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Rachael Ray Nutrish Natural Dry Cat Food, Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe, 14 lbs
Color: Real Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe|Size: 14 lbs|Change
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on April 30, 2015
Received a sample in the mail. Was pretty excited to try this out with my 4-year-old cat, he's not super picky, but he does refuse a couple of popular brands of dry food. Usually he likes anything fish-flavored.
Front of the package of "Real Salmon and Brown Rice" says, "No ground corn," but the third ingredient on the list of ingredients is "corn gluten meal". I looked up how corn gluten meal is made. It is a by-product of processing corn.
Now, I may not be a food scientist, but that sounds an awful lot like the same thing. If you are buying this because of the claims found on the front of the package, I'd skip it.
If your cat likes it (mine didn't) and that's all you are concerned with, then it's an okay product.
I was just disappointed at being misled.
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I purchased this as a possible alternative to the Merrick grain free cat food I normally feed. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of reading only the top information in the listing, which stated "no ground corn" - which was technically correct. What it contains (as the third ingredient!) is "corn gluten meal".

If you've researched pet foods, you've by now learned that corn gluten meal is not A Good Thing. It will fill your cats up and keep weight on them, but nutritionally it's not a protein that's well digested by cats in particular and is, frankly, a very cheap item for manufacturers to use. Which was why the Rachael Ray cat food was so much less expensive than the Merrick - which IS actually totally grain free.

One of my cats has a grain sensitivity which causes her skin to break out and creates huge hot spots while she attempts to lick herself into some relief from the itching. Within two days of eating the Rachael Ray, she had broken out in a severe rash (which cost me a trip to the vet for her expensive injection), and I ended up giving the remainder of the bag to the barn and kennel cats. Who both apparently have your basic cast iron digestive systems.

By the way - if your cat has an allergy the source of which hasn't been truly diagnosed, you may want to consider a cat food that is TOTALLY grain free. Tinkerbelle suffered for ages from terrible allergies and after trying all sorts of remedies, my research led me to try grain free food. Worked like a charm. This Nutrish cat food, which was purchased in an attempt to save money, ended up costing me enough for two bags of Merrick

Short version: While this Nutrish is probably better than a lot of "store" brands of cat food, please be aware that it contains a large amount of corn gluten. If you're comfortable feeding that to your animals, then by all means consider the Nutrish as a possible step up from other cat foods available at your friendly grocer. But do be aware that it's really not a good thing for your cats to be eating. Kitties are far better off without much grains in any form.
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on September 26, 2016
READ THE FRONT AND IT SOUNDED GREAT....THE PRICE GAVE ME A BIT OF A SHOCK, BUT MY BABIES DESERVE THE BEST AND THEY LOVE SALMON, SO I GAVE IT A TRY.

I MIXED IT WITH THEIR OLD FOOD, AND MY BOY WILL EAT ANYTHING IS LESS THAN HAPPY WITH THIS. I THINK MOSTLY CAUSE THEY ARE SUCH SMALL BITS.

MY GIRL JUST FLAT OUT HATES IT. PICKED THESE UP WITH HER MOUTH AND SPITS THEM OUT ON THE FLOOR SO SHE CAN GET TO HER OLD FOOD.

SO WON'T BE GETTING MORE OF THIS. BUT WHAT REALLY TICKED ME OFF WAS THE STATEMENTS ON THE FRONT OF THE BAG DO NOT MATCH THE INGREDIENTS ON THE BACK. GOT THIS THINKING THERE WAS NO GRAIN IN THIS - EVEN STATES NO GROUND CORN ON THE FRONT. TURN IT AROUND TO THE BACK AND CORN GLUTEN IS THE 3RD INGREDIENT. THAT IS JUST FLAT OUT FALSE ADVERTISING S FR AS I AM CONCERED.

SO IN SHORT - NOT WHAT IT IS ADVERTISED TO BE, WAAAAAYYYY TOO EXPENSIVE, AND MY CATS JUST PLAIN OL' DONT LIKE IT.
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on June 20, 2016
3rd ingredient is CORN GLUTEN MEAL! Nuff said...very deceived Ms Rachel. I swear I've spent half a lifetime searching for the right quality that my female will eat. Returning is a lot of expense and effort. Didn't read far enough. Another one on crap food list!
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on July 24, 2015
My cats act like this is crack! I have one who seems to vibrate while he eats it he is so excited. Inky will sit and stare at the cabinet between meals just waiting for the magical bag to appear.
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on June 3, 2017
I bought this for my newly adopted cats with digestive issues, and bought because it says " no ground corn" on the description. However Corn Gluten is the third ingredient. I would return it but my cat ripped the bag open and ate some. unfortunately shortly after eating, he experienced the messy digestive issue that motivated me to look for chicken + rice food in the first place!
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on March 27, 2017
My cat ADORES this product. IN fact, she snubs her nose now at anything less. So, I'm hooked on RRays' products for my cat. My cat hates wet food, too, so this is wonderful.
There must be something my cat loves about this food that only she could answer, lol. The kibble size is perfect for cats. It's a nice dark color with a very fishy smell that is appealing for my cat.
Yep, this is my go-to cat food now.
I posted a pic of my cat licking her chops over Rachel Ray's food. lol. and a picture of catching her in the act of breaking into the bag! No joke, she loves this stuff.
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on September 4, 2016
I have a Siamese cat with sensitive skin who tends to have reactions towards certain food. I feed my dogs Rachel Ray and thought I would try the cat food. She has now developed scabs near her tail and a rash on her belly from this food. So I don't recommend if you have a cat with sensitive skin. I am going back to blue buffalo she clears up quickly once I start her on blue buffalo
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on October 9, 2016
I feel so guilty that I switched my cat to this brand. Not only did he not enjoy the taste, but shortly after we switched he developed urinary crystals! Be very careful when feeding this to your cat and keep and eye out for any issues that may arise after introducing this food! I would not recommend this brand at all.
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Super premium dry cat food? Hardly. A step up from products like Purina? Sure. But read the ingredients, the label states "no ground corn", so don't make the mistake I did of thinking there are NO corn ingredients, the third ingredient is corn gluten meal. Still a corn product that really has no business being in cat food. Cats don't need to be eating rice either but I know what it is to own a super finicky feline who turns up her nose at every healthy food I've tried, and it's been many and this she will eat. I'm trying to wean her off junk cat food but it's a slow process.
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