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FirstMate Turkey Formula Limited Ingredient Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

FirstMate Turkey Formula Limited Ingredient Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

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    Guilt-Free Food

    By fyryred on Oct 16, 2019

    I've been feeding my 15 year old cat sensitive stomach prescription food for 2.5 years. During that time, I've been feeling guilty about feeding her this food as it has ingredients that cause me concern. Her condition worsened in spite of constant veterinary care and following textbook medical I've been feeding my 15 year old cat sensitive stomach prescription food for 2.5 years. During that time, I've been feeling guilty about feeding her this food as it has ingredients that cause me concern. Her condition worsened in spite of constant veterinary care and following textbook medical protocol for IBD. (I'm not blaming the prescription food.) The next step was exploratory surgery for biopsy. After consulting my vet, we decided to "go off the reservation" and try 2 non-prescription foods I had researched. FirstMate was one of these foods. We've been feeding this Turkey formula to Cricket for a over a month and are very happy with the results. The biopsy confirmed an IBD diagnosis so unfortunately Cricket is on steroids. However, I'm hopeful the steroids combined with a high-quality pure food will give her gut a chance to heal a bit if that's possible. Her constant diarrhea and bi-weekly vomiting has stopped. Her incessant hunger remains but that is part of IBD. She was constantly anxious and potentially in pain when she was having an IBD flare-up. For the time being, all of that is no-longer present. As a result of feeding Cricket FirstMate, my cat food guilt has subsided and I no longer lose sleep over what I'm feeding my cats. … more

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    Not for my cat

    By myCatsFriend on Aug 4, 2019

    Ingredient list looked good to human, the food smelled good to human. But my cat refused to eat it, I needed to mixed it with other food, but she still didnt have much interest in eating it. Btw, the food was quiet oily when I touched it. I don't recall I had ever toughed a wet food this oily. (But the Ingredient list looked good to human, the food smelled good to human. But my cat refused to eat it, I needed to mixed it with other food, but she still didnt have much interest in eating it. Btw, the food was quiet oily when I touched it. I don't recall I had ever toughed a wet food this oily. (But the fat content wasn't that high in paper) … more

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Cat and dog food

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    I was motivated to try this because the ingredients and suitable for dog and cat. When I got the kitten I found that my senior Siberian Husky was stealing his leftovers so I bought food I could feed both. Cat hated it but dog loved it 12 cans in then stopped eating it. So...I'm stuck with 12 cans that I have to donate but it almost worked.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Limited ingredients ,great texture and moisture content

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    I like this product because it does have limited ingredients and high moisture content and no preservatives.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    She likes it!!!

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    My cat Liz, approaches new food with a sniff, maybe a few bites and then walks away and eats it much later. This food, there isn't much delay! It's nice and moist, stays moist in the partially used can, and doesn't stink. Other brands of turkey really smell and I think that's why her stools are more fragrant. Also, other brands tend to dry out over a day or so. I might also add, that some wet food can lids are extremely difficult to remove and I fear getting cut. This lid is much easier to remove, which is a plus. This brand is more expensive but it's definitely worth it. Even though I'm not Canadian, I love the big red Canadian maple leaf of the lid of the can.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    My cat doesn't like this one.

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    The reviews & ingredients sounded great, so I gave it a try for my cat. She's usually not a picky eater - she lives for food. Even if she's not fond of a flavor, she will always go back & finish it anyway...because hey, it's still food. This was the case for this brand/flavor, except she had to go back about 5 times to finally finish what was in her bowl...which means she REALLY didn't like it. So now, I just mix it with another brand/flavor that she likes so it's not as bad for her. So, needless to say, I will not be ordering this brand/flavor anymore. But your cat may enjoy it. The part that really disappointed me was that when I received the case, almost half of the cans were dented on The reviews & ingredients sounded great, so I gave it a try for my cat. She's usually not a picky eater - she lives for food. Even if she's not fond of a flavor, she will always go back & finish it anyway...because hey, it's still food. This was the case for this brand/flavor, except she had to go back about 5 times to finally finish what was in her bowl...which means she REALLY didn't like it. So now, I just mix it with another brand/flavor that she likes so it's not as bad for her. So, needless to say, I will not be ordering this brand/flavor anymore. But your cat may enjoy it. The part that really disappointed me was that when I received the case, almost half of the cans were dented on the bottom (even with the cardboardbox protecting the bottom). Dented cans are supposed to be a no-no for health reasons (Google it). When I buy cans from pet stores, I always inspect the cans to ensure they are dent & rust free. I would've returned the case but it just seemed like such a hassle, & I've been so busy lately that I just decided to keep it & pick out the good cans. I ordered 2 different cases/brands. The other one was physically fine & she likes that flavor. I may give Chewy another try, but will stop if I continue to get dented cans. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    So far, so good

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    My Picky Miss has gobbled this up a few times now. That's a great sign from her that she likes it. A lot of new foods that I try she will eat once, then she turns her nose up at it from then on. This one she's eaten three or four times now. I consider this one a winner! My other cat who is not picky, also loves this. So it's an all-around good food in my house.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    I liked it - but my furbabies did not.

