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Oh yeah, they also had 16lb bags of Max Cat and 14lb bags of several varieties of Natural Choice for $15 each, just incase anyone is interested.
Hello my cat loving friends! C4C, of course all the cats EXCEPT the one that needs it loved the pricey specialty canned food. lol. I am sorry to hear that it didn’t work out for you, that does sound exceptionally frustrating especially in light of all that you have gone through with him recently.
I just wanted to stop in and mention that I went to my local Big Lots today, and, it was very busy of course with Christmas Shoppers, as its always a place to find good deals on ….things…lol. Anyway, they had 5.5oz cans of Nulo grain free Chicken and grain free Turkey formulas for 60 cents each. I bought 10 of them, because I have never fed this brand before, although I do think its highly likely that my cats will like it. If they do, I will probably go back when I get paid on Tuesday, and clear em out if they haven’t been cleared out already, because cat food is expensive and that is a pretty good deal.
On the tray not the trauma. Lol. Thank you phone autocorrect. Lol.
The rise and shine ones or anything with “cheesey” gravy the cats often don’t even wanna lick the gravy. 9 Lives tender slices are the worst as far as disgusting looking soilent green chunks that don’t get eaten especially the beef ones because they are these disgusting looking unnaturally brown squares and those look like they’re similar. Yuck. 9 Lives pates though. ..they make a 12 pack with chicken dinner, super supper, and chicken and tuna pate varieties that sells for about $4.60 and that is a big winner at shelters if anyone is looking for a good yet inexpensive holiday donation item. I just picked one up for that purpose. They may be all gross by product but they also have almost no carb. And hungry cats love them.
Yeah those always looked extremely disgusting based on yhe can. That would definitely be hurled all over my apartment. I got one of the authority tubs chicken pot pie I think and that had a creamy gravy that got puked everywhere. If I knew it would look like that I wouldn’t have fed it even though it was free. The worst are the friskies rise and shine ones though. Disgusting. I had some coupons brought them into the cat shelter I worked at and the cats didn’t eat them. Can’t blame them. Some cats prefer shreds and gravy but the majority prefer a nice juicy pate all mashed up so when donating I keep that in mind now. Friskies makes two shreds and gravy that seem pretty popular. .chicken and salmon and also chicken. But most things with larger chunks they just lick the gravy and leave the dried out soilent green chunks on the trauma
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!! I am truly grateful to have this community to discuss all things pet nutrition and to have ‘met’ such a great group of pet lovers. I love DFA, and especially our little cat food thread! Hoping you have a blessed day.
Big Lots is very hit or miss. There are things they always have like 3lb bags of Whiskas and Alley Cat that they sell for $4 regularly and big cans of 9 lives for 85 cents that aren’t bargains. But then they do buy outs and get different things in. I was in the cat food section because I knew they did a nutro buy out and had 3lb bags of Max Cat weight control and Natural Choice indoor white fish for $4 each because I had seen them there on Sunday and I was going to pick up one of those. I don’t know where the nature’s recipe came from they only had one bag and I kinda think the $4 may have been a mistake. .they had 5lb bags of iams next to it for $7 but that’s the kinda thing that happens at Big Lots.
My grandparents lived in Port Charlotte (they retired down there from the northeast of course lol)
I think that’s near Venice if I remember correctly.
I remember always remarking about how flat everything is and how all the roads are flat and straight. And that there were a lot of old people and a lot of strip malls and a lot of bugs. It’s beautiful but I don’t do hot and humid well. I’m sitting here looking out my back window at our first snowstorm of the year trying to eat a late lunch and my cats are trying to crawl all over me. The snow is always pretty at first but by February I am cursing myself for moving out of coastal SoCal and by the summer I remember again how much I love it here.
I almost feel like it was a mistake but who knows. Big Lots doesn’t accept coupons because they’re like a Mardens they buy out things that companies are liquidating
I found a 5lb bag of Nature’s Recipe chicken grain free indoor dry cat food at Big Lots today for $4. The packaging was perfect and it’s not near expiration. There was only one bag or I would have bought more then one. I gave it to a friend that usually feeds a grocery store brand..wet and dry at least. I was happy I thought it was a great find.
