With proper adjustment period. My senior cat had chronic diarrhea for years that would not resolve even with other sensitive stomach diets, probiotics, etc. We assumed it was a thyroid medication side effect. Low and behold, one week after starting Dr. Elsey's, she has normal poops! It's certainly expensive but it is loaded with high quality calories and my two cats do not eat as much of this as the former food. I'd say a 6.6 lb bag lasts us about a month for our two kitties. We do supplement with wet food as well.
I initially got this for my first kitten and she loved it and decided to try the chicken the next time since it doesn’t have chickpeas. Unfortunately there was an issue with the extruding process and it was very crumbly. By then I also had an 8 week old baby Sprinkles. Summer and Sprinkles weren’t huge fans of having to eat crumbs. Summer definitely preferred this rabbit flavor. I kept trying to order more and wanted the big bags since it is less $ per pound and obtaining it is an issue (Ingredient sourcing) I had to get another brand to tie them over in the meantime. I was doing extensive research and only found one brand that may be better but it was more expensive and the companies customer service didn’t seem great. Ultimately I decided this rabbit food is the best for my babies. It has animal based protein for the first 7 ingredients which is excellent. So the chickpeas don’t worry me too much. I emailed Chewy when they were expecting a shipment and was able to order two 6.6 lb bags. It should last them awhile since they also share two cans of wet food a day. I am happy and they are happy. Now let’s hope they the affordable wet food I found. That’s been a whole other adventure. :’D
Opened a new bag immediately after my cats finished an old bag. They are not happy with the new bag. They used to love Dr. Elsey's Rabbit and Duck kibbles and ate very well. Now they smell it and walk away. I contacted Dr. Elsey's and asked if they had changed formula. Their customer service replied "No" but my cats could tell something is very different.
I have an extremely sensitive cat which has had trouble with a number of different food proteins we've tried over the years. Dr Elseys rabbit recipe grain free clean protein looked promising. NOTE: this cat food also has dried chicken and dried egg product listed as number 2 and 3 ingredients, so if your cat has poultry allergies, this is not what you want to feed. Unfortunately for us, she started having several issues almost immediately. She cannot digest this kibble. She throws it up (projectile vomiting) soon after eating (unusual, as she turns her nose away at most new foods we've tried). She also almost immediately started breaking out in what appears to be hives on her neck and belly. Of course I stopped feeding as soon as I saw the reactions and treated her skin to reduce the irritation. I thought perhaps pre-wetting the food might help her digest it, but after soaking 1/8 cup of food in warm water for two days, it was still as hard as the kibble straight out of the bag. You might be fine feeding this kibble, but only if your can has no digestive troubles.
My cats are fed both wet foods and a limited amount of kibble. The fat kibble addict usually eats the whole portion for everyone. And, they typically prefer the lower quality products due to flavor enhancers (?) I've donated many barely used bags of "high end" $$ product. Wanted to go lower carb, so tried the Clean Protein Rabbit. ALL my cats love it! Only issue is the ubiquitous supply chain problem means it's currently not available. Sad. Bought the Chicken formula, which is eaten, but not with gusto. Hoping Rabbit is back in stock soon.
I have a cat with allergies to fish. It’s very hard to find cat food without fish of some sort in the ingredients. The cat does best on novel protein diets, so I was pleased to find Dr Elseys in both rabbit and duck. All my cats like the food, and the food has been good for all of them. Because it’s a leaner diet with little filler, all my cats are maintaining a healthier weight without being constantly hungry, and they have plenty of energy. Highly recommend.
Based on the advertisements I fed this to my 1 1/2-year-old Himalayan for several months BUT he was constantly constipated with this food to the point he failed to grow and thrive and actually developed a bowel obstruction costing a huge veterinarian bill.
I got this kibble after researching many different brands for the lowest carbohydrate content. I found out last year that my 5 year old cat is pre-diabetic, but she’s also hypokalemic and hates the potassium gel I have to give her. She got so sick of it that she stopped licking it off her fur and just left it on to get all nasty! I switched to RX Vitamins “B+K” tincture instead and she will eat it if I put it on this kibble. She eats raw AM and PM and gets 2 tablespoons of Dr Elsey’s at lunch, with her K supplement on top. So I am quite happy about that! She also loves kibble so I’m glad she at least gets to satisfy her carb cravings with a low carb option! Haha. I only gave 4 stars for the price and also for the fact I haven’t been feeding this long enough to see if there’s a change in health/body condition or elimination habits. Not that there would be necessarily, since the amount I feed is so small.
This product is the BEST cat food on the market. Cats require Animal Protein, this food brand is reliable, the company has integrity and it’s the highest animal protein in the market. My cats eat less of this food because it’s high animal protein, I free feed this. No carbs so no weight issues.
It's soooo hard to find a top quality dry food your cats will actually eat. I couldn't believe I finally found one. They actually prefer this dry kibble to wet food, as I have been throwing the wet food in the trash. I just wish Dr. Elsey would make a rabbit formula in their wet food line. I am afraid to try the other meats in this line that will wind up in the trash. Only good thing is Chewy is really good about giving refunds. But even that makes me feel bad because they loose so much money on these picky cats.