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Kitten doesn't like Wellness...*sigh*

post #1 of 16
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Well, my kitten that acts like he would eat anything in front of him does not like the Wellness kitten food. He eats it, but not very much (as opposed to how he previously ate). Ever since I switched him, he keeps trying to eat my dog's food! (who is a free-feeder) which he didn't do before....any suggestions on another good brand? Innova kibbles are too big, didn't like California Natural, seemed to like the Felidae OK, but I don't know. He really liked IAMS kitten which is what I got originally in a pinch...I would prefer to feed something better, but I'm not sure. Any other good brands I'm missing? (for a 2-3 month old kitten)
post #2 of 16
I would try Royal canin and Nutro the max version... seems you have a chn and fish loving kitten... I have used max with good results and I have used Royal canin with good results
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I think I will give the Royal Canin a try....I just went out and bought some more Iams just so he would eat some more, but I think next time I will pick up some RC....anyone feed Iams w/ good results? I know it's not the best, but it isn't too terrible....what about Blue Buffalo Spa Select?
post #4 of 16
Iams , yes some have good results ... I dont like by products , a lot of corn or chemical preservatives.... Royal Canin has some corn Max cat has wheat so they are both much better than IamsIMHO ... Blue spa is good but I am not a fan of multiple grains with only one or two meats( cats are carnivores) and I like 5% veggies but not loads of them in a dry food
post #5 of 16
I'm not an Iams feeder but a high quality food isn't doing any good if your kitten wont eat it.
Some of the smaller local pet stores carry sample bags that you can try with him. Just lay a kibble out of each and see what he does. If you get no response to any of the higher quality foods I'd keep him on Iams and try again later.
I have been feeding my 14 week old kitten Solid Gold Blended Tuna and the chicken, turkey, white fish & liver canned twice a day and free feed Solid Gold Katz-n-Flocken since we got him at 10 weeks old. He does great on it!
But just because my kitten likes it doesn't mean your kitten will.

Good luck and I hope you find something he loves.

Susie
post #6 of 16
Nutro has a good dry kitten formula - Ginger's coat was incredibly shiny when she was eating it, and she's a very healthy one-year old now.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
I think I may stick with Iams for awhile....I looked up the Nutro products and they only have one meat in their dry formulas?!
post #8 of 16
Another possibility is he may desire to nibble through out the day. You may want to give it a chance for a bit and see how he does. Even though he appeared to have gorged in the past, by nature cats are more nibblers.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by jlphilli
I think I may stick with Iams for awhile....I looked up the Nutro products and they only have one meat in their dry formulas?!
Most of Nutros have two or three meats
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Which one? The one I saw read Chicken meal, corn gluten meal, etc
post #11 of 16
max kitten has chn and lamb I beleive ... the natural choice kitten is chn and rice( made for delicate tummies) ... Natural choice adult have chn and another meat and the max is two or three meats depending on formula
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Oh ok, I guess I meant more than one meat in the top 4 ingredients (since that is what the food is made mostly of).
post #13 of 16
ahh but meal is concetrated meat ... Yes i actually figured out a formula for that ... chicken is mainly water so unless it says meal first I dont read much further...
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
I understand that the meat itself is composed of mainly 78% water, but it's still a substance at chicken and chicken meal as the first ingredients are better than chicken meal and corn gluten meal as in the nutro kitten formula I saw
post #15 of 16
Well I learned what corn gluten is used for and now am not upset about it as an ingrediant ... chicken then chn meal then rice is really chn meal and rice ...
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by jlphilli
Well, my kitten that acts like he would eat anything in front of him does not like the Wellness kitten food. He eats it, but not very much (as opposed to how he previously ate). Ever since I switched him, he keeps trying to eat my dog's food! (who is a free-feeder) which he didn't do before....any suggestions on another good brand? Innova kibbles are too big, didn't like California Natural, seemed to like the Felidae OK, but I don't know. He really liked IAMS kitten which is what I got originally in a pinch...I would prefer to feed something better, but I'm not sure. Any other good brands I'm missing? (for a 2-3 month old kitten)
My vote is for the Felidae - it seems to be "real" food :-), IAMS is, as my "holistic" pet store (Pet Luv) guy says - IAMS is mostly filler, the brand is sold at the grocery store, ergo - IAMS has to have cheaper ingredients in order to be able to make any profit for the store chains ???, well, I suppose you could find out the truth for yourself by checking the ingredients. If you're interested in the Felidae info, the website: http://www.canidae.com/cats/cat_and_kitten/canned.html -
you'll find the dry food there, too.....

Canidae is the dog food (the web site address) and they also make the Felidae for cats...

My vet said that anything Purina would make your cat sick ... didn't inquire as to why 'cause I am already a great believer in spending my $$ for quality food hoping that my cats will be healthy, and I won't have to have them suffering and at the Vets, spending my $$ there, instead. Sorry I can't be more helpful. Gloria
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