Mar. 25, 2023
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Blue Buffalo Cat Food gets our highest rating of five stars. The company works with veterinarians and animal nutritionists to create wholesome pet foods that contain a blend of real meat, garden veggies, and whole grains for a balanced diet. Only the good stuff goes into this food. All of the formulas use meat as the first ingredient, and contain only healthy fats, oils, fiber, and grains. None of the formulas contain animal by-products, corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, or artificial colors.
The dry cat food formulas even contain Blue Buffalo’s exclusive LifeSource bits, which are compressed vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are ‘cold-formed’ to retain nutrients that would otherwise be lost from cooking. Besides the healthy, holistic, dry and wet cat foods for specific age groups, the Blue Freedom and Blue Wilderness formulas are also grain-free. These are an excellent choice for cats with food allergies, or those that need high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets. As far as premium cat foods go, Blue Buffalo is one of the best brands out there.
Blue Buffalo Cat Food is extremely popular with cats and cat owners, and for good reason. First of all, cats seem to love the taste of both the dry and canned versions of this food. After switching to this food, cats seem to exhibit increased energy, thick shiny coats, clear bright eyes, and less smelly bowel movements. Cats with diabetes and weight problems do particularly well on a diet of Blue Buffalo Cat Food.
Many cat owners report that their cats have lost a healthy amount of weight, and have managed to maintain their ideal weights after switching to this food. Other cat owners state that cats that previously had digestion and vomiting problems can eat this food without issue.
Although this food is more expensive than generic brands of cat food, the majority of cat owners say that it is worth the price as it saves money on vet bills in the long run.
Blue Buffalo is a line of pet food formulas that is very popular in the pet community, since it is made with wholesome, high-quality, natural ingredients. Due to the variety of different formulas, many cat owners state that they’re able to find a formula that meets their cat’s health needs.
The company who makes Blue Buffalo cat food is called Blue Buffalo Company. The Blue Buffalo Company currently has its headquarters located in Wilton, Connecticut. Bill Bishop is the current CEO of Blue Buffalo Company. The company is family owned, and was created when one of the owners’ dogs (who was named Blue) was diagnosed with cancer. The company was created as an effort to make a food formula that was free of harmful environmental toxins.
Blue Buffalo did recall several of their formulas in the 2007 pet food recall, due to contamination with melamine. These formulas were under the “BLUE Spa Select” brand name. Since the recall, Blue Buffalo has removed all of the ingredients in their formulas that were made by “American Nutrition”, the company that added contaminated rice protein to their formulas.
In October of 2010, Blue Buffalo also recalled several formulas due to the formulas possibly containing excessive levels of Vitamin D. These formulas were all in the dry dog food product line.
In order to make sure that your cat’s food is safe, it’s always highly recommended that you check the FDA’s pet food recall website. This will help you to stay updated on the latest pet food recall information.
Blue Buffalo markets that their products contain many ingredients that are certified “human-grade”. The ingredients of different Blue Buffalo formulas differ greatly, depending on the specific product line. For example, BLUE Wilderness dry cat food is marketed as being a low-carb, high-protein line of products that is an alternative to raw feeding. Blue Buffalo also has a line of organic cat foods, which is under the product name “BLUE Organic”. This formula contains several ingredients that are certified organic.
Blue Buffalo does have a product line that includes a dry cat food formula with “limited ingredients”, which is designed to be fed to cats that have food sensitivities. This formula is under the “BLUE Basics” product name. None of the Blue Buffalo formulas seem to contain either corn or corn gluten meal. If your cat has a specific allergy, you should always read the ingredients of any cat food formula.
Where can I buy Blue Buffalo?
You may be wondering, “Where can I buy Blue Buffalo Cat Food?”. To assist you, we have included links on the specific Blue Buffalo formula pages to purchase Blue Buffalo Cat food. Blue Buffalo is available at many large and small pet food stores, as well as many of the online pet food retailers.
How much Blue Buffalo should I feed my Cat?
A common question that many pet owners have, is “How much Blue Buffalo Cat food should I feed my Cat?”. Since the answer is dependent on several factors (such as your Cat’s age, weight, activity level, etc) always follow the specific instructions on your formula’s packaging.
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Blue Buffalo Cat Food Ingredient List
Deboned Duck, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potato Starch, Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Peas, Potatoes, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Blueberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Potassium Chloride, Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product
Blue buffalo uses chicken by products in their food. Just fyi. They are being sued by Purina because of it. I am switching all my animals from this brand.
I would just like to say that Blue Buffalo has been incredible for my cats – I recently fostered a poor and pregnant cat and she’s been getting Heathy Growth Kitten dry food, and Wilderness Kitten wet food throughout her pregnancy and lactation, she’s not only put on weight but the kittens are nice and chunky – after seeing how great the food worked for her, I switched my personal two kittens, and adult cat to the Heathy Growth Kitten dry food along with lots of extra water, and Wilderness wet food – everyone seems to be doing great! My overweight adult cat is slimming up and my kittens (7 months and 2 1/2 months) are much healthier. It’s very important to provide plenty of water, wet food regularly, and make the switch from a low quality food to a high quality like Blue slowly..
Blue Wilderness Hairball gives my Persian loose stool and has caused 3 “accidents” on my carpet in the past 2 weeks. Unacceptable. She does just great on Science Diet and never had a box problem before this. I talked to a major vet a couple of weeks ago and he told me about changes in liver levels on cats eating BLUE products. He also breeds Persians and gives his Science Diet and Royal Canine.
Spikes my sugar kitties blood sugars. Not as low-carb as they claim. COmments apply to the blue wilderness canned chicken.
Im here because I am looking for answers to my problem. I have 3 cats, 10yrs, 5yrs, and 4yrs. For most of the older ones life she ate either Dads cat food or Champion Breed, a kmart generic. She was great for years, then developed a skin allergy. We started buying Chicken Soup for the cat lovers soul, she thrived. No more allergies, silky fur, always happy and purring. We got two more cats, all thrived. Then, the feed store we bought the Chicken Soup from, stopped carrying it. They said they would order it but they kept makeing excuses. So off to Petsmart. We bought Blue Buffalo Healthy Living or something. Six months later, all three cats are throwing up daily, the older ones skin is bad again. The back of her back legs are raw meat. Our vet says to go back to the cheap ass kmart food if we have to, just stop the BB. Our vet has heard many horror stories about BB and that many other vets agree, somethings wrong at Blue Buffalo. So, now our cats are on Science Diet from the vet untill we find something else.
Whoever wrote this article on Blue Buffalo is full of crap! BB is gonna sell and have it’s product made in China. I would never feed a pet of mine BB. There are hundreds of horrific reviews about this product results on dogs & cats fed BB.
It’s horrible for my Persian. I’m with you.
Try your local Agway for Chicken Soup – that’s where I found it after searching online.
I buy This is the variety I feed my 4 mo old British boy: Merrick, Wellness for kittens, Royal Canin Babycat, Halo, Instinct. Willow eats a variety of food daily hoping to prevent any food allergies. So far so good. I buy from Amazon by the case or from my local Pet Value. Stick with what works for your cats, sir. Your Vet has the right idea!
I have done a lot of research and the best food I have found for Cats and Dogs is Merrick and Forum and Orijen you can buy on Amazon and Chewy.com they cost more but they are the best and both my dogs and cat do not get as hungry and they seem really satisfied and they do not eat as much. If they have any allergies then these three foods are great I mix the three brands so they will have a variety. They are also great for digestion and stomach. I will not buy any of the brands you find in stores as they are made from awful sometimes rotten meat. Research it and you will find how bad it is. If you feed the best for the cat and dogs it also saves on Vet bills and makes your animals happy and healthy.
Hello, again. Just wanted to say my cats previously ate Blue Buffalo Finicky Feast and loved it – and now they no longer make it I guess. Did a computer search for it – there’s all the different formulas they make (a lot of them!) under the Finicky Feast search but no Finicky Feast. Oh well. I’m trying Taste of the Wild now, see how it turns out. If anyone has a good suggestion that the cost isn’t extreme (on a budget) please get back.
Read the cans! Some are made in China, others in Thailand.
I am on this site looking for a new cat food other than Blue Buffalo. I have 4 cats that were doing fine until recently on this food. I buy 2 to 3 large bags at a time, and the last bag has 2 of my cats vomiting, diahrrea, shedding, and the male cat developed a uti. Is this from the Blue Buffalo??? I have been feeding this to them for last 3 years.
I have used Blue Buffalo for years with my previous dog. I adopted a kitten and a puppy last year and both of them were on Blue. At the end of last year, my puppy got a UTI and it took 2 rounds of anti-biotics to get it cleared up. Then my cat, that had just turned a year old, got a very serious UTI with struvite crystals in January. I am still in the process of trying to get it cleared up. The day he went in and I got the diagnosis, I switched the brand of food my dog was on. I believe the food had something to do with it in both cases and know someone else through a friend that had the same problem with their animals. The fact that both animals got this on Blue was too much coincidence for me. Both of them seem to be feeling much better now. So just an FYI and a warning for others out there. Your animal may do fine on Blue – my mother’s dogs do – but mine did not.
My 8 week old Bengal just came home. He was eating Royal Canin before he came home. After doing so research online, I didnt want him eating by-products, corn, wheat or any grains so I bought BB Freedom indoor kitten. The first day he was here his poop was a solid log and has been using the liter box the last three days ive had him. I been leaving the dry BB freedom out but he wont touch it unless I put a tiny bit of BB freedom wet on top of the dry. His poop went softer then finally on day 2 to diarrhea. He went diarrhea under my desk on the wood floor. What do you think it is? Should I have not transition over so quick or is it the wet food that he has never eaten before? Any advice/feedback would be great. Thanks
Disreguard, he has Coccidia which is causing the diarrhea. Poor baby, two weeks of antibiotics and he will be all good.
We have a Bengal that has had diarrhea for months. They have treated him for everything. Nothing has helped. After much research my room mate has figured out it could be the Blue. I would say find another food. We are switching all six of ours to something else. I am researching other foods right now.
Oh yeah? Well, good luck with that, Mike. Please read before you keep feeding your pets junk food.
Don’t feed your cats the Blue Bufffalo. Go to consumer affairs website and read about the pets becoming ill and or dieing from BB. My two cats bot developed kidney failure within 2 weeks of each other. Coincidense? I think not. Read for yourself
It’s BB! Start doing some research on this product…..ANY product before you start feeding to your pets! Yes, it is BB making your pets sick.
Hello! This area is the problems with Blue. Take to Vet before dehydration & kidney failure develope!!!
I was using supermarket baged cat food for years…my cat is sixteen and was constantly vomiting and she has always been really thin and shed a lot…switched to blue mature cat about a month ago….she has only vominited twice…once shortly after the switch and then once for a hair ball…..she is gaining weight….sheds very little….and looks younger and happier….very happy with this product….she is like a new cat…
When I saw this food got the highest rating I knew this analysis is wrong! Blue buffalo was NOT created with veterinarians. The man who started the company also started sobe beverages. He even admitted that sobe is junk intended to be sold to college students so he could get rich off their ignorance. Blue is no different. There are thousands of stories of people losing pets because of blue buffalo. The usual culprit is the “life bits” which are just lab created vitamin pellets!! Not natural at all! I will not be taking advice from this website!
