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* At the time of writing this review (circa 2008/2009) it was what I fed my cats. Personally I had a great result from feeding it. Over the years I’ve read of a few cases where cats have developed urinary crystals. I also hear a lot of positive feedback for the food, so it’s a mixed bag. I recommend reading the comments.This is what I currently feed my cats, and I can give first-hand knowledge of what it has done for them.
First, they eat less per meal because it is so much more nutritious than other foods that are mostly filler. Secondly, the cat that used to vomit a lot has nearly ceased vomiting, which makes me feel all the worse about feeding him bad food before. Lastly, they seem to have more energy than before. The night after we switched foods, I’ll never forget seeing them as energetic and playful as I ever had before.
The food itself is A-grade. It comes in at 50 percent protein, which is the most you’ll find in any cat dry food (tied with a couple others). The first 4 ingredients are meats, as is the 6th. Potatoes are used for carbs, and both salmon oil and flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. are used for fatty acids. It’s hard to go wrong with a food that utilizes the best ingredients for every nutritional need they are attempting to meet.
The vegetables and fruits are a bit low, but that’s forgivable in the grand scheme of things. Like Merrick Before Grain and Innova Evo, this is a completely grain-free food, which is really how nature intended cats to eat.
What’s good about this food….
Very high protein content, many meat meals, potatoes, salmon oil, flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., no grains.
….and what’s not so good.
Nothing at all.
Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Potatoes, Salmon Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor. Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative., a natural source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), Tomato Pomace★★ Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset., Cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., Chicory Root Extract, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., Vitamins (Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Ascorbic Acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative. (Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism., Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Vitamin D-3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Vitamin B-12★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response. Supplement), Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Minerals (Zinc Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Zinc Sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Iron Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent, most expensive source of iron needed for red blood cell reproduction., Ferrous Sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Manganese Sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Calcium Iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response.), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing., Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..