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post #31 of 57
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Originally Posted by jeeveser

We are using Purina Pro Plan for their dry food. I don't see anyone mentioning this food on this thread. Is it not good? I'm thinking we may want to switch their dry food as well... opinions?
Pro Plan is about on par with Eukanuba or Science Diet. I have heard that it is exactly the same as Purina One just with a different label, but I haven't verified that for myself.

In general it's definitely better than Cat Chow or Meow Mix, but there are much better foods available.
post #32 of 57
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Originally Posted by semiferal
Pro Plan is about on par with Eukanuba or Science Diet. I have heard that it is exactly the same as Purina One just with a different label, but I haven't verified that for myself.

In general it's definitely better than Cat Chow or Meow Mix, but there are much better foods available.

Pro plan isnt quite ideantical to one but very close... they both were in the grocery store once upon a time/.///

I put pro plan a notch above eukanuba and SD cause it doesnt have chemical pres and the corn and by products are not the primary ingrediant ( usually 4-10 place)
post #33 of 57
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Originally Posted by semiferal
Petguard is one of my favorites!

You can buy the canned food in big cans (like the size of soup cans) to save money and keep the leftovers in the refrigerator. That's what I did way back when I only had 3 cats. Now a can disappears in about 10 minutes!
Petguard makes big cans???
post #34 of 57
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Originally Posted by sharky
Petguard makes big cans???
They do. You can ask the place where you normally buy it if they can special order it for you. Most places will gladly oblige though they might ask you to pre-pay if they don't think they could sell it to someone else if you are a no-show. Stores place orders with companies on a very regular basis and as long as the company carries the product it is really no trouble at all for a store to place a special order.
post #35 of 57
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Originally Posted by sharky
Petguard makes big cans???
Yes, 14 oz. cans for most flavors, not for all, i.e the rabbit and rice's largest available size (at least from my distributor) is 5.5 oz.
post #36 of 57
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Originally Posted by semiferal
They do. You can ask the place where you normally buy it if they can special order it for you. Most places will gladly oblige though they might ask you to pre-pay if they don't think they could sell it to someone else if you are a no-show. Stores place orders with companies on a very regular basis and as long as the company carries the product it is really no trouble at all for a store to place a special order.
Most, if not all, distributors will have at least a case minimum requirement per flavor, so for a retailer who doesn't expect any other customers on a particular size, you may need to agree to purchasing a case. Depending on the size of the cans, Petguard's smaller sizes come 24 cans to a case, the large 14 oz. come 12 to a case.
post #37 of 57
My girls get Nutro Indoor Weight Management for thier dry and Nutro pouches for thier wet food. Except Gizmo refuses to touch wet food! But Sasha loves it. So Gizmo gets her dry and I just watch to make sure she's getting enough water. Sasha eats a pouch of food in the morning and dry food at night. They love thier Nutro, as do my dogs.

Amber
post #38 of 57
Forgot to mention, while we were on the Petguard tandem... my cats will *only* eat the Chicken and Wheat Germ canned food. They will not touch ANY other kind of wet food, nor any other flavor. Okay maybe Jordan will because he'll eat anything, but Baylee and Max (when we had him) refused everything else!
post #39 of 57
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Most, if not all, distributors will have at least a case minimum requirement per flavor, so for a retailer who doesn't expect any other customers on a particular size, you may need to agree to purchasing a case. Depending on the size of the cans, Petguard's smaller sizes come 24 cans to a case, the large 14 oz. come 12 to a case.
'Tis true - you do have to order at least a case of cans. But if it's something you use regularly, you'll use it up eventually so you just need a shelf to store it on in the interim. Dry food you can almost always get by the individual bag.
post #40 of 57
Charlie is currently on Innova Lite (he needs a high fiber food for coilitis), but the vet has recommended he be on an even higher fiber food... She suggested Prescription Diet w/d it has 9% crude fiber, but it also contains BHA & BHT. Stay away from these preservatives. They can cause cancer in cats and dogs! I've found a website through a post on this site called PremiumFoodsOnline https://www.storesonline.com they also sell health products for people. Their are tons of premium foods on this site with the ingredient list for all of them. None of them have BHA or BHT. Good luck! I've decided to go with Royal Canin (Weight Control) it's the highest fiber count I could find 9% like the vet suggested.
post #41 of 57
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Originally Posted by sharky
Pro plan isnt quite ideantical to one but very close... they both were in the grocery store once upon a time/.///

I put pro plan a notch above eukanuba and SD cause it doesnt have chemical pres and the corn and by products are not the primary ingrediant ( usually 4-10 place)
Pro Plan used to be in the grocery store?

