Orijen Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Dry Cat Food
One of THE best cat foods - in my humble opinion
I've got 5 finicky mixed breed shorthaired felines ranges 3 to 10 (male and female) and first of all they all love this food, been feeding it for 1 1/2 years now.
They've had no digestive issues, their stool only has minimal smell, and there is very little of it, showing that the food is optimally being disgested. Their coat is so silky and shiny with barely any dandruff (which was a big problem before switching to grain-free). Notably less shedding then when they were non grainfree food. Their water intake has increased quite a bit when I switched (using two petflow water fountains).
You can't help but be impressed by the nutrient and ingredient information on the back of the package, there is simply no junk in this food. It has an optimal ratio of calcium, phosperus and magnesium which insures a ph balanced urine and helps formation of various stones which can cause bladder and UTI and kidney problems.
The European language version of the ingredient chart displays all the percentages of ingredients which is really impressive, especially the total percentage of quality protein/meat & fish ingredients. Carbohydrates are only 17%.
In the past, I've fed Wellness Core, Blue Buffalo Wilderness grain free foods and Wysong Epigen Starch free and I still rotate in one of those foods every 4 weeks.
I can only think of two CONs, I don't like the shape and size of the kibble, it doesn't lend itself to being crunched enough and the food is quite high in calories and fat. So adjust the cats' portions carefully or they'll get fat quickly. I only feed 1/4 cup morning and night for each cat (12 to 14Lb cats), but even that's a bit too much I get the feeling.
I also appreciate that the manufacturer Champion petfoods, doesn't farm out their production to other factories (which leads to a lot of contamination issues and recalls), other manufacturers have their hi-end foods produced in other factories which also produce the "garbage" catfoods. This food is made in Canada in their own factory. It doesn't mean they've never had recalls but quality control there is excellent and more predictable.
March 18, 2013
Both of our German Shepherd Dogs eat Orijen, so we decided to make the switch for our 2 cats.
I was disappointed, at first, because NEITHER of them would touch it. I contacted Orijen, and they suggested I start by "burying" a few pieces at the bottom of their bowls. I did this - just 5 or 6 pieces - under their Iams. When I went to feed them the next day, their Iams was gone, and they'd left 3 of the Orijen pieces. That meant that they actually ate a couple! I continued to do this, burying Orijen at the bottom, increasing the pieces every time. It took 3 MONTHS, and they are now 100% Orijen, and they LOVE it.
The switch was, very much, worth the patience, because their little bodies have really benefitted from the superior ingredients. First of all, as others have said, their stools are smaller and they don't smell! Also, my calico had eye allergies that were so severe, she would leave dark brown spot on the light colored furniture and on the walls by their food dishes. That condition has lessened tremendously... no more tear spots! Shedding has decreased, and both cats have very silky soft coats.
To those of you out there who "gave it a shot," try incorporating the food in tiny amounts, gradually increasing over time. After all, considering this food really is the very best for your cat, isn't that worth a little patience?
October 19, 2012
Has all that is needed to keep my cat diabetic free!!
My 11 year old male Siamese was hospitalized for a week due to diabetes. He had to have 8 units insulin a day, due to this food he is insulin free. I love that it is grain free, high protein! He is a very healthy cat now.
Cats need meat not grains & high protein. Would recomend this food highly...
May 9, 2013
Not sure if I should buy the new stuff
My cat has been on the same orijen formula since she's a baby, and she's very picky, that's the only thing she'll eat. It really frustrates me this companies just keep looking for more "cost effective way" for growth of revenue and sacrifice what they used to care about.
August 1, 2013
NEW CHANGES= CHEAPER INGREDIENTS!
I liked this brand ALOT, & used it often along with Evo. Now they have changed the formula & it's not for the better. In both this & the 6 fish, the SALMON is either removed or replaced with cheaper fish ie. herring, Pollack. Where there was fresh chicken it's now meal, or turkey liver & added red & green lentils( to fill in for other ingredients I suppose?). Read the difference between original & "NEW" formula, cheaper ingredients now being used yet still at the same high price. Wellness did this a couple yrs back & took out Salmon & used Herring instead, my cats noticed before I did! With so many ppl liking this food & cats doing well on it, WHY CHANGE IT?? Cats are very picky eaters & they WILL notice the changes! Some may not do as well on THIS formula or even eat it due to so many different ingredient changes. It's a shame, it's hard enough to find a GOOD grain free dry cat food , then when you do- THEY CHANGE IT! Not a happy consumer~
May 4, 2013
Orijen is the best
I believe Orijen is the premier dry kibble for cats and kittens on the market today. I don't want to eat anything but real food and my cats deserve the same.
May 9, 2013
Great cat food, mine love it!
This food has all of what I look for: at least 40% protein, no grains, no recalls, control over the plant that makes the food, reasonably priced, tastes good to my cats, agrees with their digestion. Smells and looks good, always excellent quality. Definitely one of my favorite foods for my beloved pets!
February 25, 2013
My cats love this!
My two finicky cats usually have 5 or 6 bowls with different grain-free kibbles in them, which i keep buying, hoping I'll find one they like.
They *like* this one. They have been cleaning this particular bowl every day for weeks now. So I'm very happy to finally find something they look forward to.
August 12, 2012