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Old September 16th, 2009, 09:02 AM
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Wellness Cat food: taste change? bad batch?

My two cats will eat between them one 12 oz can of Wellness a day. Half the can in the morning and the other half at night. Their favourite is Beef and Chicken, but I occasionally mix up the flavours. They also get a little dry food (Wellness Indoor) right before I go to bed. That's so they don't wake me up in the middle of the night because they are hungry.

I recently bought a 12 pack of Beef and Chicken on the weekend and gave them some on Sunday. They didn't touch it. However, when I gave them some dry food, they gobbled it up. Since they didn't eat much, I gave them more dry food. Monday, I try again with the Beef and Chicken can food. I come home and they didn't touch it. I toss that out and give them the other half... and again they don't touch it.

This morning, I gave them Chicken and Herring and they were eating it up! So that gets me thinking that the problem is with the food and not the cats. Is it possible that Wellness changed their formula? The 12 pack I got doesn't expire until 2012, so it's not an expiry issue. Maybe I just got a bad batch? Any thoughts?
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Old September 16th, 2009, 09:09 AM
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I have found that with my cats when they were eating Wellness so I changed to Instinct and have not had a problem since. I trust their noses over mine .
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Old September 16th, 2009, 10:20 AM
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They haven't changed their formula, but there are differences between lots depending on where they're coming from. If you check the small print on the side of the can, see if it was made in Canada or in the U.S.. I've found those have the biggest variation. The ones made in Canada are a little "juicier" and I think they smell better, but they're actually hard to find where I live. It's probably not a case of a particular batch being tainted in any way, but more likely that because the ingredient sources are different, it smells different to the cats and they're being their normal suspicious selves.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 11:57 AM
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I have found that with my cats when they were eating Wellness so I changed to Instinct and have not had a problem since. I trust their noses over mine .
I had the same issue when I was feeding Wellness. I haven't had a problem with the EVO.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 01:54 PM
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They haven't changed their formula, but there are differences between lots depending on where they're coming from. If you check the small print on the side of the can, see if it was made in Canada or in the U.S.. I've found those have the biggest variation. The ones made in Canada are a little "juicier" and I think they smell better, but they're actually hard to find where I live. It's probably not a case of a particular batch being tainted in any way, but more likely that because the ingredient sources are different, it smells different to the cats and they're being their normal suspicious selves.
I'll check the labels when I get home.

It was a struggle to get my cats on wet food, but once I got them on it, they never really complained (much) about the various flavours. I can ususally tell if they like a certain flavour from how quickly they eat their food. Beef + Chicken has always been the fastest. And even the ones that they didn't like that much (like Lobster), they still ate more than half of it. I find it odd that they won't even touch the Beef + Chicken now.

Seems like such a waste of food... I could donate the remaining 10 cans to a shelter, but I can't shake the feeling that there is something wrong with the food.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 03:32 PM
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Seems like such a waste of food... I could donate the remaining 10 cans to a shelter, but I can't shake the feeling that there is something wrong with the food.
You can contact Wellness and see what they say (they'll likely send you some coupons or something), or post on the Itchmo forums in case anyone else has had a problem with that particular batch.

You could also hang on to the cans and try them again at a later date, once they've had a break from the beef & chicken.
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JJJ,I used to buy the large cans of Wellness,but then at one time it was so runny and my cats would not eat it.
Now I am back to buying the mid-sized cans which were ok, 2 cans/a day for 3 cats.
I also give them one can of Fancy Feast at lunch,because my Rocky takes his pill 3 times/day in the food.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 04:09 PM
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You can contact Wellness and see what they say (they'll likely send you some coupons or something), or post on the Itchmo forums in case anyone else has had a problem with that particular batch.

You could also hang on to the cans and try them again at a later date, once they've had a break from the beef & chicken.
Thanks. Took a peak at the other site and saw other people having some consistancy issues, but nothing that is exactly like mine. I want to conduct a little experiment... I'll try buying another can of Chicken & Beef, but with a different expiry date. That way it'll eliminate the possibility of whether they are tired of the flavour and will answer the question of whether the flavour is off in the cans I got now.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 04:30 PM
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I'll try buying another can of Chicken & Beef, but with a different expiry date.
Great idea! Maybe also try some in a different sized can. Like Chico2, my cat for some strange reason doesn't like ANY food from the big cans (not just a Wellness issue). I can't fathom a reason why, except that maybe there's something about the cooking process in the big cans that changes the food just enough for Aztec to notice. Might also have to do with the can liner, since the smaller cans have a plasticy coating (containing BPA, unfortunately) but not all of the larger cans do. I wonder if that means the large cans leave a metalic taste to the food? I've heard from a number of people that their cats prefer food from the small cans (3oz is the favourite), so I know it's not just my cat being weird. Well, maybe a LITTLE weird......
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I'll check the labels when I get home.

It was a struggle to get my cats on wet food, but once I got them on it, they never really complained (much) about the various flavours. I can ususally tell if they like a certain flavour from how quickly they eat their food. Beef + Chicken has always been the fastest. And even the ones that they didn't like that much (like Lobster), they still ate more than half of it. I find it odd that they won't even touch the Beef + Chicken now.

Seems like such a waste of food... I could donate the remaining 10 cans to a shelter, but I can't shake the feeling that there is something wrong with the food.
Could u not return it to the place u bought it and get your money back?

I bought a 1/2 case of Wellness Chicken and 1/2 case of Turkey about 3 weeks ago Willie likes it. I got the small cans (5.5oz) and it's not runny at all.

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Old September 17th, 2009, 06:48 AM
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I really like feeding the Wellness grainfree to my cat. She has megacolon so the low fibre keeps her stools smaller. Which is exactly what she needs . I like the Instinct as well but it has a higher fiber content so it is not good for her.

I just wanted to say that since the switch of the company I have noticed a change in their food. When I first started feeding Wellness I loved the smell. But the smell is not the same anymore. I will continue to feed it but I just wanted to share my experience. I also now only feed the 12.5oz cans to save on money (I freeze half the can and bring out in a few days so she gets a good variety of flavours). But I am going to try a few 5.5oz cans and see if the smell is any different.
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