I worry about artificial vitamin supplements from China in the food. I worry about issues like Blue Buffalo was having wth not actually knowing what the people making the food were actually putting in it. Then I have to contend with what my cats will actually eat. And one is immuno compromised so raw isn’t an option and I don’t feel comfortable making my own food nor does that work well for my life style. I worry about over vaccinating and about under vaccinating. I just try to use my best judgment and do the best I can for my animals. It just complicates things when companies knowingly compromise our pets health and lives for the sake of profit maximization and you have to research everything you pick up off a shelf to feed your pet because it could potentially kill them very suddenly which is the worst because you have no time to fix it or slowly but surely over a little time.
It’s always really bothered me that it would even possibly be worth it to ship chickens halfway across the world and then sent back. It’s crazy and super shady. I also do not buy anything jerky regardless of the brand. Before I was better educated I bought my last dog jerky treats ..blue buffalo brand and also happy hips. He lived to be 15 when he died and I don’t think he suffered any ill effects but it’s hard to say He got epithelial lymphoma at about 14 and the tumor was removed but who can really say what causes some of the cancers. It really hurt his quality of life in his final year. He didn’t tolerate chemo well and developed pancreatitis as a result and it was just a hard last year. I don’t make my own food or feed raw but I try to do all that I can to feed healthy foods and not take undue risks but I am always questioning myself. I have a vet I trust implicitly now but unfortunately didn’t find him until the dog was 13 and cat was 15. He would have saved both of those animals a lot of pain and suffering. The dog had two surgeries to remove crystals the second time he was 12 and was blocked completely. The other vets just had him on c/d dry his whole life. This was the first vet to tell us water is very important and took him off the rx food and had us feed high quality canned with lots of water added in. They don’t push science diet there they give a list of brands they suggest which are all good choices (taste of the wild is the only one I can think of that’s debatable) It’s such a shame that it’s so hard to know who and what to trust to take good care of our pets. I agree with BC nut completely. … this shouldn’t be so hard.
My cats like a few of the Halo cans. If I happen to see a great deal on the new varieties at some point I will have to try them. My local pet store has a great deal on Instinct cans this month. .$1 off 5.5oz cat and $1.50 off 12 oz dog so the chicken cat varieties are $1.19 and the chicken and beef dog are $1.79. I’ve been stocking up. ..got quite a few of the other proteins for the cats which are like 1.79 but am sticking mostly to the chicken and beef for the dog because he is the opposite of picky he has no food intolerances and this is actually the first he has had beef dog food.
9 lives does smell nasty but I have found in a shelter environment super supper and chicken dinner are two of the more universally accepted wet foods we could never have too much. Mind you we don’t get a huge supply and variety of high end canned food..but it is a really juicy pate it has some fish but isn’t too fishy and thats a winner for many cats. Anything that is chunks and gravy seem to be much less popular then pate. Especially 9 lives “beef” slices in gravy just looks awful they drink the gravy then leave the unnatural looking brown chunks. I call it soilent green.
My younger cat cries a lot of the time when he uses the litter box…I first noticed it one day when I was cleaning at yhe shelter before I took him home and I was so freaked out about blockage or infection because sooo many male cats have that problem and have history of surgery and/or requiring special food. I am really fortunate to have a really excellent vet and took both cats in right away upon adoption because things are often missed in the shelter environment. By that time I was more freaked out because he kept doing it. The vet took a urinalysis (the plastic litter was a nightmare he was so upset about being locked in the extra bedroom with sparse amounts of strange litter that he ppooped in the closet) Anyway the long and short of it is that it seems to be behavioral he does tend to vocalize when he is hungry or wants me to wake up or is board. It also seems likely that it is stress related. The urinalysis showed the presence of a small amount of crystals but not at all representative of a problem or source of discomfort. So I was given instructions to add as much water to his diet as he will tolerate, to keep track of output via clump sizes and also to really pay attention to whether or not he cries only when he urinates. I noticed pretty quickly that sometimes he does it when he goes #1 sometimes #2 and many times not at all. I don’t have separate litter boxes for each cat but by scooping daily I can get a pretty good idea if things are normal. Its been 2 years now and he was just crying in the box last night which to be honest still gives me pause but he has never gone outside of his box his urinalysis is always normal and as long there are never an absence of large clumps and I heard him going last night as I was walking by their “bathroom” (a closet dedicated to litter box I just leave the door open a tiny crack and they let themselves in and out) and it was obviously a lot of output. It’s one of those things that I think it pays to have an abundance of caution about but I also feel extremely neurotic alot too. I just know that these things can really sneak up and I worry that I wont be paying attention and miss an important sign and wind up with an emergency I can’t afford.
