|Originally posted by MissCharlotte
I've thought about "upgrading" to a premium food (Pro Plan, Nutro Max, Science Diet, Iams), but when I compare the ingredients they roughly look the same to me. The main ingredient may read "Chicken", but the rest of the label looks somewhat the same as Cat Chow. I want my cat to have good nutrition, but I can't afford the all "naturals" brands. Cat Chow also does meet the AAFCO nutritional requirements.
The only thing with that is that the first ingredient shown on the label is what there is the most of in the food. If chicken in the first ingredient, such as in Iams, that means that percentage wise, there is more chicken ( and that means flesh, not the by-products) than anything else.I believe, and correct me if I'm wrong, that Cat Chow has corn or one of its derivatives, as a first ingredient.
I used to feed Onyx Cat Chow, and while he was relatively healthy I have noticed a HUGE difference in his coat and energy level since I switched him to Iams a few years ago.
Iams is the priciest food found in our local grocery stores, and people think I'm nuts to spend 20 bucks on a bag of it, when I could get Meow Mix or Friskies for less than half of that- but it comes down to whats works best for my cats.
On another note, my grandmother fed her cat No Name brand cat food and table scraps and the cat lived to be 19 years old, and was healthy right up until she passed last year.