Originally Posted by swngdancir
I've been feeding my two boys (Smudgie and Nermal) Chicken Soup ever since it came on the market a couple of years ago, but I've noticed that Smudgie will vomit occasionally - and the food will be either whole or partially digested. I used to think it might be because I was only feeding them twice a day and that he would scarf down his meal too quickly causing the vomiting. So I started free feeding and for about two weeks the vomiting stopped and now it's starting back up again. Any thoughts? Is it possible that the food is too rich? Is it possible to have too much protein in their diet? He doesn't show any signs of being ill - he's a very active, happy cat. Also, I can't spend any more on food than I do now ($21 a bag for 18 lbs) so things like Wellness, etc are out...
If your cat is not a senior, and is in good health, no I do not think you can have too much protein in their diet...far from it (imo). Even with a senior cat with kidney failure there are varying opinions on when to restrict protein (at what stage of crf), versus paying a lot of attention to the quality of protein fed.
As Sharky suggested, you may do well trying a food with fewer proteins used, and fewer carb sources...the Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul has the following main ingredients (listed in order): 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. So I count 7 different carb sources (counting the flaxseed as a fiber source).
The Natural Balance Venison and Green Pea which is formulated for cats who may react to carbs often used, is unfortunately expensive - one online source has it for $22+ for just 10 lbs.
A more affordable alternative might be: california Natural Chicken & Rice click here to read ingredients
the pricing I found at one online site for this was 16.5lb for $25.95 which may be high, I'm not sure. On the website for this product, there is a store locator if you wish to find a local store that carries this.