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on January 4, 2013
When we first changed to Merrick Before Grain wet food from an organic dry food, our cat's coat became noticeably more shiny and healthy looking. His eating habits changed slightly and he would eat his food a little bit at a time rather than all at once. After he would eat a little he would scratch at the floor around his food dish as if he were trying to cover it with earth like cats would do in the wild with their prey's carcass. To me it seems this food is so much better suited to his body and stimulates his instincts more than the old stuff. I take that as a sign that this food is very good for him because it's a more species-appropriate diet.

I'm thinking that some owners who buy this food for their cat may notice they don't gobble it down like their old food but I'd venture to say that lesser quality, grain or starch-filled food may be more tantalizing to a cat but that's not always a sign of healthy food. If I had a big bag of potato chips I might gobble up the whole bag, but if I had a bag of baby carrots I might not eat it all at once. Obviously the carrots are healthier. So if you try this food and your cat doesn't seem to eat it like the old stuff, persist for a few weeks and notice the great change in their coat. All this said, my cat prefers the Merrick chicken and or quail variety the best and maybe the salmon flavor the least. But he will eat it all and doesn't act deprived or unhappy.
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on March 8, 2012
Great price and shipped a lot faster than expected which is always a plus! While definitely be buying more in the future. Not sure if Amazon reads these reviews but subscribe and save discount would be awesome!
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on December 8, 2012
I started ordering Before Grain food on amazon several months ago after one of my cats had a near-fatal hair ball (no joke, it was an expensive surgery!). I thought switching to a higher quality grain-free diet might help prevent future health issues.

I order both the dry food and have tried a few varieties of the canned food. They eat all of them, although I'd say they like the Tuna flavor the best.

The price on Amazon is about the same or a little less than at the store, and it's so convenient to have the heavy bags and boxes of food brought right up to my door.

So far, fewer hairballs, shiny coats, happy cats!
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on July 15, 2013
All 3 of my cats love most of the varieties of Merrick Before Grain (chicken, turkey, salmon, quail). One of my cats throws up any food that contains grain & most other grain free wet foods are extremely pricey. Unfortunately Merrick is replacing BG with a more expensive range. I have stocked up enough for a few months & shall be experimenting to find a less expensive alternative that my cats will eat & keep down.
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on January 28, 2013
I fed my cats "Fussie cat" wet food for over a year & they all loved it. I had thought maybe they were sick of it due to them really not gobbling it up this last shipment? So I bought a few cans of this & they gobbled them! I ordered the 24pk. Well, before I received it I read that "Fussie cat" had taken out the Oligo ( natural sugar from fruits etc) from all the foods. Well, that explained why my cats reacted differently to it! They were looking for the sugar fix & weren't getting it! The had eaten this brand before I found Fussie & I knew they liked it. When the food was delivered it was about 6pm & the cans were like ice cubes! I tried to open 1 but it was almost frozen! I finally got a couple open but the food was frozen SOLID! They wouldn't eat it. I tried microwaving a bit, yet they still refused. The next day it had defrosted & I gave them a few cans, they ate a little bit & walked away. It's all I have for wet, so they have been eating up the dry & "picking" at this. The liked it from the pet store days before, so the only thing it can be is that being frozen , then defrosting did something to the food. Shame. I was going to order different flavors but can't risk throwing away more $.... Good food though- when NOT frozen!
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on July 2, 2012
We have been purchasing this catfood ever since we got our kittens last October. They love #2,3, and 4. The ingredients seem fresh and there are no fillers...just natural protein. Our kitties have a ton of energy and seem very happy with it.
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on December 20, 2012
I have two elderly cats over 16 years old. One has a very sensitive stomach, and another had most of his teeth remove due to dental problems. They are almost exclusively on these Merrick Before Grain cans. This (#2) seems to be their favorite. Second best is chicken (#1), third -- Tuna.
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on September 30, 2012
I have never once come across a cat eating a fruit salad or a bell pepper in the wild. This is because cats eat meat. This food is mostly meat, ergo, this food is for cats.

As for taste, my cat isn't the most picky, but he has rejected a fair number of foods. He loves this stuff.
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on October 4, 2013
I'm no nutrition expert, but it does seem like these Merrick products are a bit more healthy for my cat than your typical Friskies brand, and while it's too expensive for me to feed him exclusively, I do like to supplement his meals with some of this food. The real problem with this Salmon flavor is how it compares to the Turkey flavor. Not in taste, mind you - my cat vacuums this up like anything else - but in volume and consistency. When I open a can of Merrick Turkey the entire can is filled, and the texture is nice and firm. The Salmon, on the other hand, is only about 85-90% filled and has a very soft, almost soupy texture, even after it's been refrigerated. It makes it harder to portion out the servings at mealtime, and provides my cat with less per portion. I don't know why this is, but I feel like I'm not quite getting the same value as with the Turkey flavor, so I'll definitely be buying that again next time.
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on August 8, 2013
Apparently, Merrick's has opted to discontinue this line of cat foot (according to our local pet store). We tried the new "pate" style that they offer (more expensive) and our cats showed their displeasure by returning the "pate" to us. Between this flavor and another Before Grain flavor, we bought an eight month supply from Amazon.

The food gets five stars, but the packing job on three out of the seven boxes was bad news. Each of the three boxes had four cases of 24 cans each; the cases were packed on their sides in the boxes which is a recipe for disaster. A medium-sized bit of pressure on the top or bottom would cause the cans to pop out of the side of their shrink-wrapped cases....and they did.

Twp of the shipping boxes had burst open and one was ready to pop. We lost only a single can of cat food out of the 12 case and none of the cans were dented. UPS left a mess on my doorstep;
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