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Sheba cat food??

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
My cats been eating sheba for most of her meals for a while,but now shes a senior cat is this product no good for her?
post #2 of 17
Sheba is a very very poor quality cat food. I'd do a search on the forum for food, there are LOTS of informative posts about choosing quality foods.
post #3 of 17
I don't know about Sheba overseas, but here - as far as I remember - it is made from human grade meat.
post #4 of 17
Meat by-products, Poultry by-products, Liver, Trout.

Those are the first four ingredients regardless of flavr that I could find, with the exception of the Maine lobster which substituted trout for Whitefish.
They also list added Natural flavors.

What bothers me the most are the vague nature of "Meat by-products", "Liver" and "Natural flavors".
I'd really prefer to know the animal source.

I'd rather not have any by-product at all, but aside from that, I'd prefer to see an actual meat listed first as opposed to by-products.
post #5 of 17
Oh, I've noticed you're in the UK, which might make some difference. Here in N. America, Sheba is one of the worst foods. I know the pet food regulations are different there though, so I can't judge the quality of this food where you are.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sar
I don't know about Sheba overseas, but here - as far as I remember - it is made from human grade meat.

I thought this too this is why i was buying it??
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by twilight
I thought this too this is why i was buying it??
I do believe that because of the different pet food laws, it is more than likely that our Sheba is fine.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sar
I do believe that because of the different pet food laws, it is more than likely that our Sheba is fine.
I'd be surprised if that were true, because Sheba is considered an expensive, inferior food in Germany, where EU laws apply, too.
I'd recommend Almo Nature senior formula.
post #9 of 17
Sheba is one of the more expensive brands here, but the majority of the still only contain min4-8% meat (if you get say chicken and turkey, it will work out at min8, but the single flavour ones dont). To me, that is too low for the price they want.
post #10 of 17
Sheba do a variety of foods - I know the basic sheba in the foil trays is just 4% meat and is, imo, comparable to whiskas, felix etc. They do other ones though which may have a higher meat content.
post #11 of 17
Yeah, there are new varieties of Sheba that are 50% chicken - but they are complimentary and dearer than HiLife, so will the chicken might look nicer, mine will stay on HiLife
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
Sheba do a variety of foods - I know the basic sheba in the foil trays is just 4% meat and is, imo, comparable to whiskas, felix etc. They do other ones though which may have a higher meat content.
But you can get foods like Almo and Schesir that are 98% - 100% meat or fish, and aren't more expensive than Sheba, because an average sized cat eats two little cans or pouches a day. If you buy Sheba, you're paying for all their advertising, not for quality food.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
But you can get foods like Almo and Schesir that are 98% - 100% meat or fish, and aren't more expensive than Sheba, because an average sized cat eats two little cans or pouches a day. If you buy Sheba, you're paying for all their advertising, not for quality food.
I don't think you can get Schesir in shops over here, although I have bought it mail order from zooplus (german company). almo nature is only available in selected pet stores - fortunately for me it is available in a store fairly near me, and I can also get it from zooplus. I agree that those are better foods. The foods available in supermarkets here are generally restricted to the poorer quality foods, with the exception of hi life which has a high meat content. Pet stores such as pets at home also stock natures menu (which has recently become available in Tescos) which is 70% meat. Other than that, it's hard to get good quality wet food over here unless you're prepared to shop online.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
I don't think you can get Schesir in shops over here, although I have bought it mail order from zooplus (german company). almo nature is only available in selected pet stores - fortunately for me it is available in a store fairly near me, and I can also get it from zooplus. I agree that those are better foods. The foods available in supermarkets here are generally restricted to the poorer quality foods, with the exception of hi life which has a high meat content. Pet stores such as pets at home also stock natures menu (which has recently become available in Tescos) which is 70% meat. Other than that, it's hard to get good quality wet food over here unless you're prepared to shop online.
Same here in Germany. I buy almost all my cat food online, because it's cheaper than in the pet stores, and you can get free shipping if you order enough. I buy a lot from zooplus, but am often irate about how sloppily they pack stuff. Supermarkets usually carry Whiskas, Kitekat, Sheba, and their store brand(s). Yuck.
post #15 of 17
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I buy a lot from zooplus, but am often irate about how sloppily they pack stuff.
lol, I have to agree! The last time I ordered from zooplus I had to go and collect the parcel from the parcelforce depot. Apart from having no string or anything around the box so that it was difficult to carry, everything was just chucked in there and was rolling around together! They are good for getting hold of better quality wet food though. The sad thing is that so many people feed the supermarket brands because they have no idea there's anything better out there (tbh I did for many years).
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
lol, I have to agree! The last time I ordered from zooplus I had to go and collect the parcel from the parcelforce depot. Apart from having no string or anything around the box so that it was difficult to carry, everything was just chucked in there and was rolling around together! They are good for getting hold of better quality wet food though. The sad thing is that so many people feed the supermarket brands because they have no idea there's anything better out there (tbh I did for many years).
I'm a member of zooplus's (German) forums, and you wouldn't believe how many people complain about packing and shipping. They now have a new distribution center, but I don't see much improvement.
post #17 of 17

Sheba is horrible! We decided to try it since our cat like variety and it was the worst mistake of my life! The pates are very moist, my cat got major diarrhea , his hair got all stuck together to the point we had to take him to the vet ( He is a maine coon so he has a long coat). When I took him to the vet, he told us that our cat had diabetes and anemia, and that we needed to test his blood to be sure. We stopped the Sheba and everything went back to normal, no more loose stools, no anemia and no diabetes! I will NEVER purchase it again! My cat has always been extremely healthy and it almost messed him up!

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