Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Venison & Green Pea Formula Canned Cat Food
Cat responding well with this food
One day, our two year old cat started to develop itchy bumps on back and face. We'd been feeding him popular brand of wet food. Both our cat-expert friend and our vet suggested he might be reacting to allergy of some kind (food, environment, other). We started with changing his food gradually (over several weeks) to this product. We had to make our transition very gradual as he had started to throw up the food at first - the vet explained this is very rich content with few fillers, so his system would take time to acclimate. Had no more throwing up after we made the amounts more modest. Now about two months later, his skin is clearing up well with a few more bumps to resolve.
The vet had recommended prescription food, but after looking on-line and being totally uncertain what was really prescription versus just called prescription, I wasn't sure what to get. Our cat-expert friend read the ingredient labels for both and offered that this and prescription were essentially the same, that this might actually be better and less expensive.
We will keep on this track unless there are further developments.
September 1, 2012
My picky cats love this (so far)
I was looking for a cat food that had limited ingredients and a novel protein for my cat with food allergies. This one fit the bill and, so far, all of my cats love it and clean their bowls. Of course, with anything, they could always change their minds. They'll probably wait until I order 2 more cases. :)
August 10, 2014
Cured my cat's ear problems!
My tabby cat kept getting ear infections, which the vet suspected were a secondary result of inflammation caused by food allergies. Since I switched her to Natural Balance Limited Ingredient duck and venison, her ear problems have disappeared. A bonus effect is that her once-rough coat has become silky smooth.
This food is definitely worth the relatively high price.
February 16, 2012
Some cats really like it.
I only have two cats who like this food, but they REALLY like it! And since one of them is allergic to both chicken and turkey, having another "safe" food to add to their rotation is a good thing.
It does lose a star for having carrageenan in it - that whole "protects against kitty colds" is marketing BS and we all know it. Carrageenan is a problematic ingredient that more and more companies are working to phase out of their lines. At least here it's pretty far down on the ingredients list. Hopefully, they'll be able to get rid of it altogether in the future.
Bottom line - a decent food for allergic cats (if they like it), but nothing super special.
July 29, 2014
High quality ingredients
Buying cat food is not an easy task - at least not for me. I've only been a cat guardian for 2+ yrs. I am still looking for the right combination of food ingredient lists that pass muster with me and taste my cats enjoy.
Though my cats did not like this venison & green pea formula, I rated 3 stars because it's a good quality product.
It boils down to my pair not bring fans of red meat. I think they prefer fowl (they LOVE the duck & green pea recipe!).
I donated the balance of the case to local cat rescue.
June 1, 2014
My cat eats better than the rest of us...
When I first bought this to try it out, I was nervous since I usually feed my cat poultry. Branching out and providing a variety of different meats is healthy for the cat, but I was nervous since mine is super picky. Turns out she loves the gamey flavor of the venison. My dad half-joked that she's now eating better than the rest of us (she was eating venison and peas vs we were eating frozen pizza that night), but considering the quality of her diet now, he's right.
The only downside is that if you have to refrigerate any leftovers, the pate becomes a lot more solid compared to other pates I've fed my cat (it's the pea flour), and you have to heat it up in the microwave to thin it out a little. Other than that, no complaints.
February 13, 2014
I had to change my cats' diet because one had developed constant diarrhea and the other was puking all the time. The vet suggested a "novel diet" and the only food I had never given them was venison. I found Natural Balance had one of the few venison foods without a lot of additives. The cats love it and both problems were eliminated in just days!
December 27, 2013
Good for novel-protein diets
My cat has IBD, and he's a picky little jerk. This stuff is okayed by his doctor for the novel-protein diet to control his symptoms, and it's easy on his stomach. It's also the cheapest canned venison I can find. He loves the taste, too, as long as I put it in the rotation with all his other flavors (ugh, he's such a diva).
November 13, 2013