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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Is there any brands that you can get at a grocery store that are good? I usually don't have time to run to the pet store when I am already going to the regular grocery store.

The store I usually go to has Iams, isn't that one of the ones you recommend? Also Purina has been advertising the heck out of their Purina One line, talking like it is very healthful. Anyone have any opinions on that particular line? Better then regular stuff like they say or just blowing smoke?
post #2 of 25
To me I say Iams is realy GREAT!!!! Iams is on the good list.
post #3 of 25
Whether or not purina one and iams are good compared to a more premium food from the petstore is up for debate. But I would say that they are the best food available at the grocery store.
post #4 of 25
I have fed my 12 year-old cat Purina One her whole life and she seems healthy and happy. Her coat is beautiful and she has never been ill. I don't think there is anything wrong with buying a good quality catfood at the grocery.
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Purina One has been around for 12 years? Have they just started advertising it really hard in the last couple of years, or have I just not noticed it?
post #6 of 25
Purina one has been around at least 10 years (my youngest cat started out on it), so 12 isn't a stretch. I personally don't use it, but it's probably the best of the grocery store brands (depending on what grocery store of course)
post #7 of 25
We too can't go to the pet store as frequently as other on here can. Our Petsmart is far out ot the way. Iams is one of the best grocery store brands, with Purina coming up second, but reccently our Walmart has started selling a brand called Maximum Nutrition, and I am switching my cats over to it, it has less by-products than Iams.
post #8 of 25
The Meow Mix pouches are decent (not the dry food).
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you all.
post #10 of 25
For those that don't have the time or resources close to them, have you considered ordering your quality brands online?
I've been an online shopper for the better brands of cat food for a very long time.
Some, like Flint River Ranch and Merrick don't charge shipping and many of the larger retailers offer percent off coupons and can often be found online with a simple search.

I like to give my guys Innova products and for what gas costs to go the 50 to 100 miles to buy in person I can get it cheaper by shopping online.
post #11 of 25
I have been feeding Purina One for 8 years and have been very happy with it. After studying ingredients I do not think Iams is a better food then Purina One. They are very close in quality and I perfer the cheaper of the 2.
post #12 of 25
WalMart carries Iams and many grocery stores carry it now too - check around - I'm sure you will find a closer store other then the pet store.

I would not feed my cats any Puriena. IMO there are far better foods!

If you are feeding dry, any reason you can't stock up on an extra bag or 2? And canned, you can keep a case handy.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by cloud_shade
The Meow Mix pouches are decent (not the dry food).
That and in some Wlamarts Natural Life is stocked ... I am iffy on the dry just loads of grain but the wet is awsome
post #14 of 25
Read the ingredients. The Giant Eagle store brand here is actually better than a lot of the other grocery store kinds. I feed Iams too, but I'd like to switch. We're working on it.

The "super-premium" ones that offer free shipping have higher prices to make up for it, so you're just as well off finding somewhere that has better prices where you pay for shipping. But you do not have to feed these foods.

Purina one is not as good as Iams. Compare the kitten foods (what I'm still feeding)
Purina One:
Chicken, chicken by-product meal, soy flour, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), fish meal (source of DHA), whole grain corn, non-fat yogurt, poultry by-product meal, animal digest, wheat gluten, phosphoric acid, salt, brewers dried yeast ...(all the added vitamins)
Iams Kitten:
Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Corn Grits, Chicken Fat (Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Dried Beet Pulp (Sugar Removed), Fish Oil (Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E)... (all the added vitamins)

They are sort of similar, in that they both have too many grains and by-product, but anytime you see "animal" anything you have absolutely no idea where it came from.At least all the meats in Iams are named "chicken" instead of "animal".
post #15 of 25
To add on what I was saying about Maximum Nutrition, it has NO byproducts, and has several flavors, They just recently started selling it at my Walmart, I love it. I know it's not the best, but it's the best at my Walmart! I went and spent a day reading every dry cat food label in there, LOL!
post #16 of 25
I Recently Switched To The Maximum "sp?" From Walmart, Being That I Keep Taking In Kitty's I Do Need Something Affordable ...

My Cats All Love It, Some Prefer It Over The Wet, And The Ingredients Seem Good..
It Might Not Be The Best, But Way Better Then Alot Of People Provide, And My Kittys Have All Been Healthy, And Stopped Shedding Like They Used To...

I Love It, And The Price Is Good, Does Anyone Know If It Comes In The Bigger Bags?????? Ive Always Gotten It From The Same Walmart, So I Dont Know If Other Stores Have Bigger Bags, I Believe The Adult One Came In Big Bags, But I Havent Seen The Kitten..and Im Feeding Kitten To Them..

Also Does Anyone Know If Or When They Might Have Wet Available??
post #17 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by alliread
I Recently Switched To The Maximum "sp?" From Walmart, Being That I Keep Taking In Kitty's I Do Need Something Affordable ...

