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post #1 of 37
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Hi everyone!

I'm new here. I'm glad I found this site! I've had cats my entire life and could never live without them, even though they do drive me crazy sometimes! My husband and I have 4 cats and 2 golden retrievers. (Can't leave the golden boys out!) Sadly, we just lost our 12-year-old German Shepherd a few weeks ago.

Anyway, the main reason I joined this site is because I'm just wondering if anyone has had any experience with feeding their cats Taste of the Wild grain-free food. I have heard of it before, but we have never tried it. When we were at Tractor Supply the other day buying dog food, we saw that they carry both formulas of TOTW dry cat food, and for a very good price! I really like the looks of the ingredients and it sounds like a great quality food, but I wanted to get some opinions on it before we decide to make the switch from the Pro Plan indoor cat formula, which we have been feeding for several years. All of our cats are strictly indoor cats and they are all very healthy and active and none of them have any weight problems. Bailey, our oldest, will be 8 this summer, Scooter will be 6 this summer, Abby, our black Maine Coon, just turned 4 today, and our youngest and most insane cat, Eddie the Russian Blue, is 2. If any of you have used this food before, how did your cat(s) do on it?

I have to admit that I'm a bit paranoid about food. When I was 18, my parents had to put down one of our cats who came to us as a stray a few years before due to really bad crystals, which the vet thought might have been food-related. He was the best cat. Definitely don't want to go through that again! Maybe we should just keep them on the Pro Plan since they have always done well on it and have never had any health problems at all, but I'm just a bit curious about TOTW!

Here are the 2 formulas they have. I have NO idea which one to go with if we do decide to try it out, so any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com...eline_formula/

http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com...eline_formula/
post #2 of 37
Welcome to TCS! (*cough cough* we love pictures & there's a picture forum if you're so inclined to share pics of your babies )

OK - now on to foods. TOTW is a good food, grain free. Like every food - you'll find some people love it/some people hate it. I feed it to some of my cats. I have a few who are intolerant to grains in their food & get itchy, so I tend to lean towards grain frees.

TOTW is a good priced grain free. I can find it locally (as opposed to me having to drive an hour to the nearest pet stores to get my other pet foods/supplies).

One concern w/ any fishy food is that they can be more likely to cause urinary issues in cats (my brain is foggy right now or I'd explain why). My kitties are on the fish formula, as they were "bored" with the other one. I've been feeding it close to since it came on the market & my kitties love it.

Oh wait - they didn't like the texture of the canned but do well on the dry.
post #3 of 37
I have my cats on TOTW and they are doing great.
My elderly, skin and bones girl is putting on some weight, and they all have beautiful coats, poos that don't run us out of the house, and the younger two have regressed to kitten energy levels.

I switched my senior dog (13yrs, 65 pounds) over to TOTW canine about a year prior to switching the cats, and he's very active, and shiny. His dandruff issue cleared up in a couple of weeks.
post #4 of 37
I feed TotW to our 7 kitties, and switched my dog over to it, also. No complaints other than the fact that the cats swarm me when I go in the backroom where the bowls are kept.
post #5 of 37
I give it
post #6 of 37
I've tried it here, the fish formula however i am unsure on how "ok" a fish based diet is especially being 2 of my 3 are males.. so for now i have backed it off....

I do on occasion get TOTW for the dogs.. and it's well tolerated. It's not cheap here though...
post #7 of 37
I've been feeding my cat Taste of The Wild, Venison dry. He love it. No problems at all. He's healthy, active. I think its a good food. I leave a big bowl of it out and he nibbles on it when he's hungry.

