Yikes. I'm sorry you've had this experience. I haven't gotten around to trying the Lotus because Margaux still isn't feeling well, and I don't want to upset her tummy by constantly giving them something new. Now I'm even more hesitant to try the Lotus, but I will, despite your experience, because I need to find a couple of more things to replace FF.
if this is the worst that happens to me, it isn't the end of the world lol. it's just weird. i was wondering if you had tried it yet and what flavor you got.
yeah, even though mine love FF, if i let them have it they'll have stink bombs the next day so i gave everything i had left to a shelter, along with the merrick no one would eat. i don't know about shelter cats eating it so i told the woman she could dress it up with the FF and everyone would probably like it.
i've had good luck with wellness grain-free and hound & gatos. hound & gatos just has to be back ordered a lot because they have a rabbit flavor and my cats really like it. the salmon HG they really don't like much, and they'll eat the chicken some but they don't seem to love it. but i just checked yesterday with wholepets in boulder and they can't get the rabbit yet either.
they have also introduced two new flavors: pork and trout. it does have some salt in it but it's pretty far down the ingredient list, and they claim 98% meat so it appears to be pretty good food. i think it has brewer's yeast (nutritional yeast?) but very few additives. they also have lamb and a lamb, salmon & something else mix. check out their website, i don't know if it's easy to get where you are but they have a store finder.
weruva doesn't make some of the lists because a few of the flavors have carrageenan but the paw lickin' chicken and mideast feast do not, and those are the ones i get. mine also like a spot's stew, chicken, shrimp and crab but it has garlic powder (the second to last ingredient). and of course tiki cat, but i think some of their flavors have carrageenan, just not the ones i use. it's more expensive but it's worth it if you want to splurge a little.
also, if/when you open a can, tell me what it looks like. i got the 12.5 oz. cans but when i watched the videos on floppy cats channel, the food didn't look the same. she showed all 5.5 oz. cans but i'd think it would be on them too. it's probably fat but it's at the top of the can and i though it looked repulsive. i stirred it up but maybe i should have scooped it out.