Ok your going to find alot of varied opinions on what is best in the food and litter deparment..let me make my first hands up for Purina's yesterdays news, for litter. Its receycled newspaper, low on dust, and very absorabant. Safe for little ones, and low tracking. Its about 10.99-12.99 for a 30lb bag. a 30lb bag lasts me between 2-3 weeks. of course I have 5 adult cats and Seven now kittens. One kitten a large bag should last a LONG time.
Yesterdaysnews.com, thats the website for yesterdays news.
Now as for food, I also feed my kitties, and dogs Purina, Pro Plan. Its their high end vs the Cat chow, and the slightly above that Purina One.
Useing my own brand of choice, I will show yout he diffrence in ingridents..even to show how it can vary within a brand.
Here is the ingrident list for Purina's Regular Kitten Chow:
Poultry by-product meal, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, soy flour, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), fish meal, brewers dried yeast, wheat flour, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, tetra sodium pyrophosphate, salt, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), L-Alanine, riboflavin supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, copper sulfate, citric acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.
Better than some, but you will notice the first ingrident is a By product Meal. VS real meat. Corn is the third ingrident...farther down than on some brands.
Here is the list for Purina, Pro Plan chicken and Rice:
Chicken, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), whole grain corn, soybean meal, wheat gluten, poultry by-product meal, fish meal, animal digest, egg product, phosphoric acid, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, ascorbic acid (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, DL-Methionine, niacin, calcium carbonate, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
First Ingrident is the real chicken, again that corn shows up. Which I may not like. But over all I enjoy this product.
Ingridents for Canned Pro plan Kitten chicken, Liver flavor:
Chicken, liver, fish, meat by-products, water sufficient for processing, natural and artificial flavors, brewers rice, guar gum, potassium chloride, titanium dioxide color, tricalcium phosphate, salt, taurine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), copper sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), cobalt carbonate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, potassium iodide, biotin. B-4651
All In all I enjoy this product. I have dogs and cats on it and have great results. They all have shiny coats, good weight, active and happy, low tartar. We dont have to much smell in the box, and we dont have a ton of poo either always a plus. My vet asked me what I switched them too, when I took them fromt he regular cat chow, to the Purina Pro Plan, and was impressed with the change she could see the diffrence, as could I.
And I am ALWAYS getting asked what I feed my dogs, because their coats are so shinny, they even ask if i supplement. Which I dont.
So there is my humble opinion.
Proplan.com is rhe site for product information if your interested. You will find many opions on the matter. But I think what it comes down to, is what you can afford, and what your kitty does well on.
But in the long run, a Quality food is less costly, they eat less, and seem to be over all healthier!