C4C I am so sorry that you and your poor Casper have been going through this. I am so glad to hear that he is doing so much better and that he is improving. You are such a good mom. I would definitely keep him on
the rx food too. Thoughts and prayers!
Hey thanks BD that is really good news, because of the pro-plan I bought the most of that Chicken and Liver just because it seemed like it was probably the ‘best’ choice, although I didn’t know that it didn’t have any color added. I have always suspected that the Purina One chicken pate might not have added color either, or the ocean fish, but I dont remember to tell the truth. I did get a few of the “in gravy” kind despite knowing about all that wheat gluten. I knew I was getting “junk food” for them, and wanted to get a real variety of things given the propensity of late for them to get bored of the same old thing day in and out. (Poor babies right? Chicken Soup for the Soul, Wellness turkey minced, wellness turkey pate, Go! Duck pate. They have it rough) So I got some fish ones, and some of the gravy ones. I am a slave to my cats.
I have heard of so many cats getting themselves stuck in trees recently. Jeez. That is a scary proposition.
Great deals Bobby’s Mom, I am a little jealous.
My cats don’t care much for Nature’s Logic either. My cats have actually been not wanting to finish most of the canned food in their rotation right now. So I went to petco, and got 15 cans of a few different kinds of pro-plan, they had a sale that they worked out to be about 70cents a can which is more then I would like to pay but whatever, and then later on I used some peelies I have been hanging on to forever, that miraculously had an expiration dater of over a year out from when I got them for Purina One cans, that are about to expire in early November, so I used two of them and got 12 cans of the purina one for about 40 cents each. The cats gobble those down and lick the bowl sparkling clean. I don’t like feeding all the artificial colors and flavors per se, and the bigger concern is that I have one cat that is prone to heaving up his dinner all over my apartment, but so far that hasn’t happened, and they are happier to eat their regular food when I add a bit of variety to their rotation. So I plan to use these sporadically, and begrudgingly, unless puking becomes and issue.
I bought a bag of the exact same formula Authority dry for cats kibble awhile ago on a great sale and just started feeding it a week ago or so. So far so good. It’s not as high quality as what I usually like to feed but I will use this bag up then switch. They also get lots of high quality canned food which is important.
Thank you C4C I really did need that validation! !
So I have been pretty broke, and I was almost entirely out of dry cat food when I realized that I still had some bags stashed that I have been meaning to get over to the local feral TNR group, including three 4lb bags of Authority that I picked up for 99cents each. So I decided to just open up one of those babies and feed that to get me until I get paid at the end of the week, since it at least has no corn, and no by-products.
So I went back to look at the nutritional info online today, and saw that the calories are actually not bad at all at 379/cup, so now I am thinking that I might just use this bag up, (which will take me a couple months) instead. Its not too bad right? They get canned food too, I feed them together, they get about 2 5.5oz cans and just under 1/2 cup of dry food per day split into meals. One cat eats almost all wet food, and only a little dry (I think sometimes none at all) , and the other cries and cries for his crunchies and I think he eats all of the dry food, but he also eats wet.
Hey guys! Akari I love those pictures! I have tried to post pictures on here before, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. The puppy is now 42lbs. Holy Moly. He is getting neutered on Thursday. Don’t tell him.
