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Is Orijen dry cat food recommended? Here is what our community has to say!
Deborah in Orlando, FL asks:
My dog does well on Orijen dog food. I was wondering if anyone feeds their cat this brand and if the cat does well on it. Thanks so much. Deborah
Orijen Pet Food Looks Great at a Glance!
I haven't used Orijen Dry Cat Food food myself, but after looking it up, I'm thinking about trying it!
The website is impressive, and their philosophy toward making pet food can't be topped.
Since you use it for your dog, you probably know the details, but I'll add them here for folks who may not be familiar with the brand:
According to the site, their food is manufactured in their Alberta, Canada facility using only fresh, local ingredients. Here is a quote:
"Our fresh regional ingredients include free-run chicken, turkey & ducks, whole Grade A eggs, free range wild boar, bison and heritage pork, grass-fed lamb, and a variety of wild-caught freshwater & saltwater fish, all farmed or fished within our region, passed fit for human consumption and delivered FRESH TO OUR DOOR. Each & every day!" -From www.orijen.ca/orijen/about
Also, Orijen is High-Protein, Low-Carb, and Grain-Free (YES!) So I would personally have no problem trying it! We're currently starting a new brand (will write about it soon) But we'll keep this one in mind!
If anyone else has thoughts to add, (especially if you use this brand!) please do so!
I've been wondering the same thing. I've been using Acana, from the same company (champion), which is essentially the same but a little lower protein, has potato, and is cheaper. The people at my organic food store said it was essentially the same as Orijen dry cat food but fewer ingredients and more affordable, but now I'm having second feelings. I want my cat to have the best nutrition possible, and if better means higher protein then I'll switch. But how much protein is enough?
I don't want to be a victim of marketing either so to follow up, is Acana just as good?
PS: my cat loves Acana, and does seem to consume less (and poop less) than grainy foods.
I buy Orijen dry cat food here in the UK, our 7 month old Buddy (OMG how time flies) much prefers it to R Canin kitten kibble. I found out RC include cereal in it, hence the change.
I have a friend whose two extremely fussy chinnys (chinchillas) were difficult to please till she used Orijen. It feels good when I measure it out, 'cos I know he's getting the best, altho' it's expensive.
Hi Debroah & Carrie
Buddy is doing well on Orijen dry cat food. Buddy gobbled and crunched his way through all of it. Maybe they'd send you a FOC sample = FOC Free Of Charge. With cranberries and other goodies peace of mind is worth plenty ;-)
Bud is becoming a finicky eater and not sure how to halt this new habit. I put canned chicken breast into his bowl, he sniffed, licked the small amount of liquid, lifted his head and walked away. I re-heated it twice -with no success. On the other hand, he loves our roast chicken. Good luck Judy - Southern England
Orijen dry cat food
We have started our main coon kitten on a combination of orijen and Lily's kitchen (its a UK company that make lovely dog and cat food) We own a pet grooming and accessory shop and have education days from all the pet food companies and I think that these two are the best
Orijen Cat and Kitten dry food
My MC Eli LOVES Orijen. It took about a week to get him to really like it but now he clamors for it over wet. I've done a great deal of research on the best cat foods and IMHO Orijen is the best quality I can buy here in Canada.
They source ingredients here and have rigid quality controls. I also like that it has me supporting local as they manufacture here in Alberta. Had both my cats, I have a Ragdoll as well, on it for about 6 months and they are thriving on it. Both are around 1 year old.
Orijen the BEST dry cat food!
by: Gail (Quincy, MA, USA)
My 3/year Maine Coon mix, Abby, is now eating Orijen and boy oh boy, does she love it!
Never having shared life with a Maine Coon cat before, I inquired of a reputable MCC breeder after finding her website. She was very forthcoming about Orijen.
She ONLY feeds Orijen to her breeding cats and kittens, strongly suggesting that adopters only feed Orijen. (Her MCCs are documented with purebred papers and people are on a waiting list because she's not a kitty mill; she goes by the natural birth cycles - never overbreeding.)
She told me the reason cats overeat and gain weight, generally speaking, is that they are not satisfied nutritionally and keep eating to sate their appetite. Unlike humans, it's not in an animal's DNA to intentionally overeat.
With all the fillers - cereals, grains, by-products and "mystery" junk in most food, it's no wonder cats succumb to weight gain and a host of other ailments that can be easily tracked back to their dietary habits. It's like feeding your kitty fast food. Since we are the cat's guardians, it stands to reason we should give them what's best.
Even though the brand may be a bit expensive ($23USD for a 5-lb. bag and about $40USD for 10-lbs.), cats eat less, so you save money anyway!
I also give Abby one heaping teaspoon of wet food (she doesn't want more than that) in the morning ONLY and switch between Newman's Own Organic (grain & gluten free) and Harmony (grain & gluten free).
The dry is measured morning and evening shy of 1/4 cup. If her dishes are empty, I do not refill them since she's slightly overweight.
Hope this helps!
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