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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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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Guilt-Free Food

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    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 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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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good food

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    The first can that I opened surprised me because of all the liquid at the top. In the past other foods considered "pate" were very solid. Because FIRST MATE has no congealing GUMS, the broth collected at the top and needed to be STIRRED IN. Since becoming aware of the harmful GUMS added, some are even carcinogenic I carefully read the ingredients of ALL FOODS. All foods by FIRST MATE are on the very short list of healthy foods. I have a lot of kitties and all of them love it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    well done First Mate Limited Ingredients

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    My cat has IBD. He is currently recovering from a very bad flair up, vomiting, poor appetite, some diarrhea. He was recently eating a prescription diet food (canned) from vet. Of course he was taken to the vet to rule out Pancreatitis which he also has had a couple of times over the past few years. In my quest to find a good quality food without wheat gluten, corn, rice, peas I ran across First Mate. It is also hard to find a cat food that does not include potential irritants to an already compromised cat's digestive track like carrageenan. Studies seem to show some evidence of carrageenan being an inflammatory ingredient as well as Guar Gum. Then you see powdered cellulose in some form in these My cat has IBD. He is currently recovering from a very bad flair up, vomiting, poor appetite, some diarrhea. He was recently eating a prescription diet food (canned) from vet. Of course he was taken to the vet to rule out Pancreatitis which he also has had a couple of times over the past few years. In my quest to find a good quality food without wheat gluten, corn, rice, peas I ran across First Mate. It is also hard to find a cat food that does not include potential irritants to an already compromised cat's digestive track like carrageenan. Studies seem to show some evidence of carrageenan being an inflammatory ingredient as well as Guar Gum. Then you see powdered cellulose in some form in these foods, basically a paper product, how good can that be? Well some of these products if not all sometimes are in our animal's canned foods. So, I had to jump start my cat by syringing him with this food B/C he really wasn't eating hardly anything I would offer him. This morning he is eating First Mate on his own and I hope this continues as the ingredients are of good quality and I am so impressed that it does not include these potential GI irritants like Guar Gum, Powdered Cellulose and Carrageenan. Thank you First Mate, finally someone "gets it"... … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    No more vomiting!

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    Wow! This food stopped my cat's vomiting, and I couldn't be happier for both of us! I think it's because of the exceptionally high quality ingredients it contains, and NONE of the GI irritating (toxic) ingredients so common in other canned cat food such as guar gum, xanthan gum, cassia gum, carrageenan and BPA cans. It is a very moist and smooth pate which my cat loves, and it smells good too. I also love that it's limited ingredient (just turkey, chicken liver and potato) so there's less for my cat to react to. This company has never had any recalls and they have their own cannery in Canada so they have complete production control. Literally, my cat went from vomiting almost every day, Wow! This food stopped my cat's vomiting, and I couldn't be happier for both of us! I think it's because of the exceptionally high quality ingredients it contains, and NONE of the GI irritating (toxic) ingredients so common in other canned cat food such as guar gum, xanthan gum, cassia gum, carrageenan and BPA cans. It is a very moist and smooth pate which my cat loves, and it smells good too. I also love that it's limited ingredient (just turkey, chicken liver and potato) so there's less for my cat to react to. This company has never had any recalls and they have their own cannery in Canada so they have complete production control. Literally, my cat went from vomiting almost every day, to not once yet since starting this food. She has been eating it now for 2 weeks. Worth every penny, I highly recommend it!!! … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful food!

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    I've been looking for a food that doesn't break the bank and can handle a flurry of health issues - Pancreatitis, IBS, Diabeetus. This is it. This food looks good, smells good to me, and MORE importantly than that - it's ingredients are GREAT and my critters both kitties and doggo LOVE IT. They can't get enough of it! I was worried about the potato at first but at 5.5% carbs on a dry matter basis, I'm no longer worried at all compared to what they were eating. That's a great number to see. Note to others, it's considered a pate, but not in the usual sense we're familiar with. Because this had no binding agent's (and that is a WONDERFUL thing) it's more cottage cheese like than the usual tomato I've been looking for a food that doesn't break the bank and can handle a flurry of health issues - Pancreatitis, IBS, Diabeetus. This is it. This food looks good, smells good to me, and MORE importantly than that - it's ingredients are GREAT and my critters both kitties and doggo LOVE IT. They can't get enough of it! I was worried about the potato at first but at 5.5% carbs on a dry matter basis, I'm no longer worried at all compared to what they were eating. That's a great number to see. Note to others, it's considered a pate, but not in the usual sense we're familiar with. Because this had no binding agent's (and that is a WONDERFUL thing) it's more cottage cheese like than the usual tomato paste like pate format. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Kitties love this!

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    I try different limited ingredient wet foods (for variety as well) for my kitties with sensitive tummy issues. This is a hit! They lick the plate clean. So far no tummy issues. It takes about a week to get delivered, so I need to watch for that. This has no gums, which I feel is the problem. Hard to find any without. Thanks First Mate for making an awesome food for our kitties!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Our cats favorite food

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    Our new vet recommended this for our two domestic cats and they absolutely love it! We had been giving them My BFF prior but the vet said this is much better due to the lack of "bad" ingredients and I couldn't agree more! There seems to me nothing in it they don't love.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    picky eater winner

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    both of my super picky cats love this. Am transitioning them off dry food and have tried literally dozens of wetfood options. This brand got very high marks on catfood database for quality and nutrtions AND THEY LIKE IT. Very very moist pate.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Thank You, FirstMate...

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    ... for recognizing the growing need for limited ingredient food options! One of our little darlings is currently on an elimination diet. Her food intolerance has grown over a number of years, and we’re now to the point where her options are limited, and I need to know the root of her allergy. After reading the reviews and reviewing the ingredients, I decided to give it a whirl. She loves turkey, and as I believe she’s part billy goat, wasn’t wondered whether or not she’d eat it. No surprise, she inhaled it. What shocked me was another of our cats, who eats only one brand and one flavor of another high-end food, hovered over her like a vulture until she couldn’t take it anymore, moved away ... for recognizing the growing need for limited ingredient food options! One of our little darlings is currently on an elimination diet. Her food intolerance has grown over a number of years, and we’re now to the point where her options are limited, and I need to know the root of her allergy. After reading the reviews and reviewing the ingredients, I decided to give it a whirl. She loves turkey, and as I believe she’s part billy goat, wasn’t wondered whether or not she’d eat it. No surprise, she inhaled it. What shocked me was another of our cats, who eats only one brand and one flavor of another high-end food, hovered over her like a vulture until she couldn’t take it anymore, moved away, and he finished the rest of the bowl. Fast forward two months — my boy still eats his other belov’d wet food, but only in the morning. At night, he eats FirstMate exclusively, and won’t accept anything else. As for our allergy-striken girl, she continues to inhale FirstMate, with gusto, and without issue. One area in which I’d like to see improvement is the can size. It would be great if a smaller can e.g. 3 oz were offered, if it can be accomplished without compromise to the product or acquisition by a larger company. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Good quality limited ingredient wet food

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    My headline about sizes it up, good price and delivered to your doorstep. If you want a limited ingredient wet food for your cat this and the chicken are well liked by my cats.

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