Interesting. I heard that Purina One was developed fairly recently to compete with Iams, because Purina realized that people who preferred a higher quality food than Cat Chow but did their cat food shopping in the grocery store were buying Iams so they were losing that market. So they repackaged Pro Plan under a different name and put it on grocery store shelves.

But now that I think about it, if that were true then it would not make much sense for PETsMART et. al. to stock both Pro Plan and Purina One.
post #42 of 57
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Originally Posted by semiferal
Pro Plan used to be in the grocery store?

Interesting. I heard that Purina One was developed fairly recently to compete with Iams, because Purina realized that people who preferred a higher quality food than Cat Chow but did their cat food shopping in the grocery store were buying Iams so they were losing that market. So they repackaged Pro Plan under a different name and put it on grocery store shelves.

But now that I think about it, if that were true then it would not make much sense for PETsMART et. al. to stock both Pro Plan and Purina One.

Yup it was ... at the very beginning... I was quite young so it is a bit fuzzy ... now pro plan is more specialized with some decent allegy food s than the one to add too $$$ ..lol..
post #43 of 57
After reading everything here, I'm going to try something a little differnt. Unfortunately I can't afford to feed exclusivly wet food, but at night I'm mixing half wet & half dry food. They are very happy & frankly the last couple nights they've actually let me sleep through the night. As I said before they get Nutro Natural (weight management for the boys & the little princess is still on kitten) & nutro Max for the canned.
I do have one question about the nutro max I noticed that there are carrots peas & peppers in the canned food. Why? I read somewhere that cats only have a very small amount of taste buds, so do they include these things for the cats or for the owners?
post #44 of 57
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Originally Posted by Rang_27
After reading everything here, I'm going to try something a little differnt. Unfortunately I can't afford to feed exclusivly wet food, but at night I'm mixing half wet & half dry food. They are very happy & frankly the last couple nights they've actually let me sleep through the night. As I said before they get Nutro Natural (weight management for the boys & the little princess is still on kitten) & nutro Max for the canned.
I do have one question about the nutro max I noticed that there are carrots peas & peppers in the canned food. Why? I read somewhere that cats only have a very small amount of taste buds, so do they include these things for the cats or for the owners?
It is a flavor issue... I originally thought only the seniors had it but I have found others do... it is a smell issue and many many of the "good" brands have veggies in the wet food... Most all I serve cept for Authority...
post #45 of 57
Miko has to eat Science Diet C/D for the rest of his life. He prefers the dry formula so I only give him a small amount every morning. I don't like the ingredients in SD, and neither does his vet so when she says he has to eat it, I'm going to listen. I've been feeding him Merrick's Cowboy Cookout and California Natural's Chicken and Rice to balance out SD.

As for Kionu and Sebastian, they both eat Felidae Chicken & Rice (canned).
post #46 of 57
I have a hyperactive cat, who used to bounce off the walls for two or three days at a time, meaning he could go without sleep for 2 - 3 days. Through trial and error and very expensive allergy tests, I've learned not to feed him foods that contain grains other than natural rice. I'm very suspicious of "vegetable proteins" now, and avoid any foods with corn, soybeans, etc.. I've taken him to several vets, and most of them presented me with a choice between giving him Ritalin, or cutting grains to an absolute minimum.
post #47 of 57
I have a 5 1/2 moth old siamese cat. I ahve been feeding her science diet kitten and purina kitten chow mixed. I got a free bag of science diet from the vet so I have been mixing them together. I was wondering what everyone thougth about purina kitten chow. I am a college student with a tight budget, but I also want to feed sophia something healthy and good for her. Is there a premium food that anyone would suggest that isn't going to break the bank? Thanks!!

Sophia's mommy

Also she only eats dry food
post #48 of 57
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Originally Posted by sophiacat
I have a 5 1/2 moth old siamese cat. I ahve been feeding her science diet kitten and purina kitten chow mixed. I got a free bag of science diet from the vet so I have been mixing them together. I was wondering what everyone thougth about purina kitten chow. I am a college student with a tight budget, but I also want to feed sophia something healthy and good for her. Is there a premium food that anyone would suggest that isn't going to break the bank? Thanks!!

