Anyone who has been following my food saga for at least a year in here may be interested to hear about this...
I have had my cat on primarily California Natural with about 25% Science Diet Nature's Best and a small amount of Innova and even lesser amount of Iams (very small amount) mixed in with it.
Finally came to the end of that food about 2 weeks ago... well an imposed end as I still had one container but decided I had it hanging around long enough and was perhaps getting long on the tooth even though it may still be good.
I decided to make the gradual switch over to 100% Science Diet Nature's Best. The food is available locally and switching to this made sense since the old blend already had some of this in it. After a couple of bouts of somewhat loose stools everything has settled down nicely. There has been no throwing up at all. The cat is happily chowing down on the SDNB with the most noticably change being the decrease in the volume of stool.
I have a bag of the Science Diet Adult Chicken & Rice formula that I am gradually mixing in with the SDNB. I will continue this until I have a 50/50 mix and then feed that.
I am strongly considering putting her on the SD Chicken & Rice 100% once the SDNB is all gone. However, and I'm not convinced this is a valid consideration or not, the SDNB has different sized & shaped bits which I'm thinking may help somewhat with dental health. I've noticed the SD Chicken & Rice are all of the same small size and shape.

Comments anyone? Phil? Steve?

"Its the bugs that keep it running."
-Joe Canuck
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I decided to make the gradual switch over to 100% Science Diet Nature's Best.

Hey Joe, I was told by a Pet Value employee that it is no longer going to be available as sales were poor. He is not sure if that information only came from his head office or from Hills so you may want to buy some extra.
We feed our cats Hills canned products and for the occasional treats I give Hills dry products for their little rewards. Nature's Best (even in small quantities) has gotten rid of a flakey skin condition our one cat had.
-mhd
Anyone who has been following my food saga for at least a year in here may be interested to hear ... I've noticed the SD Chicken & Rice are all of the same small size and shape. Comments anyone? Phil? Steve?

Don't a couple of the SD's have a sticker that they have been approved as a dental health diet? I know it was talked about in one of the threads, so maybe mix one of those in? Or, since kitty is doing well with the SDNB, why not stick with that and start brushing kitty's teeth? Or does kitty not like this?? Emotion: smile
K
Who has approved SD for dental care? Since neither the FDA or AAFCO has specific approved definitions for this verabge, almost anyone can use this claim.
If a product has a certain additive such as microdent which is a trademarked product that has proven efficacy in dental care then great, otherwise buyer beware, more slick advertising..
Who has approved SD for dental care? Since neither the FDA or AAFCO has specific approved definitions for this verabge, ... which is a trademarked product that has proven efficacy in dental care then great, otherwise buyer beware, more slick advertising..

http://www.vohc.org /

"Its the bugs that keep it running."
-Joe Canuck
Anyone who has been following my food saga for at ... the same small size and shape. Comments anyone? Phil? Steve?

Don't a couple of the SD's have a sticker that they have been approved as a dental health diet? I ... the SDNB, why not stick with that and start brushing kitty's teeth? Or does kitty not like this?? Emotion: smile K

Kitty might get kranky! ;-)
I provided the link farther down in the thread.

"Its the bugs that keep it running."
-Joe Canuck
I decided to make the gradual switch over to 100% Science Diet Nature's Best.

Hey Joe, I was told by a Pet Value employee that it is no longer going to be available as ... rewards. Nature's Best (even in small quantities) has gotten rid of a flakey skin condition our one cat had. -mhd

Hmm, all the more reason to get her off the SD Nature's Best once the current supply is gone. I like the SD Chicken & Rice formula better anyways and she gobbles it up like it was a treat. Perhaps I will do as you do... feed the Nature's Best as a treat. At one time she was as satisifed with it as she was with her regular treats.

"Its the bugs that keep it running."
-Joe Canuck
It's the Veterinary Oral Health Council. I personally don't feed SD, I'm just the messenger here... Emotion: smile
I don't know what's in their product but evidently has the VOHC approval, for what it's worth. The problem with these kibble dental diets is the way cats chew. Their teeth are meant for ripping and tearing and from my understanding cats don't always chew kibble in a beneficial way for a dental diet. Also, SD dental is a dry food and it's been proven that canned cat food is much healthier for cats.
http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo ch4.php
http://www.avma.org/convention/recap/news/tuesday16.asp

http://home.earthlink.net/~jacm2/id1.html
Lauren

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