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post #1 of 9
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I have two kitties, Etain just turned 9, she has a history of allergies, including apparent food sensitivities that result in severe facial itching, though we've never figured out exactly what she's allergic to, she's a very lazy, slightly overweight, indoor cat. Midir is almost 5 years old, he's very active and playful, but very fat, otherwise healthy. around a month ago we switched from Scient Diet Sensitive Skin to California's Natural Chicken and Rice dry food, and Etain's skin certainly appears to be improving, they both love the food, but their poop has gotten very very stinky. I was at a local feed store about a week ago and I noticed that they carried Felidae, the lady there gave me some samples of the dry regular formula Felidae and said she was sure that would clear up the stinky litter box problem, but I haven't had a chance to find out because, eventhough these are not finicky cats, getting them to eat it has been very difficult (I can't blame them, it doesn't look very appetizing and doesn't seem to smell at all). Long story short, I've been interested in switching them over to canned food that meets all of their nutritional needs and will be good for Etain's skin, something that will aid in weight loss and help reduce the risk of Midir developing urinary problems as he gets older (something I'm just generally fearfull of in male cats). From what I've read on the Felidae web site, the Platinum formula seems to fit the bill. I find it especially appealing that the food has glucoasmine and chrondroitin for my plump, aging kitties, cranberry for Midir and Fatty Acids for Etain ... but I really don't know as much about feline nutrition as some of the people here and I was wondering what you all think of the following formula? Are there any ingredients that send up a red flag? Are there any abvious nutrients that this food is lacking? Does anyone have experience with this food that they'd like to share? Here's the info from their web site.

Available in 13.2 oz. & 5.5 oz. cans

Lower Protein, Lower Fat, Reduced Calorie Formula for Senior and Overweight Cats. Made with Glucosamine and Chondroitin to Promote Better Joint Health and Naturally Balanced Omega 6 & Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
FELIDAE® PLATINUM™ Chicken, Turkey, Lamb & Fish formula is formulated to meet the AAFCO Cat Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.

Valuable Herbal & Holistic Benefits
Natural Skin & Coat Conditioners
Antioxidant Vitamins and Chelated Amino Acid Minerals
Cranberries for Urinary Tract Health
Low Ash and Magnesium

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min.) 9.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 5.00%
Crude Fiber (max.) 1.70%
Moisture (max.) 78.00%
Lenoleic Acid (Omega 6) (min.) 1.00%
Ash (min.) 1.90%
Calcium (max.) 0.15%
Phosphorous (min.) 0.20%
Magnesium (min.) 0.09%
Vitamin E (min.) 125.00 IU/kg
Taurine (min.) 0.07%
Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) (min.) 0.20%
Glucosamine (min.) 150.00 mg/kg
pH 5.5

Daily Feeding Guidelines

Feed one 13.2 oz. can of FELIDAE® PLATINUM™ per 16 lbs. of
cat’s body weight. Fresh water should be available at all times.

Calculated Caloric Content
ME (kcal/kg) 1095
ME (kcal/per 5.5 oz. can) 404
ME (kcal/13.2 oz. can) 172

All Natural Ingredients
Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Brown Rice, Lamb, Herring (Source of Omega 3), Fresh Carrot, Sunflower Oil, (Source of Omega 6), Egg, Potassium Chloride, Guar Gum, Cranberries, Rosemary Extract, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Salt, Carrageenan, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, d-calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite

All feedback is appreciated. Thanks!
post #2 of 9
Felidea as a whole is a good to very good food.. my girls loves the chn rice canned ... the platnium is a very good formula , it has good digestable protein and a great fat leval for an older cat
post #3 of 9
I have no experience with the senior formula, but I've recently switched my 2 year old cat over to felidae wet (lamb, turkey, chicken, and fish) with excellent results. She had a food allergy before (lots of itching, overgrooming, and scabs) which has cleared up, and she has a lot more energy now.

It is an excellent food.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ok, call me paranoid, but I have one more question ... does anyone know if the glucosamine content in this food will significantly alter a cat's blood sugar? I have no idea if this is something to be concerned about or not. I heard once upon a time that glucosamine supplements can raise a person's blood sugar and I was wondering if this is something I should watch out for. Neither of my cats has been diagnosed with diabetes ... but they are overweight and I'm just wondering if I'd be raising the risk by feeding them this food or if I'm just being a worry wort?
post #5 of 9
On ave( youll have to call felidea ) most cat foods contain about 100mg-200mg per kilogram of glucosimine... that is 2.2 lbs of food containing that amount.. i dont know for sure but I dont think it would
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
oh, I didn't realize that glucosamine is in most cat food ... the ingredients list says 150 mg per kg ... so it sounds average.
post #7 of 9
It occurs naturally in all meat ... but in higher end cat food s you will often find a supplement in the senior formulas ... It is not proven to help but I personally know it does..
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
You already answered my next question I had just checked out ingredients on some other premium cat foods and didn't see glucosamine ... but if its naturally occurring rather than a supplement, and if the supplement is usually only found in senior formulas ... then that's why is isn't on most labels.

I am sure that glucosamine and chondroitin are beneficial for joint health, probably to varying degrees in each individual, but I have seen so many pets and people benefit from it. I just want to avoid exposing my guys to any unnecessary risk if it can be helped.

But it sounds like, based on your knowledge, this is not an extraordinary ammount of glucosamine for cat food.
post #9 of 9
No and my vet actually told me to give a 500mg tablet to my 17.75 yr old cat and said no worrys evan with her kidney issues..
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