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post #1 of 56
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Hi everyone. 

 

I’m struggling with some food questions for my cats. My 3 adult male cats have been eating Wellness wet food for a few years. My husband and I have decided to try a new food for both financial reasons and because one of the kitties has been throwing up more often over the course of the last year, despite being on stomach acid medicine prescribed by the vet. We currently buy the 12.5 oz cans from Amazon, and end up spending about $100 a month. It’s not terrible, but we’d love to decrease that amount if possible. So I began researching new food choices and my head started to spin. I was looking for wet food that is chicken/turkey, didn’t contain many vegetables, had a higher calorie amount and were’t high in things like potatoes that add carbs. I found that very few foods checked all the boxes. I would really appreciate some recommendations of brands that will help save us money, but wont compromise their health. Thanks so much!

post #2 of 56
What line of Wellness are you currently using?

I think there is only one at that size but different flavors.But if someone wants to suggest something it's good to know which you already use specifically.
post #3 of 56
Thread Starter 

Wellness Complete Health Natural Canned Grain Free Wet Cat Food- Chicken Pate and Turkey Pate.

post #4 of 56
 

You might consider the Sheba Chicken and Turkey Pates.   I don't know if they come in the larger, more economical sizes but they do meet your requirements when it comes to the ingredients.   I pay $13.68 for a case of 24  3 oz cans.    The Fancy Feast pates are another less expensive canned food that might be an option for you.  

 

Sheba Premium Chicken Pate Entree Grain-Free Canned Cat

Ingredients

  1. Chicken, Chicken Broth, Meat By-Products, Chicken Liver, Poultry By-Products, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Added Color, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate), Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Vitamin E Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex [Source of Vitamin K Activity]), Dl-Methionine, Salt, Taurine.

 

 

Sheba Premium Turkey Pate Entree Grain-Free Canned Cat
Ingredients
  1. Turkey, Turkey Broth, Meat By-Products, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Poultry By-Products, Natural Flavor, Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Copper Sulfate), Guar Gum, Added Color, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Vitamin E Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex [Source of Vitamin K Activity]), Dl-Methionine, Salt, Taurine.

Edited by Margd - 2/13/17 at 11:00am
post #5 of 56
Thread Starter 

I have looked into Fancy Feast, but they actually end up being more expensive because I would go through 6 cans a day (feeding each cat one can in the morning and one at night). 

 

I will look into the Sheba. Thanks!

post #6 of 56
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I have looked into Fancy Feast, but they actually end up being more expensive because I would go through 6 cans a day (feeding each cat one can in the morning and one at night). 

 

I will look into the Sheba. Thanks!

I only purchase Fancy Feast and Sheba when they are under $0.35/can.  They go on sale frequently at Target, Amazon, PetSmart, and Chewy (watch out for coupons, subscription discounts, or free gift card w/ purchase offers).

post #7 of 56
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Hmm..It looks like Amazon has the 3oz cans in a 24 pack for $12.90 with subscribe and save. If I bought 8 cases a month, it would be eligible for the 15% off discount, which would make it less than $100. Do you know if sheba has larger cans? I know FF does not. 

post #8 of 56

I just checked Sheba's website and it looks like the largest size they make are the 3 oz cans.  I agree - these 3 oz cans kill the budgets of those of us with multiple cats. 

post #9 of 56
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Originally Posted by alexisfaye View Post
 

Hmm..It looks like Amazon has the 3oz cans in a 24 pack for $12.90 with subscribe and save. If I bought 8 cases a month, it would be eligible for the 15% off discount, which would make it less than $100. Do you know if sheba has larger cans? I know FF does not. 

The 24-count case of Sheba turkey pate was on sale a couple weeks ago for $8.06 (before the Subscribe & Save 15% discount).  I would watch for price drops!  Amazon frequently matches Chewy's price. :)  Also, you can use the coupon code PETSSNS for 20% off your first pet supplies S&S order.

post #10 of 56
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Thanks! Would I be better off just ordering from Chewy's? I kind of have to pick one place that will do a reoccuring shipment. I have a young child and no extra time to shop around and actually go to the store lol! That's why we've been doing Amazon for so long- it was the easiest!

post #11 of 56
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Thanks! Would I be better off just ordering from Chewy's? I kind of have to pick one place that will do a reoccuring shipment. I have a young child and no extra time to shop around and actually go to the store lol! That's why we've been doing Amazon for so long- it was the easiest!

The price doesn't get locked in when you subscribe (for both Amazon and Chewy), so I don't ever keep my subscriptions past the initial shipment.  But if you need a recurring shipment, I would go with Chewy rather than Amazon.  Their customer service is the best!

post #12 of 56
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

post #13 of 56
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Originally Posted by dorimon View Post
 

The price doesn't get locked in when you subscribe (for both Amazon and Chewy), so I don't ever keep my subscriptions past the initial shipment.  But if you need a recurring shipment, I would go with Chewy rather than Amazon.  Their customer service is the best!