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    Long detailed review - I’m giving it 5 stars for the quality ingredients, packaging, consistency of food and price point (approx. $2.10 per can for quality food). I have a Maine Coon (girl) and a Scottish Fold (boy). She's just over a year and he's at 11 months. I've been trying to transition them to higher quality foods and it's been hit or miss trying to please both. I read a review somewhere that one person went through 15 brands before landing on their right fit. My boy is picky with these high quality brands but could eat Friskies (McDonald's so to speak) or Royal Canin (just a couple of levels up from McDonald's) for the rest of his life if he had his choice. My girl isn't nearly as Long detailed review - I’m giving it 5 stars for the quality ingredients, packaging, consistency of food and price point (approx. $2.10 per can for quality food). I have a Maine Coon (girl) and a Scottish Fold (boy). She's just over a year and he's at 11 months. I've been trying to transition them to higher quality foods and it's been hit or miss trying to please both. I read a review somewhere that one person went through 15 brands before landing on their right fit. My boy is picky with these high quality brands but could eat Friskies (McDonald's so to speak) or Royal Canin (just a couple of levels up from McDonald's) for the rest of his life if he had his choice. My girl isn't nearly as picky. We transitioned to Nature's Variety Instinct and it was a success for both for about two months and then my boy stopped eating it. I put the Royal Canin down and he devoured it as usual. Sigh... On top of that, my Maine Coons stool turned into "cowpies" or soft stool for weeks (mind you, these transitions take weeks and neither had vomiting or diarrhea during the transitions). So her stool became soft, would not harden, and started "attaching" to her super fluffy fur – instead of dropping to the litter. EEK! No can do! All of a sudden, she was miserable and having to clean herself up more if it happened while I wasn't home - and endure more baths. Not to mention the mess it was making in the house. No fun for either of us. Maine Coon experts told me she needed a higher protein diet to fix this. And I couldn't keep them on Royal Canin because has too many ingredients that I don't want them to have (meat by-products, guar gum, etc.). And even though I’ve had furbabies for over 30 years, these are the first babies I got as kittens so I have this “new mom” anxiety. I did some research and found The Truth About Pet Food and a detailed breakdown on http://www.reviews.com/cat-food/. So off we went to a new transition. I opted for Orijen dry cat food. So far, this is a hit. I even use these little bits for training and treats. But my babies get a mixed diet. Kibble isn’t their main source of nutrients so I still needed a wet food as the priority source. I opted for First Mate Turkey and Ziwi Peak Lamb/Rabbit. They are both highly recommended, very high in protein and have better ingredients than a lot of other foods on the market. Ziwi Peak has been a hit with both of my babies (two weeks have passed and they lap it up - and my Maine Coon's stool is no longer "soft" and she's very happy all the time). First Mate? Not a hit at all - not even close. First Mate has all the best ingredients but my babies just never took to it. I gave it a week. I’d put it out in the morning and come home and it would be sitting there untouched and their kibble bowls would be bone dry. Their kibble bowls are never dry so they were hungry. I even got down on the floor and “imitated” eating some myself since we know our furbabies love our food. They weren’t fooled. I can’t understand why they don’t want it. It smells decent, looks decent, etc. I really wanted this food to be a hit but not even my non-picky baby would touch it. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    High Quality, Excellent Food

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    I have a rescue Persian who came with multiple health issues. The rescue group had her on a very low quality food that contained by-products among other unhealthy ingredients. She has had three bouts of pancreatitis since I've had her. Her liver and gall bladder have also been inflamed. I spent Many hours doing research trying to find her a healthy food. It wasn't an easy task! First Mate meets all my standards for her nutritional needs...contains no by-products, carrageenan, gums or thickeners of any kind, fillers, clays, cellulose(which can include cardboard). The proteinate forms of minerals are the best available. I don't know if this makes the food a little more expensive or not, but my I have a rescue Persian who came with multiple health issues. The rescue group had her on a very low quality food that contained by-products among other unhealthy ingredients. She has had three bouts of pancreatitis since I've had her. Her liver and gall bladder have also been inflamed. I spent Many hours doing research trying to find her a healthy food. It wasn't an easy task! First Mate meets all my standards for her nutritional needs...contains no by-products, carrageenan, gums or thickeners of any kind, fillers, clays, cellulose(which can include cardboard). The proteinate forms of minerals are the best available. I don't know if this makes the food a little more expensive or not, but my fur baby's health means everything to me. I want her to feel well. I does contain a small amount of potato which I personally would like to see removed as cats do not need any vegetables or carbs. But when you compare this to other foods, this food is far, far, superior. The food is a little "runny", kind of like baby food, but better that than all those unhealthy thickeners. My baby eats this with gusto and has put weight back on. I hope they never change the formula or discontinue this food. This is 5 star food. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great ingredients

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    Looks great, smells great, would never know it was cat food! Unfortunately most liked it some didn't.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Cats say no

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    My fur boys don't like this - wouldn't eat it. As with most of their food preferences - I'm clueless as to why. I like that it's grain free. Maybe other cats would eat it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Food

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    My Buddha is a 16-yr old male cat and suffers from chronic pancreatitis and finding food with no salt or by-products is a challenge. I found the First Mate Turkey when I spent a day reading through all the foods and their ingredients. He loves it; it smells like turkey and has a good consistency. I do have to mix it with Fortiflora, but it hasn't put him off it the way it happens with some products. Thanks for a great product that helps keep my baby happy and healthy.

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