Originally Posted by emmylou
If Nutro and Iams aren't premium, I give up.
I don't believe these premium foods (and I do consider Nutro and Iams premium) are really any different from regular cat food (every healthy cat I've known spent his life on regular foods, and I've known cats on premium food that threw up a lot and had persistent digestive upset). I don't believe feeding humans organic food makes a difference, either... it's just a way for companies to charge more money to people who are willing to pay it.
So many people have so many different opinions about this. I like to eat organic fruits and vegetables in order to avoid eating pesticides. Anyway regarding the topic of pet food, I see pros and cons to a lot of brands. I see holistic brands that list large amounts of fruit which I feel is too much sugar for a cat. I also believe that it is unnatural to feed a cat only muscle meat and rice with vitamin and mineral supplements, rather than including nutrient rich organ meats for essential vitamins and ground bone or perhaps egg shells for calcium. Many of these no by-product foods, if you think about it, the only reason they thrive on these foods is because of the abundant addition of vitamins and minerals that must be added to the food because there are no natural sources of them in the food, such as liver for vitamin A. The main criticisms I have read for by-products is inconsistency of ingredients, plus many people do not like that a by-product is a mystery ingredient, although certain sources are quite nutritious.
This view of mine here is not a popular one, but I like Iams. All the protein in the food is animal based. Iams does not put fruit in their pet food, and the carbohydrate blend that they use in their dry food is scientifically formulated to create steady energy levels and steady glucose levels, not causing a dramatic rise or fall. Iams does not use artificial colors in its food. There is no garlic in Iams. My cats are doing well on Iams. I have chosen the dry Iams multi-cat formula because it's high in protein without being too high in calories for my indoor cats. If I fed my cats Natural Balance, Innova, Felidae, Wellness, my cats would surely gain a lot of weight and I don't like the weight control formulas of dry food that have a reduced level of protein and as a result an increased level of carbs. All carbs are fillers regardless of the source and all dry foods have them.
I do believe it's a good idea to vary your cat's diet. Instead of sticking by only one brand, feed variety(unless your cat has a sensitive stomach) For example, I stick with one dry food, the one that works best for my cats but when it comes to wet, I don't stick to just Iams. Yes I do feed Iams wet but I also feed other wet brands like Nutro, Pet Gold, Purina pro-plan(a little junky I know but my cats love it), I have fed Merrick, Natural Balance, Avoderm. Unfortunately one of my cats has been turning up her nose at certain wet foods like Nutro, Natural Balance and Avoderm. She likes Iams and Purina Pro-Plan better. I also believe I'm contributing to the quality of their diet by only buying high quality treats and I don't buy Friskies or Pounce, I feed freeze dried meat from Halo Live a Littles and Wild Side Salmon and I never overlook the value of fresh cooked poultry as being superior to the commercial cat treats available in grocery stores.
You see, everyone has their feeding rules and regulations and opinions about feeding their own cats. Don't let anyone make you feel wrong, just because you might feed something that's not popular with other cat lovers. It's important that you monitor how your cats respond to what you're feeding and how they're doing on it and if something is not going right then it's time for a change. If my cats ever got sick on Iams, instead of doing well on it, like they are now, I would change the food immediately. As you can see, I believe that the food I am feeding my cats, Iams, is the most unpopular cat food on all cat forums on the internet and I wonder if it seems, I'm a bad girl because I don't follow the Innova Evo crowd. But I disagree with a lot of people on this because my personal belief is that Iams is a good food, not for every cat, but for mine, yes.