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Ok I have had too much time on my hands recently and have been researching dry cat foods. I am trying to find one with low phosphorous due to the fact that I think my oldest cat might have the beginning stages of CRF (increased drinking, large pee clumps). I have an appt to have her checked but not for another two weeks. Anyway, it seems to me that I have a few available to me locally just looking for opinions, experiences... whatever. The ones I am considering are:

Nutro Max Senior
Nutro Natural Choice Indoor Senior
Royal Canin Mature 27
Eagle Pack Hairball
Eagle Pack Indoor Multi-Cat

Of these it looks to me like the Eagle Pack formulas have the least amount of phosphorous but I am not sure if I am reading it right. Thanks for any input
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I switched my cats to Eagle Pack Multi-Cat Indoor a few months ago, in part because of the lower phosphorus (they're middle-aged cats, healthy kidneys, I just want to be safe). I don't know if this is food-related, but the one cat recently developed struvite crystals. My oldest cat seems a little constipated on this food also. Oh, and I've been feeding a different food to the sensitive stomach cat, and the other cats seem to think that his food is so much tastier than the Eagle Pack.
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Thanks for the input... what is the other food you're feeding? I also have two other cats one is 6 yo and the other is just about 4 months old so I am trying to find something to satisfy all of them. I feed them canned food am and pm but I have to have them on some dry due to the fact that we are away almost every weekend from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening. They all seem to like the Max Cat I just don't know if I can feed it after all the recall stuff. Also, anyone know anything about Innova Cat and Kitten dry? All of a sudden the oldest and youngest have started eating that and according to the website the phosphorous is at .85%. Is that a good number? The Innova low fat canned seems low in phos too?
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I know what you mean about the recall stuff. I try not to feed foods that have been recalled before (many criticize me for that)...for me food safety is even more important than food quality. I'd rather the kitties eat a food with lower quality ingredients than a food that has previously been contaminated with poison (ie melamine). This really limits my options though.

The food for the sensitive stomach kitty is California Natural Chicken and Rice...it's higher in phosphorus though (1.2%), and it doesn't seem to be helping with the cat's soft stools, so I might look for something else.

I wouldn't worry too much about the phosphorus for your younger cats... from what I know chronic kidney failure mostly affects older cats. Mine are 8+, which is why I'm wary of it.

I think 0.85% phosphorus is good.

I'm still looking into some other dry foods for my cats...the cats like Fromm Four Star Duck, which has 0.8% phos, and I'm getting samples of Wellness Indoor Formula, which has 0.78% phos.
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I know what you mean about the recall stuff. I try not to feed foods that have been recalled before (many criticize me for that)...for me food safety is even more important than food quality. I'd rather the kitties eat a food with lower quality ingredients than a food that has previously been contaminated with poison (ie melamine). This really limits my options though.

The food for the sensitive stomach kitty is California Natural Chicken and Rice...it's higher in phosphorus though (1.2%), and it doesn't seem to be helping with the cat's soft stools, so I might look for something else.

I wouldn't worry too much about the phosphorus for your younger cats... from what I know chronic kidney failure mostly affects older cats. Mine are 8+, which is why I'm wary of it.

I think 0.85% phosphorus is good.

I'm still looking into some other dry foods for my cats...the cats like Fromm Four Star Duck, which has 0.8% phos, and I'm getting samples of Wellness Indoor Formula, which has 0.78% phos.
In a health cat that is fine.. The OP already has HAD issues ...

IMHO any of the mentioned are solid foods and worth a try .... I used Max with great results yrs ago and RC senior too

I would PUSH for wet food
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So, as I said it seems both the kitten and oldest are enjoying the Innova. I am so torn because the Nutro Max senior seems to have the lowest phos .5% and the canned Nutro Max kitten says only .19% phos?? so ideally that sounds great but after googling Nutro it just makes me so scared!! I am definitely pushing the wet food as that is what the kitten prefers three times a day, but what low phos canned food do you recommend for a picky old kibble addict?
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Most WETS are proportioetly ( spelling) lower in phos do to NO meals in them ... So find ANY wet the cats will eat... loll.. Googling MOST food companies will scare you... IE I shy away from Innova do to the LACK of forthwright answers
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