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Looking for new pet food

I am in search of a new brand of dry cat food. I am currently feeding my cats Acana, which is one of the best foods you can give them however, Orijen and Acana have such a high protein content that since my cats are strictly indoor, they are both gaining a lot of weight.

I’ve tried to scale back the amount I am giving them but it’s just not working. I have no idea what to switch them to because almost everything these days is full of garbage and biproducts that is terrible for them. Even my veteranarian told me to feed them this garbage they sell at the vet clinic that’s FULL of biproducts.

Does anyone on here have a true knowledge of cat food that could give me some suggestions?

I don’t want to switch them to a full wet food diet because one of my cats doesn’t like wet food, so I am only looking for dry food selections. Something for indoor cats that is very healthy for them. Cost is not a problem, I only want the best nutrition for my babies but they’re becoming little fatties lol.

Thanks for any help!!

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  1. Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

    Have you considered moving entirely onto wet food?
    Any dry food of any quality is not ideal for cats. It is also cheaper than or the same amount as good quality dry food!

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    • Wet food is NOT cheaper than dry. Unless you’re feeding junk Fancy Feast, Whiskas, or Friskies.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      It is cheaper than Acana or the same price, depending on the brand, the age and size and activity level of your cats, whether or not you actually give the recommended feeding amount, etc.

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    • Jena Sandra Jena Sandra says:

      I’m not sure if it’s true for all cats but I did know an elderly cat who had lost all of her teeth after years of only wet food.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Also, some of the no name brands actually are very good quality. You just have to be thoroughly educated on ingredients and how it works in a cats body. Not all formulas from the same brand are created equal.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Jena Sandra have you considered that is likely due to the fact that she was old and cat owners don’t brush their cats’ teeth?

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Shopping smart is the key.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Shopping smart is the key.

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    • Dry food is just fine for cats as long as they are drinking enough water. Most vets recommend a mixed diet or more wet mostly because cats typically don’t get enough water.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      I’d recommend that you do some more research into feline nutrition.
      Vets handle surgeries and illnesses. They do not study pet nutrition for very long.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      I’d also strongly recommend Pet Fooled to any pet owner interested!

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    • Not sure where people keep hearing that Whiskies, Friskas etc is junk. Tell that to my 11yr old cat who eats that in both hard and soft and is in perfect health and active. Yes he goes to the vet. I’ve not met any cats who have had health issues from eating Friskies, Fancy Feast or Whiskas.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Fancy feast isn’t terrible depending on the recipe. I won’t feed friskies to any cat unless they need to gain weight, are picky or I’m rehabilitating a cat that I need to trust me.
      Friskies and Whiskas is like McDonald’s to them lol

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    • Dry food is not good for cats… period. Do you see wild cats out there eating carbs? no… they eat meat. We have a diabetic cat thanks to all the carbs, and we were feeding a “high quality” dry food. Now he is on a high protein wet food and is in remission!

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      YEP. It is not a mystery that UTIs are so common in house cats.

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    • One of my cats lived to be 18. She was fed Iams, Fancy Feast and other shit food most of her life, but was healthy until the end.

      Doesn’t mean that was a good diet for her.

      Why do people think ‘that didn’t happen to me’ invalidates science?

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Because people don’t know what anecdotal evidence means

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    • Brittany De Brittany De says:

      Wet food cost a small fortune, and it’s terrible for their teeth. I’ve been told by my vet that unless my cat has no teeth she should not be eating exclusively wet food

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Your vet also recommends science diet as a cats main source of food.

      People are now finding that dry food is actually linked to worsening dental health because the carbs get stuck on and in between their teeth and slowly decay there.

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  2. If there aren’t any other health concerns a moderate calorie gastrointestinal food might be just the thing. Talk with your vet, very often vets will carry Foods from different suppliers like Royal Canin, and Hills. Double check, but I know that in our Clinic if your pets refuse to eat the food, the bags are completely refundable and you can try something else. Gastrointestinal foods are fine basic food, but if there is a history of urinary blockages, or diabetes, or other health concerns there are a variety of foods that can help with those conditions. All the best 🙂

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    • Royal canin and hills are not good quality foods for any pet.

      You can try Go which is another local brand with less protein content. Check out Homes Alive Pets store, they have some great info for you too.

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    • Most vet foods are very high in grain content. They are good for cats who have dietary or health needs, but not so much otherwise.

      It seems brands like Hills and RC are listening to pet owners though and are maybe developing grain free options. Paws crossed!

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    • It’s always good to know your options

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  3. Lisa Wood Lisa Wood says:

    I feed my cats a mixture of Only Natural Pet rabbit and Natural Balance Chicken and pea. My vet did a calculation for me for how many calories each cat should eat for a healthy weight, and then figure out how much wet and dry per day. Or try raw? It’s the best for them, but some cats are quite reluctant to change.

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  4. Laura Brown Laura Brown says:

    You can contact Orijen directly and ask for help in figuring out what would work best for your cats.

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  5. Kara Fehr Kara Fehr says:

    Try Nutrience

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  6. Go to the vet. They have an amazing one.

