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What is the BEST catfood in YOUR opinion?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hi
I joined this board today to read all the good advice I have seen here and to ask a very important question to me.

I have 11 indoor cats and 2 outdoor cats (actually feed 15 cats total).

The outside cats eat Purina One or Purina Cat Chow.

The inside cats eat Eagle Pack Holistic food. It works very well and eliminates lots of little problems. It cost around $31 per large bag which will last 2 weeks at my house.

I really would like some advice about a food that is GOOD and perhaps would be more affordable...I just want QUALITY cat food.

Any suggestions??
post #2 of 19
Are you wanting holistic???

If natural will work Look at Nutros Natural choice( check the feed stores ) ...

If wanting holistic you have the least expensive in my area ..
post #3 of 19
I agree with Sharky. For a LOT of threads on this very topic, that would take too long to list here, try doing a forum search on "best cat foods", "natural cat food" and the ever popular question "what do you feed?"

Welcome to the board!
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky
Are you wanting holistic???

If natural will work Look at Nutros Natural choice( check the feed stores ) ...

If wanting holistic you have the least expensive in my area ..
I am not a holistic freak...just tried this food at someone's suggestion and it been using it every since (3 years)...guess I should not try to fix it, if it isn't broken? lol

I had used Nutro at one time and I did like it. Glad you brought the Nutro name up. The bag comes in a much larger size, then Eagle Pack comes in.
post #5 of 19
I feed my kitty and dog on Nutro....they are doing great......
post #6 of 19
as far as quantity and quality, Natural Balance has affordable, healthy all-stages formulas which i believe can be purchased in larger bags. in my very humble opinion, while i do really like Nutro and purchase it for my mom's senior cat, an all-stages food might be easier for you with all those furbabies to care for!

welcome and good luck with your search!
post #7 of 19
I also love Nutro, and I have tried alot of cat foods until we found the right choice. Its a good price for a premium brand too. I like both the wet and dry.
post #8 of 19
Well, if you want the VERY best commercial food in my opinion. Kibble: Innova EVO for cats, followed by Felidae in second place, and for wet, I like Wellness in first place and Merrick in second (but many on this board don't like Wellness because of the small amount of garlic in it).

But if you want best quality at lowest cost then I'd reccomend Nutro or Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul. But please look into Felidae, here it is half the price of Wellness kibble and better quality in my opinion!
post #9 of 19
Sierra eats Innova Lite canned, and Serenity eats Innova canned. Sierra has been eating Innova for years, and I very strongly support and recommend Natura products!
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
A BIG THANKS to all of you who gave me suggestions on food. I had never heard of Felidae or Innova ...I will check them both out, as well as the Natura and Natural Balance. I still believe that my Eagle Pack is the best by far, but hopefully I can find something that works as well and can save some $$$
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
I use to ONLY use Nutro Max for cats...it was large pieces of food and it made them chew it more carefully and stopped some of the infamous cat throw -up -after- eating
post #12 of 19
I was using Nutro Natural Choice....but am in the process of changing to Purina One, after speaking to someone on this forum via email. This person raises beautiful cats and I have come to respect their opinion.
Both cats seem to really like it. (Although at this point it is still a 1/2 and 1/2 mix.)
Linda
post #13 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by stampit3d
I was using Nutro Natural Choice....but am in the process of changing to Purina One, after speaking to someone on this forum via email. This person raises beautiful cats and I have come to respect their opinion.
Both cats seem to really like it. (Although at this point it is still a 1/2 and 1/2 mix.)
Linda
Linda,
I respect your decision to go with what any one you respect advises. For anyone else reading this thread, here is why I do not recommend it - certainly not over Nutro Natural Choice.

As always, I will let the ingredients speak for themselves. This is the ingredients list from Purina One Growth and Development - their food for pregnant and nursing moms, and kittens. "Chicken, chicken by-product meal, soy flour, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, beef tallow preserved with mix d-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), corn meal, fish meal, poultry by-product meal, natural flavors, wheat gluten..."
In red are those ingredients I do not wish to feed my cats and do not recommend when I am asked.
post #14 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Linda,
I respect your decision to go with what any one you respect advises. For anyone else reading this thread, here is why I do not recommend it - certainly not over Nutro Natural Choice.

As always, I will let the ingredients speak for themselves. This is the ingredients list from Purina One Growth and Development - their food for pregnant and nursing moms, and kittens. "Chicken, chicken by-product meal, soy flour, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, beef tallow preserved with mix d-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), corn meal, fish meal, poultry by-product meal, natural flavors, wheat gluten..."
In red are those ingredients I do not wish to feed my cats and do not recommend when I am asked.
I would also say brewers rice and wheat gluten I dont serve often... the omega 6 and 3 s are also very low...

IMHO I would nt go from the best widely avail upper end food to the upper end of grocery ... but that is me///
post #15 of 19
Here is a great site to compare different brands of cat food. After looking up the ingredients, you can click on the ingredient and it will give you the definition of what it is.

http://www.naturapet.com/display.php...wiz&animal=Cat

I feed my cats and dog Innova dry and canned.
post #16 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky
I would also say brewers rice and wheat gluten I dont serve often... the omega 6 and 3 s are also very low...

IMHO I would nt go from the best widely avail upper end food to the upper end of grocery ... but that is me///
Thanks for adding this
post #17 of 19
I myself believe those by-products sounds not fun but I dont think they are SO bad. When a cat eates a mouse or bird, she eats everything save the gall-bladder? and feathers. There is animal proteins, fats and calcium in the by-products - and these almost always better then non-animal proteins.
I think better fill up with those by products then a excess of grain and corn-products...

And frankly, pure meat isnt not at all good. No good calium-level! But with a suitable dosage of by-products - we do also have a acceptable calcium-source, and therefore a acceptable phosphor-calcium-balance.
post #18 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by StefanZ
I myself believe those by-products sounds not fun but I dont think they are SO bad. When a cat eates a mouse or bird, she eats everything save the gall-bladder? and feathers. There is animal proteins, fats and calcium in the by-products - and these almost always better then non-animal proteins.
I think better fill up with those by products then a excess of grain and corn-products...

And frankly, pure meat isnt not at all good. No good calium-level! But with a suitable dosage of by-products - we do also have a acceptable calcium-source, and therefore a acceptable phosphor-calcium-balance.
I know but my problem is that at least here in the US, we aren't talking juicy, fresh organs and other interior bits...we are talking cast off bits possibly from diseased animals unsuitable not only for humans, but imo, animals, may be mixed with blood and sawdust..again, we aren't talking fresh blood from healthy animals. It's just not the same to equate by-products with what a cat gets when they eat an entire mouse.
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks Pat.....I have learned a lot from this thread. I will make sure my cats do not eat any foods with by-products. I'll just stick to the holistic Eagle Pack that I have been using for years. It's expensive for my budget, but well worth the extra money to have healthy cats.
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