Sophia's mommy

Also she only eats dry food

For a tight budget I recomend Nutros Max cat or chn soup for the kitten lovers soul.. both are better than average quality without by products grd corn and chemical pres..
post #49 of 57
I used to feel a little bit guilty because my boys ate Fancy Feast wet food. I tried buying them the Merrick and Wellness and other more premium canned food. I loved the names of some of the Merrick flavors, Thanksgiving Dinner and Turducken. Seamus sniffed it and walked away. He never even tasted them. Anyway, my vet said FF is fine, just with more fat then others. The two boys each get a can in the morning and then at noon I freefeed them Nutro Indoor Kitten food and Adult food. They seem happy and healthy.

Now that we got a puppy, I'm more concerned about them eating the puppy food.
post #50 of 57
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Originally Posted by ErinandSeamus
I used to feel a little bit guilty because my boys ate Fancy Feast wet food. I tried buying them the Merrick and Wellness and other more premium canned food. I loved the names of some of the Merrick flavors, Thanksgiving Dinner and Turducken. Seamus sniffed it and walked away. He never even tasted them. Anyway, my vet said FF is fine, just with more fat then others. The two boys each get a can in the morning and then at noon I freefeed them Nutro Indoor Kitten food and Adult food. They seem happy and healthy.

Now that we got a puppy, I'm more concerned about them eating the puppy food.
As long as they dont eat much of the puppy food your fine... dont let the puppy get any cat food
post #51 of 57
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Originally Posted by sharky
For a tight budget I recomend Nutros Max cat or chn soup for the kitten lovers soul.. both are better than average quality without by products grd corn and chemical pres..
Around here Max Cat is around $25 for a 20# bag and Chicken Soup is $18-$20 for an 18# bag.
post #52 of 57
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Originally Posted by semiferal
Around here Max Cat is around $25 for a 20# bag and Chicken Soup is $18-$20 for an 18# bag.
chn soup is better $$ in most area if you need a big bag .. here a 6 lb chn soup is 12 or so and max can be found for 10 .. so size is an issue
post #53 of 57
Sash eats Natural Balance dry and Royal Canin light dry but we are going to be switching to Royal Canin for Sensitive stomachs since my vet suggested this for his sensitive tummy. He also eats Natural Balance, Nutro and Eagle Pack canned daily.
post #54 of 57
A question for those that feed the raw food diet. What are the risks associated with cats eating raw food? obviously people can get very sick what about kitties (I'm a graduate student so I don't have the money or the time tofeed a raw food diet now, but maybe someday)
post #55 of 57
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Originally Posted by Rang_27
A question for those that feed the raw food diet. What are the risks associated with cats eating raw food? obviously people can get very sick what about kitties (I'm a graduate student so I don't have the money or the time tofeed a raw food diet now, but maybe someday)
Hi, I know you want to hear direct experience, but while waiting for the raw feeders to comment, these two sites are excellent on the topic of cat nutrition and feeding raw: www.catinfo.org and www.catnutrition.org
post #56 of 57
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Originally Posted by Rang_27
A question for those that feed the raw food diet. What are the risks associated with cats eating raw food? obviously people can get very sick what about kitties (I'm a graduate student so I don't have the money or the time tofeed a raw food diet now, but maybe someday)
I don't feed raw, but know many people who do. One concern is salmonella, another is pseudo-rabies http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/in...d=pseudorabies, which can be got from raw pork (keep in mind that raw beef is often placed next to raw pork in butchers' display cases). I live in Europe, which is unfortunately affected by avian influenza, so the warning being passed around among raw feeders is: No poultry! Some tigers and domestic cats that ate raw poultry died of avian flu in Asia, so the threat is real. http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/influenza.htm
post #57 of 57
I feed raw and pork is a big nono for a billion reasons. I don't feed beef either because its more expensive. I'm glad we don't have the problems with avian flu because I'd be out of options! My guys are on turkey and chicken.

I'm also not to concerned with salmonella. Their stomach acids are much stronger than ours and able to kill it since cats can easily scavenge in the wild wihtout getting sick. There are grapeseed extract and other rinses you can use for the meat though that will kill bacteria.
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