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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi
I have heard that Iams is a good brand but there are issues with the parent companies practices in regards to cruelty, though I am unsure what they are.

Does anyone have any opinions?

I would like to feed my baby boy the best food I can afford but it still needs to be accessible (I don't drive and there aren't any pet food outlets within a good distance...more like a 45 minute bus ride).

Or any other suggestions would be great.

I would love to feed him Nutro as that is what I have always fed my previous dogs (rip) but as I said, I don't have access to a car and it is quite pricier.

He is currently on Friskies and I feel bad as I really do understand its not the greatest food.
I am experiencing much guilt over this. Can you tell ?

Any suggestions within budget would be appreciated.
post #2 of 21
I heard that everything was false regarding those issues. I feel Iams is way better then friskeys.. But that's my opinion. I rather feed something else other than Iams but if yu can't drive then Iams would be my choice.
post #3 of 21
I no longer care for Iams...after years of feeding it (years ago), my cats began backing away from it - 2 bags in a row, and that was that.

It would be easier for me to answer your question, if you'd list what your available choices are and what your prefered price range is?
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the lightning responses!!

Well, Pat & Alix, I generally only have a supermarket to choose from or one other second hand Pet supplies store that only sells Wysong, which I found the cost of prohibitive.

At my grocery store, there is
Whiskas
Friskies
Purina One (I am sure that is what it is)
Iams (all kinds)
Cat Chow and other really bargain food, as well as a generic type brand.
I think this is all.

The Iams and the Purina One have the most appealing ingredients and are priced at
about the same if I recall (Canadian Dollars $ 12.00 for a 4lb or 8lb bag?..That may be wrong but I am sure its about right).

I spend about half of that now on his Friskies.
I feed wet and dry at both mealtimes.

If you need any further information, please let me know.

Again, thanks for your help!
ALso, why did your cats go off their Iams?

EDITED TO ADD: I wouldn't necessarily be against planning for a ride to a pet outlet once a month or something like this to get a more premium brand but worry about depending on people for rides when it comes to something like this...also, is it at least double the cost for say, Nutro??? or does anyone know? I am in Canada.

post #5 of 21
I'm assuming from your response that you have no Pet Valu outlets in your area. Their house brand "Performatrim" is one of the best foods available. Our vet (when she found out we fed Performatrim) said it was really good quality pet food.

Mika and Bijou love it.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi Yosemite,
There are many pet outlets such as PetValu here, its just that they are ALL in the suburbs!!
I live downtown and they are difficult to get to..

What is the cost of Performatrim comparably?
Tx!
post #7 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yosemite
I'm assuming from your response that you have no Pet Valu outlets in your area. Their house brand "Performatrim" is one of the best foods available. Our vet (when she found out we fed Performatrim) said it was really good quality pet food.

Mika and Bijou love it.
Thank you!
post #8 of 21
In taking a look, I honestly can't say one is better than another, except the Iams is the least offensive of them all. I am glad to see another member listing a choice for you and a chain - is there a neighbor or friend or family member who could either get you to one of these stores once every 2 weeks to purchase dry food (or if your budget allows, purchase a months' worth once a month) or who would pick this up for you?

I honestly would not feed any of the ones you listed, and if I had, had, had to, would pick the Iams Lamb and Rice, which I know you said was too pricey.

My cats apparently felt something really smelled off on both these 20 lb. bags of food, it was not an exaggeration to say they both refused to eat it as well as backed away from it. I lost any trust I'd had in the food at that time.
post #9 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
Hi Yosemite,
There are many pet outlets such as PetValu here, its just that they are ALL in the suburbs!!
I live downtown and they are difficult to get to..

What is the cost of Performatrim comparably?
Tx!
I don't know "comparably", but I just got a bag yesterday (have the receipt in my pocket) - 17 lbs. for $27.95 plus the usual Ontario PST and GST for a total of $32.15.

We are feeding 2 cats that have good appetites - one 15 1/2 lb Bijou and little 4 lb. Mika (who eats like a 15 lb. Bijou). I only give them one small can of wet food a day and they share it, so they are eating mostly this dry food and I find it lasts quite a while (I'm guessing almost 2 months). I bought a small storage container at Cdn. Tire with a sealing lid and just dump the whole bag and a scoop in the container. Keeps it fresher than the open bag.

It is available in smaller sizes but I don't know what price they are.

Hope this helps.
post #10 of 21
I no longer feed my two Iams because of the reports along with undercover video footage that friends have seen at cat shows on the company who makes it.

I now give them Purina One kibbles and my vet ok'd this, plus their shiny coats say something about what i'm giving them
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
no,no, Pat and Alix, the Iams lamb and rice wasn't too pricey..that was the one I was going to go with....

Now, I am thinking about attempting to get to a Pet Valu or similar. I would just like to have someone who can regularly take me and most of my friends live in the same area or don't have vehicles etc..I mean there are people who can but I hate having to depend on it...But will see what I can do.

Thanks for your opinions
Anyone else think of anything to say on Yosemite's suggestion of Performatrin? Is it lower cost than other premium foods?
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks Yosemite for the great information! That doesn't sound too costly at all!
I will look into getting a ride to the local Pet valu or similiar and see what I can find out.

Thanks RosieMac for your thoughts too! What kind of undercover footage?????
post #13 of 21
Just as an update - I believe I read on another thread here a little while ago that someone else had checked out Performatrim and that the ingredient list was one of the very best.

I'm not very good at going back and finding stuff, but I'm pretty sure there was something about it.
post #14 of 21
Any objection to buying online?
A canadian online pet shop: http://www.petacular.com/
Looks like they have a decent selection...
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
Well, Yosemite! I learned that Performatrim is actually Performatrin (easy mistake ...
But many people on the web spelled it wrong too

Here is their site:
http://www.performatrinultra.com

I also learned that oddly enough its only sold in Ontario and Manitoba and the Eastern States.

I found one PetValu that is at least closer than the far far suburbs

Will let you know if I make the switch and how it goes.

You should be a rep ...I loved what the ingredients appeared to be..Looks like premium food
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks AmyDHH...
But one other thing I don't use is a credit card
Thanks though
post #17 of 21
I prefer some of the One formulas to Iams .. but read the ingrediants side by side... imho
post #18 of 21
Purina One makes my cat barf for some reason, both like the Iams and after discussion with my vet I feel comfortable with it. I feel the hairball formula works really well for hairball issues, and my older cats get the senior formula.
post #19 of 21
The Performatrin Ultra is their new product - I am still feeding the original version. You may find the Ultra to be more expensive. When we went to the All About Pets show last month, they had the new Ultra there and we got a sample for the kitties. The original Performatrin is a great quality product and cheaper than the new product so I would suggest if you are trying to keep costs down, go for the original.
post #20 of 21
Some of the online stores will allow you to mail checks. If you can find one you trust, that might be easier than a long bus ride.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
This is an idea, cloudshade..Thanks.
I wonder if the shipping is prohibitive? But if it gets delivered right to the door, might be worth it...(rather than carrying a 20lb bag on the bus)

Thanks again all!
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