Member since 3/9/09
Date: 7/17/12 10:14 PM
My 15 year old Himmy, Woo, has a sensitive digstive system, and since he was a baby and started to develope struvites, he's been on vet prescribed food. Read the ingredients, and this vet food is CRAP!!!
I have NEVER been happy about feeding this junk to him, BUT I couldn't risk his developing crystals, either.
A vet friend told me that what they do with the vet prescribed crap is to take junk and simply remove the ingredient that causes the problem, ie in Woo's case, magnesium and ash.
Vet pal said, just get GOOD food for Woo, grain-free, SINGLE-SOURCE protein and carb, high protein low carb.
Well sure...chance would be a fine thing! I searched like a mad thing for months, until I finally stumbled upon The Best EVER dry cat food...and it's manufactured a few miles from me.
Woo is behaving like a kitten again, his fur is sooooo soft and shiny, his poops are logs of beauty, and his eyes are so sharp and clear...I can't tell you, ow happy he and I both are now!
The food is First Mate manufactured with 100% all natural locally sourced ingredients, (except the lamb, which is from BSE-free Australia) in Chilliwack, BC.
I brought some down to my BFF Terry, to guinea pig on his two cats. One is a 2 year old ragdoll with sensitive tummy and food allergies, and the other is an older black cat that has really been off his food lately and losing weight. We don't think sensitive tummies and losing weight will be a problem any longer...they both hoover the First Mate, as does my Woo, just as fast as you put it out.
What I also love with this food is the feeding amounts; 1/4 to 1/2 cup for breakfast, and 1/4 cup for dinner. No more trying to shovel a ton of food down kitty's throat! Actually, I think Woo would eat the entire bag if he could get at it.
Anyone who's searched and searched and searched for a seriously good quality cat food (they make dog food too) knows what I mean when I say what a total nightmare it is finding "good" that is also kit's idea of "edible".
With this stuff, our cats and ourselves are FINALLY on the same page! YAY!!!
It's available in Canada, US, Europe and the UK.
PS: no affiliation whatsoever to First Mate. Just one deeply happy cussie with one deeply happy and healthy cat.
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Member since 8/24/02
Date: 7/17/12 10:47 PM
Thanks Lynne, this sounds promising. I have an 8 year old with sensitive tummy. Her food is known to come up on occasion. So far the Iams for sensitive digestive systems is the only dry I've been able to give her. Any of that crap with the dyes, etc in it comes right back up. I'll google this. We give her some wet food once a day too, but while I buy the better stuff, my tightwad DH buys Friskies.
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Member since 7/19/07
Date: 7/18/12 1:37 AM
Lynn, we've had similar success with Orijen dry food for our older cats (12 and 15). They also get a supplement of canned food (grain-free), and the combination has really cut down on the vomiting and increased their energy. Just throwing out there another brand/option that might be worth looking into for others reading this thread.
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Member since 5/17/05
Date: 7/18/12 8:56 AM
Thanks for the recommendations. We've been transitioning to a completely raw diet for our dogs and I've been thinking of doing that for kitty. He's a very food driven cat but it's been tough trying to switch him over. I'll look for this brand the next time at our local pet supply store.
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Member since 3/27/05
Date: 7/19/12 9:58 AM
It's available in Canada, US, Europe and the UK.
Can you tell me more about the UK part? Their store locator is only for the US and Canada and I'm interested after reading your testimonial!
Member since 5/27/09
Date: 7/19/12 12:22 PM
My cat just developed diabetics & was advised to get him on" grain free" food.
The problem was I was already feeding him "grain free" food. So off we went to the pet store & they explained "grain free" usually means it's loaded w/ potatoes.
They recommended EVO, both wet & dry. Fortunately the cat loved the food & has gained weight & is maintaining it (very hard to do when they have diabetics).
It's made in the USA.
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