Dry Cat Food
Brand and Formula Name
Merrick Before Grain (Merrick BG) Cat Food
What I Like About this Product
My cat liked it immediately, and it is widely available in stores like WalMart and Petco.
What I Least Like About This Product
How my Cat(s) Reacted to This Product
He liked it immediately, and he feeds on it all day, a little at a time.
I have a seven year old Himalayan named Magic, and my vet thought he might have cholangeal hepatitis. He had frequent bouts of vomiting and resultant dehydration, and his visits to the vet were frequent and prolonged and very expensive, and I thought his time was short. Each event found him taking a course of antibiotics, and long term steroids.. After reading volumes of research about allergies and IBD versus hepatitis, I was convinced that he had food problems. I tried all the canned options like EVO 95%, but he just didn't like any canned food. Finally, I read about Merrick BG, bought a bag, and he took to it immediately. It's been over a year, and he hasn't been to the vet once. He is thriving, and the steroids have been consigned to the waste can for six months.. Magic still vomits once every few weeks, but nothing prolonged or extreme, and since he is a fastidious long-haired cat, I think it's nothing more than common hairball distress. Since this dry food has no corn or wheat or soy, the clues point to one or more of those as the allergy culprit. A few months ago, I gave him some Laxitone for hairballs, and he vomited within an hour. Reading the ingredients, I found corn as one of the first listed, so I think that corn is the culprit. At any rate, Merrick's BG was the solution to a nightmare that I think is over. I would suggest to anyone who has a cat with problems that they suspect might be food-related that they try Merrick BG. They have a few different ones, but Magic likes the chicken. It's not super expensive, and it makes sense to eliminate the corn and wheat and soy from a cat's diet, at least as an experiment. For me, I consider it a cure.
Would you recommend this to a friend?Yes
Franny Syufy, About.com Cats, says:
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, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chicory Root, Marigold Extract, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Niacin, Lecithin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite