Merrick Before Grain Chicken Formula Grain-Free Dry Cat Food, 11.1-lb bag

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Encourage your cat to go against the grain with Merrick Before Grain Chicken Formula. It's the perfect diet food for cats with diabetes, obesity, and grain-sensitivity issues. Fresh meats, fresh fruits, and potatoes make for a delicious dining experience that is easy on the digestive system, and blueberries and acai berries give him a healthy coat and skin. The grain-free chicken formula also contains Yucca Schidigera extract, which reduces odor in stool.

Key Benefits

  • All-natural, whole food source provides a balanced diet
  • 96% meat content is great for the carnivorous cat
  • Rosemary extract reduces allergies
  • Vitamins A and E help support healthy eyes
  • Chicory root reduces the risk of worms

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  • Item Number
    47970
  • Weight
    11.1 pounds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Grain-Free

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

New Formulation: Chicken Deboned, Chicken Meal, Potato Dehydrated, Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat(Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols a Source of Vitamin E), Sweet Potato Dehydrated, Natural Chicken ; Pork Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Yeast Culture, Blueberry Dried, Organic Alfalfa, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Salmon Oil, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Chicory Root, Marigold Extract, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Niacin, Lecithin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.

Old Formulation: Chicken Deboned, Chicken Meal, Potato Dehydrated, Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols – a Source of Vitamin E), Sweet Potato Dehydrated, Yeast Culture, Natural Flavor, Blueberry Dried, Organic Alfalfa, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Salmon Oil, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Chicory Root, Marigold Extract, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Niacin, Lecithin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.

Caloric Content

3,780 kcal/kg, 1,719 kcal/lb, 409 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 36.0% min
Crude Fat 18.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 11.0% max

Feeding Instructions

How much food your cat eats each day is dependent upon size, level of activity, stage or reproduction, and environment. When feeding in measured amounts, feed according to the weight of your cat. When feeding with out 96% meat cans, reduce dry amount fed by 1/4 cup for every 3 oz of wet food. Add 1/4 cup of dry cat food for each additional 2 lbs. Adjust feeding level to your cat's individual needs. Kittens and nursing females may consume two or three times the recommended amount per day. Keep fresh water available at all times. Store in a cool dry place.

Transition Instructions

Slowly transition your pet by choosing one of Merrick's high quality diets for your cat or dog. Mix the Merrick food with your current pet's food over the course of 5 - 7 days. Continuously increase the amount of the Merrick food while decreasing the amount in your dog or cat's current diet.

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  • 4 picky cats

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    My 4 very picky cats love this food. One cat(patches) gets very bad gas even prescription food. No gas!!!!! Evil turns her nose up at the expensive food. Loves this... Marshmallow and Stic will eat almost anything.... Great food great price.

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  • I'm not sure why they aren't crazy about this

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    I used to like Merrick products, at least I thought my cats did. They were on Pure Vita for some time and I made the switch back Merrick so I could use Chewy for all of my pet needs, and they are just not crazy about this. I will have to look for a new supplier of PureVita.

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  • 5 Paws up!

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    5 paws up (technically 16 paws....we have 4 cats). I switched to this food from the Merrick Limited Ingredient turkey flavor. My cats were eating it fine, just I was reading about cat foods, and that one had a lower fat content, and higher carb. Not ideal. So this one has better percentages. The cats were bouncing off the walls, and me, while I tried to put out clean bowls and fill with this new food. lol. They loved it. Even our cat Hobbes who is more of a wet food guy seems to be eating more of this. We also feed Weruva wet food 2 times a day. My 4 cats have never snubbed a dry food. They don't like Merrick's wet food, and anything pate is a no go. We've fed Wellness (different varieties 5 paws up (technically 16 paws....we have 4 cats). I switched to this food from the Merrick Limited Ingredient turkey flavor. My cats were eating it fine, just I was reading about cat foods, and that one had a lower fat content, and higher carb. Not ideal. So this one has better percentages. The cats were bouncing off the walls, and me, while I tried to put out clean bowls and fill with this new food. lol. They loved it. Even our cat Hobbes who is more of a wet food guy seems to be eating more of this. We also feed Weruva wet food 2 times a day. My 4 cats have never snubbed a dry food. They don't like Merrick's wet food, and anything pate is a no go. We've fed Wellness (different varieties), Blue Wilderness (too many K calories), Royal Canin (this was what they were eating when we adopted them) and the Merrick Limited Ingredient Turkey. Wellness was good, but too expensive. Merrick seems to be good food for a good value. Also, just know that if you order food from Chewy, and your cats don't like it. Let Chewy know. They'll refund you and have you donate the food to a local shelter that your cats won't eat. Or dogs. So there is NO RISK to trying new foods on chewy. We've done this twice when we tried different wet foods. Just a tip : ) Cause you know cats are wacko. lol. … more

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  • Before grain, not before vegetables though

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    When will we have a cat food completely digestible for them? All meat and bone and innards? If it's not grains (thank you, Merrick), it's vegetables, which cats cannot digest completely. This the best thing I've found, right now. But, the ingredients should be a list of about 8-10, not 80-100 (I exaggerate).

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  • Excellent food

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    My cats love it! I am so happy to find a grain-free healthy dry food that all of my kitties enjoy. Will continue to purchase as long as this is offered.

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  • My cats love this.

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    I am thrilled that these heavy bags of food and litter can be delivered free. I recently moved into a retirement home and this service is really convenient!

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  • good ingredients

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    I was impressed by the ingredients in this cat chow, but my cats are not that impressed.

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  • Cats love it

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    Both of my cats love this food. The pieces are small, which makes it good for Betsey, who isn't a big eater and only needs a little at a time, and Nardo, who eats everything under the sun. I am so happy with the ingredients and the price on this food!

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  • What do semi-wild cats and kittens eat?

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    They all seem to like this food very well. Was using a brand no longer available through Chewy, but the cats seem to like this one more.

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  • Mediocre--

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    My three cats don't really like it yet are tolerating it...probably because it has more healthy ingredients.

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