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"Hold the Grain" for Healthier Cats


Evidence shows that cat foods packed with corn, wheat, and other grains contribute toward the development of certain diseases and conditions in cats, including feline diabetes, allergies, and obesity. Excess weight in cats packs a double-whammy, since fat cats are prone to arthritis as well as diabetes. Cats are obligate carnivores, after all, and really don't need carbohydrates in their food.

A few commercial cat food manufacturers, recognizing these trends, are producing wholly grain-free dry cat foods for healthier cats. Listed here are several grain-free cat foods.

Young Again Zero Carb Cat Food

Young Again Zero Carb Cat Food
Photo Credit: © Franny Syufy

After reading a glowing reader's review of Young Again, I ordered a bag directly from the manufacturer for my own cats. Billy, Jenny, and especially Jaspurr, were overweight, and I was concerned for their health.

First Named Ingredients: Pork Protein Concentrate, Chicken Meal, Poultry Fat (Preserved with Rosemary Extract, Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbic Acid), Soya Oil, Fish Oil, Herring Meal, Cellulose, (Source of Dietary Fiber), Fructooligosaccharides,Natural chicken flavor, L-Lysine, Guar Gum, DL Methionine, Coconut oil, Yeast, Yeast extract.

CALORIE CONTENT: 4,070 kcals/kg (590 kcals/cup) Calculated Metabolizable energy.

Review is pending.

Blue Wilderness High Protein Grain Free Cat Food

I previously reviewed Blue Spa Select Cat Food. That food is relatively high in grain content, including brown rice, oatmeal, barley, and rye.

Blue Wilderness is completely grain-free. Also, the Life Source Bits are a very dark blue in color, and my cats eat them along with the kibble.

First Named Ingredients: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potato Starch, Fish Meal(source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Peas, Whole Potatoes, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Blueberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Dried Kelp, Taurine. CALORIE CONTENT: 391 kcals/Cup

Merrick Before Grain Dry Cat Food

Merrick Grain-Free Dry Cat Food
Photo Credit: Courtesy of PriceGrabber

First Named Ingredients: Chicken (Deboned), Chicken Meal, Potato (Dehydrated), Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols – a source of Natural Vitamin E), Sweet Potato (Dehydrated), Dried Egg, Natural Flavor, Yeast Culture, Dicalcium Phosphate, Lysine, Sea Salt, Alfalfa, Salmon Oil, Choline Chloride, Acai Berry (Dried), Blueberry (Dried), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract, Taurine.

3780 kcal/kg (calculated)

The linked review is by a reader, who rates this food five stars.

Innova Evo Food for Cats and Kittens

Innova Evo Dry Cat Food
Photo Credit: © Natura Pets

First Named Ingredients: Turkey, Chicken Meal, Chicken, Herring Meal, Chicken Fat, Peas, Egg, Turkey Meal, Pea Fiber, Natural Flavors, Apples, Carrots, Cranberries, Herring Oil, Tomatoes, Pumpkin.

With its low carbohydrate - hi protein content, Evo is an excellent choice for kittens, obese cats, as well as cats with feline diabetes. Evo has also been used successfully for treating cats with Feline IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disorder) and for helping prevent the development of urinary struvite crystals found in FLUTD. (Its targeted pH level is around 6.2 to 6.4. Results will vary for individual cats.)

Consult with your veterinarian before switching to Innova Evo or any other food if your cat is under treatment for any serious condition.

Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula

Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula
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Recall Notice: 5-4-2012Diamond Pet Food Recalled all Taste of the Wild Dry pet foods, for possible salmonella contamination.

First Named Ingredients: Chicken meal, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea protein, potato protein, roasted venison, smoked salmon, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, DL-methionine, potassium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract.

Although the label calls it "With Roasted Venison and Salmon", chicken meal is the first named ingredient.

Protein: 42% Minimum; Fat: 18% Minimum
Calcium: 1.9%, as-fed; Phosphorus: 1.2%, as-fed
Calories: 3,745 kcal/kg (390 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy

Review Pending

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