Rated 5 out of 5 by AllergicinSF High quality food for cats with food intolerances/allergies
Ever since discovering one of our rescue cats has allergies to fish and poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) after several bouts of eosinophilic plaque and vasculitis on the ear, we've had a heck of a time finding quality foods with a single protein source. So glad we found this brand and limited ingredient line of foods! Both our cats love it, and even though it is relatively more expensive, when you think about how short a time we have our pets in our lives, it's worth every penny. Note that Nature's Variety makes this formula with ONLY rabbit protein, and two other formulas (raw boost and grain-free) that contains rabbit, turkey, chicken and fish meal; get the Limited Ingredient type if you have a cat like ours that has allergies to these proteins. The Limited Ingredient is hard to find in big-box stores, so very happy to find here!
August 12, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vicki High quality food but not for my kitty
I have a cat with stomach issues (allergies and IBD) and I've been hunting for a food that she can actually keep down. This was, unfortunately, not it. She vomited after every meal. I tried it for a week and then decided I couldn't put her through it anymore. This is definitely a high quality food, though, and it was apparently tasty because both of my cats wanted to eat it. It's definitely worth a try if you're looking for a Limited Ingredient Diet, just be aware that there's always a lot of trial and error with that.
August 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mirianda Finally!
I have three cats. One of whom has suffered from loose bowels and semi-chronic vomiting, hasn't been enough to slow him down too much, but still suffering. I have tried a lot of different products and after a bit of research I decided to give this a shot. My husband kind of groaned when I switched yet again, but I did start to see an improvement, and his brother (who had previously only liked fish based foods) liked it too.
His loose bowels are a thing of the past and while he'll still vomit, it's down to a once every other month instead of a couple times a week. His coat is much nicer now too - I saw some improvement when I switched to grain free with his coat, but the other foods still had the other issues.
August 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jule A little secret: Add a little water to the dry food
This is a great quality food, but my cats barely nibbled it at first. They were interested but it was not an overwhelming "yes". I've tried everything that is grain and chicken free and was out of options, so I tried putting just enough water to moisten the kibbles and even the fussiest of the fussy started chowing down!
August 28, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mia35 Good for cats with food sensitivities...with a caveat...
We have a young adopted cat who unfortunately, is allergic to nearly all kibble food, since she is allergic to poultry, fish, and grains. Exposure to these causes severe ear infections, itchiness and fur-biting, asthma, and digestive upset. As one of these ingredients is in nearly every kind of kibble on the market, we were in despair as to what to feed her. Rabbit is a novel protein, and this variety has "limited ingredients" so she is able to eat it without ear infections, though something in it is still bothering her. But, at least we are avoiding expensive trips to the vet at the moment.
There are 3 things I don't like about this food:
1. The high content of peas--cats do not eat peas, they do not have the right digestive enzymes for carbohydrates. But, it serves as an inexpensive filler and adds fiber to the food.
2. The first ingredient is rabbit meal, which means mostly ground rabbit bones, and not rabbit meat. The actual meat content of this food is minimal, and the bone meal makes it harder to digest.
3. And this is the worst for us, and could be a result of the other 2 cons: this makes the most horrendous, wretched smelling stools my husband and I have ever had the misfortune to experience with our cats. They are soft, and black in color, like the food. We did not want to repurchase it for this reason, but until we can find something else our cat can tolerate, we will deal with the smell.
August 16, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by ltkira Quality ingredients with death out the other end
Love the rabbit ingredients, very effective for reducing our kitty's vomiting. However, from day one the smell that permeates the entire house from this food is officially a deal breaker after 4 months of trying it. I cannot describe how pungent and bad the smell is. It's so bad we won't have guests over (we're in a 1 bedroom apt). Maybe it's just our cat, but it's time to try another brand.
August 14, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by AllergicAva An expensive mistake
Like many others considering this food, I have a cat with multiple food allergies (chicken, turkey, duck, egg). I had been feeding Orijen Six Fish, which they all liked, but one of the other cats was having occasional loose stools, so I wanted to try them on a mammal-based protein.
I purchased the small bag of this food first; it met with approval from all three kitties. I mixed it with the Orijen and transitioned them gradually over a period of two weeks. All seemed to be going well, so I bought the 12 lb bag. Within a few days, and once the cats were only eating Nature's Variety Instinct L.I.D. Rabbit Meal, all three developed consistent loose stools. On top of that, after about a week, the cats all began to lose their taste for the new food, and were losing weight.
That was the final straw, so I went out and purchased another fish-based food that I can get locally (TOTW Canyon Creek). Within a day or two, the cats were eating, and pooping, normally again.
This cat food did not work for my furry family!
April 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by TxSz Rabbit and Pea - Hooray
thanks to Chewy for carrying excellent choices for our sensitive feline. this was a welcome and price competitive option.
August 6, 2016