Friday, May 25, 2012
My recent cat food review (some brands I've tested and my/my cat's thoughts on them)
Well, in the recent recall of Diamond brand pet foods, I've had to experiment with some new foods (since the food I usually feed, Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul, was recalled). The first one I've tried was Evolve cat food. Specifically "Evolve Maintenance Formula with Chicken Natural Cat Food" This food's first five ingredients are as follows... Chicken, chicken meal, ground brown rice, rice flour, chicken fat (preserved with mixed topcopherols). This is not a bad start. There is no corn, wheat, or soy in the food (also no by-products/by-product meals) and there is a whole list of veggies/fruits. This food seems like a good food (and ingredient wise it is except that it has rice flour, and brewers dried yeast), but only if your cats eat it/like it. Mine both don't like it a whole lot and Sunny flat out won't eat it (Smokey will eat it but she doesn't like it as much as other foods). The next food I've tried is Purina ONE Beyond (what they're currently eating until I can get some NEW Chicken Soup brand food) and so far so good with it (with the cats eating it and seeming to like it OK). This food's first five ingredients are... chicken, chicken meal, whole brown rice, soybean meal, whole barley. There are only a couple of ingredients that bother me in this food. The first is anything "soy" related (soybean meal, soy protein isolate) and the other is "animal fat" (what kind of animal???). However, the food has no corn or wheat and doesn't have any by-products either so overall, it is a healthy food. My list of foods that I'll feed my cats has expanded some. Foods that I would NOT hesitate to feed my cats are as follows... Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul (despite the recent recall, I would still feed this food to my cats) Purina ONE Beyond Taste of the Wild (never tried this one but it looks good and seems to be a good food) Wellness (again, never tried it but looks excellent) Wellness CORE (excellent food but never tried) Blue Buffalo (same with this one, excellent food but I've never tried it on my cats) I also feed my cats canned food and have tried many different types on the cats (different flavors, brands, etc) and my cat's favorites are as follows... Fancy Feast Classic Chicken Feast Fancy Feast Classic Turkey & Giblets Feast Fancy Feast Classic Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Feast Fancy Feast Classic Savory Salmon Feast I would feed many other canned foods to my cats but these are favorites. In a taste test though (maybe I'll do one if I can get some more Chicken Soup brand food soon) I'm guessing that Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul would win (and that's the one with the best nutrition so that would make me happy!) though it might be close with Purina ONE Beyond.