Originally Posted by MeowsersMom
I'm currently giving my cats nutro, which I think is reasonably priced. Does wellness cost significantly more?
It costs more, but IMHO the ingredients are much better in the Wellness. The price I would pay for Nutro at the Petfood Express is $28.99 for 20 lbs., and the Wellness is $29.99 for a 12 lb bag.
There are some very good threads on this site regarding the various cat foods, and quite a few members here are very well versed in feline nutrition. I'm no expert but I think the best thing we can do is to feed our furbabies the best food option within our budget.
I feed my kitties the Wellness and every now and then we give them a change of pace with the Organix, or the Chicken Soup brand. I cut and pasted the ingredients and nutritional info below so you could compare them.NUTRO Natural Choice Complete $28.99 20lb bag
Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Rice Flour, Rice Protein Concentrate, Herring Meal, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Oat Fiber, Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride, Menhaden Fish Oil, Choline Chloride, Dried Egg Product, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Inositol, Dried Bacillus Licheniformis Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Chicory Extract, Cranberry Powder, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Calcium Iodate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid.
Crude Protein (minimum) 33.00%
Crude Fat (minimum) 19.00%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 4.00%
Moisture (maximum) 10.00%
Ash (maximum) 6.75%
Linoleic Acid (minimum) 4.00%
Magnesium (maximum) 0.088%
Zinc (minimum) 250 mg/kg
Vitamin E (minimum) 250 IU/kg
Taurine (minimum) 0.18%
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (minimum)* 0.06%
Ascorbic Acid (minimum)* 50 mg/kg
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles.Old Mother Hubbard CAT Wellness Adult $29.99 12 lb. bag
Chicken, chicken meal, chicken liver, ground brown rice, ground whole oats, canola oil, cranberries, blueberries, flax seed, eggs, peas, taurine, garlic, alfalfa leaf, spirulina, Norwegian kelp, whole apples, zucchini, sweet potatoes, yucca schidigera, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, pro-biotics, pre-biotics, vitamins and minerals.
Crude Protein: 33% min
Crude Fat: 19% min
Crude Fiber: 5% max
Moisture: 10% max
Ash: 6% max
Magnesium: 0.10% max
Taurine: 0.18% min
Linoleic Acid: 3.5% min