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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 7:12 pm 
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Hi folks I have been looking at these two dry brands both in grain free and I am looking for any personal experience you might have. After looking over everything and calling both companies I have found not much difference except NB has just a little lower ash content.

The original reason for getting onto this board the adult bengal we took in had lymphoma the breeder didn't tell us about. Still I figured this might be a good place for some ideas. I have recently learned a bit about the poor diets we used to use so I wanted to take my time and make a good decision I am comfortable with for my two domestic tabbies.

So again I am down to Blue Wilderness or Natural Balance Both grain free. Thanks Michael.


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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:36 pm 
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My cats haven't tried New Balance, so I don't have any experience with that, but they do eat (some) blue wilderness as a regular part of their diet. To me, nutritionally they seem pretty similar. Blue wilderness is a little higher in protein and a little higher in fat. New Balance is one I probably wouldn't have any hesitation in trying though. It seems good to me. In Blue Wilderness' favor is that it has more flavors (and my cats pretty much like them all) and, at least around here, can be bought at pretty much any pet or pet food store. And I do like that it's higher in protein. You might want to just let your cat have the final say though. If he likes both, even feeding both isn't that bad. It's actually pretty nice to have cats that are used to different foods. There will be times when that comes into play.

Another thing to consider is possibly feeding some canned or raw food to supplement the dry? Those are generally seen to have some nutritional advantages over the dry foods (more moisture, less protein from plants etc).

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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:49 pm 
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I was under the impression I should stick with just one brand? I do also feed a wet food and I serve it with fresh raw that I cut.
Mostly Salmon and chicken to boost the protein.


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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:28 am 
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michaelap wrote:
I was under the impression I should stick with just one brand?


Yea, I've heard some people say that too. I guess the argument is that it is easier on their digestive system if they stick with one food. And if your cat is indeed having digestive problems, that might be a sensible thing to do. To me though there are practical considerations though.

For example in the 3+ years I've had my bengals, we've endured:

* 3 recalls of the foods they were eating at the time
* Their "main" brand of food (EVO) was bought to a conglomerate who ruined the food, made my cats sick (all 3 of them), and also all the local stores that did carry that food, one by one, dropped it.
* 2 of my cats have had times where they've been treated for something by the vet where it required them to eat some prescription food for a while.

I think in basically all the above cases I would have been s***ed if my cats had been only used to one food. Also there have been times when one or more of the cats have "gone off" of a particular food that they previously loved. Who knows why. Maybe subtle changes to the food manufacturing, perhaps they just got "tired of it", who knows. Anyway... it's really nice having cats who can eat other types (flavors and brands) interchangeably. Plus I kind of think they like the variety :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:32 am 
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Thanks you two for the responses.


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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:34 am 
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Oh sorry. I thought I saw two different names.


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