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post #1 of 93
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i am wondering if anyone has or is using this brand " Simply Nourish" . I was using EVO grain free but the cat with digestive issues did not like it and it's so expensive. My cats are , 8yrs old , and a 4. Month kitten. They are all boys and I heard that the EVO has a lot ( too much ) of protein that can cause kidney issues to male cats , it's 50% protein and Simply Nourish is 36% . Love to know if anyone is familiar with this SN.
post #2 of 93
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Originally Posted by Three cat night View Post

i am wondering if anyone has or is using this brand " Simply Nourish" . I was using EVO grain free but the cat with digestive issues did not like it and it's so expensive. My cats are , 8yrs old , and a 4. Month kitten. They are all boys and I heard that the EVO has a lot ( too much ) of protein that can cause kidney issues to male cats , it's 50% protein and Simply Nourish is 36% . Love to know if anyone is familiar with this SN.

My cat's main diet is Nutro Max and Nutro Natural Choice. I do mix up their wet meals with different brands in order to give them different flavors and textures. I do not have a lot of experience with SN. I have fed their grain free twice to my cats and they seemed to like it. I believe SN is Petsmart's brand but I might be wrong on that one. I have not investigated the food enough to know for sure.

The ingredient list is pretty good but like I said; I have very little experience with it.
post #3 of 93

I bought a couple of the cans of Simply Nourish--chicken stew and chicken & duck stew.  It has shreds of chicken in it, it looks like something I would eat!  One of my cats liked it, the other doesn't care for "people-like" foods like that.  The day I was in there, a lady was giving out coupons for buy one get one free, so I got them for $ .50 apiece.  My favorite part was that they come with re-usable plastic lids that fit almost any other 3 oz can, so those alone were worth it!  I have no experience with the dry, but looking at the chicken and rice one, it looks decent if you're not wanting to go the grain-free route. It doesn't have corn, soy, or wheat, so that's good. 

post #4 of 93
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Hi Nutro mike, you work for the Nutro pet food co? I cant find any info on who the actual manufacture
Is, you are right it is exclusive to petsmart. I went to their site and drove myself crazy trying to contact them via email , it just wouldn't cooperate. So will try Sunday . My picky cats loved it .
post #5 of 93

I have had all of my kitties on Simply Nourish Chicken & Rice for about a year now and they have thrived on it.  My understanding is that it is Petsmart's "Blue Buffalo" brand.  I too had mine on Evo and they gained a tremendous amount of weight.  I would definitely recommend Simply Nourish. 

post #6 of 93
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Originally Posted by Three cat night View Post

Hi Nutro mike, you work for the Nutro pet food co? I cant find any info on who the actual manufacture
Is, you are right it is exclusive to petsmart. I went to their site and drove myself crazy trying to contact them via email , it just wouldn't cooperate. So will try Sunday . My picky cats loved it .

Hi 3 Cat Night wavey.gif Yes, I work for Nutro. Are you trying to find the manufacturer of Nutro or Simply Nourish? Nutro manufactures their own food in their own plants. There are no co packers with Nutro. If it's Simply Nourish you're looking for regarding the manufacturer, I can find out for you. Like I said, I've never really researched the brand but I can certainly find out for you. Let me know.
post #7 of 93
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Nutro Mike, I am interested in the brand. Simply Nourish exclusive to Petsmart. I tried emailing again and think it went through. My question is who is the manufacturer of this food , I doubt petsmart has its own food plant . It is not labeled anywhere on the bags and petsmart site does not say either.
I would like to know what info you could get, sounds like you know your cat foods / nutrition etc.
What kind of quality does Nutro Make ? curious if your company has specialty foods. Appreciate your checking out the Simply Nourish brand. Thank you
post #8 of 93
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Nutro Mike, I am interested in the brand. Simply Nourish exclusive to Petsmart. I tried emailing again and think it went through. My question is who is the manufacturer of this food , I doubt petsmart has its own food plant . It is not labeled anywhere on the bags and petsmart site does not say either.
I would like to know what info you could get, sounds like you know your cat foods / nutrition etc.
What kind of quality does Nutro Make ? curious if your company has specialty foods. Appreciate your checking out the Simply Nourish brand. Thank you
post #9 of 93

You have me giving this food a second look for my kitties.  Dry is a VERY small part of their diet, but this is slightly cheaper than the California Natural I'm currently using, and ingredients look good.  I'm curious as to what you guys find out about who manufactures it.  I actually sent them an email myself, also, because I am curious what the carb content is, and if "natural flavor" means MSG. I saw in another forum someone mentioned it being manufactured in Utah, but that's all...