I don’t really buy any of the shredded cat food because it winds up being actually twice as expensive when you figure that it is about half as filling to my cats. My cats are funny about Wellness canned pates, they only seem to like the Turkey, Turkey and Salmon, and Chicken and Herring types. I don’t think they discontinued the minced, sliced, cubed varieties, I just ordered a case of the turkey minced. My cats really like that minced texture, hopefully they won’t get bored with it like they have with chicken soup for the soul. They don’t have it as good as your guy does Akari, I usually get a case of two different canned foods, and that is their rotation. Usually I have some left overs from the month before, so I will rotate those in too, and I think that is what is leading to some of their food boredom. I am probably going to have to suck it up and clip some coupons and buy some individual cans locally to mix it up more, but I have just been liking not having to go to the store for my pet food. Oh well.
Hi Everyone! I do have a TSC about a half hour away, I will have to stop in to look around next time I pass it, I have never been inside one.
My cats started getting bored with the Go! sensitivity Duck pate about half way through the case, but the Chicken Soup for the Soul hasn’t been causing any noticeable digestive issues to I ordered another case. And of course they have started snubbing it now. They have also been snubbing the regular Wellness Turkey Pate. I bought a case of the Minced Turkey Wellness this month, because they have brought the price down to be equivalent to a case of 5.5oz cans of Pate, I think I remember it being more. So that should help because they usually like that. I also broke down and bought a couple of cans of Friskies Poultry Platter and Special Diet Turkey and Giblets, literally 2 cans each, just to rotate in from time to time to break up the monotony. That seems to be a big factor for my cats… if I feed too much of one thing they get sick of it and so I have to add in some variety. Chewy has been out of stock of the Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain cans otherwise I definitely would have ordered a case of that too. It has a similar texture to the wellness minced or the Nature’s Variety Pride. Cats are such a pain in the butt. My parents don’t really buy into the whole rotation thing, so the puppy just eats the same thing all the time, Wellness Core puppy and he never gets sick of it. lol. Ever.
My standard schnauzer puppy had really runny stools on the Wellness Complete Health, we switched him to Wellness Core Puppy and that resolved. Its on HDM’s list of 5 star foods appropriate for large breed puppies too.
He is almost 7 months old now, and I was looking at possibly switching him to Go! Sensitivity and Shine Duck. http://www.chewy.com/dog/go-sensitivity-shine-duck-recipe-all/dp/29169?utm_source=criteo&utm_campaign=pr
besides the $3 mfg coupon
What else are you stacking it with?
Just a reminder, $5 off natural or specialized dry food coupon at PetSmart, good through the end of october. Its a good idea to print now and hold onto it for stacking because a lot of times they pull the links to these coupons before they expire.
Yes! It is more gel-like. Cat do like that consistency with the carrageean, or at least mine do. I imagine that is why most of the foods add it. I definitely feed Wellness and other foods that have it, but if I have the choice I prefer to choose a food that doesn’t. The cats still like the Go! today, so that is a good sign. They have also been eating the Nature’s Logic as of late, which is good because I was sitting on about 10 cans of it for awhile, but now I only have 1 left.
Chewy also has amazing customer service. They have been really great to work with on absolutely any issue I have had and definitely have far exceeded my expectations in resolution. I do think I remember seeing that sales tax does apply in FL and another state or two. That’s a bummer. The second case I ordered this month was Chicken Soup for The Kitten Lovers Soul, just because I wanted something cheaper to balance out my order overall, and I got a case of 24 5.5oz cans for $17.99, which works out to be 75 cents a can which really is very affordable for a high quality food. Its true though, you can’t get the same kind of deals that you can get by stacking coupons and sales in store, but I find that I just can’t get them very consistently, and I think you have a rare deal, where you are being allowed to use those Wellness coupons for each can you buy.
Hi Akari! I ordered through Chewy.com I usually do, I have been happy with them, and even though I usually check around at other sites, the prices I find at Chewy are usually the best. When I factor in that I don’t pay for sales tax or for gas its even better.
You’re right, creamy isn’t a very good descriptor, I wish I could find a better word to describe what I mean, but I just can’t right now. lol. Maybe smooth is a better adjective. IDK.
I’ve never heard of Applaws before, I don’t even know where to buy it. I will have to look into it.