Where are there they all I hear about are the cheat foods you buy at Walmart . why hasn’t it been on the news. And I know a handful of veterinarians that like blue
Vets only sell products they have investments in. This is why we have Google….to research!
Blue Buffalo has been a great food for my three cats. My fat cat has lost weight on it, and all of the cats’ coats are beautiful and shiny. It has done wonders for one cat who always dealt with compulsive licking and digestive issues (presumably from the grains).
I see a lot of people complaining about cats with UTIs on BB, but that can honestly happen with any dry food(do your research people!). I’d say people whose vets were blaming UTI issues on the cat’s food meant the issue was with it being DRY food. Most vets recommend that cats have both wet and dry food (or wet food alone) as dry food is associated with UTIs and crystals in cats. Cats don’t have the same thirst reflex as humans do, and will not always drink when they are thirsty, and dry food offers very little moisture content. Concentrated urine from chronic dehydration can cause crystals to form, and is more prone to causing infection. If your cat is having UTIs I’d suggest making sure they get wet food fairly regularly or you invest in a fountain that entices them to drink more often.
I have found having a water fountain encourages my cats to drink water. They love the fresh water running
my 2 cats have been eating it for over a year and they have yet to have any problem….I love this brand…
I’ve been feeding BB to mine for 2 years but now my 3yo male cat has had several cases of diarrhea, difficulty urinating and refuses to eat. I’m switching them IMMEDIATELY. Research the consumer reports (link below). I thought BB was the best I could buy, due to the price and ingredient list but I’ve now done a 180. You should too. In the past 2 weeks I’ve racked up $300 in vet bills for what was formerly a very healthy cat.
Yes it is an I was a long term user. Now my little ones are having diarrhea and or vomiting. It seems to be certain bags. The fda needs to start to regulating these companies. I reached out to bb via Twitter with no response. Each bag is different from the previous one. The quality and control is horrible. I have been marking bags and keeping samples. I even found sparkles imbedded in a few kernals. The sizes of the grain is now cut too long. Some bags have no life source bits. Other bags color is off. Some bags the kernals have little twig like things sticking out, running your finger on them will cut you.
Years ago I used to get little worms in the bag, now after seeing recent complaints I see it was the bb.
What the hell? That’s what you get from a company that gets too big and makes too many varieties.
Now I’m furious because the certified Hunan grade is a jokes.
By the way to all food companies. Cats probe to crystals can’t have fish bb is the only one that makes one bag with no fish oil/meal. Though how can we be sure that the bag actually has the right food since their q&c is horrible.
I switch to blue because of the owners philosophy which I still stand by too bad he does not seem to any longer.
The latest is they are using by-products & meals. Like I said, Google it! And they are selling the company and products will be made in China.
some people say Blue Buffalo has made their pets sick? What’s up with this? ex: consumeraffairs.com
I know, I just read that!!! I’m scared, I just switched today!! :<
My cats love your treats. They won’t eat know another cat treat than yours. I have to drive half hour to get their treats. Because they are very spoil. They are very happy with your treats.
Highly recommend that people stay away from their wet food. On the advice of our breeder, we chose Blue for our 12-week-old Savannah kitten. Days later, lose stools or diarreah followed by vomiting. We switched to FreshPet Vital and not only does she have solid stools again, her energy had returned and no more accidents in the house,
This may have been a quality food at one point but it isn’t today.
For those that want to combat deleted FaceBook posts, I highly recommend taking your stories to Twitter and make sure to mention the company name in your tweet.
Blue Buffalo is HORRIBLE and dangerous!!! It nearly killed my cat and if you do a simple Google search about complaints you will see for yourself I am not alone. I went on their Facebook page to complain and they immediately deleted my comment and blocked me. That explains why there’s only positive posts on their entire page, making them look like such a great company. WHAT A CROCK! Stay away from this food, it has WAY too much vitamin D and causes kidney failure!
and Pancreas problems
My vet wants to put my fat cat on prescription diet food. Can I just use Blue Indoor Weight Control or is Prescription different? I do not like some of the filler ingredients I see in some prescription food an my cat has one heck of a stinky litter box if I feed him non-blue food (yeasts and glutens I think are the culprits)
Okay i have to unload my frustration.
My poor orphan feral kitten got Blue after weaning. She was fine till we bought the second bag. Immediately she starteed vomiting profusely and having diarrhea that turned into mucusy bloody stools!!! Meowing in pain when she used the litterbox.
I immediately put her on pumpkin and rice for a day, then bought cans of Newman’s own organics to ease digestion. Within a day the stools went back to normal.
Now i also got the kibble from the same brand – and thought since i still had the blue to mix a little in there for the added nutrients… WRONG!!! Immediately back to pooping mucus and meowing in pain.
I am SO mad right now. I hope this company goes broke very soon. Who knows what shady practices are going on there.
I am a first time cat owner and bought Blue due to a recommendation from a PetCo employee. It supposedly is more natural. Well maybe it would be good for humans but definitely not for cats. Also i think the improvement in coat shine that many noticed iis the high fat content.
I had a cat with similar symptoms, been on BB whole life and struggled with this same thing. Did the biopsy, inconclusive for cancer or IBS but weight kept dropping, he finally stopped eating and drinking and had to put him down this week. I feel sick.
Likely FIP. It is horrible. Cost us 1200.00 to identify through LSU. Awful disease. Horrible to detect.
I am sorry for your loss! it was the BB.
Methigel is an important medicine for the treatment of feline urinary tract infections and for a variety of other benefits for this part of your cat’s body as well. Methigel is recommended by vets worldwide for its wide range of benefits, and it is effective at helping to maintain a healthy urinary tract. It is unique amongst medicines that are used to control bacterial bladder and urinary tract infections, as it doesn’t actually contain a drug that is specifically designed as an antibacterial medicine. Rather, it makes use of your pet’s body’s natural acidity in order to create an environment in which bacteria are no longer able to survive.
Saved my old cats life. Not to mention it took the pain away. Most vets never perscribe this and I don’t know why. I’d put it on my finger and he’d lick it off. He never had that problem again.
They were part of the melamine contamination recall that killed many pets a few years ago. How did it get in there? It was from contamination of bulk ingredients, binders, glutens (none of that crap should be anywhere near cat food!) and provided by Chinese suppliers! What crap is really in there food if it is made with ingredients from China is anyone’s guess. I’m not taking any chances on it.
This is bullshit. Over the past weeks, my cats have gotten infected with UTI’s. And when we took them to the vet, the vet said other cats have been coming in during the past weeks with UTI’s. And guess what cat food they were on? Blue cat food. I can’t believe Blue has betrayed us like this. Never again will I get Blue. Can’t wait til it runs out and I can buy a better cat food that doesn’t give my cats UTI’s.
DONT BUY UNLESS YOU WANT TO WAIST YOUR MONEY CURING YOUR CAT OF UTI’S!
Jax I’m sorry to hear that. Are the cats ok now?
Which line did you purchase? I just chicken and brown rice for my cats? wow :/
Also what are the signs that your cat has UTI?
Blue cat food is ok for my cats, but the main problem now, is that it draws many red ants to the bowl!!
Oh crap!. Now I do not know what to think about Blue Buffalo. You know as a responsible pet owner, you try to research and buy what you consider the best for your babies and then you find out some of the ramifications as listed in the posts here. My cats never liked can food — they will lick all the juice off of it and then walk away. Even albacore tuna – they just lick the juice and leave the fish (not a bad thing really when you consider the possible mercury contained therein). Over the years, as I have tried to educate myself on the safest best food. My one cat, Leto, has a sensitive stomach, so I fed all of my cats (5 total) the sensitive cat food (Purina Smart) – in the past 6 months I have continued to use the Purina Smart brand but switched between the turkey sensitive and salmon/tuna — all of which they all liked with no problem. I wanted to get away from cat food with any “by-products” so I tried Wellness and more recently Blue Buffalo for sensitive — they would not touch the Wellness but all seem to like the Blue Buffalo. What to do — continue feeding them what seemed to be a better product (Blue Buffalo) or go back to my old regime with the by-products?????
I feed Wellness Kitten & Royal Canin Baby Cat – canned & dry. Once my British Blue is a year old it will be Wellness, Halo, Tikti Cat, Merrick……..all very good cat foods. There are many canned & wet foods that are holistic, grain free, etc. I would not feed Blue to a worm farm!
Just spent over $1400 to save my cats life from total urinary blockage. The ER vet said the BB weight control was the culprit. He now will be on RX food the rest of his life. I thought we were doing what was best for him feeding him BB. Should of done my research first.
I’m thinking this is what caused my 10yo cat to have cyrstals in his bladder when he’s never had this problem before. He’s only been on the BB (I think I got the weight control formula) for 4 weeks.
With male cats they tend to have issues with crystals. Mine DID. His urine PH was 8.0 which is extremely alkaline, for a cat that is not good. My wholestic Vet put him on DL Methonine which is an amino acid and his urine is now 5.5 PH. No more crystals, no more pain and no more peeing outside the box I now have him on wet food (not BB) 99% of the time giving him dry healthy food about once or twice a month for a treat. I also use organic pumpkin and salt free green bean mashed up to help fill him up and keep his weight down. Much better kitty now.
I have fed Blue Buffalo dry to my dogs for years because it doesn’t have any meat by-products. I began fostering cats and kittens for my local shelter this year, and the shelter introduced me to the canned cat and kitten food. Most of them gobble up the turkey flavor, but shun the duck. The chicken and seafood varieties are always big hits. I really like this food!
Blue buffalo sucks one of the pet smart employee recommended me this food and my kitten died after 2 days from this food…:( worst choice everrrrrrrrrrrrrr. please do not give this food to your kitten or dog
If your kitten died just two days after changing its food, the food is not to blame.
That’s correct. Their had to be issues prior to the switch to BB.
This isn’t going to work for me. My ancient cat has allergies to chicken, fish and turkey, plus eggs. I have been making her food using venison for three years now, but I’m going to run out soon. There’s not much on the market for her. :o(
Cats, like dogs, need a switch in protein source every so often. By only feeding one type of food or protein for years, you are making your cats picky eaters. In the wild, they don’t just eat chicken, turkey, or tuna. You also need to supplement a wet food with a dry food diet. Cats get most of their water from their prey, so if you have a dehydrated cat, it’s essentially your fault for not knowing more about their nutritional intake. Just because they are drinking water, is not enough. Also, adding water to dry food just promotes bacterial growth, which can be harmful to your cat. BB is not at fault for your ignorance.
My cats have beautiful coats, energy, and one has finally slimmed down to a healthy weight. I use the Freedom series and switch protein sources every few months, while supplementing with canned food every other week for a few days. They have been doing beautifully. I will not buy another brand, especially after reading other ingredient lists.
I had a similar problem with my 5 yr old male cat having a urinary mucus blockage a few weeks ago, he was very sick and had blood in his urine. Our vet told me to stop feeding him dry food, which I had been feeding him blue buffalo wilderness indoor. This is scary for all pet owners!
