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After you all told me what by-products really are... I'm going to try very hard to get my kitties to eat other foods. They're on Science Diet dry and wet food right now... the problem is that one of them has a very sensitive stomach, and so far all he's been able to eat is Science Diet sensitive stomach dry food. But I'll work on it...

So, I know what the bad foods are... but what are the good foods? I know not to get them anything with by-products in them, but other than that, I'm not very knowledgable. Anyone have a list of the good brands? I know Wellness is good, but it's not sold in any of the stores near me, unfortunately. :?
 

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I feed my cat Wellness canned (plain turkey & plain chicken) and Nature's Variety (rabbit) canned. They are corn, wheat, soy & grain free. Virtually carbohydrate free. Something like 3 or 5%. There is also a company called Merrick I've heard good things about (some canned varieties contain grain). I've just recently changed my cat from Science Diet after he kept throwing up his dry food then I learned about by-products. The website I like below offers free shipping for your first order and $1 shipping to CA. Margaret the owner carries high quality brands of dry, canned and raw. If you have another flavor in mind she can probably get it for you just e-mail her, she's great. Her prices were better than the ones in my area in Southern California. Oh, I've also heard good things about Innova (it does have grain but no soy, corn or wheat).
 

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My cats love Innova canned food.
We also buy Wellness canned.

For *dry, we use Wellness, Felidae and Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul mixed (at the moment).


Edit: *I had put WET instead of dry by mistake.
 

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Oh my! I have the same problem with Halifax with Science diet! He just loves that so much he won't bear to part with it. Wellness is great though! I bought every canned flavor... he actually EATS them with no problems at all. I'm going to pick up some Wellness dry for him next weekend probably. I've read the ingredients and I can't wait to get him started on it. I think we're going to try for a half wet half dry diet.

I found one store that sells the cans for 3 oz. = 69 cents and 5.5 oz. =89! What a deal (at least in my area)!
 

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A word of caution here: always change the diet very slowly and gradually! Otherwise you are begging for a carpet full of diarrhea! 8O
Here's some info on how to do it properly:
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... chingfoods

If you have trouble finding good foods near you, try www.petfooddirect.com. They carry a lot of the better, more natural brands. If you are looking for a particular product, check the manufacturer's website; usually they provide a store locator on the site, or a number you can call to find the nearest outlet.

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 

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Ioana had posted this link on another thread and it had a great list of some good foods along with where you can buy them.

http://home.earthlink.net/~jacm2/id2.html

And...here I have copied some of the article for quick review.



"COMMERCIAL CANNED FOODS FOR YOUR FELINE CARNIVORE
 
No commercial cat food you buy is without some drawbacks, but listed below are some canned foods made by companies that have gone the extra mile to minimize grains and other plant-based 'fillers' in their foods and use a high quality meat as the primary ingredient. The listed foods are also void of any questionable preservatives such as BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin and do not contain any byproducts. None of the listed products contain corn or wheat. This list is not comprehensive. Companies also have variations in ingredients within their own product line. Remember to always read the ingredient list and bear in mind that just because a label says 'premium' or 'natural', this does not necessarily mean that the food inside the can is appropriate for your carnivore. Websites are listed for your convenience in order to find the stores nearest you that carry the company?s products. (Call the stores to see if they do carry the products.)
 


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Wysong?s Plain Canned Meats Plus Supplement: (http://www.wysong.net ) Several of Wysong's regular canned diets have undesirable grains in them but the plain canned meats do not. You must add Wysong's "Call of the Wild" product to ensure that the meals are properly balanced. These products are relatively expensive. Sold at Animal Lovers.
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Wysong's Archetype: This is not a canned food. It is a cold-processed grainless diet, containing high quality meats, bones, organs, probiotic cultures, and other supplements. You add water to hydrate this food and then serve. This product is relatively expensive.
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Wellness: (http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/  ) Wellness is the only grainless canned diet on this list other than the Wysong Canned Meats. It also has the highest taurine level ? matched only by Innova and PetGuard. Sold at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies.
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Innova: (http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=home-tab ) Sold at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies.
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Felidae: (http://www.canidae.com/ ) Sold at 7 Dog Heaven, Pet Care Co., Animal Lovers, Centinela, etc.
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Pinnacle, APD, Avoderm: (http://www.breeders-choice.com/ ) Sold at Kritter Korral, Animal Lovers, etc.
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PetGuard: (www.petguard.com ) Sold at Whole Foods Market.
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Precise: (http://www.precisepet.com/ ) Sold at Whole Foods Market.
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Active Life: (www.activelifepp.com ) Sold at Pawfect World, Buzz's.
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Natural Balance: (www.naturalbalanceinc.com ) Sold at Petco, Pet Care Co., 7 Dog Heaven, Buzz's, etc."
 
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