Customer Blog: Cat Food Case Study

Greetings fellow Barkery patrons!

My name is Amanda and I have a 10-year old black, domestic, medium-haired cat named Marcello. Marcello has been with me since he was about 6 months old. He is very loving and has the loudest purr you’ve ever heard, but that is sadly due in part to his feline viral rhinopneumonitis (FVR).

FVR is one of the most common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats, and causes Marcello to sneeze, have congestion, and watery eyes and nose. I’ve spent countless dollars at the vet trying to find something he can take regularly to help with this issue, but it always seems to come back.

Recently, his sneezing was out of control, so back to the vet we went. I was given two different (and expensive) medicines to try, which helped temporarily, but then I was back at square one. My vet also mentioned trying a grain-free diet. Thankfully, I had recently discovered the Barkery and went to the experts for help. I left with a new flavor from the Fromm line: “Beef Livattini Veg” – a grain-free dry cat food entree.

The first thing I did when I arrived home was compare the ingredients on the two bags of food. Here’s what I was comparing:

Purina One Beyond – Salmon and Brown Rice 

Salmon, chicken meal, whole brown rice, soybean meal, whole barley, whole oat meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soy protein isolate, dried yeast, dried egg product, dried beet pulp, natural flavor, fish oil, phosphoric acid, caramel color, calcium carbonate, whole cranberries, dried tomatoes, dried spinach, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, calcium phosphate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.   B-4261

Fromm Beef Livattini Veg 

Beef Liver, Whole Dried Egg, Salmon Meal, Chickpeas, Peas, Dried Tomato Pomace, Pea Protein, Pea Flour, Russet Potatoes, Beef, Pork Fat, Turkey Liver, Sweet Potatoes, Salmon Oil, Wisconsin Cheese, Flaxseed, Olive il, Carrots, Celery, Parsley, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Spinach, Zucchini, Eggplant, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Vitamin A acetate, Vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin E supplement, Vitamin B12 supplement, choline bitartrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, L-Ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine, mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganous sulfate, mangesium sulfate, copper sulfate, cobalt carbonate, calcium iodate, sorbic acid (preservative), ferrous proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, magnesium proteinate, cobalt proteinate, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product

When comparing the main ingredients (that the average person can identify) I noticed that only three ingredients were the same in the Fromm food, and one is questionable since it is a “whole dried egg” vs. a “dried egg product.” What concerned me about the Purina food (which I thought seemed ok at the time of purchase) contains three whole grains – brown rice, barley and oatmeal – items I’m certain cats aren’t meant to ingest. I was also surprised to see that Marcello was getting a few different meats from the Fromm meal: beef liver, salmon, beef, pork and turkey liver. There are also three vegetables in the Purina vs. eleven in the Fromm meal.

And so, I have fed the Fromm to Marcello for over two weeks now and I am happy (as well as he) to report that not only does he LOVE the Fromm (he literally used to spit bits of the Purina out) but his sneezing has gone from out of control to a sneeze here and there. He also begs for Fromm now, something he’s never done before! I also like that it is in smaller pieces and easier on his adult teeth.

In conclusion, I’m a believer in grain-free all natural food. Just as I feel better and have more energy when sticking to protein and fruits and vegetables, my sweet kitty is the same way. I’m so thankful I found the Barkery and would highly suggest that any pet owner stop in and see the difference in their pets’ lives.