Originally Posted by moggiegirl
Avoiding garlic would also rule out foods such as Natural Balance and Merrick as well. How many cat owners are loyal to these companies? Natural Balance makes food for zoo animals too. All these companies so highly reccommended by health conscious cat owners who want to avoid by-products and chemical preservatives now these alternative natural pet foods are bad too? I find that very frustrating.
Nutro, their canned food is all right, but their dry food contains corn gluten as a source of protein and it has a lot of fillers. I've come to the conclusion that there is something wrong with just about every cat food company.
Could you please tell me which canned food by Merrick has garlic? I can't find one that does. I also can not find a dry or canned food by Natural Balance that lists garlic now, though I do recall just one formula did at one point, and I didn't recommend that particular formula.
Corn gluten meal is a protein source, certainly not my favorite one, but it doesn't raise my hackles like whole,cracked or ground corn does.
There are a number of companies that are respected and do not use garlic! Innova is one (they used to use garlic and have since pulled this ingredient, though some cans are still out there listing this as an ingredient).
Another to consider is Innova EVO, California Natural Chicken & Rice, the Active Life line of canned cat foods (soon to be available again), Wysong's Just Meat canned cat foods (though a supplement is needed), PetGuard has some interesting choices, and there are others...but it's late here and I'm barely seeing straight to type at this point. If you do a search on "natural foods", it will bring up some interesting threads here.
It may not surprise you to know I am more and more simply suggesting folks check into a homecooked diet (with the recipe/formula to be one their vet approves of as being balanced. Dr. Strombeck is one vet who has a book out with many recipes - and some of these are widely printed on the 'net).