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post #1 of 24
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when i bought the cat's food the other day i was told that the price of wellness canned food is going up again soon. i am already paying $33 for 12 12 oz cans. this feeds my kitties for 12 days. i pay more to feed these 2 guys than i pay to feed my dog and my ferrets! i feed the dog raw and the ferrets evo! i need a suggestion of what i can feed my kitties. i was told that the pet store is going to get nature's variety homestyle canned food in to kind of take the price range that wellness is going out of. the problem with this food is that the calories are too low. i need something that will give my cat's 220-250 cal/day. the 12 oz can of wellness is perfect for them, it has just the right amount of calories for them to split a can a day. i tried feeding them felidae but that did not work out at all! i was feeding them wellness one day and then felidae the next and they stopped eating any canned. they really didn't like the felidae. i was able to return the felidae, thank goodness. i had to feed them kibble for about a week before i could get them eating enough canned again.

i really don't want to go back to kibble with them. frodo was losing weight so well on canned and he seemed to have so much more energy. blue prefers the canned anyway. i don't know what i will do when the price goes up again if i can't find something to replace it.

can you suggest anything that is about 220-250 cal/5.5 oz can that is a reasonable price and is not felidae? i was paying $23 for 12 12oz cans for the felidae. i can't afford to buy 3 or 4 cans of food a day to get the calories needed since most cans are at least $1.70 each! i really can't afford that. i also don't think that my cats would eat that volume of food. that is a lot of food for a 7 lb kitty to eat! i can't have her losing any weight!

thanks for any suggestions that you might have
post #2 of 24
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so, i just called my vet (who sells evo) and they have 13.2 oz cans of evo for $2.09! waaahooo! now, i just have to hope that my guys will eat it. it is the evo cat and kitten canned food. it is just $2 more than 12 cans of felidae. i should have checked it out earlier. i just assumed that evo would be so expensive.
post #3 of 24
Why not feeds the cats raw?

Leslie
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by Jack31 View Post
Why not feeds the cats raw?

Leslie

Not all cats will eat raw and not all cat owners are into preparing raw. I know that I personally would never do raw. We had one long-term member here who had some serious problems feeding her cats raw so I tend to stay away from that option.
post #5 of 24
I was asking because she currently feeds her dog raw.

Another member throwing around the "we had one member who has serious problems with raw" I wish someone would talk about this in detail or quit bringing up, because its not helpful if we dont' know details.

Leslie
post #6 of 24
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I was asking because she currently feeds her dog raw.

Another member throwing around the "we had one member who has serious problems with raw" I wish someone would talk about this in detail or quit bringing up, because its not helpful if we dont' know details.

Leslie

Do a search. I don't have time to do it for you right now but will try later unless you've already found it by then.
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
i have tried raw over and over and they will not touch it. they are almost 12 and 7 1/2 and very set in their ways. believe me i would much rather feed everyone raw, cats, ferrets, and dog - it would be way cheaper - but they won't touch it.

i remember reading something about evo being "dryer" in consistency than other canned foods. i can't seem to find that thread now. i will do a better search. the felidae was very dry and dense in texture, i don't know if that is what they didn't like about it. does anyone have experience with the evo cat and kitten? is it "wetter" than the 95% meat formulas? i got prices for the chicken/turkey, beef, and venison 95% meat formulas and they are all in my price range. the duck and rabbit ones are too expensive. have any of you tried these flavours? i like to be able to rotate through different protein sources.
post #8 of 24
My boys eat the regular Evo but don't like the 95% meat ones.
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
thank you.

