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Q: Cat food question

October 19, 2008 | By Joyce M. | 5 answers | Expired: 1995 days ago

Joyce M.

Currently, I feed Blue dry food to my three cats. They like the food and are doing very well on it. I would like to keep them on it but if our finances change, I will have to get a less expensive food. Is there a cat food that is good for them and the ingredients are NOT from China?

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Sandy F.
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Oct 20, 2008

Go on the Blue Buffalo website, you can get some coupons for 5 dollars off a bag? Go to the section that says compare food, and then it will let you order a coupon. You could do that and have a few of your friends/family do that too to get you all the coupons! Also try searching online for the best price of the food. It does not hurt to do a quick search for the food!

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Sheltervt
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Oct 20, 2008

Hi, Joyce! No other, cheaper food comes anywhere close to the nutrition you'll find in Blue Buffalo. There are really no less expensive alternatives without seriously sacrificing quality.

And as far as the other brands that people have given in their replies: Science Diet is average quality food, at best. Another contributor mentions Royal Canin, which is a SERIOUSLY overpriced brand that is more expensive than Blue Buffalo, and nowhere near the quality of Blue. Nutro Natural choice is a dollar or two cheaper per bag, but is made by a candy company, and their quality is dropping. And Iams is just junk, really.

If you absolutely MUST stop feeding Blue Buffalo and are shopping around for a cheaper food, read ingredients. Ignore any claims made on the bag, the ingredients list is the only thing they can't lie about. Ingredients to avoid are corn, wheat, soy, gluten, vegetable proteins, and byproduct. At least two of the first five ingredients should be good, species-specific meats or meat meals (i.e. chicken or chicken meal, NOT byproducts or byproduct meal).

If I were you, I'd stick with Blue Spa Select and find somewhere else to cut costs. Quality nutrition dictates lifelong health.

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Melissa
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Oct 20, 2008

I definitely understand the money belt needing tightening. I was feeding my cats Science Diet. I was confindent with that brand but it is very expensive. What I did was find out what brands were available and the cost of each one. Then I started researching everything I could. Sounds like a lot of work but I am happy with the change. Not all brands are available in every area. Good luck.

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Djmoser
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Oct 19, 2008

We are all in the same boat with finances getting tight. I feed high quality food to my cats with the confidence that later down the road I will have fewer health issues with them. This has worked out to be true,but it is hard to keep up the good feeding with this economy. I have been cutting corners in other areas,but did consider a down grade from Royal Canin indoor to Iams indoor then I heard that Iams has a bad Public Image and possibly bad food as well so we are staying put with what we use and eating more beans...

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Mferguson0405
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Oct 19, 2008

I don't have a cat anymore but I do feed my 3 dogs Blue Buffalo dog food. I understand it is more expensive and it's also the best food on the market from my research. I have also found another somewhat comparable food Nutro Natural Choice. It may be something worth looking into

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