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post #1 of 19
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Looking for some opinions and actual experience with feeding this brand.

I feed a mostly raw diet, but our kittens do get some kibble and some commercial canned food, because we need to assure that they are accustomed to these types of food when they go to their new homes, because not everyone is comfortable feeding a raw diet.

So, at the last cat show I attended, a vendor was giving out free samples of the Chicken Soup food. The kibble was a huge hit with all of my bengals. They really enjoyed the taste and smell of it. I only fed the kitten formula kibble.
I visited the local distributor and picked up a case of the canned wet kitten food today. We let some of our bengals sample it....again a big hit. They wolfed it down.
The ingredient list looks ok. I need to be able to tell my kitten buyers what the best food is to feed their kittens if they won't go raw.

Comments? Pro's, Con's? Anyone love it? Anyone hate it?
post #2 of 19
I haven't fed it myself, but I know that ingredients wise it is a great food.
post #3 of 19
Hobbes loves it. i switched between the regular and light version, and i think we prefer the light. It seems to fill him up pretty well. i noticed that the smell of the regular version is stronger, and color is darker. Someone mentioned that it made their poop stink really bad after eating Chicken Soup, but i don't think it makes much of a difference at all. i really like the size of the kibble, compared to nutro (which can be kinda big and round...i'm afraid of him choking). It's not that much expensive compared to other brands. It has kept his coat shiny and he's still one healthy boy. i've been a satisfied mommy
post #4 of 19
I used the kitten with my foster kitten- liked the ingredients, liked the food, but I feed my adult cats Felidae (the Chicken and Rice has small kibble, I don't know about the regular ), because it makes their coats really shiney (like they've never been before!), but the CS is less expensive, and they seem to be basicly the same, except for the coat shine-they just shine more on Felidae .
post #5 of 19
Im feeding Wellness kibble and some wellness canned as well as Merrick canned... I am going to try the CS and see how it goes....i as well want to hear the pros and cons i have a 7 week old Cairo, Isis is 6 months old and Kinsey is 4 months old.
post #6 of 19
I have fed my girl this food. She liked it well enough and I thought
of sometime switching back & forth now and then with it to try again.
However she got real chubby. Not sure if was she was getting too much
dry and not enough wet. She was a stray and she liked to really eat
all the time. My girl has allergy's to something so switched to Natural Balance - allergy and California natural for now. I think you would be satisified
with it, give it a try what you got to lose, the price is good for the quality.
Brenda
post #7 of 19
I fed it to Damita & Chico, & after awhile it was determined that the food was giving them loose bloody stools. None of mine will eat it. In fact, I've tried feeding it to the 8 outside & they aren't so thrilled with it.
post #8 of 19
I personally don't care for it. I had purchased it a few times as a "little treat" for Sierra, but she was never swept away with her treat. I don't care for the smell or consistency, and several cans, I threw away because upon opening them, found a gross black film across the top...never again. I just don't feel good about it. That's just my experience, though.
post #9 of 19
The dry food gets two paws up here! Its not too terribly expensive, and still a good quality food, and the boys love it. So for me, as a college student, its perfect, but if you can afford better, you could. Its not the best of foods, but its not a bad one either.
post #10 of 19
I have feed the dog and cat formulas with limited success and I know why now...

Pros
Price
Flavor
Can be found at pet and feed stores
Canned look s good when opened

Cons
Grain leval ( 7 of them )
Stool consistancy
Contain a meat that can cause the stool issue
Smell of litter box

It is a great food for the $$$ but for most animals I would go for many others first ... For mainly raw feed cats you can find way less grains and extras for about the same $$
Omega profile is good in some low in others
post #11 of 19
the dry gave Larry Boy gas.
horrible gas
gas tht should not come from a creature so small.
post #12 of 19
This is a great thread! I feed both the dogs and the cats CS. When I last went to the feed store to stock up I considered changing because the dogs are constantly grazing on grass. I talked to the owner of the feed store and she couldn't spout enough good things about CS. She discouraged me from changing foods, although I still wonder because the cat box stinks and several of them have loose stools.
post #13 of 19
I feed it to all 10 of mine and for the price you can't get a better food IMO As far as loose stools, only one of mine has this problem and I tend to think it has more to do with him than the food, I haven't tried the wet yet, I have a couple cans though, maybe I will give it to them tomorrow If I had more money (and less cats ) I would probably go with the Natural Balance dry, i was very impressed with their ingredient list
post #14 of 19
Oh gosh, I just ordered chicken soup for Kittens last week. I'm really hoping the stinky poop/loose stools won't be a problem.
post #15 of 19
I jost got the book for me birtchday on aug 29
post #16 of 19
Which ingredient tends to cause problems? My kittens eat the canned variety several times a week now and I haven't seen any problems. I'm looking at switching their dry food to Chicken Soup when their current stuff gets low.
post #17 of 19
I don't know which ingredient it would be, but just make sure that when you are switching foods, you do it very gradually, increasing the amount of new food slowly, at least over a week or two, or else you can get loose stools, gas, etc.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
Looking for some opinions and actual experience with feeding this brand.

I feed a mostly raw diet, but our kittens do get some kibble and some commercial canned food, because we need to assure that they are accustomed to these types of food when they go to their new homes, because not everyone is comfortable feeding a raw diet.

So, at the last cat show I attended, a vendor was giving out free samples of the Chicken Soup food. The kibble was a huge hit with all of my bengals. They really enjoyed the taste and smell of it. I only fed the kitten formula kibble.
I visited the local distributor and picked up a case of the canned wet kitten food today. We let some of our bengals sample it....again a big hit. They wolfed it down.
The ingredient list looks ok. I need to be able to tell my kitten buyers what the best food is to feed their kittens if they won't go raw.

Comments? Pro's, Con's? Anyone love it? Anyone hate it?
Should you decide to switch to Chicken Soup, would you record how much food you feed one ONE vs. Chicken Soup, how your cats coat's look, how they act, etc. for me? I didn't notice one lick of differece in anything except the amount of food they eat(more ONE), so I wondered if it was just me....
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Should you decide to switch to Chicken Soup, would you record how much food you feed one ONE vs. Chicken Soup, how your cats coat's look, how they act, etc. for me? I didn't notice one lick of differece in anything except the amount of food they eat(more ONE), so I wondered if it was just me....
My dog-who is still growing and needed to gain weight when we brought her home from the Humane Society (I know, apples and oranges, but as an example ...) was on Science diet- fed her 4 cups a day, minimal weight gain. Switched to CS for dogs- 3 - 3 1/2 cups a day, coat a little better, rate of weight gain increased. Switched to Canidae (same people as Felidae ), rate of weight gain increased over CS, coat shinier (have gotten compliments! ) and amount of food is 3 cups a day for a 60 lb dog.

My cats are eating less Felidae than they did SD, and their coats are the softest and shiniest they have ever been, and my plump cats (on the SD) are back to the weight they should be on the Felidae. So, CS, hands down over any grocery store or other brands for the money; Felidae overall, for me . (No, I don't work for them -and I really didn't think there was that much difference in pet foods when I started this food experiment (dog first ), I am just really surprised and happy with the results!
Can you tell?
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