Consider getting a pet fountain. Often the trickling water will get them to drink more sometimes because they notice it or sometimes because they like to try and bite the moving water. I have the drinkwell 360 stainless and it’s great but there’s cheaper/smaller models and plastic ones if you are willing to clean out the plastic more often (plastic water dishes get slimy). Also if you live in a major city that has bad tap water the cat will drink more often if you provide it with filtered or mineral water (obviously you’d want a smaller fountain in that case). You can also take the dry food and mash it up in some water and feed it like wet if you want to get rid of what you have. Wet food goes bad faster though so dont leave it out for more than a few hours if you do this. In general wet food is far better for them. I still leave out some dry though because my cat seems to really like eating a few kibbles as she walks by. I don’t think I would do this if she cleared the whole bowl though, she’s just a casual snacker. I feed her raw so I know she’s getting the nutrients she needs, but she tends to be a little skinny since the only fat comes from the chicken skins, this is why I supplement her calories with some of the blue buffalo kitten formula (higher fat content) which she can snack on here and there between meals. Good luck with your kitty!
My cat also had urinary issues after eating this food. He developed crystals and became partially blocked. 300 dollars in vet bills later I switched to the vet food brand and his issues have cleared up.
i am so tired of these socalled experts telling me what is best for my cats. i purchased this product and my cats would not eat it. i now am back to the supermarket pet food selection, and my cats are happy.
No one is forcing you to be “told” anything by the people here. You voluntarily visit the website and read it.
Hello. I have had a problem with Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck and Grain Free Indoor Mature Freedom. Three of my cats experienced urinary issues on Blue Buffalo, even AFTER I added water to the dry food to help eliminate the excessive minerals. If one checks the magnesium content of Blue Buffalo, the minimum is WAY TOO high. Compare it to the maximum in Iams food, or any other. I would say compare it to Science Diet Regular food, NOT the veterinary prescription foods, but since they changed the recipe in late 2013/early 2014, I have NOT noticed a magnesium listing. High magnesium content is one cause of urinary tract blockage (RESEARCH IT). A veterinarian also informed me that many dogs she has treated have been treated for intestinal diet related problems that were on a Blue Buffalo Diet. Maybe if they lower the magnesium content, it would be a safer food? They should not be allowed to sell food that is deadly to the creatures it is meant to feed. It is stressing my cats and me. I have spent over $300.00 in treating my cats because of the problems. Maybe bring on a class action lawsuit against Blue Buffalo? I was very happy about being able to provide my cats a diet closer to their natural diet, and instead, I was slowly murdering them. I happily switched back to Science Diet Indoor Mature, Indoor, and Original Kitten. ALL DRY AND NEVER HAD A PROBLEM FOR OVER A DECADE.
You will need to do some researching too. There is a class action suit and there are several other law suits against B B. False advertising mostly. Apparently they HAVE been using by-products & meal…….blaming it on their vendor. We all will be hearing more and more on this product as the year goes by. Unfortunately all negative unless they improve their products.
We started feeding our 2 cats Blue Buffalo canned Spa Select a couple years ago. They loved Tender Turkey & Chicken Entree. Blue appears to have discontinued the Spa Select line of canned cat food earlier this year, and replaced it with the Healthy Gourmet line. So we switched to Blue’s Healthy Gourmet Turkey & Chicken Entree.
Our cats made the transition to Healthy Gourmet several months ago, but never seemed to eat it with the same gusto as they used to eat Spa Select. At times they would reject Healthy Gourmet outright, or walk away from a half eaten bowl. Recently their eating habits became more sporadic, which even prompted a visit to the vet. Why would Blue Buffalo discontinue a popular line of food? Cats do not like change!
We just recently switched to the Wellness brand of canned cat food, and our cats love Chicken Formula. They eat it with the same enthusiasm as they used to eat Blue’s Spa Select.
I found pieces of blue plastic in two cans of the Buffalo Blue Salmon. I quit feeding this brand to my cats after the second episode. I called the company and they acted like it was nothing! Said they were sorry and sent me some treats! Will not be buying this brand ever again!!!
Thank you for your research in this confusing field of pet foods. Earl Williams, Las Cruces, NM, USA
I have a 4 year old cat who is a beloved member of our house. Just took him to his vet because he was vomiting and acting lethargic. Doctor asked what his food was and I told him that he eats nothing but Blue Buffalo and never has even snacks or table food because he turns up his nose at the idea, His penis was blocked with something resembling sand causing a blockage from his bladder. He will be staying a few days for tests and also making sure he can urinate and eat without distress. Our vet suggested several times that he believed the problem was caused by his food. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
Hey, Betty. I’m a LVMT. Your veterinarian probably meant that your cat’s diet of dry food partially caused his blockage. Although kibble is usually preferable to avoid dental decay, in cats a diet of canned food is often required when a cat (particularly males) develop stones and blockages. Ask your veterinarian about switching to a soft-food or raw food diet, but there’s nothing in Blue Buffalo that would directly cause the stones or crystals.
Kibbles are high in sodium and salt content, and cats do not drink as much as other animals do. Canned food provides moisture to offset the lack of water intake, and reduces the likelihood of stones and crystals.
Hope this helps!
Are the chunks of metal my friend found in her cat’s BB kibble a new filler you are using?
Yes my cat is at vet now for crystallized stones blocking his bladder. Had to stay over night he was so I’ll cried all night long. First thing vet asked was food we fed him.. we said blue buffalo for sensitive stomach he said take him off it it was the food that caused it and that they had changed their formula or something and our cat wasn’t the first he’d seen with the same issue.
We also experienced the same symptoms in our 2 year old Ragdoll. We were also feeding him the regular Blue Buffalo Indoor Cat Food. We took him to the vet, extremely worried about his health. And they that he had a urinary tract infection, so we put him on antibiotics for a week. We didn’t see much of a change. So i called the vet, and they prescribed a stronger antibiotic. So we had him on the stronger meds for another week, and the just tonight ( 2 weeks on antibiotics) we found him in his room. We are Extremely Saddened for the loss of our beloved cat.
Im not sure if it was Blue Buffalo or not, but by all the other reviews i read, its very hard not to think it was!
My sympathy for the loss of your beloved Ragdoll……I have a male Ragdoll who is 10 years old. I have had problems with him for several years…..not thinking it was the Blue Food…….I switched to Evo about three months ago……and no more problems……he got to where he would eat the Blue and just vomit it back up… that was when I realized something was wrong with the food…..plus he sprayed all over the place…..no more spraying since the food switch also he would scream just like he was in agony…..had him to several vets and they kept telling me it was a psychological problem…….funny when I quit feeding Blue all of these things started to clear up…….now he is the sweetest thing ever…..no more peeing in the bed, spraying or crying out……I think the Blue was just irritating his digestive tract to no end……
Again, I am so sorry for your loss…..I am 71 and have had a cat all of my life……a “Ragdoll” is so special….not like any other cat.
Actually I have a year old cat and he just developed cystitis and it’s basically a Urinary Tract infection. He had blood in his urine, and the dr. said I should discontinue the blue buffalo. I got this type bec/ of it’s’ high recommendations and now this. So he’s on a special diet and I hope this clears things up, along with the antibiotics and the vet bill. They definitely need to lower the mineral level in their food. My vet said he was getting too much bec/ he has the crystals too. frustrated!!!
Will not buy this brand again. One of the kibbles on the kitten brand had a big chunk of hard green plastic stuck in it.
I just found a piece of hard green plastic in the puppy food also!
I HAVE 3 CATS. ONE I6YR.OLD,ONE 10YR.OLD,AND ONE 3YR.OLD. I SWITCHED TO BLUE BUFFALO ABOUT 2 YRS.AGO AND FOUND THAT THIS PRODUCT IS THE BEST WET CAN FOOD ON THE MKT. I MIX A SMALL HANDFUL OF NUTRO NATURAL CHOICE DRY WITH IT AND MY CATS THRIVE ON THIS CAT FOOD. THERE IS NONE BETTER. THE BLUE BUFFALO WET AND THE NUTRO NATURAL CHOICE DRY COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER. MY CATS ALL LOOK HEALTHY AND HAPPY. I THINK OTHER PET FOOD CRONIES ARE DOWNGRADING BLUE BECAUSE AS THE STORE DIRECTOR AT PETSMART SAID”WE CANT KEEP THE WET CANNED CAT ON THE SHELF.IT FLIES OUT OF HERE.IN OTHER WORDS ITS THE MOST POPULAR PET FOOD ON THE MARKET.OTHER COMPETITORS ARE VERY JEALOUS. I WILL GO WITH A WINNER AS LONG AS I HAVE CATS.
I agree, my cat is very happy eating that food, he slimmed down as well.
I am annoyed with BB because after trying many cans of different cat food I finally found the Basics fish and potato entree that not only cats love but doesn’t make them throw up. Unfortunately I have just found out that they changed the product and recipe to “indoor” and the meat is now a very dense texture which they don’t like eating. They loved the moist texture of the previous product sooo much. I have tried to buy remaining cans anywhere they have them left in stock but otherwise it’s back to me trying a dozen different brands of wet food to see which one will be successful. If the product is successful, why bother changing it? were they bored one day and decided they needed something to do ?
I was feeding my cat canned basics turkey and potato because she is allergic to Fish. BB changed the formula (without advertising it or warning people ) and added fish oil. My cat has been throwing up – i ran to find every can i could of the old formula so I can use it to transition her off of BB – im very dissapointed in BB. We had to take the dog of the basics dry too because they now added canola oil and fish oil. THey used to be a good food but something happenend and their quality and honesty with customers is flying ownhill fast.
The new line of “Healthy Gourmet” canned cat food no longer carries the “Manufactured in USA” notice on the label. In fact, there’s no source notice at all. The “Wilderness” line of canned cat food still has “Manufactured in USA” right above the barcode.
Personally, I’ll buy another brand until Blue Buffalo puts a source notice on its cans. This is important to me. There’s some reason the USA notation disappeared. Most other brands brag about being made in the USA.
There have been real horror stories about imported pet food from overseas containing melamine and anti-freeze. I’d rather not take any chances with my kitties. Where does BB get their ingredients? I’ll be back when they become transparent; it’s pretty expensive to not know what you’re buying.
I would say China is the mfg.
My two cats will not eat anything but pate style and only of Blue Buffalo SPA SELECT. I now can find only Healthy Gourmet….I did not see a recall RECENTLY of spa select…but has it been? Is is just not being produced? If not, my cats are in trouble.
Blue Buffalo DID discontinue the Spa Select, as well as the Bistros (which I was feeding). I contacted the company and asked them. They told me that it was because they were choosing to “expand” their line of Healthy Gourmet products. This makes me mad because the Bistros seemed to be one of their few, if not only canned formulas that did not contain fish or carrageenan. They have also changed the formula of the Blue Basics Grain-Free Turkey and Potato dry formula. There seems to be a LOT more salt in it, as well as tapioca starch and FISH oil. It is supposed to be a limited ingredient, single protein TURKEY food. Why did they have to change it?
I am also upset with BB right now because I have 2 cats that were on the Longevity since they were kittens, and now BB has stopped making it. They told me there are comparable foods in their product line but my cats won’t eat anything else – they LOVED the Longevity. Whitefish was the primary ingredient. It’s really aggravating that companies do this and leave their customers – both human and animal – hanging.
