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Old 05-23-2009, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Has anyone ever tried Blue Buffalo cat food? It's gotten rave reviews, and I'm thinking of trying it on my cat, but I thought I'd check here first.

Anyone?
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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I tried Blue Buffalo for my 5 cats. I'm trying to get them away from the grains in most cat foods. I tried every flavor. Only one of my cats would eat it and only the New England Boil flavor!!! I would say try it but don't make the same mistake I made...I bought all the flavors at once and ended up wasting money!! Buy one can at a time and see if he/she is interested in it.

I have also tried Wellness grain free...none of them liked that either! I'm still trying to find something healthier that all 5 will eat. It's so frustrating...I now understand where the saying "finicky like a cat" comes from! Good luck and let me know how it goes.
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:10 AM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I have a $3.00 off coupon for a bag of dry food, I wasn't planning on buying the canned at this point in time. I've also had the Before Grain (BG) brand, and he likes the chicken flavor. It also comes in Tuna and Salmon flavors and you can buy 1lb bags of for under $3.00.
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:25 PM
 
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I'm sorry I misunderstood I've been trying to get my 5 little stinkers to eat wet food since Feb. but they are not making it easy I wanted to try the grain free dry foods but my vet advised me not to make any changes in their diet since we have a diabetic kitty. I'm not sure I agree with her. I decided to leave their dry alone and try the grain free wet foods. I guess a kind of compromise. I'm just not having any luck. I would go ahead and try it just mix it in gradually with their current food. Good luck to you and your furbaby
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:30 PM
 
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ouijee,

If your vet says wet, lo carb food only -- you have a great vet! But If they are not insisting on wet food, find either a Holistic vet and/or a Feline veterinarian who knows something about cats. The FIRST thing a vet should absolutely isnist on is to get your cat on wet strict MEAT food under 10% carbs -- especially a Diabetic. (The Carbs in dry foods is what causes the Diabetes to begin with, also dehydrates cats as they need moisture in their food.)

Feline expert Lisa Pierson, DVM: Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi

Also Dr Elizabeth Hodgkins YourDiabeticCat.com - Helping and Preventing Feline Diabetes
and also www.Felinediabetes.com

Dr Pierson also explains how cats become addicted to the junk additives and "crunch" of the dry foods and how to wean them off the addiction.

As for Blue, if they make a low carb, canned food with no grains or fillers, go for it!!

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Old 05-24-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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Hi Travel'r...I printed out the info from Lisa Pierson, DVM and gave it to my vet. I wanted to change the dry food they were on to low carb and introduce wet food to them. She said not to change anything while he was on the insulin as she was afraid his sugar would crash. Since I don't agree with her I went ahead and started them on low carb, hi protein wet food. That was my compromise. The only problem is I can't find a wet food that all 5 will eat! One refuses to touch any wet food! My diabetic cat was off insulin for about 4 weeks and is now back on due to his recent bg of 585! He's not doing well and has a tumor on his rear toe. Now he needs to have the toe removed but can't have the surgery till his blood sugar stablizes. This week has been full of tears and frustration. Add to that, I'm not sure I trust the vet anymore.
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Old 05-24-2009, 07:09 PM
 
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Wow, ouijee -- this makes me sadder and more angry than you can imagine -- that vet needs to be sued for malpractice (seriously, because that vet can't prove that your cat is not a strict carnivore and should have insisted on lo carb meat.)

I hope you run far and fast to a Holistic vet (not corrupted by the pet food industry) and/or a feline specialist even if you have to drive farther because your cat(s) will never get well when a vet is telling you to feed the very cause of the issue in the first place.

Here is a thread another cat parent started on here //www.city-data.com/forum/cats/...es-canned.html which also has a bunch of CD member experiences and links with help getting cats un-addicted. Here's one (Dr Pierson's: http://www.catinfo.org/index.htm#Tra...o_Canned_Food_

Your stubborn little holdout cat WILL come around!!

You can join the forums on www.yourdiabeticcat.com (started by Dr Hodgkins) and www.felinediabetes.com (Dr Pierson) and they will guide and 110% support you. They have gotten countless cats into remission on both forums and are life-savers. Please join those forums and you will have hope like never before and your kitty will be on the road to good health. But first, ditch that vet for someone who knows about cats to treat and take care of the toe, too --, and be sure to tell them why and that your pet is a strict carnivore and they're lucky if you don't sue. (Sorry I feel so strongly about this -- it's just not right.)

The second your cat is on the appropriate diet, it will need less Insulin (probably why clueless vet got confused regarding changing to wet food affecting sugar.) Dr Hodgkins' book http://www.amazon.com/Your-Cat-Simpl...By=addFiveStar has everything -- she put all her knowlegde into this book and it's a steal on this site. (proceeds from the book go to cat/animal causes, so it's not something out for profit.)


Edit to add Lynette's excellent resource: http://meowmeowmom.wordpress.com/200...ood-which-one/

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Old 05-24-2009, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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You can also try Before Grain (BG), it's also really good. You can buy a 1lb bag to try, and they also have canned food. Since mine eats so little of the dry food, I'm thinking of that, because he likes it.
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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I love having mine on Blue, their coats are so shiny and the poop doesn't stink as much.
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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We use Blue Buffalo dry food, and our kitties love it. They're healthy, lean and (too) energetic.
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