I care for several feral cats. When my finances slipped recently, a friend helped with food. Well, needless to say, she is uneducated and rather "cheap" in all areas of her life, and although I appreciate the help,
and I am strapped, I had to give the cats this food. But I did research.
She came over one day and said" Yay! I found cat food on sale!" and it wasn't the usual I used for them - had never even heard of Rival pet food (made by Sunshine Mills, Inc.). I'm a former vet tech with a lot of experience re: pet food, diets, all kinds of animals. I know what to look for so I researched this pet food and am passing along here the links and info I found.
The first thing I did of course was read the ingredients on the label. It's all junk (no surprise to me it would be). Any time the first 10-15 ingredients are corn, by products, chemicals - you have disgusting pet food that is made solely you fill up your pet. They will go through this food fast because the have to consume more of it to get ANY of the vitamins and good stuff that they need. As I said, those ingredients are fillers - not nutrients. It's like when we eat pasta - there's nothing good in it, it just makes us feel full but it's empty of what we need to survive.
After reading this board, I checked and this Surf and Turf Medley for cats made by Rival does not include garlic (thank God - garlic is a toxin to cats!) However, there is more food dye and so much crap in this food, I got afraid to give it to the ferals. But I have no choice right now. :( It's not horrible, but it's crap all the way around, and the even the ferals aren't eating much of it.
When animal turns its nose away from ANY food, it is either a sick animal OR the pet food is CRAP. They know, just like we do, when food is bad. They smell it better than we do. pay attention to them - they will let you know. Don't force them to eat it, and make them sick.
Two ingredients really stood out: wheat middlings and chicken digest. Wheat middlings aren't dangerous but again - not necessary to be in any food (even for humans) because there is no nutritional value of it. Another filler.
Any type of animal digest is rather disgusting and most likely the cause of illness in pets. Because it is the "leftover" animal parts made into a broth to flavor the food. The source of the animals used can be from anywhere (like China-in which Sunshine Mills had a recall of tainted food sometime back for their dog treats being tainted from ingredients from China!).
Read here: http://www.wsfa.com/story/6332647/sunshine-mills-pet-food-recall and here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ArchiveRecalls/2005/ucm112157.htm
In researching Sunshine Mills, Inc. They boast being certified, etc. but not by any reputable company. It's like they took some "classes" and got a gold star.
This company also makes Ol' Roy pet food at Wal-Mart - and I know people whose dogs have gotten diarrhea and very ill from that food!
My ferals are nibbling at it. They aren't eating as well as they should be and I'm telling my friend to take it away, I'll get them something better. (She got such a "deal!" lol so she bought 3 big bags of it). It's going back to you, Sunshine Mills.
Perhaps they should have taken that $61 Million they won in a lawsuit and learned to produced a high quality pet food to avoid problems?
I hope this helps everyone.