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Since October I was feeding Punky Wellness Dry. After taking Dr. Jean's advice about switching brands every four months or so I started to switch her over to Felidae. When she was eating a 50/50 mix of Felidae and Wellness her poop really started to smell bad. I blamed it on the Felidae and decided to give Chicken Soup a try.

I didn't bother mixing foods, she's been on Chicken Soup Light for about three weeks now and I have to say that I'm quite impressed! (much better poop too. :wink:) Her coat is shinier and healthier than I've ever seen it.

I've only had her for just over a year and she's only been in perfect health since August... so could the food have made that much of a difference? She was having dry skin problems all winter, and now that it's spring the windows have been open a few hours a day... but it's still been a pretty dry spring so I'm not sure what to think.

Long story short; is it the food? The weather? or both?
 

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Hi Rob,

I have to believe it is the food. Angel responded the very same way to Chicken Soup. And it just seems that her coat gets softer and softer. From what I have been able to read on littlebigcat and from what Dr. Jean has said on the forum, I think there is a lot more to quality food than we might think.

If the changes are that remarkable on the outside, how much better are things on the inside?

Peace,
Mike
 

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I really wish this brand of food was more available to me. The store that carries it never has the kitten variety available, except in the small trial size bags. Maybe I will be able to find it when I move to my new city. In fact, I'm gonna go look it up on the store locator right now...

Mike, I'm glad to hear about your success with this food! It really seems to be wonderful all around.
 

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Hi Kerri,

Have you asked the store to order it for you? Maybe they can get it with their regular orders and you wouldn't have to pay extra for a special order. Do you know any other people that might be interested in purchasing along with you? If two or three are interested, the store owner might be more interested, too. Just some options to consider.

I am always reluctant to recommend certain brands to other people, but this food really has been great for Angel. As always, your mileage may vary...

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Mike
 

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I am transitioning mine to Chicken Soup to Felidae just to rotate out. I may try Wellness next.
I know Stormy has less eye boogers since getting on Felidae from Purina. However, her coat has always been very soft.
Justin has been on Felidae since I got him so I didn't notice if he had any changes.
After reading about the crap that they put into grocery store brands, I know it is doing them good though. :D
 

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Another great perk about the Chicken Soup is that it is $19.99 for a 16 pound bag. ($1.25 per pound) Wellness was $26.99 for a 12 pound bag. ($2.25 per pound).

This food really seems like a winner. :)
 

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I've heard a lot about the Chicken Soup dry food, but I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with the Chicken Soup canned food? I think it might be relatively new, but I did find it online a couple of places... Maya gets Wellness, Innova, and California Natural cans now.... but I'm thinking about ordering a whole case online, so just trying to decide what to get!
 

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My cats are doing really well on it too. Soft, shiney coats; less litterbox waste; they're keeping their weight down; and they love the way it tastes. Plus, the price is great for such an awesome food: $15 for 16#, compared to $25 for 16.5 # of Innova or $23 for 16.5# of Natural Balance. I'm not complaining! :D
 

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I have tried Chicken Soup with my cats. They ate it okay, but their favorite is Natural Balance. I am adding CS to their normal rotation.
 

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I went to the pet store today and asked about the kitten food. It turns out they actually do carry the large bags, but it runs out of stock so fast that they have a hard time keeping up with it. They told me their shipment days though, so if I can get in there on one of those days, I should be all set. :)

To the person who asked about the wet food, mine didn't like it, but yours may. Molly sniffed it and walked away, and Lola actually ate some, but threw it up a few minutes later. I've gone back to the Nutro pouches for them.
 

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KerriKitty said:
I really wish this brand of food was more available to me. The store that carries it never has the kitten variety available, except in the small trial size bags.
Just to let you know, if you are talking about the 2lb. trial sized bags that are like $1.99 then you can buy those and they're cheaper than buying the whole 18lb. bag for like $20. I like the small bags b/c I can open one bag at a time and it stays fresh, and plus its cheaper per pound of food if you add it up.

I have a 18lb. bag that is like $20 and I can't believe how cheap this food is. I love Chicken Soup b/c my cats like it and Sugar hasn't thrown up on this food as of yet, (except when she ate some string). :D
 

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I tried to feed my cat Wellness and he refused to eat it.
After 9 days...I gave up! Thank goodness they have a $ back guarantee!

I purchased Chicken Soup and mixed it with the remaining food I had.
Within just a few weeks my cat had twice the energy,
less shedding, twice the affection,
finally after 2 years...firm stools! YAY YAY YAY!!!

My husband even commented on these things he had noticed
and he is not overly concerned about the cat!

I am soooooooo pleased with Chicken Soup!
 

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I just switched my kitty to Chicken Soup dry food and she loves it! She has a ton of energy and her coat is shiny. Definitely a winner. She didn't like the canned food though, wouldn't touch it.
 

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Ok, this Chicken Soup food seems to be the "cat's meow" right?

I have two 10 y/o male neuters, they are both in excellent health. I have fed them Purina One Urinary Tract Formula for many years with no problems. Recently I have been mixing it with Purina Senior Formula since I realize they are getting older. The only problem is that they are also getting overweight.

Reading about dry ingredients etc has *almost* convinced me I need to get them better food, though the other part of me says, "dont fix what aint broke". It so happens that we need to get more food soon, and I am considering this Chicken Soup Light for them.

My concern is the one cat had a urinary tract blockage maybe 7-8 years ago, and the vet told me he would need special food for the rest of his life. They told me I needed some special horrifically expensive dry food, but he has done just fine on the Purina One.

Now, sure, I can consider the Chicken Soup, but how is it for cats with this kind of history? The home page says nothing about how well it helps maintain urinary tract health. The last thing I want to do is switch to a better food and end up with another blockage.
 

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Dry food of any kind is bad for cats with a urinary tract history. See http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... w&item=017 and http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... cannedfood

Internal medicine specialist Dr. Greg Grauer, who was one of my professors in vet school, says that most cats "outgrow" the problem at around 8-9 years of age, and do *not* need to stay on a "urinary" food forever. In fact, keeping them on an acidified diet for years is a good way to get the *other* kind of stone, calcium oxalate.

Also, it is important to switch foods periodically for a number of important reasons. So even though Chicken Soup is fine, you'll need to find other alternatives as well. http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... chingfoods

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 

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drjean said:
Dry food of any kind is bad for cats with a urinary tract history.
Yes, I read those articles, and it certainly does seem logical to switch to a wet food. I was then surprised that the vet would have recommended dry at the time. Perhaps knowledge about this increased since then, who knows?

Internal medicine specialist Dr. Greg Grauer, who was one of my professors in vet school, says that most cats "outgrow" the problem at around 8-9 years of age, and do *not* need to stay on a "urinary" food forever. In fact, keeping them on an acidified diet for years is a good way to get the *other* kind of stone, calcium oxalate.
Hmm this is interesting. I am still a bit paranoid over having him off the urinary food, but I think I will still give the new food a try. I mean, it must be a good sign that he hasn't ever had a problem since then.

He really does need to lose weight - he must be over 20 lbs by now, and though he is a really big boned and muscular and has always been a "heavy" cat (his muscles weigh heavy?) he is starting to "splooge" out when he sits and needs to lose some :)

Thanks again, Dr Jean.
 

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I just read in another post about how the light food is worse for urinary tract health.....I am a newbie also....I am going to do more reading in the nutrition threads....I hope you will too before buying the light food.
 
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