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Fancy Feast vs. Purina Pro Plan canned

post #1 of 12
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When Sable came back to me he was being fed Purina Pro Plan Hairball Control kibble and a half can of Fancy Feast a day. We have pretty much moved onto better kibble--Wellness Indoor Health and Blue Indoor Health mixed in with a little of Kody's Taste of the Wild.

I am having concerns with the canned though. I have upped it to 1 and 1/2 to two of the little cans a day. He loves the Soulistic--but only the fish flavors--and I have read that they shouldn't have the fish but 2 or 3 times a week max. We have tried Merrick's (won't touch), Dick Van Patten (occasionally he will eat), Tiki Cat (won't eat), Taste of the Wild (won't eat), Wellness (doesn't like at all, but I can mix alittle in with the Fancy Feast), Holistic Select (will eat one flavor as long as it is not too often), and now the Purina ProPlan.

The only Fancy Feast I feed him are the Classic Tender Beef Feast and the Classic Turkey and Giblets Feast. They looked like the best of the worst to me--no wheat gluten, but the beef feast has fish listed as the 4th ingredient. He seems to really like a couple of flavors of the ProPlan-- chicken and liver--he loved it--as much as the Fancy Feast. It was the same classic style and didn't have any wheat gluten in it. The only other one I found with no gluten was a Senior Cat Chicken and Beef entree, and he liked this too.

I know both are made by Purina--is the ProPlan any better than the Fancy Feast, or would I just be going from one bad to another just as bad? The ProPlan costs quite a bit more than the Fancy Feast, but right now it is on sale at PetsMart for about the same price.
post #2 of 12
I've gotten to where I don't worry so much about quality, just so long as they're eating wet food. IMO any wet food is better than none if they won't touch "the good stuff".
post #3 of 12
My diabetic cat gets two 3-ounce cans / day in four half-can servings. She gets Pro-plan Kitten chicken and liver and Fancy Feast - beef classic with brown label and turkey and giblets with the olive label. Call it A, B, C. One day she gets A & B, next day C & A, next day B & C.

Pro-plan kitten costs about 75 cents / can. Regular price of Fancy Feast at Wal-Mart is 47 cents / can. Fancy Feast on sale at Wal-Mart is 40 cents / can and I collect can-top coupons good for $1 off 18 cans or $1 off 24 cans.

No dry food at all.

Works for her, works for me.
post #4 of 12
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When I was in PetsMart the other day the ProPlan was on sale for 50 cents a can. I didn't notice the dates on the sticker--I just bought the two cans to try it out.
post #5 of 12
Is Pro Plan food still being made? I went into my local Petsmart and the shelves had been cleared of the majority of Pro Plan food. They had a few bags of the dry food and only a few of the 3 oz. cans which were on clearance sale. They didn't have any of the bigger cans. I don't normally feed my cats Pro Plan but Santa Claws always puts a few cans of the Pro Plan Sardines & Tuna in their Christmas stockings.
post #6 of 12
Sorry for any confusion. I buy the Pro Plan kitten food from my veterinarian.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by kh2b1 View Post
Is Pro Plan food still being made? I went into my local Petsmart and the shelves had been cleared of the majority of Pro Plan food. They had a few bags of the dry food and only a few of the 3 oz. cans which were on clearance sale. They didn't have any of the bigger cans. I don't normally feed my cats Pro Plan but Santa Claws always puts a few cans of the Pro Plan Sardines & Tuna in their Christmas stockings.
I've seen it in a Petsmart, two different Petcos, and the "local" small/independent pet store.
post #8 of 12
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I just got back from PetsMart--I needed some cat litter and they had the shelves stocked full of the various ProPlan products. The small cans are on sale from 83 cents to 50 cents through December--I bought a couple of cans more--the by-products thing bothers me--so I will keep experimenting with some other brands--there aren't many left though to try. I have tried most of them over the last 2 months and I am tired of throwing out food. Kody doesn't really like any canned food and they tend to give him diarrhea so I don't even let him see if he likes it--if Sable won't eat it I just have to throw it out. It just seems so sinful to be wasteful like that.

I was so excited when he liked the Soulistic so much, until I read about the fish not being good for them to eat everyday, so I would love to find something else to rotate in with. Every once in while he will eat a couple of bites of Kody's raw which really surprises me.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by kh2b1 View Post
Is Pro Plan food still being made? I went into my local Petsmart and the shelves had been cleared of the majority of Pro Plan food. They had a few bags of the dry food and only a few of the 3 oz. cans which were on clearance sale. They didn't have any of the bigger cans. I don't normally feed my cats Pro Plan but Santa Claws always puts a few cans of the Pro Plan Sardines & Tuna in their Christmas stockings.
Purina stopped making the Sardines and Tuna, which was the BEST of the PP wet eventho' it was fishy. NO fillers at all except gum/aspic. I was really ticked about this b/c my boys LOOOOOVED it as a treat.

As for the original poster's question... I have read lots of labels on FF and PP and I don't see much of a difference in ingredients listed/quality for the wet food.

As long as your cat will eat it and doesn't have a reaction to the grains and artificial stuff, I would say... go right ahead.

My boys fave is Authority catfish formula.. which has salmon broth, catfish and chicken in it. Yeah, it's fishy, but they love it. AND... they clean their plates.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
That is interesting about the Sardines and Tuna--I didn't see that today. When Sable was here 5 years ago as my foster cat, that was his very favorite. I looked for it after she first brought him back 2 months ago and didn't see it & I wondered why.

I did buy a couple of different cans of the Authority today--that was one I hadn't tried. The ingredients look better than the Fancy Feast or ProPlan. I didn't get the one you mentioned though, because for his "allowed" amount of fish he loves the Soulistic foods.
post #11 of 12
Sometimes it's not so much a "brand" they don't like as much as a flavour. Neither of mine would eat any of the Merrick flavours except Granny's Pot Pie and Thanksgiving Day Dinner. They hate any fish or seafood.

Even in the brand I'm now feeding they only like chicken or beef flavours.
post #12 of 12
i never tried the purina pto plan but ours always love the ff classic chicken i would buy a 12 pack of it at walmart for around $6. If they were being snubby i knew they would always eat that.
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