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  7. Have you tried giving them an indoor cat formula? Blue Buffalo and many other quality companies make one

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  8. The fatter they are the harder it is to run away from your love

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  9. I use Hills , they also have a weight management one

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  10. Now Fresh and GO! are both high quality with lower protein content. I also like Simply Nourish and Natural Instinct.

    Check out Homes Alive, Tailblazers, or Pet Planet. All carry a variety of high quality pet food.

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  11. Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

    I do have a “true” knowledge of cat food but it seems like you’re not really interested in what that knowledge actually is if it doesn’t suit you…

    Have you looked at freeze dried foods? Dehydrated? Some cats take to it and some don’t.

    But like I said, dry food is absolutely not ideal for several reasons-it isn’t the high protein that’s making your cats gain weight. It’s the high carb content-they are obligate carnivores. They ONLY eat animal products naturally so their body has no idea what to do with all the carbohydrates.

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    • Why dont you share this ” true knowledge ” of yours, and suggest brands of good quality food, like the OP requested, instead of fishing for a medal

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      I’m not fishing for anything. They asked for advice, I gave it, OP then made it clear that they’re not actually interested in the best possible solution, they’re just interested in what they want within the realms of what they think is acceptable.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      I also did share the knowledge I do have that pertains directly to feline nutrition.

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    • I re-read and re-read all your posts. Not once did you mention any brands
      Just puffing your feathers about your self proclaimed ” true knowledge “

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      No, I didn’t mention brands. You are correct about that.

      Why would I recommend dry food to a person who is already on the best quality dry food there is?
      I did recommend several other things though, clearly you’re not reading hard enough

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    • Why would you recommend better food brands???
      Because that’s what the OP’s question was
      From the 1st word you typed, all you have done is toot your own horn about your self proclaimed ” true knowledge ”
      If you want the attention… Maybe provide some credentials

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    • Debbie Ryder Debbie Ryder says:

      Can’t beat a raw diet. Kibble is crap

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    • Acana is the best quality dry food there is? Clearly you don’t have the “knowledge” you say you have.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Champion Pet Foods is one of the best makers of quality dry food, yes, absolutely. Acana and Orijen are some of the best kibbles you can buy.

      If you have any more advice for OP or anyone else as to what you think would be the best, that’s great and you should share it rather than trying goad me into an irrelevant online debate with you regarding your own personal preferences in dry cat food.

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    • Lisa Slater Lisa Slater says:

      Acana and Orijen are easily some of the best on the market today. Orijen is the only kibble my cats are allowed to eat because it has the lowest carbohydrate content of any dry food I’ve found. I travel a lot for work and raw food just isn’t a great option for me (plus I’ve tried multiple brands and my cats really don’t seem to like it). So I feed Orijen dry and rotate with Koha wet foods. My cats are the image of health. In fact I constantly get compliments on how healthy and pretty they look.

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  12. I feed our cats indoor blue Buffalo I think it’s the best cause I can actually read what’s in the food

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Just so you know, Blue Buffalo is facing a lawsuit currently for putting grains, fillers, additives of all sorts into their pet food and just NOT putting it on the label.

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  13. Don’t go to the vet, check out a bone and biscuit they have good quality foods!

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  14. I feed my cat Presidents Choice first nutrition wet and dry food, they have several good options and all real ingredients

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  15. Jena Sandra Jena Sandra says:

    Elizabeth M. Ginn any suggestions?

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  16. which to light and fit Acana

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  17. Liz Johnson Liz Johnson says:

    I feed my cat holistic naturals wet food but they make a kibble too. Pet planet sells it

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  18. Cats need high protein low carb. Dry food of of any sort is the worst thing you could feed them. Even a low quality wet food is better than dry food! Dry food has too many carbs

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  19. Maja Black Maja Black says:

    I had the exact same problem. Acana made my boy balloon. I switched back to blue Buffalo, it is a cheaper food but it is better. I leave food down 24/7 because my rescue cat will gorge if it isn’t left down. The blue is helping. For wet food I just cook a fish fillet, add some pumpkin and puree

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  20. Ziwi Peak for Cats…air dried, shelf stable raw food. Cats need protein and only protein…cats cannot breakdown carbohydrates

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  21. Kathy Arndt Kathy Arndt says:

    I use Blue Buffalo. No fillers/grains. Has life source bits.

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  22. Look into Go or Now. I had the same problem with my dog and Acana. Too much protein and she was getting chunky. Now seems to be working well for her – senior weight management. It’s about the same price as Acana.

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  23. RAWZ is pretty great. I feed high protein and no grain diet to my 2 cats and they love RAWZ. I get it at Tail Blazers. I also get them Purebites freeze dried chicken breast to crumble on top of their wet Wellness food or to give pieces as treats. Both mine are purely indoor cats and are a very healthy weight even though they have RAWZ available 24/7. I have purchased a Catit-43151-Senses 2.0 Food Tree from Amazon. It makes them work a bit to get their dry food out during the day and also keeps them amused and busy. PM me if you want to chat about the diet. I’ve researched it and keep on top of new information. BTW, ,mine refuse to eat raw, and I’ve even tried freeze-dried raw reconstituted with warm water, but they hated it, and kept vomitting, otherwise I probably would have gone raw for both.

