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I've seen a profusion of "natural" pet foods on the shelves lately. Some are made by big corporations (Purina Naturals), others are made by companies I've never heard of (The Goodlife Recipe).<br><br><br><br>
As far as I can tell, these cat foods are not organic and I fail to see what is more "Natural" about them than say, Friskies or Meow Mix.<br><br><br><br>
Any thoughts/experiences with these products?
 

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Yes, I have seen those also. They are usually better quality versions of the mainstream products. The main difference is usually (not always) that those products contain no byproducts, and no mystery meats (e.g. "animal fat" or "meat meal"). The ingredient listings are usually fairly decent and start with a specific type of meat meal like "chicken meal" which is what you want to see first.<br><br><br><br>
These mainstream companies, that put out crap-quality foods in order to keep costs low, are recognizing that more and more consumers are actually concerned about the quality of foods their pets are eating, so they are all jumping onto this "natural" bandwagon. I would personally still stick with good companies and brands are listed in Whole Dog Journal's list, but I have been recommending these generic Natural lines to people who are intent on buying their pet foods from grocery stores and chain stores.<br><br><br><br>
You do have to be careful though because some of them still contain the byproducts and mystery meats that are major red flags of bad quality pet food. As an FYI the "Goodlife Recipe" you mentioned is produced by Mars, the makers of Pedigree. And actually I think it's one of the ones that aren't as good, but I'm not sure because their website does not list the actual ingredients (which is a bad sign).
 

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i posted this somewhere else but check out Innova brand pet food. It is all natural (no artificial crap, no preservatives). <a href="http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=inn-home" target="_blank">http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=inn-home</a><br><br><br><br>
my cat is quiet happy with it! i have him on the diet version b/c he got a little over-eating happy with the crappy stuff i used to feed him (ie: Hill's Science Diet)
 

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Yeah I notice this too! In the pet store there is an explosion of holistic products.<br><br><br><br>
I see it as a positive sign in that people believe natural food is more effective and nutritious...even though the food is probably not always more natural and nutritious in the product. I wish there was that kind of explosion in regular grocery stores for people food!!!<br><br><br><br>
I feed my cat certified organic food, so I know it's good stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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i don't know where you guys live or shop - but all my grocery stores here are PACKED with "organic" "natural" etc.. foods. it's craziness... now i have no clue what to grab. sometimes just out of spite - i grab a really crappy food because all i have is organic stuff. my fav crappy food has GOT to be Corn Pops!!!!
 

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Sure, there's lots of organic and natural people foods. But do you see a lot of organic pet foods in your grocery store?
 

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i posted this somewhere else but check out Innova brand pet food. It is all natural (no artificial crap, no preservatives). <a href="http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=inn-home" target="_blank">http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=inn-home</a><br><br><br><br>
my cat is quiet happy with it! i have him on the diet version b/c he got a little over-eating happy with the crappy stuff i used to feed him (ie: Hill's Science Diet)</div>
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I wasn't crazy about the fact Innova has a big testing facility where they keep animals for the sole purpose of testing their food. <a href="http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=faq-detail&pxsl=//faq%[email protected]='7'%5D" target="_blank">http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=faq-detail&pxsl=//faq%[email protected]='7'%5D</a><br><br><br><br>
They say they treat them like pets, blah blah blah, and that they adopt them out at the end, but really. aren't there enough animals being euthanized in animal shelters every year without creating more so you can test on them, before adopting them out?<br><br><br><br>
It's probably more "humane" to the test animals than say, Iams' facilities, but I am troubled by the dependency on breeding new animals into the world to be tested on and adopting them out afterwards when there are so many other animals dying because there are no homes from them.<br><br><br><br>
Since I don't consider vegan cat food an option for a few reasons (which I'm not getting into, there are enough threads on that), I figure at the very least it's worth trying limit the other harms that are often involved with pet food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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As an FYI the "Goodlife Recipe" you mentioned is produced by Mars, the makers of Pedigree. And actually I think it's one of the ones that aren't as good, but I'm not sure because their website does not list the actual ingredients (which is a bad sign).</div>
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ETA: I read the ingredients when I was at Petsmart. #1 Corn, #2 chicken by-products. So yeah, it's just as crappy as the other mainstream pet foods on the market. But I also read Purina Naturals ingredients, and they weren't bad.
 

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I feed my dog vegetarian dog food from PetSmart and she loves it and she's so healthy and happy! They have two different kinds there. Unfortunately they don't carry veg cat food. I've only found it online. Although my cat steals the dogs vegetarian food all the time, ha-ha, so it must be good!
 

