|Purred: Tue Apr 23, '13 5:35pm PST |
|Here's the main Nature's Variety web site: http://www.naturesvariety.com/
NV has two different lines, Instinct and Prarie. Instinct is the grain-free line. Prarie contains grains. A grain-free diet is ideal since cats don't process grains very well. Here's NV's separate web site for the Instinct line: http://www.instinctpetfood.com/
Independent non chain pet stores sell NV and many other premium brands Check out your local stores Many pet food company web sites have a store locator that you can use.
Yes, bigger cans save money over time Not all brands are available in sizes larger than 3 or 5 oz though NV for dogs can be fed to cats. It's the exact same formula and is available in a large 13.2 oz can size.
How much to feed depends on the cat. A 5 oz can can be enough for a day's meal for one cat but not enough for another cat. You'll have to do some trial and error to find the right amount for your cat. Feed enough to maintain good body weight. One of Human's cats eats 3 oz of food per day while the other one only eats 2 oz of food.
Human has fed these good mostly grain-free brands in the past:
Weruva, both the regular cans and the Cats In The Kitchen pouches and cans
Merrick Before Grain
Here are some others:
Soulistic, made by Weruva and sold only at Petco. It comes in cans and pouches.
Best Feline Food (BFF), also made by Weruva. It's a mostly seafood based line
Blue Buffalo, there are some varieties that are grain-free.
Murr of Iceland
Evangers, all are complete diets except the Game Meats line
Wysong, all are complete diets except the Au Jus line.
There are a lot of other brands out there Note that I have only listed the mid to high end brands. These can be pricey and are typically sold only at non chain pet stores/boutiques. A good online place to buy these brands, if you can't find a local store, is OnlyNaturalPet.com
Big name inexpensive brands such as Fancy Feast, Friskies, Special Kitty, Sheba, etc are more affordable options.
Canned food does cost more than dry but over time it can save you money on vet bills in the ong run. There are many expensive health issues that can be caused, in part, by dry food. IMO, it's better to pay a little more for a good food/diet now than to pay lots of money for expensive vet bills, medicines, etc later. A little dry food once in awhile won't hurt.
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