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post #1 of 24
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How would you rate the Petsmart Authority Brand? I'm still figuring out the ideal food for my 2 and this was the latest purchase. Innova they liked, but the bag was gone in about 2 weeks; Felidae they were sick of before the bag was empty, same with California Natural, and Chicken Soup they didn't like at all. The Authority brand seems to be going over pretty well. On the Cal Nat their bowls were still half full by their next feeding time and with the Authority they are empty and ready for more. I don't think it's quite up there with some of the brands I already mentioned, but the ingredients looked better than most of the other stuff in Petsmart inc. the Nutro.

Anyone else feed this stuff, opinions? Thanks!
post #2 of 24
I have heard it is good ... just read the label carefully
here is from the wesite top ten Authority® Adult Chicken Cat Food
Top Ten
Ingredients Guaranteed Analysis
Chicken Meal
Brewers Rice.. this is not a great rice to use
Corn Gluten Meal
Ground Corn..... I DONT like this
Animal Fat (preserved with Vitamin E)... What animal??
Animal Digest... YUCK
Dried Beet Pulp
Dried Egg Product
Canola Oil... I am not a fan of this...but many think it is great
Dicalcium Phosphate
Protein
Fat
Fiber
Moisture
32.0%
16.0%
3.0%
10.0%


Personnally most royal canin are better , Natural choice and Natrual baleance are much much better
post #3 of 24
That is all I feed my cats. They don't like the "rice" mixtures so I only buy the Ocean Fish, Chicken, and (when it's in stock) Salmon. They like the fishy ones I guess, cuz my cats totally snubbed the beef & lamb mixtures!

So far so good, I started them all on "canned only" diet back in early March when Snickers almost died from a crystal urinary blockage. No More Dry Food is what the Vet said, so I picked a bunch of canned foods & the cats seemed to prefer the Authority brand, honest!

(also Snickers gets Hills CD low ph something or other but he snubs it)
post #4 of 24
Authority is a decent brand, I would not rate it higher than Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care though. They are very similar in ingredients except Authority uses ground corn which Nutro Natural does not, and the Nutro has a higher fat content, bit higher protein, sl.more fiber.
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Authority is a decent brand, I would not rate it higher than Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care though. They are very similar in ingredients except Authority uses ground corn which Nutro Natural does not, and the Nutro has a higher fat content, bit higher protein, sl.more fiber.
Hmm, I didn't see that Nutro variety, I only saw the gourmet classics, which didn't look that great. I guess certain Nutro varieties are better than others?
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by milopixie
Hmm, I didn't see that Nutro variety, I only saw the gourmet classics, which didn't look that great. I guess certain Nutro varieties are better than others?
The Natural Choice Complete Care line is an improvement,imo, over the regular Max Cat

Here is the link to Nutro's site - you can compare the natural choice to the max cat there.
post #7 of 24
The Authority brand is pretty good.

I don't even understand the point sharky was trying to make...? Some of the ingredients for Authority are the very reasons why the brand works for a cat like Nano. And I don't see where anyone can say any bulk cat food is "much, much" better than Authority. It is undoubtedly a "solid premium product" and not like the garbage you get in some grocery store or whatever.

Please note I am not saying Authority is #1 overall bulk food. I'd probably put Nutro Complete in that spot. But if your cat likes to eat it and you can easily/conveniently purchase it, then it is not like you are going too far off the beaten path by using Authority.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by Nano
The Authority brand is pretty good.

I don't even understand the point sharky was trying to make...? Some of the ingredients for Authority are the very reasons why the brand works for a cat like Nano. And I don't see where anyone can say any bulk cat food is "much, much" better than Authority. It is undoubtedly a "solid premium product" and not like the garbage you get in some grocery store or whatever.

Please note I am not saying Authority is #1 overall bulk food. I'd probably put Nutro Complete in that spot. But if your cat likes to eat it and you can easily/conveniently purchase it, then it is not like you are going too far off the beaten path by using Authority.
Pm me I will explain... U are using indoor right??
post #9 of 24
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I took a look when I got home yesterday and it's the Authority Chicken & Rice Indoor formula. So the ingredients are a bit different than what was listed in the 2nd post. There is no animal digest and no by-products listed. The by-product listing is what turned me off about the Nutro pkg that I looked at. There is still a listing for animal protein, but if we think about in the wild cats were eating a variety of different animals so their source of protein was varied. That ingredient doesn't bother me much. This seems to be the food that they've liked the most out of all the different options I've tried, so I'm going to stick with it for a while. I appreciate everyone's input!