I switched my 18 month old female cat to BB about 3 months ago. Noticed she had trouble urinating this past week and took her to the vet. Urine sample determined that she had crystals causing the issue. Since changing to this food, her poop was not as solid as it used to be and was very, very stinky. It was not that way when she was on (another quality brand = won’t name it as I don’t want this to seem like some kind of endorsement for another brand.) I have to say she does not drink enough water….will not drink from a bowl and only wants running water. I have a fountain, and I cup water into my hands from the sink to get her to drink. I can’t say I directly blame BB food, but why did this issue not occur on another type of food? Her water drinking habits haven’t changed since day 1. Just find it very odd many others have had a similar experience after switching to BB. I am now switching her to prescription food and will be incorporating more wet food to get her more water.
One of my cats developed crystals from eating too much dry food while I was away on vacation. I still give him some dry food (Wysong Uretic) but he now mostly gets canned wet food. I add some water to the wet canned food and make a kind of “stew”. The main thing is he eats it and is now getting a good amount of water in his diet. He hasn’t had any crystals since then (about 3 years now).
After switching to this brand to get away from poor ingredient foods, my healthy cat of 9 years is experiencing problems with uti and crystals. Now, she is to be on RX food because holistic blue buffalo isn’t good for her. She drinks plenty of water. What a shame something that comes across as healthy has cost my cat such pain!
I was using BB Weight Control, and my cats did well (1 senior who is also on wet, and 2 adult cats). My heavy weight cats lost a little weight, good thing. One of my adult cats has food sensitivities where she will get diarrhea, scoot her bum on the floor on occasion, and dandruff with many other brands of high or low quality. When I switched them over (very slowly) to Professional Series Weight Control recently because of slight cost savings, all of these issues re-occurred, plus weight gain. As BB worked for my 3 for close to a year, I will be switching back to BB permanently now. Hopefully the UTI issues commented on are more hydration related, my cats drink plenty, so hopefully that won’t happen. Cat foods all seem to have their pros and cons, we just have to weigh them for our pet’s needs I guess.
Oh look, what I see on so many pet products. A ton of fake scare stories which just happen to mention competing brands half the time. This food is awesome, my cats hardly ever throw up, their box smells way less and they just look better. Remember, something like 1/3 of all online reviews are fake, posted by people paid to bad talk competing brands.
Very Important update for anyone having any issues or concerns with any kind of Blue Buffalo foods. In my case it was a bag of “Multi Cat” 15lb Cat Food. The first thing u need to do when your having concerns like I was about Pooh odor, chewing on plants, not eatting…..call 800-919-2833. You will get a live human that works for BB and can help u like they did me. Because there foods are all natural, something is possible to happen to a bag of food. Pay attention to ur pets, they will normally let u know when somethings not right and pretty quickly. After informing Lisa on the trouble I was having with the new bag of food, and know trouble 3 bags b4, she took down all the info, is having me return the bag to be replaced with a new batch marked on the bottom of the bag, and luckily the 2nd bag I bought was a different batch (different expiration dates) and I could feel the difference in the food. Like normal nice texture, not scratchy, cleaned all the cats bowls, dumped all the old, replaced with new and happy kitty’s are full and napping from age 15 to 6 to 1 1/2 yrs inside, and ferel kittens outside, all are happy and I am so relieved knowing everyone will be fine. Just call them and put your mind at ease. It’s how to get answers from the right source.
I have been a BB “Finicky Feast” customer for my 3 cats 15 yrs to 1 1/2 yrs to outside kittens. Everything was wonderful, digestion, coats shiny, And Susan Peters best rating of 9/10 in best cat food for a couple years that I know of and then BLUE STOPPED MAKING IT!!! I freaked. Tried at buy everyone one out that I could. Called Blue, as if they cared of my dilema. Told me the same formula was now BB “Multi” Cat Formula with an extra ‘fur ball helper”. Ok, got the first bags, kittys made a transition, it was ok, not great, ok. Bought 3 big bags, am not close to the city. Just picked up 2 fresh new bags. WE HAVE PROBLEMS and yes I am calling BB in the AM. Pooh smells aweful. Kittys are chewing on my spider plants daily. Someone’s vomitting, not sure who? First noticed lots of food left in the bowl, that’s a first with 3 kittys. Thought, ok, someone’s slowing down on intake?? No, something is changed and wrong with the Multi Cat Food. I can feel it in my fingers when I put the dry food in the bowl. It feels dryer, rougher texture. Will let u know what BB says, am so disappointed. Now my 15 year old is thinner than ever.
I’ve seen a lot of people on here leaving not so good reviews stating that their cats got a UTI. Most vets recommend giving cats wet and dry food because the wet food gives them added water. If you only feed your cat dry food and they aren’t drinking enough they will get a UTI. I switched my kittens to this food about a month ago. This, and the Simply Nourish by Petsmart and my cats have flourished. Their coats are shiny and they are not having diarrhea anymore. I feed each kitty a whole can of wet food a day as well as they each have a bowl of the dry food to eat whenever they want. If your cat is getting a UTI, don’t be so quick to blame the dry food, make sure it is getting enough water.
I was giving my cat wet and dry BB foods….wet in the morning and dry in the evening and he developed crystals as well. I was told by my vet that it was the food. He is now on prescription vet food.
My cousin and i have recently moved in with each other, her having 2 cats, and me having 1. We decided to change our cat’s food to something better, so we tried BB. (with hearing GREAT reviews)
Now that our cat’s are liking the food, and eating it. we have found one cat has been scratching herself bald, our cats are not filling up as much as they use to… they are usually back at the food dish within 10 minutes, they have been puking constantly, they have been pooping BLOOD!! and they have horrific diarrhea that smells like something died inside of them!
I will personally NOT be recommending Blue Buffalo to anyone that owns an animals. this brand of food should be WAY better for the price!!
Im very sad to see this rating of BB. Thinking I was doing good by my babies I put them on BB to almost loose my beloved Manzer to struvite crystals. I have had at least 200 cats in my 40 yrs & I admit most of these yrs I fed low quality food. I had been on BB for 6mo. When we showed up at the ER, the VERY AWESOME vet at VCA in Mesa, AZ, told me he ‘sees alot of sick cats on BB’ My heart sank. We r poor & I am unhealthily attached to my 6 babies. I managed to save my boy, no thanx to my local vet here in GOLD CANYON, AZ. U can pull ur cat thru struvites WITHOUT hospitalization if u r diligent. Problem is, once u refuse hosp., most vets wont suggest how YOU can care for ur animal! Struvites r a result of too much magnesium n the food, unbalances the pH. So I now drive myself crazy looking at the labels for content. Strangely, some of BB’s products r no longer listing magnesium so I dont know if it has been removed from the LABEL or the FOOD…? Wellness also seems to have THOUSANDS of sick cat reviews. I am hoping to find the money to order ground, whole, raw rabbit that ships from Utah. BTW, ALL cats on DRY food r dehydrated. Something I learned thru my ordeal with BB. I still feed dry n combo. Cats r also more likely to get over-weight on dry. RAW IS BEST when supplemented properly, their breath is even sweet on a raw diet.
We have had intestinal tract problems since switching to Blue. Two vets have advised us to switch to a more carnivore based diet, as they both have witnessed an increase in diarrhea and vomiting in pet patients eating Blue. If you look in the ingredients, it lists cranberries and blueberries, which dogs or cats do not eat in the wild.
Whole fruits and veggies are listed in quality pet foods because they would be found in the stomachs of animals eaten in the wild.
I have two cats, one with no problems and one with multiple problems. Louie was vomiting up his food, licking and pulling out his hair until he had bald patches on his back and stomach and at three years of age began to spray in the house. I tried everything I could think of and finally tried changing their diet. Louie has been eating Blue Buffalo exclusively for three months now. There is no vomiting, he has stopped pulling his hair out and his coat is growing back in shiny and soft and he hasn’t sprayed in the house in over a month. Coincidence? Maybe but as long as everything goes like it has been lately, I will never take their Blue Buffalo away from them. Merlin who was getting lazy and Louie as well have so much energy you would think they were kittens again. Healthy, no vomiting, energy, bright eyes, soft coats,……what more can you ask for. I will feed them Blue forever.
We just rescued 2 kitties, I wanted to get them the best kitten food after some issues with other foods I have used in the past. Those other foods I feel were not as healthy or ‘clean’ as Blue Buffalo seems to be, after looking at labels it is rather clear which is higher in what animals need.
The kittens have gained a lot of weight in the 2 weeks we have had them. So I’ll be sticking with this brand. The lesser brands I fear can cause to many health problems, just like in humans.
If a disaster were to strike I know I could eat my kittens food an survive too, we live in Hurricane country, so, you know.
What Blue Buffalo does not tell you when it compares its ingredients list to other pet foods is that they list their ingredients based on the weight of the RAW INGREDIENTS. Meat is 70% (roughly) water so of course it is going to weigh more. Once it is dessicated (dried) to put into kibble, the relative weight of the meat decreases dramatically and would not be first on the list. More reputable companies list their ingredients based on either a Dry Matter or As Fed basis, which is a much more accurate portrayal. Misleading marketing but these companies are all about selling lots of food by bad-mouthing other completely legitimate pet food manufacturers. Also, by-products are not necessarily a bad thing. By-products are parts that are discarded when food is made for human consumption. This can include offal, skin, bones, fat, feathers, hooves, beaks, the list goes on. If a pet food manufacturer is putting ground liver, kidneys, heart, lungs in its pet food, this is a good thing but would still be listed as by-product. Don’t believe everything a TV or magazine ad tells you.
I just read your review of Blue Buffalo cat food. Thank you for the good information. I also think it’s to be applauded that Blue Buffalo has it on their website. I will keep it in mind. However, the case usually boils down that you get what you pay for.
I hear a lot of people blaming BB for UTI however – I have to ask: how much water is your cat getting?
I have been feeding my cats BB for their entire lives. They are now five years old. In addition to the BB, they have a circulating fountain. Is it possible that these UTI’s are that the cats are not drinking enough?
I just started feeding my 13 year old tabby and my 6 year old tuxedo Blue Spa Select and other Blue Buffalo products. I’ve been reading all of this and am now terrified.
I have two cats…one with a corn allergy and one with a struvite crystal condition (two bladder operations). I was buying Science Diet CD canned/dry for my cat with the struvite crystals although the first ingredient was corn and more carbs. I learned that the carbs can actually contribute to the formation of struvite crystals in spite of the specialized formula and the corn/carbs lead to weight gain. I had to choose either a healthy bladder or a healthy cat. I was buying three cat foods until I successfully switched both cats to Blue Wilderness Chicken (grain-free dry) and Wellness Turkey (grain-free canned). This half/half (1 tablespoon each per meal) combination of grain free, high moisture diet has been WONDERFUL for both cats! I’m wondering if I’ve avoided the vomiting and diarrhea because of the addition of canned food? In any case they have been on this diet for two years with nothing but great health!
My 4 cats have been on BB for at least 5 years, all has been well until about 2 months ago when they 3 out of the 4 starting getting sick. One with constant UTI’s and crystals in her urine, one with a severe case of colitis that landed us in the ER, and one with some type of allergy that the vet thinks was from the food that gave my kitty pussy scabs all over his body! The vet has told me to get off of the BB, it’s the common thread. Have they changed the formula? Maybe a bad batch???
