Top critical review
Some Pros, But Too Many Cons
April 8, 2019
It is difficult to find a dry cat food that doesn't have something in it that is bad for cats. We really like that this food is grain-, corn-, potato-, soy-, & wheat-free (we have a cat who was diagnosed with diabetes, so that is a concern). Unfortunately, the #2 ingredient (tapioca) in this food is not good for cats, & the #4 ingredient (flax seed) seems to be even worse.
Another one of our cats has breathing issues; flax seed is high in lignins, which is an insoluble fiber. This has caused his tummy to bloat significantly, and it has stayed bloated all the time while on this food, which has made his breathing issue more pronounced and much more difficult for him. This is not an overeating issue - cats need protein every couple of hours, so he will eat a little bit every couple of hours or so and then go back to his cat activities. We're in the process of weening them off this food to another that does not have flax seed. He hasn't eaten any of this food since we started changing out their food (4-5 days ago). His belly has already started to go down in size a little bit; hopefully he is back to his normal size soon, so his breathing will return to normal.
This food also has tomato & rosemary extract, neither of which are good for cats.
- removing the tomato pomace - it causes the urine to be more alkaline, which leads to urinary tract infections.
- removing rosemary extract - it is toxic to cats.
- using rice bran instead of the tapioca; rice bran promotes good gut health.
- using salmon instead of the flax seed - salmon is a much better source of Omegas; and
- using actual pumpkin instead of pumpkin seeds; pumpkin provides fiber & beta-carotine and is so good for gut health, especially when combined with rice bran.
Thank you for considering!