I will say one thing though. Pixie's energy and activity level has finally gotten back to where it was 6 months ago. She's active playing with Milo and her toys and she wasn't like this a few months ago when she was getting cat chow. The difference is amazing. I would seriously urge everyone who's feeding cat chow, whiskas, etc to at least try a brand that's a step or 2 above what they are feeding.
post #10 of 24
We feed Authority Lamb and Rice. Trent has a very sensitive stomach, and with the vet's help (without testing, though) we figured out it is chicken and corn that he doesn't tolerate well. Finding a food without chicken isn't too hard, but finding one without chicken or corn was difficult. I spent quite a while looking at labels of even food we really couldn't afford, but there was always one or the other. Authority Lamb and Rice was the only one we found where corn wasn't the main filler/roughage and there was no chicken. Both Trent and Ophelia are doing very well on it, and now Trent pretty much only throws up when he has a hairball.

I know it's not the absolute best on the market, but it sure works in my house.
post #11 of 24
[quote=milopixie]I took a look when I got home yesterday and it's the Authority Chicken & Rice Indoor formula. So the ingredients are a bit different than what was listed in the 2nd post. There is no animal digest and no by-products listed. The by-product listing is what turned me off about the Nutro pkg that I looked at. There is still a listing for animal protein, but if we think about in the wild cats were eating a variety of different animals so their source of protein was varied. That ingredient doesn't bother me much. This seems to be the food that they've liked the most out of all the different options I've tried, so I'm going to stick with it for a while. I appreciate everyone's input!

Nutro doesn't use any by-products or ground corn in any of it's products.
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
It's quite possible that I am mistaken, but I know I saw something on the ingredient list that I didn't like. Like I said before I only saw the gourmet classics varieties and it seems that the natural choice is probably a better version of the nutro brand. With all that said though I'm still going to stick with the authority brand since they really seem to like that and it seems to be a pretty good quality food. Not top of the line, but they weren't really enjoying the top, top quality foods that much.
post #13 of 24
I am sorry I thought you were talking dry food.. canned food all have some organ meats just some are not by products which are head feet internal organs... I have feed the authority canned .. animal liver is generic but it is liver
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by sharky
I am sorry I thought you were talking dry food.. canned food all have some organ meats just some are not by products which are head feet internal organs... I have feed the authority canned .. animal liver is generic but it is liver
Not sure if you mean me, but I am talking about the dry food. I looked at the Nutro site and what was Max Cat is now Gourmet Classics.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Nano
The Authority brand is pretty good.

I don't even understand the point sharky was trying to make...? Some of the ingredients for Authority are the very reasons why the brand works for a cat like Nano. And I don't see where anyone can say any bulk cat food is "much, much" better than Authority. It is undoubtedly a "solid premium product" and not like the garbage you get in some grocery store or whatever.
I can't speak for Sharky, but in terms of the ingredients I too agree that I don't care to see ground corn in any cat food, or any digest - be it animal or poultry, and I'd prefer to see chicken fat versus the nebulous "animal" fat.

But that said, I think Authority has a lot more going for it than the generic off the grocery shelf food, and it's a sensible price as well, which is also a consideration.

So in general, I'd put any food that does not use ground corn, digest, by-products and/or a lot of carbs, ahead of those that do use some or all of these.

Jest my opinion!
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by milopixie
Not sure if you mean me, but I am talking about the dry food. I looked at the Nutro site and what was Max Cat is now Gourmet Classics.
Yup...don't you love marketing? One has to admit, that "gourmet classics" has a much better sound to it than simple "max cat"

Sounds to me like your babies are doing well on Authority.
post #17 of 24
I think everyone is being fair, but let me add that some of us have cats with difficult situations. For instance, I didn't just grab Authority and decide that was going to be Nano's brand. I got samples of several brands (actually double samples, using my girlfriend to procure an extra) and most of the top foods got a try-out.