Edited by Krysta - 11/25/12 at 1:23pm
post #10 of 93
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Krysta, very good questions you have added for the mysterious petsmart info. I got a email from them and they did not answer my questions , just repeated how I can be helped by calling or emailing them, gee, isn't that what I did ? Will try again Monday. Glad you are asking for info , let us know what you found out. I wish I could include the email they sent back to me.
post #11 of 93
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Originally Posted by Three cat night View Post

i am wondering if anyone has or is using this brand " Simply Nourish" . I was using EVO grain free but the cat with digestive issues did not like it and it's so expensive. My cats are , 8yrs old , and a 4. Month kitten. They are all boys and I heard that the EVO has a lot ( too much ) of protein that can cause kidney issues to male cats , it's 50% protein and Simply Nourish is 36% . Love to know if anyone is familiar with this SN.

Cats, as obligate carnivores are designed by nature to eat a high meat protein moisture rich diet. A high meat protein diet ( via canned or raw food) will not cause kidney issues with male cats or female cats, it is what they are supposed to eat. It's an all DRY diet that can cause kidney issues and urinary tract problems in cats. smile.gif
post #12 of 93
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krysta & Nutro Mike
I got a reply email from simply nourish and it said that their department (customer service ) does not have that kind of information and some mention of Utah , and they don't know about Natural flavor , all they know is their food passes the FDA . Really poor customer service ? This makes me a little nervous , what company is unable to verify information that their customers are entitled to???
Nutro mike, any luck? I mean I am trying to provide a healthy ,natural food for my cats so I think this kind of Info is important. Not sure what Im going to do, maybe another call.
post #13 of 93

Ha ha, I got an email back as well.  All they said was it was made in the USA, and if I still needed the other info, I should reply with the specific formula I'm interested in, my address, and the Petsmart location that I shop at, and that the questions would be submitted to another department or something.  This makes me feel like they're probably going to dance around the questions and just try to send me coupons or something.  So we'll see.....    I just feel like if they expect me to buy their product, then I have a right to know this info.

post #14 of 93
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I wonder , it makes it seem like we are asking for far too much info. Oh my god how dare we have a concern for our 4footed babies well being lol. They have made me feel Iike making a mission to get decent answers and bugging the $&@$ out of them. Ha ha
post #15 of 93

I'm going to give them the benefit of a doubt, but when their "management team" gets back to me, if they do not answer my questions straightforwardly, then forget it.  I just don't understand --why make it so difficult for me to give you my money? 

post #16 of 93

Chicken and Duck Stew

Ingredients:

Water Sufficient for Processing, Chicken, Tomato, Duck, Tapioca Starch, Sunflower Oil, Xanthan Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Vitamin B12 Supplement

 

I was under the impression that tomatoes are bad for cats.   dontknow.gif

 

 

post #17 of 93
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Originally Posted by SevenWonders View Post

Chicken and Duck Stew
Ingredients:

Water Sufficient for Processing, Chicken, Tomato, Duck, Tapioca Starch, Sunflower Oil, Xanthan Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Vitamin B12 Supplement

I was under the impression that tomatoes are bad for cats.   dontknow.gif


http://www.cat-lovers-only.com/cats-and-tomatoes.html
post #18 of 93
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krysta, I just emailed the FDA / pet food & medicine dept. Explaining the inability to get answers about several topics. I am hoping they will provide a list or something verifying who does in fact make this food. You know , if it were not so LOVED by my kitties and so reasonably priced I would mark this brand off the list in a heartbeat and like yourself , what the $&@& is their reluctance to take our money? Now that I have a vested Interest , look out petsmart or should I say "pet not so smart" . Ha ha ha ha. I will keep you informed.
post #19 of 93
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I have made a call to the petsmart consumer dept and they said they would send my request for Manuf to the corporate offices and I should hear back in. 5. To 7 days. Also FDA sent a list of all companies that have had recalls. Simply nourish was not on it thankfully but I was surprised to see how many other brands were.
I also heard from a manufacturer in Utah , that produces pet food , they have a brand called Atta Cat ( bad ingred) and they also Manuf food for other companies .
The name is American Nutrition out of Ogden , Utah. It went on to say that when they co- produce it is proprietary and they cannot reveal the brands or what sub
Company they are contracted with. Can you believe all this for a simple but important question? I will keep you all posted should I actually get an answer. Ha ha
post #20 of 93

