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stoverny
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« on: November 11, 2011, 01:10:34 PM »

Was wondering if anyone has any advice on a good grain-free dry food that cats like?  I have been feeding my 8 cats Wellness Indoor health dry food - a few seem to like it, others have no interest (which is actually OK, as I want them to mainly have wet food anyway, dry is more of a treat).

Tried Evo dry once, cats seemed to like it although the bag had a LOT of broken, crumby pieces in it which made it kind of a mess for the cats to eat.  Was wondering if there were any other good alternatives.  I've seen the Wellness "Core" dry but that seems REALLY expensive (at Petco anyway).
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011, 01:19:23 PM »

My cats loved Fromm Surf & Turf grain free.  It made them constipated, but then, all grain free food seems to make my cats constipated.

http://www.frommfamily.com/products-fs-c-d-grain-free-surf-and-turf.php

We also use Evo, but in some bags I do find more crumbs at the bottom of some bags, since it was taken over by Procter & Gamble and possibly reformulated.
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2011, 01:42:04 PM »

My wife tells me that any fish-type food is bad for cats on a regular basis?  Is this true? 

I see that Fromm makes other dry foods (Chicken ala Veg) however only the surf and turf is grain free. 
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2011, 03:40:56 PM »

One of my cats is allergic to fowl, so I feed them fish type food regularly.  With Evo beginning to show signs of poor quality, I was using Origin's six fish formula (I no longer put dry down for free feeding) and sometimes Taste of the Wild River Canyon formula.  My cats did quite well on a fish protein based dry food, and they all loved it. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2011, 05:10:12 PM »

The majority of dry cat foods, whether they list fish on the front label or not, do contain it if you read the ingredient list.  The Evo you were using, for example, contains herring meal, as does Wellness Core.  (I know this well because one of my cats is allergic to fish!)  There was once thought to be a correlation with fish and urinary stones, but that has been pretty much disproven by later studies, and modern quality cat foods that are appropriately balanced.

So I'd say if your cats did OK on the Evo, the fish in other foods is probably not going to be a problem.
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