I was feeding my cats Blue Buffalo Basics for just over a year and didn’t seem to have any problems until the past few months. I noticed a lot of changes in both bowel movements and urine composition then lots of weight loss, hair loss, vomiting, and doing a “boot scoot”. They never had issues like that so I became worried. I brought them to the vet today after finding bloody urine OUTSIDE the litter box (which they never ever do!) So I immediately called the vet.
I found out both cats have a bladder stone and crystalline build up in their urethras.
The vet then informed me that this is not the first case she has seen of this for owners of cats eating BB. They have even began advocating against feeding BB to cats and dogs because of this issue. I don’t want anyone to go through this because it has been very difficult on me and my cats.
I used to advocate for BB but now I won’t due to this experience.
We changed to BB cat food about a year ago. We have 5 cats ( born at our home) the tuxedo cats have always have excessive shedding and dander, after a short time on BB their coats became slick and shinny and the dander stopped. You think, Wonderful, no! One of our tuxedo cats started going to the litter box excessively, we took her to our vet and he kept her over the weekend to do tests, result, UTI with blood and crystals in her urine. We thought we were giving our cats the best by feeding them BB. Now our vet says NOT to give this one cat (a female) BB and he has put her on Hills SD. I have fed our dog and cats Hills before and ended up throwing away more than they ate, but after this information from our vet and the thought that we caused our cat pain and distress we are rethinking using BB in our house at all. I want to make sure everyone understands, I AM NOT BEING PAID nor AM I CONNECTED to ANY COMPETITOR of the BLUE BUFFALO brand. I am a pet owner who that’s very deeply the care and health of the animals we have in our home. MY BAD!
Louie is a four year old orange tabby and had been eating the BB indoor food for about five months. Five days ago we saw him go into his litter box and not return until fifteen minutes later. We played rock, paper, scissors for who had to clean the box that night because we knew it was going to be ugly… “Lucky for me” I thought, when the box was totally clean. The next morning we woke up to diarrhea all in his litter box and pee outside of the box, which has never happened.
We figured he had just gotten into something he shouldn’t have been eating… When he didn’t get better after two days, we scheduled a vet appointment. They had to take a urine sample and it was so awful! Completely brown with particles floating in it. I was mortified! Louie Cat was diagnosed with a severe UTI and colitis. He has to take two different medications and put on Hills prescription food for at least a month. I was told that his diet was the cause of this.
It’s been two days and Louie is now producing bright red blood when he uses the bathroom… We have a vet visit tomorrow and they said it sounded like he was going to need a few other medications and it may be a chronic problem. Needless to say, BB was tossed in the garbage and I am fairly certain that it has broken my once low maintenance baby cat!
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I switched my cats to Blue Buffalo Indoor formula after learning that my oldest kitty (13 yrs old) has a grain allergy. From the time I got him when he was 8 weeks old, he had thrown up just about everything we’d ever fed him. He even threw up the low allergen Hills Prescription Diet food.
He hasn’t thrown up once since we switched him to BB. He has more energy, a softer coat, and is back to his old playful, loving self. As an added bonus, my two kittens (just over a year old) love the food as well.
I would recommend this food to ANYONE who has cats with vomiting issues or for anyone with a cat, really. It’s great food and the cats love it!
I recently tried the Blue Indoor for all of our mature cats and some of them have an issue where they are regurgitating.
I bought the indoor becasue the store was out of the regular non indoor chicken recipe grain free Blue.
They were ok on the reular but now I’m considering switching to Orijen or going back to Solid Gold Indigo Moon which they had no issues with.
We originally switched them off Solid Gold due to availability issues.
The vomiting/regurgitating could be from switching their food too fast. Did you mix the old food with the new food? Even if they are the same ‘flavor’ the ingredients can vary greatly and cause tummy troubles when switching too quickly.
I adopted an outdoor cat and thought I was giving her the best food by feeding her Wilderness Blue dry food.She was doing well at first but has had diarreah for weeks. I thought maybe she had worms;took her to the vet got her wormed and got some probiotics and she still has the runs.I’m looking for a better choice now…
My cat ate Purina 1 for years, I thought wow this BB food looks very good for her so I switched after 7 years. I am now waiting for the vet to open so she can go in for treatment. I will be throwing the expensive BB in the trash. She has her first severe UTI and it is not pretty in this house right now.
I know what you are going through. I switched to Blue because the ingredients looked very impressive plus we all want what is best for our feline pals. I have 4. My 2 Siamese and my Russian Blue were ok with Blue. But my Persian started to bleed and was constantly in the litter box. She developed crystals. My vet told me her diet was the cause of the problem. Took her off the Blue. The vet put her on Hills prescription diet which I do not like. Kept her on for a month and then took her off. Started to feed her Halo Cat food and Tiki Cat. All 4 love it and she seems to be doing well.
For cats with uti, water is the most important ingredient. I give all 4 cats mostly canned and maybe every other day a little dry. Maybe you can skip the dry completely. You will need to experiment with different cat foods until you hit on the right one for her.
Hope your kitty feels better real soon!
my cat (8-years old) ate friskies for years, and i recently switched him to the blue buffalo indoor cat formula. despite the high price i am actually saving money – i assume due to the high protein content, which keeps him full longer? maybe? i’m not a nutritionist. anyway a bag of this lasts at least 2x longer than a bag of friskies. he’s also more active and his fur seems glossier, though that may be due to springtime. anyway, i’m glad i switched. no more puking, fewer dollars per month, and a happier cat make ME happier. word of warning – it has a slightly stronger “cat food” smell than other dry cat foods.
Gave my cats diarrhea even though I was transitioning them gradually. When they didn’t have diarrhea and had regular poos, it had the most disgusting, potent smell, that would stink up the entire apartment. No joke. I know this is good quality stuff and I wish it worked out but it just didn’t work for my cats.
i have the same issue. my cats eat the food…then ten minutes later it is disgusting. putting them back on the good old cheap stuff
Been using BB wilderness Duck formula for about nine months now and so far no major problems. Have a 2 year old short hair and 3 year old tuxedo cats that I have initally tried to feed a Raw food diet. Tried the BB wilderness Duck dry food and they have been OK with it so far. They perfer it over the raw food so have gone with this for now. They like the dry more than the wet food. They eventually will eat the wet Duck food but rarely eat the wet Chicken food. Do not like hearing recent replies and will keep close eye on them to see if there are any changes. But so far satisfied with thier coats, energy level, and minor feces odor.
I resently switched my 2 cats to Blue freedom dry food and neither one of them will eat it so I am switching back to Max chicken formula which they both like.My youngest cat will only eat dry & the older one needs to eat only wet food so I bought some BB wilderness and she doesn”t seem to like it so my vet told me to feed her what she likes which is fancy feast,Luckily petsupermarket lets you return any food that your pet doesn;t like.
My 2 10-yr old Maine Coon cats have been eating Blue Buffalo Wilderness without incident for about 9 months or so. That changed with the latest bag I bought last month. One had diarrhea and stopped using the litterbox – instead going on the floor and furniture (which was LOADS of fun) the other was throwing up undigested pieces of food, and also had diarrhea. Vet put them on medication and bland canned food. After 5 days we started very gradually re-introducing the BB dry and within a day or 2, the problems started all over again. More vet visits, pills and bland food. I started searching the internet for problems with BB food and read about way too many people with similar problems. The second time they came off the pills and bland food, we did not include Blue Buffalo dry and they are perfectly fine. Blue Buffalo has lost my confidence and business forever.
I feed my cat the wilderness wt control no grain with out problems, one eat has in the past had ibd symptoms that why I switched to blue. A Blue rep recently told me that it is a very rich food and some cats with digestive issues do not do well on it. Guess I’ve been lucky.
Do you know anything about the Blue basics? I’m thinking of switching because I read on line that the wildness wt control grain is very high in carbs
I have tried the Blue Basics Turkey grain free and my cats love it!
Our four indoor cats have eaten BB for the past two years. Sometimes they don’t always eat the darker anti oxidant kibble.
Lately I believe the formula has changed. All of them are throwing up full kibbles.
I have two dogs and two cats. The dogs are fine, but ever since I put the cats on BB Basics Turkey & Potato a few days ago (which I did to try to clear up one of the cats’ month-long diarrhea), one of the cats have been vomiting up the full kibbles daily.
What’s going on?
1 dog 8 cats all have been on BB forever.
Now they refuse to eat it…and if they get hungry and do eat it…they throw up.
We did research and have transitioned to another brand.
Too bad because BB used to be good.
I have noticed that my cat has thrown up about 5 times some of the kibbles, I have been giving him the dry bb indoor and healty living, I also give him the canned chicken. Never did this before just started happening. Keep me informed, I’m concerned for my cat, has this happened to anyone else?
I’ve been moving my two cats to Blue since the recall of Innova food. They’ve been slowly moved over to Blue for about a week and love it. No side effects at all like others seems to experiencing (diarrhea, soft stools, throwing up, bloody stool,etc). As Blue is a bit less in cost over Innova, as long as the cats like it I will stick with it.
All 3 of my cats have been experiencing diarreha over the past week and have reading other comments-I am not surprised.
Blue Buffalo, you have lost my business.
After losing one of my cats to uti resulting in a magnesium blockage I switched to Blue Buffalo after a lot of research. Currently my 2 girls get the dry wilderness formula for part of their daily feeding and then a can of wet food later in the day. They both seem to do quite well on it.
I had read about the high ph issue. Which is why my girls get a wet food to balance out that possibility. I’d found a few articles about how cats are not typically water drinkers in the wild and most of the fluids they get are from consumption and not actual drinking.
On a measured food diet (not free feeding) both of my girls are quite healthy in behavior and appearance.
When I opened the very first bag of Blue Wilderness (Chicken formula)it was a surprise. The smell strongly reminded me of cat food I’d bought decades ago when I was a kid. Back then it was Whiskas or Friskis. After trying different flavors it seems most prefer the Duck formula. Unfortunately my current budget won’t allow to feed this exclusively, so I supplement a natural supermarket food with 20-30% Blue. Not saying this would work for everybody, but it works for us. Our 13 yo hasn’t looked this good in a long time and he’s also a little more active.
My cat became dehydrated and quit eating on Blue Indoor Cat Food. Her ph was too high (8). Several vet visits later and a switch to Friskies SPECIAL DIET CANNED. she is back to normal, eating, urinating and elimination.
My 12 year old cat was on every brand name you can think of.
I had him on purina, friskies, all those brand names from the store.
I switched to Pet Smart. Even my vet said this food is good for my boy.
Johnny is now on Wilderness Dry “Duck” cat food and doing much better. His fir looks healthier, as he was having a extreme bad case of hair balls, throwing up hair actually.
I give him 1/2 cup of dry Duck cat food and I give him duck wet cat food. I mix it with a few drops of olive oil, 2 tablespoonos of warm “boiled” water no tape water. I have a full breaded champion siamese cat as well as she was experiencing wet stools and vomitting and now she is better too.
Don’t belittle Wilderness cat food. They are rated the top in Ontario, Canada.
I also went to the vet and got “Hairball Preparation”, and I put a few drops in their wet food and love it. It’s a butterscoth taste goes great with Duck.
I also give a few drops of Gatorade to bring back the electrolytes in their system.
I also give once daily one teaspoon of plain 0% fat yogurt, that helps keep the stools solid, not so runny.