The dry has tomato pomace in it as well.  I'm not really sure how what to think about tomatoes in cat food, it's confusing.  Potatoes, too. LOTS of premium foods have those ingredients nowadays. Seems like practically every food I look at has SOME ingredient in it that I question. I dunno, I guess I'm going to stick with my California Natural-- the ingredient list is really simple, there's really nothing I worry about at all in it.  If I switch, it will probably be to Costco's Kirkland Signature, which has an ingredient list almost identical to Cal. Natural but is super affordable, like $16 for 25 lbs.  I fed it to my last cat for many years with no problems at all.  But like I said earlier, dry is a really small part of my kitties' diet anyway, they eat mostly raw.

post #21 of 93

If the company acts shady when you ask for general information, and tomatoes are the SECOND ingredient ( shouldn't be there at all) I would not feed it. I'm not loving the synthetic vitamin k either.

post #22 of 93
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Originally Posted by Three cat night View Post

krysta & Nutro Mike
I got a reply email from simply nourish and it said that their department (customer service ) does not have that kind of information and some mention of Utah , and they don't know about Natural flavor , all they know is their food passes the FDA . Really poor customer service ? This makes me a little nervous , what company is unable to verify information that their customers are entitled to???
Nutro mike, any luck? I mean I am trying to provide a healthy ,natural food for my cats so I think this kind of Info is important. Not sure what Im going to do, maybe another call.

 

Okay, I just saw this.  Been a really busy week.  Let me see if I can find more information for you and I'll PM you if that is okay.  There has to be a place that manufactures it.  I'll do some digging for you and get back to you over the weekend.

post #23 of 93

Hi everyone, I'm new to this board and was reading your comments. I was just in PetSmart tonight and saw Simply Nourish. It is a product exclusive to PetSmart and thought I'd give it a try. My cat is a very picky eater: only likes Fancy Feast Savory Feast and Iams Regular Dry Cat Food. I bought a bag of the SN Chicken and Rice dry cat food and one can of the Chicken and Salmon wet food. I opened the dry food and gave him a few to try them out: he loved it and wanted more! I gave him a half can of the wet food, and he seemed to love it, but it's too soon to tell. If he didn't like it, he would use the "digging motion" to dismiss it completely! But I like the ingredients in both choices and will try him on that for a while.

post #24 of 93
Simply Nourish is really good if you need a LID diet for your cat. I think it has a bit too much potato, but that Could be picked out if you wanted. I used to feed it, but it's kind of expensive.
post #25 of 93

3 Cat, I just sent you a PM with the info I told you I would help you find.
 

post #26 of 93

Thought I'd update everyone--I got an email from Petsmart today.  It basically said that all the info is on their website, that if I'd just type in "simply nourish" I would find it.  As if all that info we've been discussing is right there, we're just too dumb to find it.  The info I was asking for is definitely NOT on the website.  The only info they were willing to volunteer IF I replied to them that I wanted it, was calories per cup.  Oh well, moving on.......smile2.gif

post #27 of 93
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Nutro mike,
I can not remember if I replied to you re the food info, my brain is tired today! Anyway THANKS so very much for looking into this matter. I am thinking of trying the California Natural ( krysta uses for her kitty crew) dry food next. The responds I got from Petsmart were pretty poor and did not answer my question at all. Krysta got the same type emails from them.
Three cat night
post #28 of 93

 Yes, I got your reply and I also sent the info to Krysta.  Glad I could be of help!
 

post #29 of 93

I picked up a can of the Chicken Stew last night. Liked the ingredients and low ash count. This morning I checked to see where it is made and the label says product of Thailand. That's a little disconcerting so I'll be curious what answers come back from the government inquiry someone has submitted.

post #30 of 93

mkbpcats, I've heard that being manufactured in Thailand is not a cause for concern, that they don't have the shady business practices China does.  There are several really high quality foods made there--Tiki Cat, Weruva, BFF (made by Weruva),  and Petco's Soulistic (which Weruva also makes for them).  In fact, the Simply Nourish canned is soooo similar to these foods that I wonder if they are also manufactured by one of those foods' facility.  It's the dry that has us wondering, cause no one seems to know or want to tell anything about it.

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