Orijen Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Dry Cat Food
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
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
Miracle Cat Food
I had been feeding my two indoor cats Purina One Salmon and Tuna for years. Within the past year I noticed they were acting like their stomachs hurt all the time. Wanting grass, throwing up, wanting to chew on things, acting lethargic, running back to the food bowl right after eating, always acting hungry. I noticed it especially after the last couple of bags I had fed them. When my neighbor's cat passed away recently out of the blue he had suspected it might have been the Purina Pro Plan he had been feeding him. I got nervous and went in search of a better food for my cats fearing it might be the Purina making them sick. I read reviews of Orijen and thought I would give it a try. First I got a trial size of the 6fish, they ate it slowly but they did eat it but the thing I noticed most is how soft their coats got within a few short days. They finished the trial size so I then decided to get a trial size of the adult and kitten formula orijen not thinking my cats would care much for it since they never liked the dry foods with chicken in them. I had read reviews of how much cats liked that formula but I thought for sure mine wouldn't. This time I purchased a big bag of the 6fish and a trial size of the Adult and Kitten formula. Well don't you know they loved the Adult and Kitten Formula Orijen! I guess they just didn't like the Purina brands of dry food with chicken in it. I was totally amazed. If you can get trial sizes of the two flavors, try one of each to see which one your cat likes. They kinda seem to prefer the Adult and Kitten Formula over the 6fish and the trial size bags over the big bags. I cannot tell you how Orijen seems to have made such a big difference in my two cats. They seem happier and healthier. Their coats are so freaking soft that I have to pet them even more now and I am sure they love that. My one cat who had been acting the sickest now is more energetic and perky. I just feel so much better feeding them the Orijen. I wish I had tried it sooner. It's more expensive, I guess about twice the price of the Purina but to me and my cats, it is totally worth it. If you see the ingredients you will know why it costs more. And best of all, neither of them has thrown up since they started eating the Orijen! I totally, wholeheartedly recommend Orijen dry cat food. They don't seem to eat this as fast because I guess it satisfies them more. First time my normally quiet cat has ever meowed to have his food bowl filled. Now if that isn't a good recommendation for a cat food I don't know what is. Orijen I hope you never stop making this food! Thank you from me and my cats! And thank you to all the people who wrote good reviews for it that gave me the confidence to try it! After years of trying "premium" cat foods and never finding one these cats or my other cats liked I can't believe I finally found a good one! I call this the Miracle Cat Food! I just wish Chewy.com sold the trial size bags because that is what I want to buy from now on. But they did send my order super quickly! I would love to order from them again.
May 6, 2013
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
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
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
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
Far superior cat food
I am a Veterinary Technician and I've researched a lot of grain free cat food, and this is by far the absolute BEST dry cat food you can feed your cat. My 7 cats all go crazy for it and think they're getting a treat when I feed it. There are a lot of choices out there for cat food, but believe me when I say if you truly want the best for your furry little friends, feed them Orijen, and they will thrive!!!
January 19, 2013