i still couldn't find that thread where someone said that the 95% meat cans were much dryer than the other evo...maybe i dreamed it??
post #10 of 24
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so, i fed the evo canned tonight and it seemed a lot like the wellness chicken formula. frodo ate it right away and blue ate a little off my finger. i don't know if she just wasn't hungry. i will find out in a bit i guess if she likes it! i hope that it goes well...
post #11 of 24
Sort of OT, but I didn't know Wellness had 12 oz. cans...does anyone know if they do have those here in the States?
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
Sort of OT, but I didn't know Wellness had 12 oz. cans...does anyone know if they do have those here in the States?
I get them ordered monthly
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
Sort of OT, but I didn't know Wellness had 12 oz. cans...does anyone know if they do have those here in the States?
Petco supposedly has it...
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
Petco supposedly has it...
MOST do not ... they have the 3oz and 5.5 oz cans ... you can order online the bigger ones
post #15 of 24
Is anyone familiar with Weruva wet food? http://www.weruva.com/
If so, what do you think about it? I was planning on trying either Wellness or Weruva.
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Neely View Post
Is anyone familiar with Weruva wet food? http://www.weruva.com/
If so, what do you think about it? I was planning on trying either Wellness or Weruva.
very good but also very $$$ for what it is .. ie reminds me of meow mix wet... the cats did like it but at 99 cents for a 3 oz and 1.35-1.50 for 6oz it is pricey
post #17 of 24
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i have not seen weruva around here. i don't really like the look of it. i don't know if i would pay all that money for peas and carrots for my cats. i know that most canned foods have veggies, but not that much.

update: the cats are not really liking the evo they are eating it but not all of what they need to. can i wait them out as long as they are eating some? i really need to find something affordable. i think that wellness is going to be going up to somewhere close to the $40 range for 12 12.5 oz cans! i can't afford $40 for 12 days! argh!
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Neely View Post
Is anyone familiar with Weruva wet food? http://www.weruva.com/
If so, what do you think about it? I was planning on trying either Wellness or Weruva.
I feed Weruva, and my cats love it, especially the "Paw Lickin Chicken." Not all flavors have vegetables, but Sharky is right - this is an expensive brand.

To the OP: I feel your pain. I've noticed price increases in various pet foods in the past year. Unfortunately, my guys are really picky, so my options are limited!
post #19 of 24
I feed EVO canned for $21/case for 13oz cans. I order it whenever petfooddirect emails a 22% coupon and that eliminates the shipping costs.
post #20 of 24
California Natural also offers larger cans, at a more affordable price than some of the other brands. It isn't grain-free, though, if that's one of your criteria.
post #21 of 24
Thread Starter 
thank you.

i get 12 13 oz cans of evo from my vet for ~$25 so i think that is a good price. i just have to make sure that they eat it.

can i hold out a little for them to eat more if they are eating the evo, just not as much as i would like? do you think that will be ok?

i looked into california naturals as well, since they are made by the same company as evo and i can also get that from my vet, but it is too low in calories. they would have to eat more than a 13 oz can a day in order to get the calories they need. i can't afford to feed them that much, and i honestly don't think that they will eat more than a 13 oz can between them.
post #22 of 24
I'm sorry - you did mention those calorie requirements in your first post.

As for your other question, you might want to ask your vet just in case. I'm guessing it's normal for cats to have an adjustment period when transitioning to a new food, but the vet can tell you when to start worrying (it sounds as if the weight of at least one of your cats is a concern to you).
post #23 of 24
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well, the weight of frodo is a concern because he has to lose it, but the weight of blue is a concern too since i don't want her to lose! i already got the numbers from my vet for the number of calories each cat needs to lose/maintain.

i am going to keep offering the evo and hope that they start to eat it. i don't know what i am going to do if they decide that they don't want it. i can't afford to pay $40 for 12 days of food! if they don't start eating a good amount in a few days i will ask my vet what she thinks.

thank you
post #24 of 24
I have been feeding Kitty EVO cat and kitten (chicken & turkey) formula since I got him. He has never had dry food (because of the link between dry food and urinary blockages in boy kitties), and will never have dry food. I have given him newman's own in the past, and a couple other health food store brands, but the EVO has the most protein, which seems to really make a difference in how often he gets hungry. On lower protein foods, he needs to eat a lot more to feel full, and thus, bugs me more often for food. So in the end, it's cheaper to go with a higher protein food, since it keeps them feeling fuller for longer. And, cats in the wild are used to a very high protein diet, so they will feel the best on a canned food which mimics their natural diet as closely as possible.

I'd also like to note that Kitty has exceptionally good health (which has a lot to do with his diet). He is almost two years old, and has been in perfect health since I got him (knock on wood!). And, he has only ever had 2 hairballs.

So that's my 2 cents about food!
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