So, my cat food order was delivered at 9:30 this morning, I happened to be home, and I have to say I was pretty amazed, because I put in the order at about 10pm on Tuesday. The fastest they have ever gotten it to me. Anyway, I gave my cats the Go! Duck Pate for lunch and they both seemed to really enjoy it, so that is good news, we will have to see if that continues through the whole case. I have found that there are two types of textures to pate style canned foods that don’t have carrageean in them. One is somewhat loose and very moist like Natures Variety, and the other is very firm like Nature’s Logic and doesn’t have the sort of creamy type consistency to it that foods with the carrageean, like Wellness have. Almost looks a little rubbery in comparison. The Go! Pate is more of the latter, a firm pate, but seems just a touch softer then the Nature’s Logic Chicken. My cats like Nature’s Variety much better then Nature’s Logic, but they both seemed to really really like this Go!. So what I read about Petcurean is that they don’t manufacture their own food, but most outsource canning anyway, and I have read that they use a high quality co-packer with stringent quality control standards, but I don’t know who the co-packer is.
Wow! Good for you Akari! I try to enter every give-away type thing I find for pet food. Lol. Which reminds me I have to enter the Iams one for today.
Bobby’s Mom- That is so funny about Bobby successfully hamming it up. My sensitive tummy cat Aaron, is really really good at the pathetic Oliver Twist routine. He is kind of a nervous nelly, and is shy (he doesn’t come out for the most part if there are any visitors) and that only adds to the effect. If I happen to be home all day he will run to his food dish area meowing every time I stand up or walk from one place to another. He really loves to eat. Rudi my parents standard puppy is such a chow hound that we had to get slow feed bowls for him to slow him down a bit, and they work really well. Fortunately he doesn’t really beg. Thank you so much for the link to that list, I’ve never seen this page before, so I am really excited to go through it!
Its a good thing rotational diets are encouraged because I am always changing up my cats diets and trying out new foods with them. C4C I hear ya on the budget issue, expense is one of the reasons I hadn’t tried it yet. I did the math though, and I have been buying Nature’s Variety, and just to get 24 cans of the Chicken is about $46 but then I really like to feed a protein source that doesn’t have chicken in it, and isn’t fish, turkey is OK but they get a lot of turkey too. Duck foods are usually more expensive but Nature’s Variety is outrageous at almost $30 for a case of 12 5.5oz cans, so when I saw this, and saw that it doesn’t have Carraggeean, chicken, or fish in for under $40 for 24 5.5oz cans I decided to go for it. I am currently feeding 2 cats and 0 dogs so its easier to try out pricier foods then if I was feeding more animals. If I had even 1 more cat there is no way I could do it. I will let you guys know how it goes, and I am going to do a little research on Petcurean (would have been smart to do before ordering, I know)
Oh! I also tried out a can of Authority Chicken Pate with my cats and they ate it begrudgingly but they really didn’t like it very much. It wasn’t puked up though, so that was a plus but I don’t think I will be feeding it to them again.
So I decided to take a leap of faith and order a case of a food I’ve never tried with my cats before, but it looks good, and I’ve never seen it locally. Its Go! Sensitivity and Shine Duck http://www.chewy.com/cat/go-sensitivity-shine-duck-pate/dp/48538 , does anyone have any experience with this company? I mean, I’ve already ordered it, so I probably should have asked first, but I seem to remember only seeing positive things with this brand.
I also broke down and ordered a case of Chicken Soup for the Soul Kitten, because my cats LOVE it, it really is a good food, and Chewy has it for $17.99 for a case of 24 5.5oz cans which is just an unbeatable price. I don’t actually have a kitten, but its no different then buying an All Life Stage canned food (which the GO! is). I usually try to buy grain free and stick to simpler foods because one of my cats has a really sensitive belly, but if he starts to get wicked diarrhea again, I know the shelters are always really in need of kitten food at this time of year.
I hope everyone is well. How is Bobby doing? Still peeing on your vegetables? I bet he isn’t digging this heat.
C4C I just popped in here <3 <3 <3 what an amazing story!!!!!!!
Sorry guys I am behind on the rest of the threads, don’t have much time for catching up, but I hope everyone and all the furbabies are happy and healthy!