Would you mind posting a picture of Eddie the Russian Blue?
post #8 of 37
My cats used to like it. I don't know what happened but when I let them try another brand, they switched to the new one and ever since disliked TOTW.
post #9 of 37
My cats love it and do very well on it. Last month, I ran out of cat food and money at the same time (the money part was unexpected) so my best friend gave me some of her food. She loves her animals, but she buys crap food. I didn't have much choice in the matter, so I took the food. She gave me about the equivalent of a 5 lb bag. They ate it so fast! Like 2 weeks. 5 lbs of Taste of the Wild lasts me a month. They're back on the good stuff, but Fin still looks ratty. He's a big beautiful long haired black cat, but every time I feed crummy food, he starts looking like a feral cat.
post #10 of 37
I am feeding it to one cat who won't eat the raw diet the rest of the crew are on. I used the dog Bison/Venison dry food for my dog for two yrs. I switched to grain free due to her skin issues but it did not help her problem. Her coat was not shiny but that could have been due to the skin issues.
post #11 of 37
I have one cat on it and she likes it fine, but she will eat almost anything in the way of dry food. I started using it because it is lower in calories than most. I'm trying to transition her completely off dry because of her weight. The vet tells me Taste of the Wild is good as far as dry food goes, but all dry food has too many carbs for an overweight cat - even though there are no grains, it still has sweet potato and other carbohydrates. I now have her down to 1/8 cup in the morning and then a small can of soft in the evening - sometimes before I go to bed I will give her just a few little pieces of the TOTW and that seems to satisfy her. I use the venison, not fish. I tried feeding it to my other cats and they all ate it, but one vomited it up all the time because it is real small and she will swallow without chewing it, so I had to stop since they all eat out of each others bowls.
post #12 of 37
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Originally Posted by badkelpie View Post
My cats love it and do very well on it. Last month, I ran out of cat food and money at the same time (the money part was unexpected) so my best friend gave me some of her food. She loves her animals, but she buys crap food. I didn't have much choice in the matter, so I took the food. She gave me about the equivalent of a 5 lb bag. They ate it so fast! Like 2 weeks. 5 lbs of Taste of the Wild lasts me a month. They're back on the good stuff, but Fin still looks ratty. He's a big beautiful long haired black cat, but every time I feed crummy food, he starts looking like a feral cat.
Uhh.. TOTW isn't a crappy food.. I think you are confusing it with something else...

My cat Loves TOTW but its too expensive for me, lololol.
post #13 of 37
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Originally Posted by Minka View Post
Uhh.. TOTW isn't a crappy food.. I think you are confusing it with something else...

My cat Loves TOTW but its too expensive for me, lololol.
She didn't say TOTW was a crappy food, that's what she feeds her cats, she ran out once and her friend gave her CRAPPY food.
post #14 of 37
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Originally Posted by Momto3boys View Post
She didn't say TOTW was a crappy food, that's what she feeds her cats, she ran out once and her friend gave her CRAPPY food.
ohhh, lol i see
post #15 of 37
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Originally Posted by jwemt81 View Post
Hi everyone!

I'm new here. I'm glad I found this site! I've had cats my entire life and could never live without them, even though they do drive me crazy sometimes! My husband and I have 4 cats and 2 golden retrievers. (Can't leave the golden boys out!) Sadly, we just lost our 12-year-old German Shepherd a few weeks ago.

Anyway, the main reason I joined this site is because I'm just wondering if anyone has had any experience with feeding their cats Taste of the Wild grain-free food. I have heard of it before, but we have never tried it. When we were at Tractor Supply the other day buying dog food, we saw that they carry both formulas of TOTW dry cat food, and for a very good price! I really like the looks of the ingredients and it sounds like a great quality food, but I wanted to get some opinions on it before we decide to make the switch from the Pro Plan indoor cat formula, which we have been feeding for several years. All of our cats are strictly indoor cats and they are all very healthy and active and none of them have any weight problems. Bailey, our oldest, will be 8 this summer, Scooter will be 6 this summer, Abby, our black Maine Coon, just turned 4 today, and our youngest and most insane cat, Eddie the Russian Blue, is 2. If any of you have used this food before, how did your cat(s) do on it?

