In a message dated 5/1/07 4:43:40 PM, justinamanda@...
> is not as easy for me to rotate Griffin's food choices because of his
> super sensitive digestive system.
If he has an extra-sensitive digestive system, then introducing new foods
very slowly becomes important. Even at that, there are some cats who cannot
tolerate a change of ingredients (for various reasons) and do better sticking with
few protein sources.
> I keep hearing that a grain free diet is so
Grain contains a lot of carbohydrate, which is a risk for various health
problems. Grain proteins are also a risk factor for "allergic" reactions. So grain
is one ingredient to try to avoid or limit.
> I think I am set on the Wellness,
> only to hear that it is made by Menu and to also hear of their
> continual evasiveness.
Well, a lot of companies have acted very badly in response to the recall. And
companies that did behave responsibly, such as Natural Balance, also have
contaminated food. So corporate behavior is one factor to incl in our decisions
about food...but only you can decide how much it influences your choice in
relation to other factors.
A lot of foods are/were made by Menu. So far, the recall is focused on grain
contamination. If the food doesn't contain grain, is the food safe? Even if
the label says it doesn't contain grain, do we know there is no grain in it? And
even if the food is not made by Menu, do we know it's safe? Natural Balance
venison and pea was a grainfree food not made by Menu that turned out to be
> And, then I steer toward Felidae and that
> sounds great. And, I am told that it is a great balanced food for an
> indoor cat. However it is not a grain free diet.
No, it isn't. But you need to weigh which factors are important to you. If
you cannot tolerate anything made by Menu and like the ingredients in Felidae,
then see if it's right for your cat. I think Felidae is an ok food for one that
contains grains, but I generally rank grainfree foods higher than those with
> So, then I inquire
> about the EVO, and the holistic cat food store owner tells me that it
> is also a great diet.
I'm afraid I don't agree with the store owner on that. I don't think a
complex formula with a lot of plant material, incl high-carbohydrate potatoes and
apples, is great for cats. And I also don't think a food with 440mg phosphorus
per 100 calories is great for cats. An average 10 lb cat eating 200 calories of
EVO is getting 880 mg of phosphorus daily, about 2.5x the general
recommendation for that weight. I think a more reasonable phosphorus content is about
> But, it is really high in protein and more fat
> content than the others, more like a raw diet.
That's what Innova's marketing dept wants you to believe, but it's not true.
EVO canned contains 37% calories from protein and 60% from fat. You can find a
number of other canned foods with the same or higher values in those
nutrients. Eg ProPlan canned Turkey has 55% from protein, Fancy Feast Chunky Chicken
Feast has 44%, Nutro Gourmet Seafood has 41%; Fancy Feast Beef & Chicken has
62% calories from fat, Max Cat Chicken and Lamb has 60%, Nature's Variety Rabbit
The only correlation between a "raw diet" and EVO exists in the company's
> But, I think I remember the vet cardiologist
> saying to be careful with too much protein and/or fat in a heart
> kitties diet.
All cats, with very few exceptions, need the same nutrition: a high-quality,
well-balanced, low-carbohydrate, moisture-rich, meat-based diet. No cat should
get "too much" protein or fat. The closer the product comes to the
nutritional profile of a typical prey animal, the better.
> Is it ok that it is not a grain free food?
That would depend on whether you want grains in the cat's food or not.
There are grainfree foods not made by Menu, incl By Nature Organics and
Evanger's Organic Turkey. // Rosemary
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