All of the cats that I’ve tried that Holistic Select variety have really liked it. I have to really watch the calorie content with the dry food because the one that eats most of the dry food is a little tubby and gains weight quickly. He is 13.5 lbs so he isn’t hugely overweight but still should be leaner but I have not been able to get him below 13.5. He went up to 14.2 at one point. I was thinking about trying the grain free indoor Holistic Select because it is a little lower in calories. The volume seems to really make a difference to him, even though he gets wet food too, when I’ve tried giving a smaller portion of higher calorie kibble he begs and begs for more.
If you don’t mind my asking
Which Holistic Select formula?
Hey everyone!! Just checking in to say hi.
I too try to limit the dry food that my kitties get. They do love TOTW and the calories are low, so I am currently feeding that mixed in with another dry food that they don’t like as much. I have about 4lbs of kibble in my storage container, and that will take me months to go through, but I will switch it out when its gone. This month I got a good price on Instinct Healthy Weight Chicken 3oz cans, and so far so good. The consistency is definitely different then the normal Instinct varieties, and there is Cod in it, but the cod is the 5th ingredient, and the food doesn’t smell fishy, so I don’t count it as a fish option in my rotation. lol. I also got the big 12.5oz cans of the Wellness Turkey which my cats almost always like (they like it a lot better than the chicken variety for whatever reason, even though the turkey one is half chicken) I also have been feeding the Instinct LID Turkey which they eat but don’t seem to love, and Nature’s Logic Chicken which only one will eat. I have a case of TOTW Rocky Mountain cans in my rotation and that is salmon and chicken and my cats have always really LOVED it.
that coupon is valid through the end of Sept too so hang on to it for great sale and stacking deals
Don’t you just love that site Bobby’s mom??
I did really want them to like the Ideal Balance Venison but oh well. They do eat the Nature’s Variety Venison (although its not their favorite) and they like the NV lamb and duck a lot it seems.
Hey Bobby’s Mom, the flea med situation is pretty good right now. Neither seem to have fleas and I got the comfortis down Wyatt with ease. I just broke it up into smaller pieces and hid those in soft treats which he gobbled down. He didn’t even know he was taking meds. He is easy like that.
My cats really aren’t all that picky when it comes to canned food. The venison ideal balance is one of the few foods that they just absolutely don’t want to touch. I had to throw it away.
So I have been struggling with flea preventative for my cat Wyatt who has some skin issues as of lately. He did fine on revolution, but the last time he got it he had a little teeny tiny bald patch where I applied it, so my vet said it was suspicious and not to re-use it. So last month I tried activyl but when I applied it he seemed like he was trying to run away from it, I think it stung or burned. Plus the activyl was really greasy which is not a big deal if it is safe and it works but I was concerned about the burning sensation he seemed to be having so back to the vet and now I have Aaron back on revolution since he’s always done fine on it (although he has a sensitive stomach and barfs all the time if I don’t watch what I feed him) and I tried Wyatt on Comfortis. This was a few days ago, we didn’t have any vomiting or gastrointestinal symptoms so thats good but I was a little wary of using it since I don’t know much about it. They are indoor cats but I just so do not want a flea infestation, and the puppy comes over to visit now so its important.
what an amazing deal!!! That would be about 2 years worth of cat kibble for me…lol. Then again I only have 2.
Ohh man! When I went to use the Innova coupon code it didn’t work. I must have missed it.
Dr. Elsey’s actually has a kitten attract formula and I know some foster parents that have had tremendous success with this litter. I am so relieved to hear that the diarrhea is gone!
The last time I took him out he squatted to pee, no leg lifting so we will see.
THANK YOU for the heads up on this, we will have to see if he starts lifting his leg on a regular basis now, and I sure hope he doesn’t mark inside the house. Planning to have him neutered at around 6 months.
I just had my puppy out for a walk and he lifted his leg for the first time. LOL. I was pretty excited to witness a developmental milestone and I felt like this is the only place I could share that and be understoon. LOL. He will be 5 months old on the 14th.
the good thing about cat food cans is that they don’t go bad or expire quickly, so you can just hang on to them if they get sick of it, and work it into a rotation over time. Thats what I do.