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Author Topic: Mars "Petcare" Discontinues Some EVO, All Innova & California Natural Cat Foods  (Read 18368 times)
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ANDYcat
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« on: July 17, 2015, 03:40:22 PM »

A few days ago, one of the moderators of CatForum who also owns a small pet food store posted this thread title: "Mars kills off most of EVO, California Natural & Innova".

Meantime, I couldn't find any other references to this news anywhere and the 3 websites continued to show all of the "discontinued" products..........today is another story, however.

Innova:
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Dear Pet Parents,
 For more than two decades, Innova  has been improving the lives of pets with its superior, farm-grown nutrition. After careful consideration, we’ve decided to discontinue Innova brand products. We are very sorry for any inconvenience, and encourage you to take a look at the other premium-quality formulas we offer.
http://www.innovapet.com/

California Natural - All Products:  http://www.californianaturalpet.com/products NO cat foods to be found

EVO - All Products:  http://www.evopet.com/products   NO large (13oz) cans, only 2 "flavours" in small (5.5oz) cans and only 2 dry "flavours".

Not good news for some for sure.............

Here's the CatForum thread:  http://www.catforum.com/forum/38-health-nutrition/333594-mars-kills-off-most-evo-california-natural-innova.html
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2015, 04:09:00 PM »

Unbelievable.

I am absolutely disgusted.
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2015, 05:53:34 PM »

Bummer! I'm feeding some Evo Turkey and Chicken. Bud likes it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2015, 10:02:14 AM »

Thank you for this.  I've been trying the EVO duck with my allergic girl, but I have to wonder how much longer it will be available.

She's not super sold on it, anyway, so we'll phase it out.
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2015, 02:08:04 PM »

This discontinuation hit here this week.  Sad Sad Sad The last bags are on the shelves, and no more has been manufactured, per the store staff I spoke with today.

California Natural Chicken and Rice was literally the only dry cat food that both my allergic cats (Linley and Phantom) could eat, as I found out when there was a recall a couple of years ago. Phantom has some other options (some of the Fromm), but I'd have to keep them away from Linley, which is very difficult.

I bought the last 4 small bags at one of the local stores where I shop for cat food. No one in the city has any big bags. The person who assisted me said there have been a lot of very unhappy customers, and what they were able to get from the distributor flew off the shelves. Apparently for a lot of people with allergic cats, this was their only dry food option, according to what she's heard from her customers.

What am I going to leave out for Linley? He is very allergic to anything to do with fish or water (including fish oils, shellfish, fresh and salt water fish, and kelp). Alfalfa is another strongly suspicious ingredient, as is corn (to which Phantom is allergic.) Even the supposed limited-ingredient Instinct diets caused rashes and itching for Linley. Pea protein gives him the runs and horrible gas, dry foods without grain make both Linley and Phantom constipated. But most of those have fish oil, anyway. Even the $$$$ so-called hypoallergenic foods sold at vet clinics contain lots of things Linley can't tolerate.

Why can't anyone just make plain, simple dry cat food? Why do they think they have to put all that other stupid stuff in it? Cry

Curse Mars and big business.  Angry
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2015, 09:19:35 PM »

{{{hugs}}} catbird.

Frankly, I'm angry at the small companies for selling out to the big ones. But they're out of business now so I guess I'm angry at nothing. I don't know what I can use instead of the Innova I was feeding. It was the only dry that Stormy could eat without getting an upset tummy and scooting all over the place. I tried one of the wellness but the cats don't seem to like it and it smells gross. Feh.
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2015, 08:51:11 AM »


California Natural Chicken and Rice was literally the only dry cat food that both my allergic cats (Linley and Phantom) could eat.....

What am I going to leave out for Linley? He is very allergic to anything to do with fish or water (including fish oils, shellfish, fresh and salt water fish, and kelp). Alfalfa is another strongly suspicious ingredient, as is corn (to which Phantom is allergic.) Even the supposed limited-ingredient Instinct diets caused rashes and itching for Linley. Pea protein gives him the runs and horrible gas, dry foods without grain make both Linley and Phantom constipated.
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I wonder if some of the new (and newer) Wellness products might be a consideration..........

In the year or so before I ditched all dry food here, I was using this (their only fish-free) Wellness CORE: http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/product-details.aspx?pet=cat&pid=132&dm=grainfree  (Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Peas, Potato Protein, Potatoes, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Duck, Pork Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Natural Turkey Flavor, Cranberries, Chicory Root Extract...)

And, just now, when I went to find that link, I saw that they've just introduced a couple of new ones - more moist (20%) as well (''air dried''):
I suspect those will come with a premium price, though.....   

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2015, 11:31:46 AM »

I couldn't sympathize more, catbird. I hope you can find something suitable for Linley. I don't know why companies have to pile on the exotic ingredients into food and other products (like scented cat litter), either. Makes it really hard for people and animals with allergies.
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2015, 02:52:22 PM »

I'm so sorry that you are having to search for a new dry for your kitties, catbird.

I cannot even write my thoughts on this issue on the forum. I would be censored for sure.

Big companies that buy out the smaller ones and then kill off the products are just  @*@% !
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2015, 08:52:52 AM »

What horrible news.  I was considering buying Evo canned since By Nature has utterly failed me. Sad

BTW, I spoke to the By Nature representative at the Garden State Cat show this summer, and he said that the formula changes were a result of the big businesses (he mentioned costco in particular) buying the canning facilities, so By Nature was forced to go to New Zealand to get their food canned, thus the ingredient changes.

Bah, I say.  Bah!
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