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

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Feed your kitty the protein-rich diet his primal ancestors thrived on with the Merrick Before Grain Salmon Formula Grain-Free Dry Cat Food. Before grains, cats loaded up on animal protein since they’re natural carnivores―and this formula delivers on protein with salmon as the first ingredient, plus chicken and turkey to support lean muscles and provide grain-free fuel for your pal’s adventures. It’s also loaded with antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies plus taurine―an amino acid essential to kitty health―vitamins, and minerals for nose-to-tail well-being. Plus, it’s made with zero grains, by-products or anything artificial so even kitties with sensitivities can dive right into their bowl!

Key Benefits

  • Grain-free, primal-inspired formula is made with 62% animal protein to support healthy muscle growth and activity.
  • Low-glycemic recipe is packed with protein and nutrients from salmon, chicken and turkey, just like your kitty would find in a wild diet.
  • Loaded with fruits and veggies, vitamins, minerals and essential taurine so it’s a 100% complete and balanced diet for all cats.
  • Packed with omegas from salmon oil to nourish the skin and fur, and probiotics to support gentle digestion.
  • Made in the USA with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives so it’s great for kitties with food sensitivities.

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  • 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


New Formulation: Salmon 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, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, 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

3,771 kcal/kg, 1,711 kcal/lb, 407 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

Hoe 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 2 or 3 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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  • Merrick Before Grain Salmon Formula Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

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    I alternate this with the Merrick limited ingredient salmon recipe dry cat food as a nighttime food and it is enjoyed by our 2 cats who are very active at night. We feed them Addiction Brushtail wet food during the day. They are very healthy and active cats.

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  • Thank you Chewy!

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    Not only did the package come in so quickly which is top notch but the food quality and amount is awesome.I got this for about $26 dollars which is a reasonable price for 11pounds of special diet cat food compared to a 5 pound bag of cat food for $15.

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  • Kitties love it!

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    I have two cats and this is a great addition to their favorite the Merrick with life bits. Have this mixed in makes the more expensive life bits last longer.

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  • Gave cats diarreah

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    I know this is a great food, although perhaps too rich for my cats. Will be donating to a shelter..perhaps their cats will do better!

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  • Love the Salmon

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    My girls, Sugar and KayKay love the Merrick Salmon grain free dry cat food. I know they are getting the right vitamins and minerals with this food too.

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  • Good stuff

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    I feed cats of all ages and they love this stuff. Makes life so much easier.

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  • Great buy and speedy delivery

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    This is great quality, grain-free cat food that my cat chows down, and it was a cheaper on than anywhere else with the subscription. I'm very glad I signed up!

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  • My cats love it!

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    I have 3 very finicky cats. All 3 love this one. I have tried several different healthy foods and this has been a favorite!

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  • Eh

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    I feel the company has tweaked a bit of it's ingredients. I normally purchase the chicken flavored one but decided to try the fish flavored. Been buying chicken for a while now and the cats seem to not enjoy it like they use to, hence I decided to try the fish flavored. The smell is pretty over powering and it was a chore to get them to eat it. Had to mix "junk" food in w/it to get them to eat. I will eventually switch back to the chicken flavor because as far as "grain free" foods go this is by far the best value. I figure they will eat it if they get hungry enough.

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  • Merrick Before Grain Salmon Formula

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    We have been feeding Merrick for 10 years since the melamine toxicity affected so many other cat foods containing grain. The formula is great for young and older cats and the food is consistent. We have never had a problem with the food and the cats love both the grain-free chicken and the grain-free salmon formulas!!

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