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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I would like to get Meish off SD.... She tends to be a little heavy and gets some bad hairballs even with hairball remedy. I'd like an indoor light formula for her... any recomendations? I'm looking at Nutro and Wellness but I'm not sure....

Thanks!!!!

If you could reccomend a site too to order from I'd appreciate it. (I only have petsmart here and that is still like 45 min away)
Beth
post #2 of 21
well at petsmart foods to look at Authority , Royal canin and Nutro



all make a good indoor ... in the indoor catagory I actually prefer the Authority and it is about 25% less than the other two ...


I would look at all the food s indoor or not and see if you find what you want ...
post #3 of 21
Wellness is the best food by far of the ones you mentioned.

"Indoor" formula is really a money making label. It's somewhere between "regular" and "lite" but really not all that different.
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
Wellness has Garlic in it and I read on this site that Garlic is bad for cats..... it makes me nervous to try that brand.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
Wellness has Garlic in it and I read on this site that Garlic is bad for cats..... it makes me nervous to try that brand.
That is why as good as wellness is I wont use it...
your Petsmart has wellness??
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
I doubt petmsmart has wellness... i was looking at it online but I don't like that they use garlic.... the other stuff sounds great with the berries.... but well... it just takes one thing to ruin it for me!!! (Wellness was previously mentioned in the thread)
post #7 of 21
How about Innova, Felidae, California Natural, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, or Serengeti? I live "out in the boondocks", and in Europe to boot, and do almost all of my cat food shopping online. Does it have to be a "light" formula? I've found that weighing portions of dry food is just as effective as feeding light formulas. No free feeding here - otherwise, 6 kg. Jamie would be 12 kg. Jamie.
Are you looking for dry, or canned?
post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for dry right now. Meish isn't a wet food fan. If she'd eat wet I'd just do that twice a day...

I'm still comparing ingredients online. I'm going to check out what they have at PetSmart tomorrow.
post #9 of 21
I don't like doing labeled formulas, myself. I'm all about all-stage food, all lifestyle foods, mostly canned. I have a one-or-so year old, a 4 year old and 7 and a half year old.

Canned is also good if she needs to shed some pounds.

I feed 3 different cats 3 different brands right now. Leo gets Evanger's Pheasant, Gracie gets Wellness Turkey and Salmon and Raphael is trying to decide between Cal Natural Venison and brown rice and Eagle Pack Duck and Oatmeal, both of which are appropriate for cats with food sensitivites (actually, the pheasant would be, too).

For dry, I do Felidae, but for 3 cats, I only use 3/4 of a cup a day. It's more of a treat or a snack than anything.

Portion and quality are more important than the food being lite...never do a special formula unless you get your ok from a vet or animal nutritionist.
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lionessrampant

Portion and quality are more important than the food being lite...never do a special formula unless you get your ok from a vet or animal nutritionist.

It was my vet that gave me the SD Light for Meish. She said that she could stand to lose a couple lbs. This was awhile ago and she's been to the vet since and she didn't tell me to do anything different.
post #11 of 21
I've yet to come across a vet who doesn't sell SD, though there are far superior brands.
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 
Yeah... I really want to change Meish's food. I just used the SD because the vet gave me a bag of the light to try on Meish and she inhaled it (she's really picky). Question: Should I only be concerned with getting a food without by products or is corn meal something to worry about too.... what about the chicken meal???
post #13 of 21
chn meal is chn minus the water think beef jerkey


corn meal is not very digestable thus you feed more... corn gluten meal is the protein and is 66-76 digestable vs corn that is about 30-50%

by products are heads feet and intesines not the most digestable or nutritious stuff

At pwtsmart the only grd corn and by product free foods are Blue spa ( great read but quite grainy) and Nutro ... I dont do all stage as ecah animal is different and some evan need a mix of two ...
post #14 of 21
Why don't you talk to the same vet who gave you the S/D. Since it is prescription catfood, I don't think I would change until I talked to him.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Bugaboo1
Why don't you talk to the same vet who gave you the S/D. Since it is prescription catfood, I don't think I would change until I talked to him.
I believe she's talking about plain old SD Light, which isn't a prescription food.
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
Well I went to petsmart and I got Nutro Natural Choice for both the cat and dog. I'm pretty impressed with the prices. I got a few different brands of wet food to see if she might be interested in that.
post #17 of 21
Remember switch foods very slow ////


to trying a variety of wet foods
post #18 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky
Remember switch foods very slow ////

Yes. I'm going to begin the change today and stretch it for a week or so. Meish is pretty picky so it will take a while
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
Wellness has Garlic in it and I read on this site that Garlic is bad for cats..... it makes me nervous to try that brand.
There is one flavor that doesn't have garlic, but I am hesitant to get it because they probably process it in the same place and so likely some garlic gets into it.

I spent a good long while in Pet Supermarket today reading ingredients, and none of them impressed me. I will be taking a trip to the further away Petsmart tomorrow to see what I can find there.
post #20 of 21
Pro Plan all the way.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Goo
Pro Plan all the way.
Have you read the ingrediants??
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