Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Grain-Free Canned Cat Food
My cats like it; worth the price
I have two cats, one tortoiseshell DSH about 15 months old, and one tortoiseshell DMH about 7 months old.
Why I feed my cats canned food:
1. Cats get most of their water from the food they eat, and have very efficient kidneys. Due to their highly efficient kidneys, they tend to not feel thirsty as often as, say, dogs do. As a result, cats who eat dry food for most of their lives are more likely to develop kidney problems and become obese. My mom is currently dealing with her 14-year-old cat's kidney problems as a result of feeding her dry food ad libitum most of her life. These problems include high quantities of dark colored urine (which results in my mom scooping the litter box/buying litter more often), and urinary incontinence (which results in my mom having to clean her home more often, not to mention the stress of removing cat urine odor).
2. In the wild, cats eat only raw meat, meaning their diet is naturally high in protein. Dry food does not offer as much protein as wet food does, as typically grain fillers are added to dry the food out. The grain fillers result in the cat taking in too many carbohydrates, putting them at risk of becoming obese.
The best solution is to feed cats raw meat. .... But c'mon, most of us are not looking to invest in a meat grinder and make cat food ourselves any time soon.
The solution I've found has been feeding my cats Blue Buffalo Wilderness canned cat food. I feed them canned food only, half a can, twice per day (2 cans per day between the two of them). What's noticeable about this product is it actually smells like whatever flavor it's supposed to be; the chicken kind smells like chicken, salmon smells like salmon, turkey smells like turkey. My cats like all of the flavors, however my older tortie seems to prefer the turkey kind (she has less of an appetite than the younger one, who has a voracious and insatiable appetite to the point that they have to be fed in separate rooms!). Blue Buffalo currently does not offer the duck kind in the 5oz size so we haven't tried that kind yet. I will definitely buy it when/if that happens, to give them some variety in their diet.
I stopped buying the salmon kind because it SMELLS! My cats liked it just fine but it's pretty pungent and I didn't want to subject my roommates to the smell.
The only drawback about this product is the price. Since reviewers are advised not to mention the specific price they paid, consider this: I have calculated that feeding my cats 2 cans per day of Blue Buffalo Wilderness for a year costs me about 2-3% of my yearly income (I'm single with no children, 26 years old, I don't make a lot of money, but I get by). I think it is well worth the price considering how much joy my cats bring me and how much they enrich my life. I want them to be healthy and eat good quality food now, and I want them to have a good quality of life when they are elderly. I don't want them to experience what my mom's cat is going through. I also see it as an investment in lower future veterinary costs, and less potential future stress.
Overall, it's a good solution if you're not willing/able to make your own cat food, and while it's more expensive than other canned food, I see it as worth the price.
May 23, 2014
Transformed my cats
My older 15 YO cat was having signs of possibly being diabetic. I decided to change his diet first after reading that dry food especially with filler (carbs) may not be appropriate for cats (carnivores). Ordered this low carb gluten free food. My cats love it, especially the salmon, and within two weeks the older one had a shiny coat again, less visible dandruff, more energy, and seems happier. The younger cat is even more active :) Feeding this food exclusively now and going to sign up for the autoship.
March 27, 2014
it's a winner!
I am so glad I found blue buffalo! My older boy was not eating well and throwing up a lot. A friend brought over a can of the duck and my boy went crazy over it.. My girl who will eat just about anything liked it a lot too. So I got online and found Chewy com.
We have now tried 4 flavors of wet blue buffalo and 2 dry. Every one has been a winner. My boy has not thrown up in days. I'm hoping he will put on weight and my girl will lose some.
Before Blue Buffalo I have never been able to get any cat to eat vet recommend healthy food. They are crazy over the BB snacks I have bought also. It feels good to know they are getting nutritious food that is good for them.
I will be taking all the store bought food to the animal shelter, and stocking the panty with Blue Buffalo from here on out!
And the added bonus is no more struggling with bags of food and litter getting it from the grocery store to home since I discovered Chewy com!
March 22, 2014
Nutritious and enticing
One of my older cats, who looks like a kitten she is so small, is such a finicky eater that she will literally stop eating if she decides she doesn't like her food anymore. Being ~5 pounds, this is very worrisome because she can quickly become skin and bones due to her small size.
I found Wilderness and it has exceeded my expectations. It is healthy for her, and she likes it mixed with a bit of hot water to warm it up and make it easier to eat, but she now eats with gusto and has regained the weight she lost. I have found very few brands of food that my most picky kitty will eat, and Wilderness tops the chart!
February 14, 2012
It all depends on your pet's palate.
We transitioned our kittens to adult food and they absolutely walked away from it. It has a slightly foul odor. They love the duck flavor and the chicken & turkey flavor instead.
October 2, 2014
Wonderful for cats with allergies.
We have two 17-year-old cats who have issues with skin allergies. I don't want them getting Cortisone shots every two months...it just isn't good for them.
We discovered Blue Buffalo doesn't have byproducts, wheat, or preservatives. We have been using it for several weeks now, and the kids are responding quite well. And...these picky little eaters actually love the taste.
February 19, 2014
3 out of 4 cats agree!
I have 4 cats, 2 are elderly. The 2 seniors were loosing weight, throwing up after every meal and cranky overall. The middle cat was also throwing up alot. Decided to switch over to the grain free, high protein diet and it actually worked. The only one that didn't go for it was the little feral cat - maybe it was the texture, she's not used to the 'pate' type food and very picky. I also purchased the Origen kibble and that is a hit as well! Very happy with the purchase.
July 29, 2013
My cats will not touch this food.
I do not know the reason, but both of my 10 yr old cats will not eat this cat food. They have had Blue Buffalo canned food before and gobbled it up. I thought I would try the Chicken. They turn their noses up at it. They love the dry food Wilderness brand. Don't know about the Chicken flavor though. I have given all my pets Blue Buffalo with no problems in the past, but this is a mystery. This will not deter me from buying other Blue Buffalo products.
July 25, 2012