|Purred: Wed Apr 18, '12 1:42pm PST |
|I've tried just about every pet food under the sun in the past five years. Taste of the Wild is owned by a small company, so each batch of food is less likely to be identical to every other batch, but they use good quality ingredients. The kind of food you would call "wholesome".
Brands like Iams and Purina are using leftovers. Chicken carcasses after processing, innards, grains "not fit" for human consumption. Animals don't care if they're getting a chicken breast or a chicken carcass, as long as they're still getting meat proteins (Easier to digest than plant proteins) and enough nutrition. We have to worry about their overall health, appearance, and litter box leavings ;D
If Stinky wants to eat Iams, get him Iams. It's not a brand that scrapes leftovers off the factory floor and tries to sell it as dog food, and their animal testing practices have gotten SO MUCH better in the past twenty years. I think Iams is probably the best everyday-quality food you can buy.
Purina... I've only tried Purina Cat Chow (dry) and Friskies and Fancy Feast (wet), but my father has also bought Friskies and Fancy Feast (dry) His cat has a sensitive stomach and can't eat anything but wet everyday-quality food. My cats were fine on Friskies wet, but I got a few bad cans that put them off their dinners for days and gave them diarrhea, and stopped feeding them that. The Purina Cat Chow was the first dry food I could feed Egon that he wouldn't get diarrhea on!
Unfortunately, my puppy was eating Purina Puppy Chow and always had diarrhea. They're not great at quality control and do let bad batches slip through. If it's not a dangerous batch, they don't let people know, but a cat getting diarrhea is a big thing, even if the diarrhea isn't kidney failure or salmonella poisoning.
I haven't tried their Beyond, so I don't know if it's the same sort of quality as the regular Purina lines. If Stinky will eat it and won't feel sick, and if he still looks and acts well, get it for him!
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