|Purred: Sun Aug 12, '12 10:20am PST |
|I have fed Wellness canned food and my cats haven't had any urinary issues on this food; in fact Gump went into remission from diabetes while eating Wellness (along with a couple other brands). I don't feed it now because I'm feeding some different foods with lower phosphorus due to his CKD. Plus there are more brands available now too.
Wellness is a top selling food and maybe that's part of the issue. Cats can get can urinary problems due to eating dry food anyway and also stress is a big factor, and since so many people feed it, you'll tend to hear more about these issues than you would with something like 'Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul' (as an example because I don't think it's fed nearly as much). I inquired at a couple small pet stores about what their top selling foods are and they said Wellness is up there. That said, that doesn't mean there aren't issues with the dry food and urinary health, but there are still many people who feed the dry food and those cats don't all have urinary problems. There have been some cats here on Catster that have developed urinary issues while eating Wellness and I understand the concerns. My older cat has had UTIs (related to kidney disease and very dilute urine) so I understand the concerns. I just wanted to share an observation while also trying not to minimizing these experiences. Also maybe they've adjusted their formulas since these issues came to light in the last few years?
Wellness has never had an FDA recall as far as I know. They had their first recall in 2011, which was a voluntary recall (initiated by the company) due to low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1) found in some of the canned foods, and I see that they did a voluntary recall this past spring because they used one facility that also used by Diamond when Diamond foods was having a big recall. It was done out of an abundance of caution and all of their food was negative for Salmonella.
I'm not here to promote Wellness BTW, I don't even feed it anymore. I hear negative things about this food, but I haven't had issues with it and the company seems pretty good.
* A side note, to provide information*
Nutro has good marketing, but when you look at the ingredients, all the dry foods have corn, wheat, rice and powdered cellulose (at least some of those) and pretty high on the ingredient list. Not good for a carnivore - not even great for people to eat that much grain. And even with all that focus on quality and safety, they have had a number of serious recalls. I know there are Nutro people who post here frequently and I'm simply pointing this out in a respectful way to provide information.
Edited by author Sun Aug 12, '12 10:51am PST
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