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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-02-2008, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Best dry food?

I know that wet food is better than dry food in general, but the quality of wet food here (Israel) is lousy. The "best" available is Whiskas, followed by Felix (produced by Friskies ).

I brought this up some time ago and was advised to feed a combination of wet food and the best dry food I could find. The dry I was using is no longer available, so I'm looking for a substitute.

I remember that ProPlan dry was frowned upon, but I don't remember why. Does anyone know?

What do you think about the following dry foods?
NutriSource
Nutro Choice
Royal Canin
TechniCal
Bento
eukanoba

I know that there are better dry foods, but they're not available here. The ones I've listed are the best of what is available.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-02-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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Re: Best dry food?

I'd probably alternate between Nutro Choice and Eukanuba
but all those choices are average protein and carbs for cats,
so you may want to invest in a portion control feeder so your
cats are not at risk of getting fat and/or diabetic. if you can't
find a good one in Israel, I'm sure someone will ship you one.
I use one that's 12v DC, so your 220v 50cycle is not an issue.
Nutro Choice has the minor feature of being 1/2" size kibble,
which forces the cat to crack them before swallowing, which
some believe has some additional dental hygiene benefit.
Buy the all green Complete Care bags. Pay attention to the
"good till use" expiration date on the bags. in a hot dry climate
like Israel, you don't want to get stuck with old expired food.
In Israel, where Chicken is affordable and plentiful, you might
want to consider a raw diet, then use cat supplement powder,
which isn't cheap, but is easy to ship to Israel.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-02-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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Re: Best dry food?

I wouldn't feed Nutro. There have been bad things about it.

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/nutro.html

Most of those are about dogs, but there are some cat stories there too.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-02-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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Re: Best dry food?

my breeder recommends Nutro adult (green label),
and she can afford to feed her cats anything.
there are always cats that react to every
product out there negatively. that does not mean
the product is bad, just the cat has special needs.


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Re: Best dry food?

The consumer affairs site is run by lawyers--it cannot be looked at as truth. The Nutro site addresses the concerns presented by that site.

I agree Nutro and Eukanuba are your best options on the list.

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The consumer affairs site might be run by lawyers or whatever, but those are stories from REAL PEOPLE. It's not made up. There have been animals that have actually died from eating Nutro but I guess I don't know what I'm talking about.
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There is no proof in any of those stories that Nutro caused the problems with the pets. You have to take it for what its worth.

People will lie and cheat to get money anyway they can. For all we know these people have never taken their pets to the vet in their lives, but all of the sudden they do, and its the Nutro food. Couldn't have been something thats been underlying?

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Re: Best dry food?

My girls love their Merrick (before grain) dry. They also liked Felidae, but I've heard it's changed.

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Re: Best dry food?

Here's the primary ingredients of all but the Bento (couldn't find them)....

Nutrisource

Chicken, brewers rice, chicken meal, corn gluten meal, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E), citric acid and rosemary extract), beet pulp, brown rice, tuna meal, phosphoric acid, natural liver flavor digest,

NutroChoice

Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Rice Flour, Rice Protein Concentrate,

Royal Canin Adult 27

Chicken Meal, brown rice, corn, corn gluten meal, rice, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), chicken, pea fiber, natural chicken flavor, beet pulp, wheat gluten, dried brewers yeast, rice hulls,

Eukanuba Adult

Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Corn Grits, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product,

TechniCal

Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Rice, Ground Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Fat, Beet Pulp, Salmon Oil, Pea Fibre, Natural Flavour, Calcium Sulphate, Potassium Chloride, Brewers Yeast,

If I had to pick from this group, I would go for the Nutrisource first, then the Eukanuba. My reasoning is that the Nutrisource is the only one with 2 meat sources in the first 3 ingredients. And it's the only one with 2 meat sources in the first 4 ingredients. It also doesn't have a corn product in the first 3 ingredients. The Eukanuba has by-product meal as a second ingredient and I'd prefer that over corn or rice type ingredients.


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Re: Best dry food?

Just a heads up, I read somewhere the other day that Nutro was changing their dog food formulas (at least one of them, but maybe all?). Not sure if this applies to the cat formulas as well, but might be something to look into and consider before making any decisions.

ETA: Just wanted to provide a link -- this website mentions the changes being made to one of the dog formulas. Like I said, I don't know if any other formulas (cat or dog) are affected.
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/
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