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  24. Check out Homeward Bound. They use chicken meal instead of actual chicken, deliver to your door and every 10th bag is free. It’s a local company and all of their ingredients are from Alberta and BC.

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  25. Metabolic is pushed by my vet, tried for a yr, $$$ does not work for my fatty, who only likes dry. Following this post

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  26. One of our cats has become obese after eating Acana since we got her in June. We recently switched her to the Acana fit and trim formula to see if it helps. I don’t leave food out. Our two cats get a measured portion twice a day. Our one cat looks anorexic and the other gained a ton of weight even though they eat the same amount.

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  27. I’m glad you posted this. We have been looking for something along those lines too.

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  28. Would you feed raw food? Let me know if you’d like more information. It’s very unnatural for cats/dogs to be eating kibble. That’s why we have such high rates of obesity, cancers, diabetes. Just not ok!

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    • We do the same cat. Is science diet as he is senior and has a sensitive stomach and the dogs get acana

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    • Brittany De Brittany De says:

      My cat was diabetic, we switched her to the pucks of raw food you can buy at the pet store, she went into remission ( yes, cats can totally go into remission from diabetes) very shortly afterward. My only complaint about the raw food is that you have to pay a lot more attention to it, you can’t just put it down and leave it there like you do with kibble. If it’s out for too long you need to pick it up and throw it out, you also have to remember to defrost it. If you go away for a few nights you can’t leave a plate of raw food down, you need someone to come over

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  29. Allen Shays Allen Shays says:

    made in alberta ?

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  30. The Fit and Trim has been good for our cats… which Origin/Acana are you feeding currently?

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  31. My cat absolutely loves this stuff. He is so strictly indoor and has not gained any unnecessary weight!

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  32. Vivian Lewis Vivian Lewis says:

    look on internet and cook your own

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Would not recommend this unless you have an intricate knowledge of feline nutritional needs and an intricate knowledge of what is exactly in each ingredient you’re putting in that mixing bowl and what ratio of nutritional components are in each piece.

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  33. The weight gain isn’t from the protein. Check the kcal count. They tend to be higher than the average. Also check what percentage of energy in the food comes from fat vs protein. Protein is good for them as long as they have no kidney issues. It’s also about digestibility of protein. Most maintenance diets aren’t designed to help with weight loss as the kibbles aren’t completely equal. A reduced calorie diet is a better option. Talk to your Vet they can help.

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  34. Check out Now & Go! Cat food
    You have to portion control too with some kitties, mine included !

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  35. ORIJEN has a new food out for cats called “Fit & Trim” it is lower in fat, low carbohydrate and high in fibre. Feed your kitties meals, don’t free feed them and make sure you are counting their treats in total caloric intake. If you have any questions, feel free to message me.

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  36. Don’t forget “by-products” doesn’t always mean beaks, feathers, hooves, and other unwanted products it can also mean organ meats which are incredibly nutritious and biologically available for you pet. Read up on some of the brands to ensure their “by-product” is organ meat and not the excess garbage though.

    As for weightloss in cats – get a puzzle feeder. Something that forces the cat to slow down while eating (same concept as humans, the slower you eat the sooner you’ll feel full). If you don’t have any other pets that will help themselves to it, hide the kibble around your house, make them naturally work for it (jump up on stuff, crawl under stuff, that kind of stuff)

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  37. Holly Pshyk Holly Pshyk says:

    Melissa Danielle

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  38. Lisa Slater Lisa Slater says:

    I would definitely try the new Orijen Fit and Trim cat food. I have two indoor cats- one that is lean and athletic, and one that is fluffy and has a tendency to get chubby. They both love the Fit and Trim, and being that it’s formulated well, my slender cat can eat it too so no feeding two different foods. If you have further questions I urge you to call Orijens customer care line, which you can find on the back of their bag near the barcode, or on their website at http://www.championpetfoods.com. They’re very helpful!

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  39. Lisa Slater Lisa Slater says:

    A little more info on properly formulated cat foods. Often times people believe that a high protein diet is what causes weight gain amongst their animals. If a dog or cat was wild, the prey based diet they eat would be VERY high in protein. Knowing this, it’s reasonable to understand that high protein is NOT the cause of weight gain.

    In order to make a dry food, a carbohydrate must be used (you need a starch source). However, we know because of science that dogs and cats do not require carbs. We also know, as human beings, that dry foods are often the most popular because of cost and/or convenience.

    There is an easy way to calculate the carbohydrate content in your pets food:

    Add the five main components together- this is protein, fat, moisture, fibre and ash. If ash isn’t listed, it’s typically 6-7%. Once you add these numbers together, subtract your total from 100. This will give you your carbohydrate amount.

    The lowest carbohydrate possible is the ideal option for cats. Too much carb is usually the culprit when it comes to weight gaining, along with free feeding.

    Choose a low carb food, and don’t go over 1/4 cup for feeding amounts with your kitties. I have done this for years, and had no problem maintaining a good weight with my fur kids.

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