Nano doesn't have good teeth, other foods caused digestion issues or vomiting or constipation, soft or smelly turds, there were so many complications. Out of all of this, I really tried to force myself to like Nutro Complete Care. I alternated 4 lb bags of it and Authority. But in the end, Authority was doing more for Nano and that was my final decision.

She seems so much more physically comfortable on Authority than any of the other brands -- moving better, pooping better, livelier, etc. So when I see another poster who sounds like they are in my position, of having sampled all the "big" premium foods and still pick Authority, I am backing that up as a valid choice.

I respect what everyone had to say...and let me repeat that I advocate feeding pets the best food available because the extra cost is more than offset by better health and lower vet bills. But if the $18 food works better for my cat than the $27 food, I accept it and move forward to the next issue.

Anyway, good luck to the cats!
post #18 of 24
I switched over to Authority after Grace joined our household and Petsmart raised the price of Nutro Complete Care. I checked the labels side by side (chicken variety) and the only big difference I saw was the corn in the Authority. But I can get 8 pounds of Authority for the same price as 4 pounds of the Nutro. Plus, the cats like it!
post #19 of 24
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nano
I think everyone is being fair, but let me add that some of us have cats with difficult situations. For instance, I didn't just grab Authority and decide that was going to be Nano's brand. I got samples of several brands (actually double samples, using my girlfriend to procure an extra) and most of the top foods got a try-out.

Nano doesn't have good teeth, other foods caused digestion issues or vomiting or constipation, soft or smelly turds, there were so many complications. Out of all of this, I really tried to force myself to like Nutro Complete Care. I alternated 4 lb bags of it and Authority. But in the end, Authority was doing more for Nano and that was my final decision.

She seems so much more physically comfortable on Authority than any of the other brands -- moving better, pooping better, livelier, etc. So when I see another poster who sounds like they are in my position, of having sampled all the "big" premium foods and still pick Authority, I am backing that up as a valid choice.

I respect what everyone had to say...and let me repeat that I advocate feeding pets the best food available because the extra cost is more than offset by better health and lower vet bills. But if the $18 food works better for my cat than the $27 food, I accept it and move forward to the next issue.

Anyway, good luck to the cats!
Thanks! I too feel that I've tried pretty much everything and if this is what they are going to eat then I feel pretty confident that it's a good choice. I think the combination of factors is important. What good is the top of the line food if your cat simply doesn't like it and won't really eat it?
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by milopixie
Thanks! I too feel that I've tried pretty much everything and if this is what they are going to eat then I feel pretty confident that it's a good choice. I think the combination of factors is important. What good is the top of the line food if your cat simply doesn't like it and won't really eat it?
exactly the best food for the budget and the cat will eat..

I read the authority pack yesterday and ther is no digest ... I think the site needs to be updated...
post #21 of 24
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Hi, just a quick update on our Authority Brand experience - They just about finished the chicken & rice bag that I had gotten them, but they seemed a little bored of it by the end. So yesterday I stopped at Petsmart and took a look at the different varieties and decided on the smaller bag of the Lamb & Rice. Well you would think that it was just a bowl of treats that I gave them, bc the Lamb & Rice was gone in about 5 minutes flat. They loved it sooooooo much. I think they were getting sick of the chicken variety. My plan now is to buy the 4 lb. bags and alternate varieties between the chicken, the lamb, and the whitefish varieties. That way they won't get too bored and they'll still be getting consistent nutrition. Just thought I'd share
post #22 of 24
Thank you for the update...sounds like all is going well
post #23 of 24
just a general note.

it is not always what is "medically best" for the cat, that actually is.. If a cat can't or won't eat the "best" foods enough to thrive, then there's no point inusing it. The best quality that your cat will actually eat (and react well to, IE nano's medical issues) AND that you can afford is all you need. dont feel bad if it's not THE #1 GRADE A product in the WORLD.

I would , however, criticize, if you were a multi millionaire feeding meow mix if your cat won't eat it, and it makes him/her sick..

see the difference? one way makes the best of what you have the other is .. well doing the opposite.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by turtlecat
one way makes the best of what you have the other is .. well doing the opposite.
This would be why I always say, feed the best you can afford - I believe in doing the best one sensibly can..and that means, as well as cost, that your cat must be willing to eat it. I know discussing crf, I point out how important it is that the cat eats..as if the cat does not eat, it will not live and then what difference does the prescribed food make?
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