no issues with me doing it like this.
post #3 of 16
A breeder I know uses three dry foods, but she mixes them all together, so I guess you wouldn't really call that a "rotation" per se. All three foods are considered "premium"; I guess she just likes her cats to have variety!
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by motoko9 View Post
A breeder I know uses three dry foods, but she mixes them all together, so I guess you wouldn't really call that a "rotation" per se. All three foods are considered "premium"; I guess she just likes her cats to have variety!
My ragdoll breeder did that too ...

um, at the moment i have 2 different types of foods but their the same brand.

ETA; i use chicken soup and kirkland foods.
post #5 of 16
I've finally found something they all like and aren't throwing up, so I've been sticking to it for a while now. It's Wellness Core.

For a while I was mixing in something called "harmony farms" which has pretty good ingredients but some grains. I'm not sure what the benefits are of rotating but I think if my cats started to get picky about the Wellness I would mix something else in.
post #6 of 16
I don't rotate, but for the last 7 months have been feeding at least a couple different kinds of dry food at a time. Right now we have 3 mixed: Wellness Indoor, Ca. Natural Chicken & Purina One Vibrant Maturity.

Previously we were mixing 2 kinds of Iams, Royal Canin, the remainder of a bag of Nutro Max kitten, & 2 kinds of Purina.

My cats seem to really like having a mix, especially my senior guy, so I'm ok with it.
post #7 of 16
right now the rotation is based on $$$$

Taste of the wild about 50% of the time

Acana and Orijen the other 50%

soon to intro kirkland

I rotate about every other bag ie every other month
post #8 of 16
The breeder my cats is coming from uses a mix of Natures Variety Instinct (is that right) Chicken and Pro Plan chicken&rice hairball. I plan to continue the same diet. She also feeds Natures Variety chicken wet food.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
right now the rotation is based on $$$$

Taste of the wild about 50% of the time

Acana and Orijen the other 50%

soon to intro kirkland

I rotate about every other bag ie every other month
That is about how I do it too ( except it is every bag because I buy the big bags) I use those 3 brands because they were the only grain free ones ALL 5 would eat with no problems at all! I don't hear much about the GO chicken turkey and duck though, what do you think of it??in your opinion is it worth the price?
post #10 of 16
What is the purpose of rotating dry food?
post #11 of 16
I rotate for 2 reasons 1. so the cats don't get bored with the food and 2. Incase a food in lacking or missing something, it can be made up with another food.It works for us also is another reason!The cats are healthy and happy!
post #12 of 16
I use Taste of the Wild and Calif. Natural Chicken and Rice. These were the two that everyone did well on....no digestive issues.

I was rotating and then just mixed the two half/half. I did this because they would not eat much of one brand and then act as if starving when the next brand came up. So I mixed.

I hear all the good reasons nutritionally to rotate, but if store is out of stock of their food (I can't get it) and then if there is ever a recall on a brand/type of food I will have a back up that they are accustomed to eating.

The dry food is just one portion of their diet. Canned two times a day and investigating adding some raw.
post #13 of 16
Go naturals is good..( I also do big bags , one per month ..) $$$ wise depends if it is the price of acana and orijen I could justify it but here it run s 10 $ plus more
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Go naturals is good..( I also do big bags , one per month ..) $$$ wise depends if it is the price of acana and orijen I could justify it but here it run s 10 $ plus more
I order it online because nowhere close by sells it! It is one of the few that all 5 cats could and WOULD eat!lol
post #15 of 16
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I order it online because nowhere close by sells it! It is one of the few that all 5 cats could and WOULD eat!lol
Need me to send the I will eat it if not allergic squad
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Need me to send the I will eat it if not allergic squad
I think I just may have the pickiest cats on the earth!!lol I have tried sosososo many different catfoods with grains withour grains high quality not so high quality ( before I knew better of course, and of course they LKED THAT)lol but yeah I finally got them eating something they all seem to like (knock on wood) and have even gotten some raw in a few times a week ( all except 2 love it ) and now the wet food is what is giving me trouble! they like it for a little while and then refuse to eat it???? picky boogers! luckily I have some ferals I feed too ( that eat very well too) lol
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