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Quest for a chicken free dry food - suspected allergies

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I have been trying to get a high quality chicken free, low allergy food for Bugsy, as I strongly suspect he is sensitive to Chicken... I am currently transitioning them (Lucky as well) from Orijen to Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck, but I am not happy that they use some ingredients from China, and that they were involved in a Recall. Because Orijen is quite rich, the kitties are not too impressed with the taste of the Natural balance either, so I am looking for something else.

Here are some of my top choices:

Orijen 6 Fish Cat and Kitten Food (note that these are 100% fresh wild caught fish, and not farm raised, or frozen)

Fresh de-boned salmon (Chinook, oho and sockeye species), pacific salmon meal, russet potato, Atlantic herring meal, fresh de-boned lake whitefish, sweet potato, fresh de-boned lake trout, fresh de-boned walleye, fresh de-boned cod, fresh de-boned herring, sunflower oil, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherals, a natural source of vitamin E), sun-cured alfalfa, sea vegetables (brown kelp, Irish moss, dulse and bladder wrack), leeks, psyllium, crab shell, rosemary, lecithin, apples, chicory root, licorice root, fenugreek, glucosamine HCl, cranberries, black currants, marigold flowers, fennel seed, zea mays, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary extract, chondroitin sulfate, rosehips, vitamins (vitamin E, choline chloride, vitamin A, vitamin D3, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12, folic acid, biotin), sea salt, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate), direct fed microbials (dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product).

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein (min) 42.0%
Fat (min) 20.0%
Carbohydrate (max) 16.0%
Moisture (max) 10.0%
Fiber (max) 2.0%
Calcium (min) 1.3%
Calcium (max) 1.5%
Phosphorus (min) 1.4%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min) 3.8%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min) 1.0%
Glucosamine (min) 700 mg/kg
Chondroitin (min) 150 mg/kg
Microorganisms (min) 80M cfu/kg
Ash (max) 6.9%
Taurine (min) 0.5%
Magnesium (max) 0.08%

Acana Grasslands Dry Cat Food

lamb meal, sweet potato, fresh deboned lamb, peas, fresh deboned duck, fresh whole egg, sun-cured alfalfa leaf, sunflower oil, fresh walleye, pumpkin, fresh northern lake whitefish, red apples, carrots, turnip greens, organic kelp, organic bladderwrack, organic 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 extract, 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).

Guaranteed analysis
Protein .....................................34 %
Fat .......................................... 20 %
Fiber ..........................................3%
Calcium .................................. 1.6 %
Phosphorus ............................. 1.2 %

Nature's Variety Lamb Meal & Oatmeal Medley

Ingredients: Lamb Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid), Flaxseed, Menhaden Fish, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Montmorillonite, Flaxseed Oil, Freeze Dried Lamb, Freeze Dried Lamb Liver, Freeze Dried Salmon Oil, Apples, Cranberries, Kelp, Parsley, Artichoke, Inulin, Rosemary, Sage, Clove, Fermentation Products (Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product Dehydrated), Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (A Source Of Vitamin C), Carotene, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Folic Acid, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Ferrous Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Taurine, And Vitamin B12 Supplement.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min.) 32.0%
Crude Fat (Min.) 20.0%
Crude Fiber (Max.) 3.0%
Moisture (Max.) 10.0%
Calcium (Min.) 1.96%
Phosphorus (Min.) 1.66%

Any advice and experiences with the above foods would be most appreciated - Thanks!
post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 
Well, no replies, so I decided to go with Orijen 6 Fish for now since I can get it locally. I read a lot about feeding fish for cats, and the negatives seem to be when you feed raw or pure fish, instead of fish in a cat food... There is also an issue with Tuna, but there is no tuna in it.
I know fish can be an allergen, and I will watch both of them for signs of allergy. If there is a problem, I will change them to a lamb formula.
post #3 of 6
I just now saw this. Damita had issues with chicken & Fromms Duck & whatever worked for her.
post #4 of 6
the six fish would have been my choice ... lamb is a hot meat and allergies are hot and hot + hot = inflamation
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by sharky View Post
the six fish would have been my choice ... lamb is a hot meat and allergies are hot and hot + hot = inflamation
Great!!! I started to transition them today... I love the fact that I can continue to feed them Orijen - Love the quality ingredients!
post #6 of 6
My only point of hesitation with the Orijen fish variety is that they use leeks. Leeks are in the onion family and contain disulphides that can cause hemolytic anemia. I tried to contact Orijen about my concern surrounding this ingredient, but I never received a response. I have no personal experience with that particular food as my boys are sensitive to fish anyway, but I just wanted to express my concern about leeks being potentially harmful.

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