I highly recommend for cats “Blue Wilderness “Duck” cat food and the wet food.
Don’t knock it until you try it.
Try my formula I do daily and you’ll have a much happier cat.
Our cats loved the Blue Wilderness bag of BB. We decided to try the fuschia bag of Wilderness & they did not like it & started having runny stools. We tried the mature BB version & our 15yr old tabby started having severe diarrhea so he was being treated for colitis when we found out from an emergency vet who saw a different cat of ours that BB is bad food & notorious for causing GI problems in cats. So we switched back to Felidae which all of our cats love. We’ve teen feeding the BB to the stray cats outside but unfortunately know when our cat eats it due to having more bad diarrhea. Needless to say we won’t be wasting our money on BB anymore!!!
I have fed my two cats ages 2 and 3 years old the Blue Buffalo freedom grain free indoor chicken cat food for the last two months. Now all of a sudden they both have bloody urine and dehydrated and throwing up. They were perfectly healthy until I started feeding them this cat food. I tell you there is really something wrong with this cat food. I have spent over $1000.00 so far on vet bills and we are still not out of the woods yet.
Did you switch them cold turkey???!! I’ve never heard of this, we switched to this brand (it’s a 5 star), we mixed it in with her old food. She actually picks around her old food now and eats only the BB. Granted a lot of people are having pH issues due to lack of water, but our cat drinks water like it’s going out of style. She just had her 6 month check up and she is healthy as a horse.
Best decision I ever made for my cat.
My cats like the food (Blue Spa-all flavors), but there has been some serious regurgitating just after eating the last few days. Anybody else have this problem?
My cat threw up a couple times after eating this food. I think she may be regurgutating because she’s not chewing it and maybe it bothers her stomach IDK. May try to switch her to Fromm or Orijen.
Hi : My cat Maximus (Maxi) is a 10 year old Blue British Shorthair. As a kitten the vet put him on Mexi Cal Preventative but it is no longer available but he loved it although I would not want to use it now because of the ingred. My problem is he is not eating, losing weight, fur is rough, losing fur in clumps. I have tried every type of Blue Buffalo to know avail. What can I do to make his food more palatable. I love him to death. He does not look well. Please help. Hazel
My kitten is just shy of 8 months old and she’s been on Blue Wilderness Kitten formula ever since I adopted her when she was about 8 weeks old. She was spayed when she was 5 months old and she was still fed the Kitten food for cognitive development (it contains DHA?)
However, since her operation, she gained lots of weight so that her stomach visibly sags and she is visibly bigger and rounder. She is a Siamese-mix and her mom (who is a domestic cat) is about her size, but leaner (she is about 2 years old). She should have stopped physical growth by now, and I was recommended to switch food to prevent high caloric intake.
I’m trying to decide between Blue Wilderness Weight Management (for as long as a medium sized bag will last me) then switching to the new Blue Wilderness Indoor Cat OR to go with the Blue Longevity Adult.
Perhaps the Longevity would be a better option for her health, but my concern is that Blue Longevity is only made with fish. My cat has had canned fish (salmon and tuna) and enjoys eating it, but she has only had chicken dry food. And I have read reviews that fish diet makes the poop smell really bad.
I switched my two cats over to longevity from wilderness and they like it. They eat both the dry and wet. I do not feel them anything else but longevity adult. They have been on it or over eight month now and their coats are so shiny and healthy. Hope this information helps
I switched my 3 cats from Science Diet to Blue Buffalo. So glad I did. They have so much more energy, they have trimmed down a bit & they produce less waste.
When I first adopted my cat a couple years ago, I did a lot of research and asked around, and after researching a LOT of different foods, I settled on Blue Buffalo Wilderness. The two-week transition to the new food went fine – I did expect that there could be some mild diarrhea or vomiting, which is not at all unusual when you switch foods, but Astrid didn’t have any digestive distress. I fed her controlled portions of Wilderness kibble and a half-can of wet food every day. She lost 1.5 pounds, which was perfect. After about a year, I decided to try a cheaper brand, so I got Taste of the Wild. I transitioned her slowly, but she started having looser stools, and even after several months on the new food, she continued to get poop stuck in her fur. GROSS. When I ran out of my big bag of Taste of the Wild, I switched her back to Wilderness. Her digestion was back to normal within a month. Yay! I’ve heard great things about Taste of the Wild from friends, but it just didn’t work for my cat. No one brand will work for all pets.
I currently give Astrid controlled portions of Wilderness kibble in the mornings and controlled portions of Healthy Gourmet canned food (mixed with extra water) at night. Ideally, she would be on an all-wet diet (my goal is to one day feed her a combination of raw meat and Blue Buffalo canned food), since wet diets are really important for cats – not only do they need water in their diets, but they also should get minimal starch, and any kibble will have significant amounts of starch. But not everyone can afford that, me included. And if I have to use kibble, it’ll be GOOD kibble. Blue Buffalo Wilderness is definitely good kibble.
I bought 20 cans of the turkey Wilderness canned food mainly because one of my cats has found it difficult to eat dry food. I usually by AvoDerm (all my 6 cats eat it with much enthusiam). PetSmart will no longer sell AvoDerm so I bought Blue.
I couldn’t believe it – my cat took one sniff and walked away. I’m not surprised. Very anemic looking and hardly any smell.
I thought all was not lost – my five other cats are adopted ferals and live as such. But their reaction was the same. Read that again: 5 feral cats turned their noses up at Blue.
The unopened cans are going back to PetSmart and I’ll the remaining AvoDerm stock until I find another reseller.
Hello, I am intetested in printable coupons for feline indoor Blue Wilderness.
I have 2 male Persians and they LOVE this food. I’ve had them on it since they were kittens (their kitten food) and now they eat the Indoor Cat food. I’ve tried giving them Green Treats and wet food, but they vomit and get diarrhea from anything but Blue Dry Food. I’m just now introducing them to the Wilderness since its grain free. They’re loving it and their systems are responding well to it!! They have beautiful coats and are healthy & happy cats! Wouldn’t give them anything less… So happy I found this brand
My cats have switched between Innova, Taste of the Wild, Simply Nourish and Blue Buffalo. Of my two cats, only one has loss of ‘shine’ when not on either Blue Buffalo or Simply Nourish. Since they both love BB, and are as healthy as can be, I’ve stuck with it, going between the different basic adult cat formulas. They suffer no ill effects when doing this.
And after reading some other reviews, let me make it known that when switching from a low quality food with corn in it, you will get a diarrhea. This is inevitable even with a very slow introduction. I adopted my one cat and he was on Science Diet, while switching he had a lot of loose/runny stools. But once he got through the transition he has been great. Healthy, active, the perfect weight, fluffy soft coat. So my advice is don’t give up when switching to any higher quality food, their digestive systems need some time to get used to a food that isn’t corn based but meat based.
I have an extremely finicky diabetic cat. There is a broad consensus in the feline diabetes community that dry food is unacceptable for a diabetic cat. To be sure, it is very difficult, but not impossible to find a very low or zero carb kibble. I have spent a fortune going from one moist canned food to another to find something my cat will actually eat. He WILL eat the blue wilderness chicken (canned). I can’t find anywhere anyhow what the protein content is for this food. Blue buffalo has not been cooperative in supplying the “as fed” values. But based on the analysis guaranty, it looks like this food is 6% carbs on a “dry matter” basis. I’ve heard elsewhere 1-2%, which I frankly doubt. I have misgivings about the food because the #3 ingredient on the label is “potatoes” which are high carb & very glycemic. If the food is low carb, why in the name of god won’t they cooperate to give us this information?
All of this said… My diabetic cat loves the food & it’s the only one he’ll eat consistently. On a diet free-feading this plus the “young again zero carb” kibble, his blood sugars have been benign and well-controlled off insulin. So I don’t think the carb load could be really high. But how can one know???
Cats are obligate carnivores!
Whole or any type of grain is not suited for their digestive system.
Fruits and vegetables?!?! Again! CATS ARE OBLIGATE CARNIVORES! They do not need these. I wish some of these companies would stop disguising these ‘fillers’ as healthy for our animals. They are not people, and have different nutritional needs.
Also, dry food should not even be part of a feline diet. They get most of their water from prey in the wild, so wet food is better. Dry food is usually filled with too many carbohydrates and other stuff that fattens cats up.
The ‘cats need kibble to clean their teeth’ is a MYTH. Cats gum their food. This is why you see their kibble in whole pieces if they throw up.
Please do more research before buying into this stuff.
I will say that it’s good they do not use by-products at least.
Some of their canned cat food seems really good however.
One thing I don’t understand is why most companies put things such as carrageenan and guar gum in the foods. That is bad.
If Blue would remove the produce from the cat food, then I might buy it.
What brand of food would you recomend?
Then why do I supply a greenery grow station for my cats? – and they eat it.
To Penelope: I agree with everything you wrote – esp. the carrageenan & guar gum but try finding a good wet food that doesn’t have these ingredients. I have researched almost every food made and if a brand doesn’t have one they have another. I just cannot find the “perfect” food and one of my girls has an intolerance to something so I have been feeding her boiled chicken successfully (under advice of my vet) for 4 weeks and I know she needs vitamins, minerals, taurine, etc. and want to get her back on food but am hard pressed to find one that meets all the criteria for a good, healthy, food. Even the raw (which she won’t eat) is filled with fruits and vegetables! So, what do you feed your cat? Please E-mail me at sbp627 at yahoo if you feel you can help! Thx. Sue
Yes, they are obligate carnivores—which simply means the MAJORITY of their diet is meat. In the wild, cats, wolves and other obligate carnivores consume most of the prey, which includes the contents of the stomachs of those animals, which provides them with the nutrition needed from plants, berries, etc. In fact, wolves LOVE berries and regularly eat them on their own. And while panda bears are known for feasting on bamboo, they too are obligate carnivores thus requiring a diet with a high quality, high percentage of protein.
My cat has been experiencing problems (increased voiding, bloody urine) on this food though I am fairly certain this is due to dehydration as I have been adding more and more wet into his diet. Much more successful so far than the two trips to the vet in as many months.
I have 8 cats and switched them to Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe in Feb 2012, they love it and are thriving on it, I love Blue Buffalo! and would highly recommend it.
I loved the ingredient list on the Blue Wilderness formula. I love the idea of feeding my girl what nature intended for her to eat. I prefer to not feed kibble, but I wanted to be able to use it if I were away for the day, or for occasional convenience. Cleo will have nothing to do with that cat food. For a few days I mixed it with her favorite raw treats…. Rabbit, duck… She literally sucked off the meat and spat the pellets and bits out lol! And so I tried moistening and mixing it… And in that way slowly managed to get her eating it for about a week or so. Wow. Her letterbox smelled so bad after that it made me gag…. It was just hideous. And then there was one episode of vomiting and some diarrhea. I think my kitty knew best. Now I have a huge overpriced bag of cat food on my hands. She’s been fine tasting all other brands though…with no adverse effects.
BLUE BUFFALO IS BY FAR THE BEST CAT CANNED FOOD ON THE MARKET. MY CATS ARE DOING VERY WELL ON THE WET VERSION. THEY WILL NOT EAT THE DRY VERSION OF BLUE BUFFALO. THE WET CANNED BLUE BUFFALO HAS ALL THE FINEST INGREDIENTS AND UNLIKE SEVERAL CANNED CAT FOODS HAS ALSO THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF THE SAME. LONG LIVE BLUE BUFFALO!!!!!