 

yeah.gif   I second the Chewy recommendation.  The shipping is very fast and the customer service is amazing. 

post #14 of 56
Thread Starter 

Thanks :)

post #15 of 56
Thread Starter 

Gotcha, thank you!

post #16 of 56
Just a quick note wellness has recently had a voluntary recall. You should run a quick Google search and make sure none of your supply are affected.
post #17 of 56

A couple of recommendations to maybe add to a rotation with a Sheba or FF.  They are reasonably priced and don't contain a whole lot of unnecessary fillers 

 

https://www.chewy.com/nutro-adult-chunky-loaf-chicken/dp/114492

 

https://www.chewy.com/nutro-adult-chunky-loaf-turkey/dp/114493

 

https://www.chewy.com/s?query=whole+earth&rh=c%3A325

post #18 of 56
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Our one case actually was part of the recall. I've been in touch with Wellness and they are going to replace it. Thank you so much!

post #19 of 56
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I was told that the only safe FF to feed are the classic pates in Chicken and Turkey! I guess because of some of the ingredients, including fish, etc. I would consider rotating the sheba with the ff classics though, assuming I could get it for a decent price. Thanks!

post #20 of 56
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I was told that the only safe FF to feed are the classic pates in Chicken and Turkey! I guess because of some of the ingredients, including fish, etc. I would consider rotating the sheba with the ff classics though, assuming I could get it for a decent price. Thanks!

I feed the Fancy Feast Tender Liver & Chicken Feast, Turkey & Giblets Feast, and Tender Beef & Chicken Feast.  These three flavors come in the green 30-count variety pack, and they don't contain fish.

 

Sheba goes on sale frequently and there are almost always manufacturer coupons.

 

Fancy Feast and Sheba are about 55-60% of our kitties' wet food rotation, since we cannot afford to feed the expensive brands all the time.

post #21 of 56
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

Ok great. Maybe we will go w the Sheba and ff. I have to compare Amazon and chewys prices again. It seems like Amazon would end up being cheaper but I like that chewys takes coupons. What is the reason that you rotate food brands?
post #22 of 56
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Thanks!

Ok great. Maybe we will go w the Sheba and ff. I have to compare Amazon and chewys prices again. It seems like Amazon would end up being cheaper but I like that chewys takes coupons. What is the reason that you rotate food brands?

It's beneficial to rotate several brands/proteins/flavors, to protect yourself from product changes, discontinuation, or recalls.  Various brands also have different nutrient profiles, and if one brand is over- or under-supplementing, this can be balanced out by feeding varieties from other companies.  Feeding only one protein type may also result in kitty developing an allergy.

 

And... if you were a cat, would you want to eat the same exact food for every single meal? :cat: 

post #23 of 56

I know about Chewy and Autoship but I was not aware they accepted coupons.

post #24 of 56
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I know about Chewy and Autoship but I was not aware they accepted coupons.
I think they occasionally mail coupons, but I don't think they accept manufacturer coupons. Please let me know if I'm wrong!!!
post #25 of 56
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I had emailed chewy with some questions and this was part of their response:
If you have any manufacturer's coupons, we can definitely accept them here at Chewy. Just mail them to us once you have an account, our team here will add it to your account that we'll be able to manually apply for you. We just need the physical coupon in order to redeem them to manufacturer, and to keep the discount on your order. Just mail them to us at the
post #26 of 56
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I had emailed chewy with some questions and this was part of their response:
If you have any manufacturer's coupons, we can definitely accept them here at Chewy. Just mail them to us once you have an account, our team here will add it to your account that we'll be able to manually apply for you. We just need the physical coupon in order to redeem them to manufacturer, and to keep the discount on your order. Just mail them to us at the

Woah, awesome!  That's really cool.  Just another way that Chewy is awesome :)

 

I know Amazon allows you to redeem some manufacturer discounts as well.  If the coupon is available, it will be displayed on the product page.

post #27 of 56
Thread Starter 
Yeh definitely cool that they accept coupons!

So I just tried doing the pricing on chewy for a combo of FF and Sheba and it ends up being the ask price I'm paying for the wellness. If I just do 8 cases of the Sheba (turkey pate and chicken pate) it's about $89 which it like $20 less than we pay now which is nice. But then there isn't much variation for the kitties.
post #28 of 56

Hey I don't know if this is helpful but it seems like Sheba is on sale at all of the Petsmarts for $.47 a can. 

post #29 of 56
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Yeh definitely cool that they accept coupons!

So I just tried doing the pricing on chewy for a combo of FF and Sheba and it ends up being the ask price I'm paying for the wellness. If I just do 8 cases of the Sheba (turkey pate and chicken pate) it's about $89 which it like $20 less than we pay now which is nice. But then there isn't much variation for the kitties.

You could also feed some Wellness, some Fancy Feast, and some Sheba.  I just stock up whenever stuff is on sale :)

post #30 of 56
Thread Starter 
True. But then my coat goes back up!
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Originally Posted by dorimon View Post

You could also feed some Wellness, some Fancy Feast, and some Sheba.  I just stock up whenever stuff is on sale smile.gif
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