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No more Lysine! What else is gone?
on January 4, 2018
Turns out that Wellness is another company more interested in their bottom line than taking care of pets. When this food was first made (when I started purchasing it regularly on subscribe-and-save, here) it had glucosamine and chrondroitin in it. Not something kittens would usually need, but ok, can't hurt them and might improve their joint longevity over the long view. At some point it was taken out, but I rolled with it and kept purchasing the food each month. With this rebranding they've changed the formula again, and taken out the principle reason why I purchase it: lysine. My cat has the condition where his body can't produce this on his own and, when it isn't supplemented, he gets cold/flu-like symptoms constantly. He's too sassy to take it as a powder, liquid, paste, or treat, but he'd take it in as part of -this- food. It took about a week, but all of the congestion and runniness that plagued his babyhood vanished and never came back, unless the store ran out for a good long while. It was a godsend that he would eat it and it worked so well.
No more! I just picked up a bag from the local petstore with the new packaging (since Amazon was out) and found out that it no longer as lysine in it. Not in the listing of vitamins, not in the ingredients. What other things have they taken out that I -haven't- noticed? Looks like magnesium and beta-carotene are gone, and there are a lot more fillers now, too, peas, chickpeas, potatoes.
On the bright side, my family did a bunch of research and found out we can supplement my cat's diet with human-food treats, in order to keep him healthy. I can live with that and he surely won't be turning down fresh meat for iron and L-Lysine, or yogurt for the lactobacillus. (I also saw some articles mentioning that L-Lysine doesn't help cats, and may be harmful, but they all seemed to be referencing very the same 4+ year old "study" of questionable origins -and- were refuted by first-hand accounts in the comments section of each article. I really hope it wasn't removed based on internet "telephone game" disinformation.)
Either way, if you're after L-Lysine supplements, you're best off looking for this in-store in the old packaging or finding something new, like we have.
Original Stars: 5+++++++++
Current Stars: --- Infinity. Why buy "health" food if it isn't healthy?