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Not really the question that was asked by the OP, but thought I would add the brand that we've had really good success with.<br><br>
It is however a bit more expensive and is considered a "premium" food, but my dogs LOVE it!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/" target="_blank">http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
The only place I've been able to find it is at Petco, although it is a bit more expensive, once you buy 10 bags you get a coupon sent to you from Petco for a free bag (whatever size you buy the most).<br><br><br><br>
You can also keep reciepts and upc's from the bags and send in to Natural Balance for a free bag, so basically you buy 10 you get 2 free (one from Petco AND one from the company itself)<br><br>
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In order to get the free bag from the company, drop them an e-mail and ask for some coupons and see if they offer a frequent buyers program, they will send a card along with the coupons for you to fill out to send with the reciepts and upc's.<br><br><br><br>
I sent mine off on a Monday and recieved my coupon by Thursday.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"><br><br>
The coupons from Petco will be automatically sent through the mail as long as you have one of their frequent buyers store cards.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Michelle in Florida
 

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Bump.<br><br><br><br>
So get this, I was at Wal-Mart tonight and they are selling some premium brands of dog food. They still all the crap brands, but I guess with the recall effects and consumers waking up about what they're feeding their pets, even the cheap stores are recognizing that some consumers want premium foods for their pets.<br><br><br><br>
I forget what brands they had, but one was even organic. I'm not sure the prices were any cheaper than at Pet Supplies Plus or any of the pet chains though.
 

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You have to remember that ALMOST ANY food that you can buy at a grocery store is CRAP. Purina "natural"(or whatever its called) is a marketing ploy that is aimed that trageting the current "health craze" in america. They do this with human foods too. I bet if you looked at the bag's ingredients corn would STILL be the first ingredient(or a main ingredient) - and it would be FILLED with awful fillers and preservitives - and some sort of ground meat meal.<br><br><br><br>
Also the term "natural" isin't government regulated. The term "organic" or "holistic" IS government regulated. Products must meet a standard requirement to be labled organic or holistic. ANYTHING can say natural on the bag - and be the biggest peice of crap that you could ever put in your (or your pets) body and not have a single "natural" ingredient in it.<br><br><br><br>
Any food that says holistic or organic is usually pretty good. Canidae is an EXTREMLY superior food - both ingredient wise and price wise (when compared to other holistic foods of the same quality) and this is what we feed our dogs - all 10 of them. Any bag of dog food that has corn as the main (or first) ingredient - or "water sufficient for processing" as the main/first ingredient is crap.<br><br><br><br>
Natures recipie is a mid-grade food - almost premium (it says premium on the pag but it isin't as good as Canidae and other holistic diets but it is still MUCH better then say pedigree or any other grocery store brand dog food) but not quite and if you can't afford canidae this is a GREAT alternitive. It does have more grain product but no corn or soy or beef, so it doesn't cause food/skin allergies.<br><br><br><br>
The idea should be - look at the ingredients of the food - not the pretty package on the outside of the bag.
 

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My kitties eat Wellness. They used to eat Innova until I developed some trust issues with that company. I never buy them anything, whether it be food, or even a small treat, without reading every ingredient on the bag. Wheat, corn, soy, chemicals, and any unidentifiable meat products stay out of their diet.
 

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My dog eats Timberwolf. (<a href="http://timberwolforganics.com/" target="_blank">http://timberwolforganics.com/</a>) Expensive? yes. Hard to find? Yes. Only specialty pet stores carry it. But it is all-organic, made in the USA. But we used to use an all-natural high-quality food, and we even noticed a difference in the way he looks and acts since we started feeding him this stuff. The only thing better for the dog is feeding him raw meat (and we are definitely not doing that).<br><br><br><br>
Also, please PLEASE check out how the food you feed your pet is tested. I wrote Timberwolf since I did not see it on a PETA list. Timberwolf employees feed new foods to their pets and do not test it on captive animals. Many other pet food companies do very cruel things to test food on animals.
 

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<a href="http://www.breeders-choice.com/dog_products/pinnacle_dog_trout.htm" target="_blank"><b>this</b></a> is the stuff we're giving our dog because it looked like the most whole-foods based commercial food we could find (hello, oxymoron <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> ). So far, I can only find it in one place but for her, it's worth it (imo).<br><br><br><br>
The only thing better would be raw meat, which is exactly why we're also transitioning her to a partially raw diet. IMO, that's "natural" food at its finest. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Not really the question that was asked by the OP, but thought I would add the brand that we've had really good success with.<br><br>
It is however a bit more expensive and is considered a "premium" food, but my dogs LOVE it!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br></div>
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Michelle,<br><br><br><br>
I bought this food for my dog this past weekend. Normally I do not shop at PetCo, but I figured WTH! I am very pleased thus far with my dog's output. Since I've only been using it 3 days I cannot tell a difference in anything but her poop yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Thanks for the recommendation.
 
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