or Connect
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Nutrition › Should I go with Cat Chow Naturals or Purina ONE SmartBlend Indoor Advantage dry food?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Should I go with Cat Chow Naturals or Purina ONE SmartBlend Indoor Advantage dry food?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Those are my only two choices.

 

Cat Chow Naturals Calories per cup 425

ingredients:
Chicken meal, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, brewers rice, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), corn meal, chicken, salmon, powdered cellulose, ground whole wheat



Purina ONE SmartBlend Indoor Advantage Calories per cup 398  - Lower in fat

ingredients:
Turkey, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, soybean meal, whole grain corn, fish meal, dried yeast, powdered cellulose, soy protein isolate

Those are my only two choices, please no suggesting others

Help me pick one or the other

Which would you choose if you had to?

Cats are about 13 months old
 

post #2 of 11

sorry to tell you this but i've read recently that chicken isn't good for cats - it didn't specify whether natural or what. but you might want to look into it.

post #3 of 11

I see a lot of people worrying about how to feed their cats, wet or dry, but I've found over years with lots of gorgeous cats that it's good to give them mostly raw meat from the butcher shop for wet food. They start the day with a good quality low fat dry food. I have never had dental problems with my cats - I think the dry food helps with the plaque. Chicken is okay if they like it too, the same as we humans need to eat less processed food. My dogs (sorry to mention them on a cat site) have always been given real bones to chew, and again, no problems. We have to remember what they ate in the wild.

Hope this helps.

post #4 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2ketzels View Post

sorry to tell you this but i've read recently that chicken isn't good for cats - it didn't specify whether natural or what. but you might want to look into it.

Nothing farther to the truth, sorry.....
post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by leia mom View Post

Those are my only two choices.

Cat Chow Naturals Calories per cup 425
ingredients:

Chicken meal, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, brewers rice, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), corn meal, chicken, salmon, powdered cellulose, ground whole wheat



Purina ONE SmartBlend Indoor Advantage Calories per cup 398  - Lower in fat
ingredients:

Turkey, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, soybean meal, whole grain corn, fish meal, dried yeast, powdered cellulose, soy protein isolate


Those are my only two choices, please no suggesting others
Help me pick one or the other
Which would you choose if you had to?
Cats are about 13 months old

 
If you must, and can only choose one of them.... I would choose the one without poultry by-products meal. Lower in fat is not the issue - cats need fat.... I would go with Cat Chow Naturals.
post #6 of 11
I've looked over those 2 foods a lot. . .many friends of mine can't go out of town to get cat food so those are the best available choices. . .I think Cat Chow Naturals is better. And it costs less, which is a good point, too! Purina ONE Beyond is better than both of those, but costs substantially more. If you have to go with a Purina ONE formula, use the kitten kind--it has more meat. But still has by-products.
post #7 of 11
If you don't mind my asking, why are you limited to those two? Maybe we can help come up with ideas on how to purchase something ... else? dontknow.gif
post #8 of 11

From the choices you offered;  Cat Chow Naturals gets my vote.  I would avoid byproducts.

post #9 of 11

I'm in the no byproducts crowd too, so I would choose the Naturals one

post #10 of 11
Hey! I looked this question up since I'm at the grocery store and was wondering the same thing. I know the question is old but wanted to update in case others see this thread and go for the recommendation - the first ingredient in the purines naturals one is actually chicken by-product meal
post #11 of 11
I once heard a quote: "Don't confuse me with facts - I've already made up my mind."
Quote:
Should I go with Cat Chow Naturals or Purina ONE SmartBlend Indoor Advantage dry food
Neither. Cats don't eat grain, except a tiny amt that might be in a mouse, bird.
Count the number of grain & plant matter ingredients those have. You should also research the % of total calories coming from carbs & the % of carbs on a dry matter basis (DM). I'll assure you, they're VERY high in carbs, which very often causes problems for cats.

If you added up all the non-meat ingred (supplying protein, fat, carbs) , it often outweighs the total meat. It even has cellulose. Do you think cats eat much ground paper?

Here's a test: Put separate bowls of meat, corn, corn meal, wheat, soybeans, cellulose, etc. out for a cat. See if they eat any except the meat.
Cattle feed mfgs "fooled" cows - strict herbivores - into eating animal protein by mixing it in feed & flavoring it. Look where that lead.
You don't feed iguanas or parrots hamburger.

If you don't mind the significant increased risk in cats - feeding dry food - of diabetes, FLUTD, UTIs, CRF, over weight & many more serious problems, OK.
Several are easily fatal.

Diabetes is "epidemic" in cats now. Vets says FLUTD / UTIs are two of the most frequent feline problems they see. Many vets attribut it to dry food, high carbs, low water.
Just do research - on vet articles. Start here: http://www.catinfo.org/. There's a wealth of info. There are many other good sites by vets, explaining cat nutrition & they're strict carnivores.
Fairly expensive dry almost killed 2 of our cats - it cost us a fortune in vet bills. I know many owners it did kill their cats.

There's nothing wrong w/ by products - cats eat the whole animal they catch. Felines often start eating the internal organs 1st (ever watch nature shows or a house cat eat a mouse)? The internal organs have more calories & some nutrients not found in muscle meat - that's why bears eat the fish entrails & leave the rest, when they're trying to fatten up.

Poultry / meat or by product MEAL... is a different story. It's been processed to death (rendered) - several times & much of the nutrients, incl. essential amino acids have been destroyed. The "meal" (pulp) is what's left.
If canned food contains meat "meal," it should be way down the ingredient list.

2ketzels comment on an article about chicken being bad, may have to do w/ the poor quality (of any meat) that some mfgs use in pet food.
Maybe chicken that's full of antibiotics or pumped full of phosphates (containing phosphorous). Research that practice by many chicken producers.

But birds would be a natural part of wild cats' diets. They wouldn't eat fish in the wild - except for one "fishing cat" species, AFAIK. They shouldn't be fed much fish, as it's too high in magnesium & phosphorous - both can cause serious problems if much higher levels than wild cats' normal diet. Not to mention mercury.

We just rescued a cat that'd been fed dry, began having kidney failure & was abandoned to die by owners. She couldn't walk, eat - hardly make a sound. We force fed her over 3 weeks - quality canned food & pureed meat + vitamins + water. She now eats LOTS, runs - fast, jumps, plays, loves laps. One of the most gentle, affectionate cats.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cat Nutrition
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Nutrition › Should I go with Cat Chow Naturals or Purina ONE SmartBlend Indoor Advantage dry food?