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safe middle-of-the-road canned cat food?

SableCollie
May 9th, 2007, 02:07 PM
At the shelter we try to buy quality dry food for the animals (timberwolf, california Naturals, etc.), but can't afford to buy quality wet as well. We use what the public donates, and figure as long as the dry food is good, the animals will be okay. When we did have to buy canned food, we would buy "middle of the road" food. Nutro, NB, Chicken Soup. Not too expensive, but not total crap quality.

Now because of the recalls, we had to trash 80% of our cans, and we need more canned cat food. But the brands we usually buy have all had recalls, and it makes me too nervous to buy them again.....so anyone have any recommendations? A couple weeks ago, we did go to the holistic pet store to get some cans, but it was so expensive, and only lasted us 2 weeks. I know felidae isn't too expensive, but most of the cats hate it.

We have to get some cat food cans *soon* and I just have no ideas. I don't want to get anything with wheat gluten/rice protein in it, or anything from a company that's had recalls. :shrug:

Scott_B
May 9th, 2007, 03:06 PM
Felidae for cats, Canidae for dogs.

gypsy_girl
May 9th, 2007, 03:37 PM
Does it matter whether it is chunks or puree?

SableCollie
May 9th, 2007, 07:32 PM
No it doesn't matter pate vs. chunky. The dogs are on canned canidae, it was donated, a bit past the expiry date but otherwise okay. I have tried felidae, the cats all hate it. They refuse to eat it. :shrug:

I had to get some cat food today, we were almost out, I got some wellness cans, they had the grain-free ones so I got those. I know they're packaged at menu, but there really wasn't much of a selection.

I still need ideas for when this food runs out, I only got a few cans. Should I stick with wellness or find something else? I just don't trust pet foods anymore.

Prin
May 9th, 2007, 07:40 PM
Wellness is ok.. Regular Innova Evo canned isn't too expensive ($2.29 a can where I get it). The California natural might be cheaper... Maybe Solid gold (sorry, I'm looking as I'm posting :D).

Maybe check here:
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showcat.php/cat/13
for ones of the same range. :shrug:

SableCollie
May 9th, 2007, 07:54 PM
Wow, I thought EVO was more expensive than that! The wellness was $2.16 a can in USD. Would Evo be a little cheaper here because of the exchange rate?

The thing was, I walked into the pet store (pet supplies plus), and in the dog food aisle, I saw Solid Gold, Innova/Evo, Wellness, California Naturals...lots more. I thought, "Oh, this shouldn't be difficult." Then when I got to the cat food aisle I saw meow mix, 9 Lives, Friskies...Wellness was the only half decent one! They didn't have any of the cat varieties of the good dog food. The dog food selection was about 50% decent stuff, the cat food was more like 2%. :sad:

Furryland
May 9th, 2007, 08:01 PM
Merrick?

I admit i have not been able to find a decent wet for my own cats since the recalls.. i can only imagine how difficult it would be to work with a large group at a shelter, good luck finding foods.:fingerscr

SableCollie
May 9th, 2007, 08:03 PM
They like Merrick but waaay too expensive to be buying all the time. We have 10-30 cats at any given time, so it really adds up. That's why we used to get nutro, natural balance, chicken soup, they were all inexpensive but better than 9 lives/whiskas/friskies.

wmarcello
May 9th, 2007, 08:13 PM
I find that a lot of the premium cat brands can be found in the big 13oz cans for under $2.50 CAD. Wellness, Eagle Pack Holistic, Innova, Felidae... I can find them all here for around that price. I haven't been able to find a big can of Merrick for cats anywhere though.

SableCollie
May 9th, 2007, 08:30 PM
I will keep that in mind. Big cans = cheaper. That makes sense, like buying in bulk is cheaper than buying tons of little things separately. I have seen SG and felidae in the big (dog food sized) cans locally, don't know about Innova and wellness. But I haven't seen big Merrick cans either, just the teeny tiny (Fancy Feast sized) ones.

wmarcello
May 9th, 2007, 11:16 PM
Oh definitely big = cheaper. I find a lot of 3oz cans in the $0.80-1.00 range. The 5.5oz cans I usually see around $1.30-2.00. Big 13oz cans around here are around $2.20-2.80. That's my experience at least.

Furryland
May 10th, 2007, 01:03 PM
I will keep that in mind. Big cans = cheaper. That makes sense, like buying in bulk is cheaper than buying tons of little things separately. I have seen SG and felidae in the big (dog food sized) cans locally, don't know about Innova and wellness. But I haven't seen big Merrick cans either, just the teeny tiny (Fancy Feast sized) ones.

Merrick does make a slightly larger tin than the fancy feast sizing, a 5.5oz but yes in hindsight would probably still be too costly still.

Scott_B
May 10th, 2007, 02:32 PM
Nice, i get the large cans of Evo and its only 2.05 per can!