I have to admit that I'm a bit paranoid about food. When I was 18, my parents had to put down one of our cats who came to us as a stray a few years before due to really bad crystals, which the vet thought might have been food-related. He was the best cat. Definitely don't want to go through that again! Maybe we should just keep them on the Pro Plan since they have always done well on it and have never had any health problems at all, but I'm just a bit curious about TOTW!
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Originally Posted by yayi View Post
My cats used to like it. I don't know what happened but when I let them try another brand, they switched to the new one and ever since disliked TOTW.


I just erased, somehow, my original post detailing my cats' death. I spent an hour explaining what and how, and how much I miss him. I fed him Wellness, some Taste of the Wild , and some EVO CAT.

If you don't know about, or truly understand the implications and results
(death)of Wellness, Feb 28 2011 Voluntary Recall
Or as I perceive it Stealth recall------Quiet no FDA no Press coverage recall
for your cats sake you should follow up on various consumer sights.

To yayi My Boy did the same thing with Wellness and Taste of the Wild the month before he died. I thought he lost his appetite as he had been failing for 4 or 5 months. Vomiting, off and on for months, shrunken red rimmed eyes and twitching the last 2 months. He cycled for months between healthy, then sick .
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I thought he had lost his appetite again............
He cried when I offered him cat food took a few licks and then SERiously, begged for some of my turkey.
He was ravenous, I got sick to my stomach and threw up right there in the
kitchen.
What had I been feeding him? Had he been forced to eat that or starve, until he just couldn't stomach one more bite?
This is what happened. These were and are my thoughts.

yayi I Know what I wouldn't feed my love again. No matter, he wouldn't have eaten it anyway .TOTW is manufactured by DIAMOND EVO CAT was sold to BIG Pet Food --------- Wellness admits cats' could develop
thiamine deficiency if fed their food for a period of time. mine was, did and died a horrible drawn out death.

You owe it to yourself and to your cat to at least try to research who owns what. And what big company may have just quietly, bought a niche brand to exploit. I not picking, I'm grieving. A good way to start is by WIKI the brands and companies and look for connections.
Taste of the Wild is manufactured by DIAMOND. So when a DIAMOND related product is recalled, ask yourself " what could that mean to TOTW" in regards to the manufacturing plants, the source/country of ingredients used etc.
6 degrees of Big Pet Food can be and should be played with all brands.

If I had the chance to feed him again I would cross my fingers and try Honest Kitchen. if that weren't in my budget, Halo (I used to be Grain-free but I obviously didn't know sh** ) their products are species appropriate high protein, very little grain, the science appears sound but I'm no scientist.)

Right now I would be concentrating on keeping him alive and not poisoning him.
I was looking at Weurva but now they have a line in Petco called Soulstice so I'm back on the fence.
My sister and my best friend what/need me to help them choose a new/safe food. What if I'm wrong again.

You could make you own but you BETTER know what your doing.
You can't practice on a cat.

It's not like when we were kids and you could feed Spot and Fluffy whatever was convenient.

Just like anything else educate adapt evolve question
After he died a had a lot of time to review my choices, actions and responses.
post #16 of 37
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Originally Posted by Minka View Post
My cat Loves TOTW but its too expensive for me, lololol.
What DO you feed your cat? TOTW is one of the least expensive foods I can get. . .cheaper than Purina ONE.

I feed a mix of 5 different dry foods. TOTW is one of them. But they don't like TOTW canned food. Wrong texture I think.
post #17 of 37
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Originally Posted by leanansidhex View Post
I just erased, somehow, my original post detailing my cats' death. I spent an hour explaining what and how, and how much I miss him. I fed him Wellness, some Taste of the Wild , and some EVO CAT...(etc)
I think you are a bit confused. The OPs cats aren't sick, they just wanted to feed a different food.
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Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
What DO you feed your cat? TOTW is one of the least expensive foods I can get. . .cheaper than Purina ONE.