My Cats All Love It, Some Prefer It Over The Wet, And The Ingredients Seem Good..
It Might Not Be The Best, But Way Better Then Alot Of People Provide, And My Kittys Have All Been Healthy, And Stopped Shedding Like They Used To...

I Love It, And The Price Is Good, Does Anyone Know If It Comes In The Bigger Bags?????? Ive Always Gotten It From The Same Walmart, So I Dont Know If Other Stores Have Bigger Bags, I Believe The Adult One Came In Big Bags, But I Havent Seen The Kitten..and Im Feeding Kitten To Them..

Also Does Anyone Know If Or When They Might Have Wet Available??
on a side note: Please please don't type in all caps, it is very hard to read
believe it or not

Anyways to answer your questions I have not seen maximum nutrition in a bigger bag, I will double check at my walmart. Now that money is extremely tight, I may have to make a switch. I currently feed Premium Edge which is $17.99 for an 18lbs. bag.
post #18 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jen
on a side note: Please please don't type in all caps, it is very hard to read
believe it or not

Anyways to answer your questions I have not seen maximum nutrition in a bigger bag, I will double check at my walmart. Now that money is extremely tight, I may have to make a switch. I currently feed Premium Edge which is $17.99 for an 18lbs. bag.
Wow Here Premium edge in big bags is like 27 $....
post #19 of 25
Really? It may be a temporary thing. The pet store there that I go to is promoting the heck out of it as a healthy alternative to Iams which they are getting rid of.
post #20 of 25
my cat gets sick all the time. I think its from his cat food. but he always vomits on my carpet, but he always lets me know when hes gonna get sick. Before hes about to get sick he meows at me a couple times, but his meow is very deep. So i can ususally tell when hes about to get sick. Any ideas on how to try to prevent him from getting sick?
post #21 of 25
It might be the food-perhaps it is too rich or your cat has a problem with some of the ingredients.

I was wondering about wet food. I am planning to switch my girl over to a premium wet food and do I have to do it slowly like the dry and mix it with her Fancy Feast? I don't want to upset her tummy.
post #22 of 25
I think Iams is definitely better than Purina One because with Iams, all the protein in the food is animal based. I prefer chicken by-product meal to soy and corn gluten. Cats are not designed to eat plant based proteins. Meat and internal organs all the way. Plus, they do eat mouse by-products in the wild, intestines, heart, kidney, lungs, bones. That's how their wild diet is nutritionally complete. Commercial diets consisting of only muscle meat are only complete because of supplements added to the food. Of course with all commercial cat foods supplements must be added. I think a company cuts corners more by using plant based proteins and an excessive amount of grains than by using animal based by-products.

If you really want to get your money's worth feeding Iams, go for the Iams multi-cat. It contains 35% animal based protein. That's similar to feeding Eukanuba without the excess calories. For a grocery store brand dry food, that's pretty good. Also of all the canned foods you can buy in a grocery store, Iams is the best of them all, no artificial colors, artifical flavors. You have by-products but it's all natural, until the new Iams pate style cans come into the grocery store, those don't have any by-products.
post #23 of 25
Moggiegirl: the ingredients in Iams dry food are posted earlier in this thread. Please reread them, or go to their site. It has as much grains, nearly, as Purina One. And the problem with by-products, to me, is not what in includes but how much of a mystery it is. You have no idea what a by-product is when you see that on the label, it does not just mean other parts of the same animal, it could be a shipment from KFC of all the beaks they cut of baby chickens for all we know.

Iams Multicat made both of my sister's cats gain at least 2 lbs, which they immediately lost when they went back on Iams original.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
Moggiegirl: the ingredients in Iams dry food are posted earlier in this thread. Please reread them, or go to their site. It has as much grains, nearly, as Purina One. And the problem with by-products, to me, is not what in includes but how much of a mystery it is. You have no idea what a by-product is when you see that on the label, it does not just mean other parts of the same animal, it could be a shipment from KFC of all the beaks they cut of baby chickens for all we know.

Iams Multicat made both of my sister's cats gain at least 2 lbs, which they immediately lost when they went back on Iams original.
You took out most of the words out of my mouth... I feed by products RAW and I know where they came from and what they are exactly...

You sisters cats are exceptions to a rule.. Give them a hug for me
post #25 of 25
I'd like to provide a link to the AAFCO standards because I know someone is about to say "It doesn't include beaks". Which, in fact, it does:
http://www.peteducation.com/article....&articleid=667
I'd say beaks are part of a chicken's head, and the only disallowable part of a chicken is its feathers.

I feed Iams, it is based in my hometown and I know one of their international marketing directors, but I freely admit that it is by no means a perfect food. At all. I wish it had no grains and no by-products. Zissou loves it and does extremely well on it, but I'm still trying to find a better food that she also likes.

I wonder why the multi-cat formula made both the cats gain so much weight? It's odd that they both gained weight and lost in in direct correlation with that bag of food. They seemed to like the original formula better too. hmmmm...
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