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Natural Balance Canned Cat Food, Limited Ingredient Duck and Green Pea Recipe, 24 x 6 Ounce Pack
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- Made for cats and kittens prone to allergies
- Grain Free
- No artificial flavors, color or bleached ingredients
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NEW! Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Duck Formula for Cats is our special Allergy Formula, made specifically for cats and kittens prone to allergies. Cats with allergies can now have a complete allergen-free diet!
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IngredientsSalmon & Green Pea Ingredients - Salmon, Salmon Broth, Pea Flour, Salmon Meal, Pea Protein, Salmon Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Sodium Chloride, Flaxseed, Parsley, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Cranberries, Carrageenan, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin,Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement Calories 3 oz can - 92 calories 5.5 oz can - 183 calories Guaranteed Analysis Crude Protein (min) 9.0% Crude Fat (min) 6.0% Crude Fiber (max) 1.0% Moisture (max) 78.0% Taurine (min) 0.05% Chicken & Green Pea Ingredients - Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Pea Flour, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein, Salmon Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Taurine,...
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Through my research I discovered three things:
1. Cats can't "chew" dry food. They don't have flat molars in which to grind food like humans do. Therefore, while some cats do fine with just crunching up their dry food with their pointed teeth, (designed to rip flesh, not grind grains) some cats don't. My cat was likely having trouble digesting her food because she can't chew it up, and it was just sitting there waiting to come up.
2. Cats don't eat grain in the wild. If the cat was eating its natural diet, it would likely eat a field mouse or two, or possibly another small rodent or bird. The feathers/skin would provide all the fiber the cat needs to live, and the rest would be meat. Cats are not omnivores. Therefore, the grains in their dry commercial cat food are impossible for some cats to digest, and at best unhealthy for all. Sure, adding grains makes the food affordable, but for some cats their body seeks to rid their digestive system of the "junk" in favor of making room for the real food. in most cases, and in the case of my cat, that real food never came.
3. Cats don't get enough water if they eat dry food only. I thought my cat drank a fair amount of water, but probably not enough. Most cats walk around in a constant state of dehydration, another reason for illness. Wet food at least provides the added moisture they need in their diet.
All these things together explain why my cat has stopped vomiting her food. It's been a week and a half, and while I have had two hairballs (it's shedding season in Michigan) we have seen no undigested food vomit piles. A real win-win situation, because although this food is pricey, she's not ruining my carpet or her esophagus by regurgitating it all over the house. I feel terrible for feeding her such awful food before and not looking into this. I always chalked it up to her eating too fast and not being able to handle it. We had tried feeding smaller portions at more frequent intervals, to no avail. We also tried free-feeding to make sure it wasn't because she was too hungry at mealtimes, causing her to scarf her food. That didn't work either.
Another interesting thing about this food is that my cat seems less hungry. It may have been because she was vomiting a lot of her meals before, but she used to act famished at mealtimes, so much so that we had purchased an automatic feeder awhile back to distribute her meals at the same times every day. Otherwise she was constantly waking us up in the mornings and begging in the evenings. I even feed her less than what the can recommends (1 can for every 8 lbs. of body weight) because it's all she wants. We give her, at 11.5 lbs., one can per day, half in the morning and half at dinner time, and she seems satisfied. Sometimes she seems hungry in the mornings but she does not cry at the bedroom door.
We tried the chicken flavor and she hated it. For us, the duck and pea was a winner and we stuck with it. I bought one can of each to try. I also decided to supplement with some Natural Balance duck and pea dry food, which I use sparingly and soak in water before feeding. We just started this today and if she vomits it up I will just use the wet food. It runs about thirty-three bucks a case at my local pet store.
So far I'm really impressed and relieved that this food works so well for her. Hopefully we will continue to see results.
My cat NEVER pukes anymore except for the occasional hairball. It's never food. The one time I tried to feed her a can of Iams she did throw up, reinforcing my theory that it's not just wet food that she needs, but this specific formula. She's also looking healthier by the day, shinier fur and a slimmer waistline. She does not seem hungry, ever. What a great brand!
Slowly, over the course of the year, my cat stopped eating this wet food and started to lose weight. About 2 months ago I switched her back to the dry formula of this food because she was barely touching the wet and most was being wasted. She started eating again like a champion and gained back the weight she'd lost. At first she seemed OK, no vomiting. Then she started vomiting occasionally. Finally, about a week ago, we are back to her vomiting every day. I am forced to switch her back to the wet food even though she does not eat enough (she does not like it). The only thing I can figure out is that she is either constantly dehydrated on dry food, or she has IBS. Either way she does not tolerate dry food. Back to the canned.
However, my recent purchase from Amazon has been a disaster. While the product shipped expeditiously and the expiration date is far off, something is wrong with this food. My cat has become quite ill on it. When I switch out to other foods, she's fine. I give her a can of this, and explosive diarrhea.
Either they've changed the formula, something is wrong with source ingredients, or something is wrong with the product being shipped by Amazon. Not sure what it is. However, be watchful if you order this product. I have notified Natural Balance of the problem. But I will be throwing out my almost full cases and not purchasing this product again.
After trying a few flavors, my allergy-ridden cat has settled on the duck and green pea variety as her favorite (the other one doesn't care what he eats, just as long as it's the same as what his sister gets). I buy a 10lb bag of the dry and a case of the wet, which runs me about $50 for both, but lasts a month. Expensive, but nothing near the trauma of having a half bald baby that won't stop licking herself. Now that she's on a daily allergy pill and her food situation has been settled, she's doing sooooo much better.
I've considered putting them back onto a regular cat food off and on for a year now, but the other reviewers aren't lying about the change in both my cats. Their fur is thicker, softer, and more healthy looking than I've ever seen it before - even my parents made a comment right after we started using the food. Both of them have SO much energy now, it's ridiculous! And it seems like they don't eat nearly as much as they did before going on the special diet, because I think the food is better balanced for them nutritionally. I'm not one of those people to rave about miracle products, but the results were there, and I'm going to keep buying this stuff until it stops working.
I split a can of the wet food between them for "dinner", and they always have a full bowl of the dry, which I have to refill about once a day. They're both at a healthy weight, and the vet seemed really positive on the sick kitty's last visit and all the visible improvement in her fur growth.
The only complaint I have is the price on this stuff. Yeesh. I know it's a specialty market and they have me between a rock and a hard place, but honestly? If this stuff wasn't ALWAYS on sale, I would be working out some way to put together a diy cat food. $50 for wet and then another $30 for dry is close to what I spend on groceries for just myself!
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