I feed a mix of 5 different dry foods. TOTW is one of them. But they don't like TOTW canned food. Wrong texture I think.
Where I live, TOTW is $0.33 per oz. I can find a TON more foods way cheaper than that. Currently I'm feeding whats left over of my Before Grain, and actively buying Authority and Innova. I also buy a couple of 3oz cans of flavors he hasn't had before to spice things up.
post #18 of 37
I think you're a bit confused. OP Jwemt81 asked for anyone with experience feeding Taste of the Wild.
post #19 of 37
My cats had been on TOTW for almost 2 yrs and all of a sudden stopped eating it. There is a post on this topic earlier this year. I bought several bags, different places, different dates. No one would eat it.. Posted on their FB page which they removed. Contacted Diamond Pet food and they "started" a inquiry but never heard back from them.

So I had to find another grain free and settled with Merrick Before Grain.
post #20 of 37
I just started to add TOTW wet food onto my cats rotation schedule. They just love it and the price is less than EVO, Instinct and Core foods. I think it is a very, good quality diet.
post #21 of 37
I agree with Leansidhex - wouldn't feed TOTW either. It's co-packed by a crap maker and it's junk. Sorry for all the pr-TOTW feeders. You have to feed what you are personally comfortable with, however to me, ingredients are not the whole story on a pet food. I take big measures to research the ingredients, where the come from and the company itself. Many of the companies are all tied into one another. You end up paying big money for a fancy name and really you are getting the same exact low line food right off the same lines as another lable, just in a prettier bag

Ingredients Rocky Mountain Feline Roasted Venison and Smoked Salmon
Chicken meal, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea protein, potato protein, roasted venison, smoked salmon, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, DL-methionine, potassium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried fermentation products of Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

There are very little natural forms of good vitamins like alfalfa and kelp or rosemary that many of the better brands have, they are all supplemented which leads to many problems in health and production. Several good ingredients are missing such as eggs( not egg product like in their canine formulas) and cranberry. The first ingredient is Chicken Meal; Venison and Salmon fall way down in the ingredient listing and the are not even meal (which would give you a greater meat content because water has been removed prior to cooking).
post #22 of 37
My cats thrive on TOTW. I had switched to diamond naturals and used the 4health but both were making the cats regurgitate much more often and they didn't seem satisfied. I recently went back to TOTW and no regurgitating and everyone seems much more satisfied. Mine also get about 2 oz of wet food a day.

Leslie
post #23 of 37
I feed TOTW as part of my F3 Savannahs diet and he has done great with it. I also feed that to the domestics along with other dry foods. The only reason the domestics are not solely on that food is I have spoiled them . Hence they like "variety" a little too much for my happiness .
post #24 of 37
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Originally Posted by KittyMom4 View Post
Ingredients Rocky Mountain Feline Roasted Venison and Smoked Salmon
Chicken meal, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea protein, potato protein, roasted venison, smoked salmon, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, DL-methionine, potassium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried fermentation products of Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

There are very little natural forms of good vitamins like alfalfa and kelp or rosemary that many of the better brands have, they are all supplemented which leads to many problems in health and production. Several good ingredients are missing such as eggs( not egg product like in their canine formulas) and cranberry. The first ingredient is Chicken Meal; Venison and Salmon fall way down in the ingredient listing and the are not even meal (which would give you a greater meat content because water has been removed prior to cooking).
What's wrong with the ingredients you bolded? Chicken meal and fat are both good sources. Protein from potato is fine, definetely prefereable to say corn gluten meal. There is nothing wrong with supplements either, it's no different from when you feed raw. You add supplements to it, not egg, cranberry, or alfalfa. None of those ingredients are Needed to make a good food.
post #25 of 37
Minka, my Woody does the same thing with small kibble. What did you do for your cat that swallows small kibble whole and then throws it up? He won't eat canned.
post #26 of 37
It's hard to say why he is throwing it up without more info. It could be an allergy to the food, a stomach issue, eating too fast, etc.

