Originally Posted by Yosemite
I'm not as knowledgeable as Sharky but I do believe Acana is made by the same folks that make Orijen. I'm not exactly sure of the differences in the two but Sharky does and would be the best source of info on that. My vet did tell me that a no grain food for a neutered male could cause problems so I should keep an eye on Bijou. I believe when cats eat in the wild they get some grains from stomach contents of prey so I'm assuming some grains wouldn't be all that bad just as long as there weren't too many grains in comparison to the meat/protein sources in the food.
Yes, Acana is made by the same people as Orijen. Two nice things about Acan are the lower prices, and a bigger variety of flavors - 3.
Ingredients for Acana Prairie Feast:
Chicken meal, russet potato, fresh free-run chicken, peas, fresh deboned Lake
Whitefish, chicken fat (naturally preserved with Vitamin E), fresh whole eggs,
sun-cured alfalfa, fresh deboned walleye, salmon oil, pumpkin, apples, carrots, turnip greens, organic sea vegetables (kelp, bladderwrack, dulse), juniper berries, cranberries, Saskatoon berries, black currants, angelica root, chicory root, red clover, red raspberry leaf, dandelion root, peppermint leaf, marigold flowers, chamomile flowers, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Vitamins (vit. A, vit. D3, vit. E, niacin, riboflavin, lysine, thiamine mononitrate, vit. B12, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin). Minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate, copper proteinate).
Ingredients for Orijen:
Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato, lake whitefish, chicken fat, sweet potato, whole eggs,deboned turkey, salmon meal, salmon and anchovy oils, salmon, natural chicken flavour, sunflower oil, sun-cured alfalfa, dried brown kelp, carrots, spinach, peas, tomatoes, apples, psyllium, dulse, glucosamine Hcl, cranberries, black currants, rosemary extract, chondroitin sulfate, sea salt.
The difference I can see by looking at the ingredients, is that Orijen has much more meat ingredients than Acana, which is a bit more carbs and plants based. Orijen is 45% Protein/15% Carbs; Acana is 35% Protein/24% Carbs. IMO they are both great choices.
I feed Orijen to my two, and I love it. Because there are some controversies about grain free and UT health for male cats (and quite frankly because Sharky is also adding a little grain back into her kitties' diet
), I mix a bit of Nutro Max to it. They eat 2/3 Orijen, and 1/3 Nutro.