Our 3 cats were throwing up a lot of their food after eating. We bought Blue Buffalo Dry Cat Food (Salmon, Turkey, Chicken etc) and they love it! No more throwing up!!!!!! I feel so good knowing we are feeding them quality cat food.
I have three cats too. One of them keeps throwing up his food. He was also peeing on the carpet and defecating on it. He also did this outside of his litter box as well. The vet diagnosed him with a urinary tract infection. So, he was prescribed Clavomax. I thought he was allergic to this because he was throwing up then too. His urine showed protein and I just had blood work done because this could mean kidney problems. He may also need an X-ray done on his bladder. Well I tried Blue Buffalo too but he started throwing up again tonight. He and the other two cats were eating Purina Beyond but I found out that the food I bought from Hannaford was expired. They were selling food that had a best buy date of July 2012; this was November that I bought it. I thought maybe this could’ve been making him sick. I will get blood work results back tomorrow. So, Buffalo Blue is not keeping him from throwing up. I hope he will be ok.
I have a almost 10 yr old pure breed MaineCoon. Hes gorgeous but lately showed early signs of Cat Diabetes. I always had him on a dry food diet thinking it was best for a cat, was I wrong. After much research I have purchase some Blue wet food low in fats and carbs and high in protein. I do believe this food with correct this early diabetes and keep him healthy for much longer. Today is his first day … He loves it. I got the small cans and give him half at a time and will give him 2 – 3 cans a day. I will come back in a week and let you all know if he is doing better. He is drinking unusual amounts of water and urinating much larger amounts. I will come back here to let you all know if this simple change in his diet has stopped the progress of this early signs of diabetes. There is a difference between early signs of diabetes and actually having diabetes. If you suspect your cat is not well, please see your vet. I will take him back to the vet if this does not help because hes my pal and I love him but for today., I am trying this simple change in his diet to see if it does the trick. Wish us luck and please say a prayer for Max the MaineCoon. Thank you Maxs’ Mom.
Which can food did you put your cat on? I put mine on the blue basic grain-free for the same reason. It has potato in it so now I am questioning my decision since potato is a high gycemic starch.
I have a MaineCoon as well. He’s my angel. He’s having the same issues you described. I just bought blue buffalo today. Please…..how is your Max? I’m so worried about my Ramsey
I gradually switched my cats over to Blue Buffalo from Royal Canin Maine Coon and I’ve had nothing but serious issues with their stools. One cat has very watery diarrhea and terrible gas despite a careful and gradual food switch. Canned pumpkin is barely making a difference as far as firming things up. This is the second time I’ve tried to switch them to BB and I will NOT be trying to again! Read reviews on other sites. MANY people have similar experiences. The ingredients sound great but something is wrong with this food!
Canned pumpkin is fiber and will make stools softer and move through faster. It’s given to cats when they are constipated or stools are too hard and passing too slowly.
I had problems with kittens eating BB dry. very runny stool. I believe it is from the fruits and vegts. I switched until they were 1 yr and then tried again no problems my 2 boys are himmies beautiful coats and eyes also no hairballs and healthy weight but the stool smells and I believe it is from the natural ingredients unlike royal canin and Iamms which has alot of fillers. I use alot of baking soda in the litter as well as scoop. If someone has something better love to hear about it,but I don’t want to go back to cheaper foods because I believe they are causing the rise of diabetes in cats.
I have no complaints about this food except for one very important and very surprising feature: I makes my cats’ poops smell revoltingly awful, much like rotten cabbaage. I have never known a high-quality food to cause my cats to produce anything except mildly-smelly poops, so this side-effect was a complete surprise. My no matter how often I scoop my house constantly smells like rotten cabbage, so alas I’m going to have to switch them back to what I had them on before.
One of my cats developed kidney stones which my veterinarian said were possibly caused by Blue Buffalos dry food formulation. He stated that a couple of years ago they changed their dry food formulation and he has seen a high incidence of kidney stones in cats that eat it since then (note – he is a feline only vet).
Since then we have switched to Royal Canine UI which dissolved the stones (happily avoiding the need for surgery). As my cats like it and the kidney stones are gone, I am going to stick with it.
Just want to share what I went through.
Glad to hear your cats are doing well!! Just so you know the bags of RC are far more beneficial than the food. RC has added 2 corn fillers which put it on the level of Purina, etc. Just great marketing on the package.
please STAY AWAY from anything Royal Canin makes! Google Royal Canin cat food reviews and you will find many many instances of cats becoming severly ill or dying from this stuff, yet vets keep recommending it!
I have four and they all eat Blue. One has a very sensitive stomach and since we started feeding the Blue Basics sensitive recipe she has never been sick. Before that it was an every day occurance. They also eat the Blue Basics canned or Spa canned.
My last rescue is a beautiful Russian Blue from the shelter. She was due to be euthanized because of being bloated, being sick all of the time and having runny stools. She’s only two, and looked about twenty and was lethargic and stiff. They fed royal canin… After a week on the Blue Sensitive and canned Blue Basic she is fine. Still a bit creaky from lying in a steel cage for three months but no more vomiting or diareah. She had horrible scaly skin and after a bath and some brushing it is calming down. She is beginning to play now too.
All of my cats are the ones nobody wanted, all had various health issues, but no more thanks to Blue Buffalo.
I had recently taken a nutrition class in my Vet tech classes and chose to change my cats over to blue…. well, my cats stool smells HORRIBLE!! on top of the horrible smelling stool one of my four cats decided to quit eating because she disliked the food. before this change my cats were eating science diet light and i had no problems…. so today while i still had some of the remaining food left i am now switching them back…. just thought i would let you know. I had purchased 2 large bags of this food
I have to believe you don’t know much about cats, or about getting the best value for your money.
You bought 2 large bags of a premium cat food before you tested it on them?
And now, you’re willing to switch back to a super low quality, filler laden cat food rather than try other inducements to get the cat to eat better food (like adding tuna juice or some canned food) for a few weeks?
My cats love the blue buffalo salmon flavor. For a while I was mixing it with a cheaper (kirkland, chicken) brand, but a few stopped eating, so I offered them only the salmon, and they love it. It is expensive so I still sneak in cheaper food at about 30%, and they love it. I moisten it with some juice from the canned food, just to increase fluid intake, but they will eat it dry.
I feed the 4 cats 2x day, not ad libitum.
It was a pleasure reading this article. I have seen several articles, ONE SIDED, that have knocked Blue Buffalo Cat Foods. I thought to answer them but I know it would not be appreciated, as the people seem hypnotnized by their guru.
Since I have given my Simamese cat BB she has stopped making diarrea. This was a tremendous problem for me which the vet couldn’t fix. He tried Royal Canin Hypo-allergenic cans but to no avail. He was open to other things but I solved this before he tried. He was surprised that BB worked though. I have tried several different brands as well. I lost count actually.
The last thing I will say is I have no more troubles with Diarrea. Thank you Blue Buffalo. One couldn’t pay me to change brands anymore.
I thought I was being the Best Mom to my 3 Siamese Kids. Blue Buffalo seemed to be the most healthy thing I could feed them. Ten months ago I slowly transitioned them to Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Formula for cats with food sensitivities. I was impressed with the ingredients. Then months later every time I opened a new bag it had different size kibble and the life-source-bits were an unusual color and varied in size. I called BB and they assured me it was normal to see a difference in color,shape,etc. in each new bag. Well three days ago my 1,2,and 3 year old masked-men began projectile vomiting followed by watery stools. My worse nightmare,as I watched them deteriorate before my eyes. I called BB again-no answer.Kept calling-no answer. Left a message and yes I was wrong,but being so frantic I used the”F” word. The next day they called me back reaming me about my foul language. I apologized for that ONE word and told her my babies were violently ill. She said she was going to report me for my language. I told her the food was tainted and she went off on me saying they had no complaints. She told me to go get a new bag. Did that and more vomit-runny stools-lethargy. I stopped the food and started them on a new one. Prayed and stayed up all night-3 nights in a row-no sleep. Today thank God they show improvement. My vet said the food is Garbage and that Blue Buffalo $21 dollar bag isn’t even worth $5 dollars. He said they don’t measure the vitamin D so my boys were poisoned. Blue Buffalo has not pulled their food from the shelves and I got no apology. I am so greatful to God they are getting better. Please people beware of Blue Buffalo. I NEVER thought this could happen to my babies. I have told people about this only to have them tell me their dog or cat got very sick on Blue Buffalo also. This company does NOT care about our precious pets. They are cold hearted LIARS. As for me I will NEVER recommend their food to any one. It’s a $21 dollar bag of poison. Thank You Jesus for sparing my babies!
This happened to my cat with Blue Wildeness food. Major diahrrea!
No more blue anything for my cats.. You dont always get what you pay for…
Wow…I can’t believe that you used the ‘F’ word and that Blue Buffalo didn’t report you to the FDA…oh wait, the FDA monitors THEIR actions. Perhaps the FBI would have been interested..hmmm, just where do you “report” such language? That was just ludicrous of them to threaten you with such nonsense. And speaking of reporting, it is YOU who should be reporting THEM to the FDA for negligence. I’m glad to hear that your ‘babies’ are improving. We’ve never tried BB, presently using Orijen, however, the stool smells repulsive, which is why I’m doing my research on finding an alternate kibble. Obviously, not going to be BB, ha!
What brand do you now use?
I have had negative results with BB as you have mentioned. In the process of weaning my herd off of Pro Plan,(No more $50 bags of corn, thank you) I tried a mixture of PP, Blue, and Wellness. A tiny bit of the new foods added at a time. And poof instantly stinky smelly soft serve poop. Some with blood, some on my carpet. Removed BB from the mix, no problem. Have currently added Kirkland at a minimal amount to see what might happen, nothing so far. This business is certainly a literal crap shoot for cats and their owners who want to do right by them.
I have been feeding my cat blue buffalo dry kibble since I got her in 2009. I switch between the finicky feast and the indoor health formula. She is an extremely picky eater. She loves the food, and has not experienced any health or behavorial issues whatsoever. She is very sweet and affectionate, and I have noticed her coat is shiny and her eyes clear. I have nothing negative to say about the product.
Kim I had no problem with Blue either. But I assure you it was the food and they are not being responsible at BB Company. Please be careful I just don’t want this to happen to any one else. It is heart-wrenching to see your babies suffer let alone wonder if they are going to die. I was impressed with their product but now I will NEVER buy their food Ever again! This is God’s TRUTH BEWARE!
My ragdoll kitten got bad diarrhea from Blue Buffalo cat food. I’ve switched to Innova canned cat/kitten food and Royal Canin dry kitten food with excellent results.