I would experiment with feeding him only say 10 kibbles at a time, wait 30 minutes, feed ten more and see how it goes. If he doesn't throw up, then you can probably safely assume that he is just eating too fast. Investing in either a bowl that forces him to eat slower, or a food ball would be of great benefit.

Also, if you Do ever want to try to switch to wet, here is a great resource: http://www.catinfo.org/docs/Tips%20f...%201-14-11.pdf
post #27 of 37
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Originally Posted by Minka View Post
What's wrong with the ingredients you bolded? Chicken meal and fat are both good sources. Protein from potato is fine, definetely prefereable to say corn gluten meal. There is nothing wrong with supplements either, it's no different from when you feed raw. You add supplements to it, not egg, cranberry, or alfalfa. None of those ingredients are Needed to make a good food.

Nothing is wrong with chicken, I would just assume if you buy a venison and salmon diet food that this is the protein that you would prefer to feed. If I buy my canine a Lamb and rice formula dog food - I buy it because I am choosing NOT to feed him chicken. Obviously this feline formula is mostly chicken and very little of the named ingredients on the bag. I also prefer my pets food to provide them most of the vitamins and minerals through natural forms - not little vials that get dumped in like a chemistry lab.
Potato protein is not corn gluten meal - some foods are now avoiding potato because of the contaminates and heavy metals found in ground grown vegetables unless they are truly certified organic. In this form- this is only used for the starch content and is merely a binder/thicker and is added carbohydrate i.e. sugar. I was merely trying to point out some of the less desirable ingredients - not to offend. As always one must feed what you are comfortable with, nearly every food commercially marketed has something we would all rather not feed our babies I am sure.
post #28 of 37
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
My cats had been on TOTW for almost 2 yrs and all of a sudden stopped eating it. There is a post on this topic earlier this year. I bought several bags, different places, different dates. No one would eat it.. Posted on their FB page which they removed. Contacted Diamond Pet food and they "started" a inquiry but never heard back from them.

So I had to find another grain free and settled with Merrick Before Grain.
Interesting, the same thing happened to me recently. My cats had been on the salmon/venison for 3 years. One of my cats lost enough weight to be noticeable - he was eating every time I was in the room, so I didn't notice changes in his behavior; guess he wasn't touching it when I wasn't there. I tried a lot of tricks to get him to eat it - eventually went to 3/4 canned 1/4 kibble soaked in water to see if he would gain weight back (he did)- then I noticed him lunging for my roommate's cat's iams food.

So I bought some indigo moon solid gold, and merrick before grain, and both my cats happily eat both foods, so I'm making the switch permanent. You're the second or third person I've heard of whose cats suddenly stopped eating TOTW in roughly the same timeframe as mine.
post #29 of 37

I have our Puppy Girls...two Yorkies  ages 9 and 3, my Biewer Terrier, age 3 and our  four year old female Snowshoe Siamese cat on Taste of the Wild.   They all love it and are doing well on it.  It is cheaper than most grain free foods in our area and our Vet says it is a very good food. 
 

post #30 of 37

I switched our seven cats and two dogs to TOTW  when they had the big recall a few years ago, but since then Diamond has had many more recalls.  Some were formally announced and some were not. With all of that going on, I no longer trusted Diamond and switched my crew to a different grain free food that I can get locally without any problems.  Now I feed my crew Earthborn Holistic's grain free food, and everyone is doing extremely well.  We have been feeding this for quite some time, and are quite pleased with it.  The price at my local store is the same price as the TOTW, but that was not a factor in my choice.  Finding something that was not made by Diamond, and that was grain free, and that was a decent food that I could get locally were all factors in my decision, not to mention the fact that everyone loves it.  We also feed the canned chicken cat food, and that gets approval from the bunch as well.

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