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Title: dry cat food question - am I going insane......
Post by: furballs on December 15, 2012, 05:27:38 PM
.....or is there something wrong with a number of dry cat foods?

Hi I am new here.  My kitty family consists of three cats ages 12, 12, 5, 4 and 3.The three youngest are Oriental Shorthairs and the two olders are garden variety cats.

For years I have fed my cats Hill's Science Diet foods.  Over the last year or so I have been noticing that the cats have been throwing up more.  For awhile I wondered if they had a bug that was going around but it continued.  At one point they stopped eating one variety of the Science and I switched to another that I know they liked a little better. I called Science Diet to let them know my situation.  I thought there might be something wrong with that particular lot or whatever.   Eventually one of the cats stopped eating the alternate variety.  I started trying different foods and they continue to vomit more than a cat should.  I've tried Purina, Iams, Authority,perhaps one or two varietiesI've forgotten and currently am feeding them Blue Buffalo.  They are all eating but still vomit too often.  The vomit usually appears to be shortly after eating.  They are free fed and don't appear to eat too much at one sitting. Nor are they wolfing down their food.

So what is going on?  I'm beginning to think that there is a major change in formulation, or a specific component that any of the makers are using that is from a bad source.  I generally get my food from the same source, PetSmart, and wonder if they are perhaps spraying pesticides in their warehouses. 

Any ideas?

Title: Re: dry cat food question - am I going insane......
Post by: Meowli on December 15, 2012, 06:05:08 PM
Welcome to Itchmo, Furballs. Sorry your kitties are having a problem.
I am a believer that wet foods/canned or homemade are better than dry-, however, I know there are kibble addict cats out there who won't  switch. There are better quality dry foods, without grains or gluten. I don't know what's in Blue Buffalo but it is one of the better quality brands. Our cats get small servings of EVO  dry as snacks.
A couple of years ago I had several issues with a few brands of pricey holistic kibble foods not appearing very fresh when I opened some bags, and sure enough that was the (only)food that was vomited up-no matter what the clerk said about the bag looking sealed and ok. You might indeed want to switch stores,(I did ) and check expiry dates on the bags, I also keep the kibble in the fridge once it's opened.

Warehouses for big chain stores may not always kept under ideal conditions, not necessarily having pesticides, but humidity, mold, etc. I also think the packaging for many kibble foods is not as sturdy as it should be.

Good luck with this. If changing stores/foods doesn't help, maybe vet visits may be needed to rule out other things.

Title: Re: dry cat food question - am I going insane......
Post by: bug on December 15, 2012, 06:37:28 PM
Welcome furballs. Indeed, I think everyone on this forum has had this happen to them at one point in time or another. Sometimes it wet food, sometimes dry. As Meowli has offered, I would try to give them wet food, if they'll eat it, as it is much more easily digested. You may also want to seek out a smaller, locally-owned pet food store with an owner that keeps up on recalls and pet food news. If that doesn't help the situation, I, too, think a vet visit is in order.

Title: Re: dry cat food question - am I going insane......
Post by: catbird on December 15, 2012, 06:47:15 PM
Hi and welcome furballs and fur family!

I'll share an experience of mine regarding dry cat food.  (While I too believe that wet food is much healthier for cats, one of my cats is a rescue who was apparently raised on dry food exclusively by her original people, because it's impossible to get her to eat more than a little wet, even though that is what my other cats eat.)

For many years, this cat vomited about once every week or ten days.  Like you, I wondered if she ate too fast, or if she just had a "touchy stomach." Once I eliminated dry foods containing corn from her diet, she stopped vomiting. Period.

Corn is a big ingredient in most of the foods you mentioned.  If you have access to a pet food store other than PetSmart, you might try some other brands like Fromm, Eagle Pack Holistic, Evo, California Natural, Nature's Variety. These do not contain corn.  While they are more expensive per bag, they actually cost less in the long run--the cats need to eat less to get their nourishment, because the foods don't contain all that corn filler.

And with a large place like PetSmart, yes, anything could happen in the warehouses, particularly with the weather we've had this past year.

Title: Re: dry cat food question - am I going insane......
Post by: furballs on December 16, 2012, 02:38:05 PM
Thanks for all the info.  I would prefer to stay on dry food for the simple fact that it is easier, especially if I have to be away for a weekend.  I understand there is controvery between dry and wet but I think we do not yet know the whole story.  I will keep searching....

Title: Re: dry cat food question - am I going insane......
Post by: Spartycats on December 18, 2012, 05:16:45 AM
Welcome furballs (well, never thought I'd say that)   :D

We occasionally use one brand of kibble from Petsmart in our rotation.  It is one of their house brands - Simply Nourish.  We use the chicken and rice one.  There are a few varieties. (

Title: Re: dry cat food question - am I going insane......
Post by: furballs on December 24, 2012, 06:38:56 PM
Thanks, hadn't tried that yet.

Title: Re: dry cat food question - am I going insane......
Post by: 5CatMom on January 27, 2013, 10:43:00 AM
Welcome Furballs,

We've had good luck with a combination of commercial wet and dry (kibble), and homemade chicken.

Petcurean's Now! (kibble), Petcurean's canned foods, and Nature's Variety canned foods,  seem to work well.

Petcurean is available from specialty pet food stores (not big box stores), or it can be ordered online.  The foods that Catbird mentioned are good, too.  We've tried just about everything over the years, but have fewer health issues (by far) on the grain free, higher quality foods.

Higher quality food is more expensive, but so are trips to the vet.

If you need an online source, let us know.  There're some really good online pet food retailers.