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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'd really like to switch Jewel off Iams because of the massive recall (she's on dry food though) and because they have history of practicing cruelty on animals.

I need some recommendations or at least pointers as to what to use next. A bit about her:
- has hairballs and chokes them up, sometimes including her food
- doesn't like wet food
- indoor cat
- long-hair, sheds like nuts

I might be paranoid, but I think she may be drinking more water too. I asked my parents if they noticed anything and they weren't sure either. I know the recall only affects wet cat and dog food and dry dog snacks, but I'm still worried. The company that shipped the wheat glutein to Menu Foods supplied about 800/10,000 lbs (or was it kgs), so where the heck is the rest of the tainted wheat glutein?

Price is not an issue, but availability is. PetSmart is the only place that I can get cat food, since I don't know of other places and what they carry.
I also want something of high quality, and not filled with filler products.
post #2 of 15
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I'd really like to switch Jewel off Iams because of the massive recall (she's on dry food though) and because they have history of practicing cruelty on animals.

I need some recommendations or at least pointers as to what to use next. A bit about her:
- has hairballs and chokes them up, sometimes including her food
- doesn't like wet food
- indoor cat
- long-hair, sheds like nuts

I might be paranoid, but I think she may be drinking more water too. I asked my parents if they noticed anything and they weren't sure either. I know the recall only affects wet cat and dog food and dry dog snacks, but I'm still worried. The company that shipped the wheat glutein to Menu Foods supplied about 800/10,000 lbs (or was it kgs), so where the heck is the rest of the tainted wheat glutein?

Price is not an issue, but availability is. PetSmart is the only place that I can get cat food, since I don't know of other places and what they carry.
I also want something of high quality, and not filled with filler products.
Royal Canin is the top of the bunch. No fillers, garbage or byproducts, and they have a specialty version for cats that have mor hairballs or digestive problems. The people I have talked too reccamended it over everything else they had.

And I buy mine from PetSmart
post #3 of 15
I feed my cats Nutro Max. I haven't done any cat food research lately, but when I first decided what food to feed my cats several years ago, it was among the cheapest of the "good" brands. Nutro dry foods do not contain wheat gluten and are not manufactured by Menu foods.
post #4 of 15
I have only ever feed my cat organic food with no fillers, dyes or anything artificial. He is the healthiest, happiest little boy you will ever meet. It has been such a relief during the recall that all of his brands are no where near anything that has been recalled. I do think that it is very important to use organic cat food. I have never seen a single brand of organic cat food at petsmart or petco. To me, the organic aspect is key because I am concerned about the used of pesticides etc. I used to get my cat food at Whole Foods, but they just started carrying several good organic brands at my local grocery store (yay!)

Brands he has liked include Back to Basics, Newman's Own, Wellness, Wysong and Castor & Pollux.
post #5 of 15
^ I switched becasue of you. When my cats live to be older then me, will you take care of them?
post #6 of 15
My aunt gives her cats fancy feast, and they rarely get hairballs.
post #7 of 15
damn yalls....my cats get the worst of the bunch...supermrket brands
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Bullocks! Petsmart was closed so we came home with nothing. On the plus side, I can go to Whole Foods tomorrow and get what I actually want to get for kitty.

Are there any dry food brands that are good for hairball control? Also, how much does it cost for premium food?

Kitty is going to eat better than the rest of us.
post #9 of 15
Organic cat food is usually $8-14 a bag. One of the advantages is that they do not eat as much because there aren't any fillers. This also means they crap less, which I think everyone can agree is a good thing.

I don't know about hairballs because my guy has never had any problems with that.

And yes Pooh...I will take care of your kitties! Just remember my place is small, so you will need to leave me your house too
post #10 of 15
I just googled and you can get hairball stuff separate and add it to the food. That might be your best option.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
^ Thanks, I'm doing research on the brands you listed.
post #12 of 15
Nutro Max is on the list too, I think.

I use Blue Buffalo. It's more expensive but it organic and by far the best out there. My dogs eat it too.
post #13 of 15
[quote=lvly808;1140327]Nutro Max is on the list too, I think.

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Some of the wet food is, but not the dry.
post #14 of 15
um..honestly me/my parents refuse to buy straight up expensive super premium stuff so we get this Purina Deli-cat food and we mix in some Nutro Natural Choice and Wysong. Sometimes Hill's Science diet. She's active and never had any problems.
post #15 of 15
There is some controversy about Blue Buffalo....the most important to me is this: "They do not have their own manufacturing facility but use a private label company that produces products for many different brands."

The full article is here: Wysong - Companion Animal - Learn - Controversies - Blue Buffalo
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