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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone,

This morning I went to a feed-and-pet-supply store to buy some Science Diet for my cat, Tiger. I saw some pet food from a brand by the name of "Chicken Soup for the Soul." I know this is a book title, but I had no idea they had a line of pet food out!! There was both cat and dog food. Has anybody ever seen this food before? Just a little curious. I've never seen it or heard of it anywhere before.
post #2 of 18
They have a website: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul

It's a relatively new food, and is supposed to be pretty good. I switched my sensitive-stomached cat over to it a few months ago, and she is doing well on it. I've only tried the dry for her, though - can't find the canned food yet.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the web link, Tuxedokitties! I'll check it out. I was just so surprised to see that food.
post #4 of 18
My cats have done well on this food.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
I checked out the web site, Tuxedokitties. Very interesting!!

BTW, Tiger has a vet appointment tomorrow!! He needs his shots and stuff. Wish us luck!!
post #6 of 18
Hmmm, didn't even know the food was around. I will look for it and hope my feline kids like it, they do love Diamond Cat and never tire of it like they do the other brands.

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post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
There are so many different types of pet food around!! I had never heard of Nutra pet either, until I saw it at Petsmart. I'm just so used to Science Diet, which Tiger's does well on.
post #8 of 18
I just switched my cats from Innova to Chicken Soup and they really seem to enjoy it! I love how it has no by-products and all of the veggies and fruits in it...not to mention the excellent protein sources.
post #9 of 18
I don't know, I don't think I would feed this food to my cats and I know they would not like it anyway. (I have tried food very similar) Many peaple believe that what is good for humans (all the fruits, vegetables and grains) must be good for our cats. Well, this is not really true. Most of these grains and fibers can cause digestive upsets in cats. Aurora had a bad bout of diarrhea and gas after eating food similar. A cats gigestive tract is meant mainly for one think and that is meat. The digestive tract is short and can not digest all the vegetable materials in time to be useful. Sure, most of the dry foods out there do contain either rice or corn, but that is about it. I don't know, I can not remember the last time I saw a cat digging up potatos or eating apples. Cats do synthesize their own vitamin C too, so frutis with vitamin C are not really needed.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
That is such a beautiful, beautiful kitty you have!!! I love all the pictures on your website, too.

I agree with you about the food. Cats are 100% carnivorous. My cat's used to Science Diet anyway, but I was just so surprised to see a food entitled Chicken Soup...etc., and it seems that there's always an ad for a different type of cat food that i've never heard of. Only really familiar with Science Diet I guess.
post #11 of 18
Amber and I thank you
Some of these food I never heard of. I have heard of and tried California Natural and Innova. The California Natural was the one that gave Aurora problems. Chicken Soup, I never heard of until now. Gosh, when I was a kid, there was never this many cat foods to choose from, now there are so many, it can get confusing.
post #12 of 18
Originally posted by Caracal1968
Cats are 100% carnivorous.
There is the firm opinion among owners that cats need only meat and no vegetables. This is a mistake. Every cat needs carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fat acids and other components of vegetables. The difference between cats and vegetarians is in the way of getting those ingredients. Cats have a very primitive digestion. Restricted number of ferments doesn't let them digest cellulose and carbohydrates with firm fibers which are mainly the main part of vegetables. Those who had given thin cut carrot to the cat could learn from the excrements that after digestion the color of carrot didn't change.

Your cat, if it were allowed to hunt would eat the stomach contents and small intestinal contents of its prey. This means it would eat small amounts of fruit and vegetables. That is why you will need to include in your cat's diet small amounts of fruit and vegetables.

Cats are strict carnivores, but that doesn't mean they only need meat. It means that they must have animal tissue in their diets. Premium cat foods always contain fruit and vegetables. For example:

Purina Cat Chow


Poultry by-product meal, corn meal, ground whole wheat, corn gluten meal, soy flour, brewers rice, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), fish meal, brewers dried yeast, natural flavors, vitamins and minerals.

Protein Sources:

Poultry by-product meal
Fish Meal

Carbohydrate Sources:

Corn Meal
Ground Whole Wheat
Corn Gluten Meal
Soy Flour
Brewer's Rice
Brewer's Dried Yeast

Chicken Soup For The Cat Lover's Soul Adult Cat Food


Chicken, Salmon, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, whole grain white rice, potatoes, cracked pearled barley, millet, turkey, duck, flaxseed, egg product, natural chicken flavor, carrots, peas, apples, dried skim milk, kelp, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, vitamins and minerals.

Protein Sources:

Chicken Meal

Carbohydrate Sources:

Whole Grain Brown Rice
Cracked pearled barley
Whole grain white rice

Vitamin B Sources:


The Outcome:

Cat Chow has no meat in it at all, unless you consider brains and intestines meat sources. Cat's can't digest corn, so why is it listed in Cat Chow so much? It's a cheap filler for a cheap company. Chicken Soup on the other hand, has 6 protein sources. It has just enough carbohydrates and fibers as well. I don't believe for one minute that cat food companies only put fruit and vegetables into their cat food to attract owners to buy it. They are in there for a reason, as I explained above. Sure, cats need meat but they need their carbs too!
post #13 of 18
Corn gluten meal is actually a source of protein rather than a carb source.
post #14 of 18
Originally posted by nern
Corn gluten meal is actually a source of protein rather than a carb source.
Corn Gluten Meal (binder carbohydrate)

There is little, if any, nutritional value in this glue-like substance. Dangerous when toxic ingredients like BHA/BHT are included, as these substances will stay in your pet’s system longer.

I found this information at Pet Chef Express
post #15 of 18
Quoted from: (an ingredient supplier for pet foods and live stock)
"Corn gluten meal is a by-product from the manufacture of corn starch and corn syrup. It is very high in protein supplement in feeds for livestock, poultry and pets."

Quoted from: Canine and Feline Nutrition - Case,Carey,Hirakawa
"Pet foods that contain grain products as the major source of protein usually include a combination of soy products and corn gluten meal. Corn gluten meal is the dried residue that remains after most of the starch and germ-containing portions of the grain have been removed and the bran has been separated and removed. This protein source is not as digestible as high quality animal protein ingredients, but its protein is often more available than some of the poorer quality animal products."

Since most of the starch is removed it would'nt contribute many carbohydrates. At any rate, its one of the ingredients that I feel is of lower quality (I think we agree here ) and I prefer not to see it listed in the foods I use.
post #16 of 18
Yes, we agree! CORN is BAD!
post #17 of 18
Pet Chef Express is an interesting site......
They list Beet Pulp as a sweetner and state this in their comments about it: "Promoted as fiber, but in reality is sugar residue. Little nutritional value."
Beet Pulp is added as a source of fiber. It is the pulp that remains after the sugar is extracted from beets so I would imagine that it would contain very little, if any sugar at all. Fiber is plant material that resists digestion. Fiber in general is added to promote gastrointestinal tract health rather than to provide nutritients so I guess all fiber sources could be pretty much said to "provide little nutritional value".
post #18 of 18
I have 13 cats and I feed mine this brand and they really love it. They have a kitten formula now too.
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