We are currently living overseas where there are a lot of homeless feral cats. We got a rescue cat when he was only 3 weeks old, he was sick when we got him but with a vet visit got him better. We have been blending dry kitten food with water to feed him which is what the vet recommended. We started with eukanuba kitten food and it seemed okay, he was normal would get kind of sleepy after eating and was generally pretty tame, would play for about 20 or 30 minutes then sleep for a couple hours. We switched to Blue Wilderness since it had great reviews many places and was all natural. He loved it from the first time. We have noticed some changes in his behavior though. Since starting him on it he has a ton more energy, he will run wild sometimes for a couple hours at a time, and I mean wild, sprinting all over the place. Even playing with him constantly for 30 minutes at a time barely phases him. He has also become kind of hyper aggressive and skittish. He tries to bite and scratch more when trying to play with him or pet him. He is much more stand offish and skittish when we go near him also. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. I don’t mind that he has a lot of energy but the aggresiveness and skittishness is a little disconcerting considering that before he was very warm and would come lay on one of us to go to sleep.
Has anyone had any recalls or problems with blue buffalo wilderness chicken and trout cat treats?
My cat goes bonkers over them but her stool is getting runny and I’m discontinuing them for her-
Is there any recalls on this prduct?
My kitten got terrible diarrhea from blue buffalo dry food. I had to discontinue the blue buffalo food. I am now feeding Innova canned food and Royal Canin dry with excellent results.
My cat has never eaten this food but it is called “blue buffalo” yet there is a picture of a bison on the label. I find this lack of attention to detail off putting.
Bison is the same as buffalo in the US. There are 3 types of buffalo (bison). The American Plains buffalo (bison) is the most common seen in movies, etc. It can be tricky when some people/stores sell buffalo, you need to be sure it is BISON and not Asian WATER BUFFALO. The picture on the lable is in fact an American Plains Buffalo.
there is no buffalo
Blue does not contain buffalo, Blue was the creator of the foods dog, his dog had cancer and he had his food experts create this diet to help his dog recover from Chemo.
Well, of course there are cricits of antibiotics all over, but by not taking your cat to the vet, your are risking an infection spreading beyond her bladder and into the kidneys and eventually other organs. Trust me, my last cat took antibiotics about 5 times in his life for things including UTI’s among other problems, and he lived to be 27. Also, even if you were going to try a home remedy , maybe theres something else going on that you don’t know about. Maybe your cat has kidney stones, or crystals in its urine, who knows until you go to the vet. Please take your cat to the vet. If you have ever had a UTI and know how painful and uncomfortable it is, you would be rushing that poor baby to the vet right now to stop the suffering. Don’t play around with something that can turn serious in no time.
Things can be quite bad. Especially right now in this nation.Hang in there. Your fimlay comes first, but anything you can do for your cat is great.
I’ve been feeding my rescue the BB Wilderness Kitten formula and she is thriving. I mix it with some Innova canned food and add a little water. She can’t get enough and her coat has improved so much. It is now very soft and much more shiny. I honestly don’t understand why there are so many negative comments… Maybe competitor ads? Anyway, I feel good about feeding this to my kitten and I highly recommend this product.
This is a touchy subcejt. Your pet cannot communicate to you to tell you what is happening. You should have your cat checked out by someone else to get a second opinion. Keep a close eye on her. Plus you can contact your local ASPCA to see if they have more information regarding this vet or what to do.
Have been feeding Blue Buffalo Finicky Feast for a few years. All six cats love it…however…something has changed. The new bag came in two weeks ago…I noticed that they would not eat it..except for one cat, Tommy. They also eat canned, so it’s not like they were going hungry. However, the Blue Buffalo was having to be tossed out each morning as it was not being eaten. Tommy, the only kitty I noticed that would eat it started peeing on the rug, under his cat box instead of in the box and i noticed it had blood in it. took him to the vet and the only thing the vet said maybe a urinary infection. So meds were given and it helped. They are all inside cats. Well, it still hadn’t dawned on me that the food could be the culprit.. it is the only thing that had changed, when the other five refused to eat the Blue Buffalo..and needless to say, tommy won’t eat it now either. Hopefully there will be a recall and someone will test this and see what the problem is. They still are getting the Blue canned and so far so good. I hope Blue steps up to the plate and checks it out. Like I said, been feeding the Blue Finicky Feast for a long time and they love it..in fact it was the only one all cat liked.
I called once about my cats refusing to eat their food when I opened the bag and gave them some from the new bag. I was told they sometimes use a different “oil” and it can vary the taste.
They eneded up having to eat it until the next bag but as you can see my comment about what ended up happening I no longer use Blue at all.
I have read the photo copied complaints on this particular food across a coupel sites, which makes me wonder if it is other food company propoganda. Especially with the mention of foods that are of poor quality.
Also don’t put stock into a person on the radio who has no degree, and is not a veterinarian or technician in research. Quessing isn’t experience.
I rescue animals and adopt them out. I am a veterinary Technician of nearly 20 years and have specialized.
Diets over the years have made many changes. Yet cheap filler rich foods still exsist. I have visisted the RDA of Hills, the Nestle’ owned Purina research group, ROyal Canin, Eukunuba, Old mother Hubbards-Wellness plan, and yes even the Blue Buffalo Company and it’s new RDA department that is headed by a Specialist since 2011.
The process the use in their pet foods is actually impressive, and the care in agredients is as well. Not simply rotted dry ingredients but good enough for human consumption, which suprisingly the Wellness line has done as well, and Royal canin has as well. THe ingredients whnen compared to other cheap diets is actually far from garbage.
If your cat is vomiting, especailly when grains are remmoved from it’s diet, they there is another issue. We have around 40 clients that use Blue Buffalo in our area, not certain why it has become popular.THey have less problems then those fed cheap diets that make us erk. While we deal more in ROyal Canin for Prescription diets, we can in no way call BB foods garbage.
That wet canned is better myth is the worst misconception ever made up by non experienced veterinary dieticians. Fact: pets on wet diets have a much higher build of of dental calculus on teeth. They can also be worse for alliments. IF you prefer you can soften dry food down, but loose soem benifits, as well as you must pull it up within 2-3 hours. Wet food should never be left to eat on for more then a hour.
I have been feeding Blue Buffalo Finicky Feast Cat food to all six of my kitties for a few years now. No problems, they all loved it. Until about several weeks ago they ALL stopped eating it. All but one cat, tommy. They eat expensive canned food also so they were not going hungry, in fact the dry is usually a snack between meals that is left out all the time for them. Well, Tommy started peeing outside the box, on the white carpet and I noticed it had blood in it..so off to the vet where he was said to probably have a kidney infection..meds given and it cleared up. However, I know for a fact that something was wrong with that batch of food…when five out of six cats only sniffed it and walked away..there is a problem. Hopefully BLue will test it and see what is wrong. They eat a lot of Blue Buffalo canned also, hope it is ok. But it is a fact there is a problem with Blue dry right now.
I had my 3 Siamese Cats on Blue Buffalo for nearly a year. Every bag had a different color kibble and the life source bits became odd shaped. Called BB and they assured me it was normal. Well 3 days ago my boys-YES all 3 of them began projectile vomiting an runny stools. My vet said Blue Buffalo is poison in a bag,not worth $5 dollars. I pay $21 dollars a bag! It nearly killed my boys. Blue Buffal threatened me when I told them their food nearly killed my Siamese Boys. They flat out lied to me because at Pet Smart I talked to several employees who said their cat or dog got very sick on the same food-same symptoms! I thank GOD HE spared my boys lives. People please don’t feed your beloved fur-kids this food. I don’t want any one to go through what we did. Terrifying!
Some of the negative comments are being repeated over and over and over and over ad nauseum. Now I appreciate constructive criticism as that is how we avoid mistakes but to be so repetitive simply makes me doubt the veracity of the complaints. I am sorry if you all have had problems with your pets and I am not a supporter or critic of any brand and do not work for any manufacturer of pet products but I find it distasteful in the max to hear these things repeated over and over and seemingly on different dates that the pets have JUST gotten ill. Come on now people GET REAL.
In response to what you just stated about the reviews being photocopied by competiters: I am a first time reviewer of this food. I purchased a bag of Blue Wilderness because I’d heard so many good things about it. My cats had been eating grain-free food for a long time. I always rotated their food so they were used to changes. None of the 4 would touch it. I tried Blue Wilderness canned duck and only 1 out of 4 would eat it. Soon after she had smelly, explosive diarrhea like she’s never had before. She was so sick and hid under the bed all night except when she used the litterbox. I returned the unused food and never bought it again. My cats do very well on other high-quality food: Wellness canned, Wellness CORE dry, Merrick’s all varieties canned and dry, Nature’s Variety Instinct canned and dry, just to name a few. Maybe these other folks are competitors and maybe not. Or maybe you work for Blue Buffalo? I’m choosing to believe there’s something amiss with this food just from my own experience with it.
Bought Blue Buffalo Idoor Health last weekend. My cat has been sick for the last couple of days. Tonight she threw up some blood. She has stopped eating the food. i am switching back to Purina One hairball control. I am bringing the “Blue Buffalo” bag back to store. Thankfully, they will refund my money. I do not recommend this product.
Wow. I’m confused. I thought I’d found the perfect food for our 12 adopted cats with Blue Wilderness. Some seem OK with it, but several have lost weight (like, bones showing) and have diarrhea. Not so much vomiting, as they do occasionally regurgitate from eating too much too fast, but their coats are not shiny any more and they seem to be shedding excessively. I used to feed Purina Urinary Tract food with no problems other than the regurgitation problems – they kept better weight and had shiny coats. I realize all cats are different as are people with reactions to foods, but seeing the weight loss/dull coats in conjunction with when I began feeding them the Blue Wilderness makes me doubtful it’s just coincidence, after reading these reviews. I have one adopted cat with IBS anyway, and this food hasn’t helped him with this issue at all. I am going to take the latest one to lose the huge amount of weight in to the vet this week, and for all info, all our cats are indoors, spayed and neutered, vetted and kept a close eye on. I’m going to back to Purina Urinary Tract, as I am now thoroughly confused, but had fewer problems with this diet than I do now with the ”better” food. I will let the vet rule out any illness he may have, if it was not caused by the Blue Wilderness food. But everyone’s coats are not as shiny as they were, either, making me really wonder if I did the right thing – the concept of Blue is great – but are they living up to their advertisement? We have no control over their methods or ingredients.
Horrible! Caused excessive projectile vomiting in both our cats within minutes after eating it. Friends have also had this experience — as is vomiting a common complaint in on-line postings and reviews. Note that Blue Buffalo has been recalled a few times. I would absolutely never recommend this cat food.
What food would you recommend?
how can you put on the front of your bags “NO MEAL” when the second ingredient on ALL THE CAT FOOD BAGS IS MEAL!!!!! basic was the WORST offender. People read your bags. They have snuck that in like bandits. Over-priced nasty food. I might as well have bought CHEAPER food. Youre no diferent than any other low grade brand. You’ve changed, skimped, cut corners. Blue Buffalo you are overpriced and you lie. Take the word NO MEAL off the front of your bags!!!!!! I’ve written the FDA. I want the food absolutely looked into and better yet, recalled. My cat has always been on your food but since your sudden change, he is vomiting, gassy, etc. This is a recent sly change in your brand. My cat is sick, other cats are sick and your cat food is the culprit. I do not appreciate you. Be ashamed for over charging people in a bad economy, lying about your ingriedients, and manufactuing a LOW grade food. Enjoy making all that money now because in the end, it always catches up to the company.
Maybe you need to take another look at the bag. It says no chicken BY-PRODUCT meal. They are not falsely advertising. Do you have plenty of water by the food?
BLUE BUFFALO INDOOR HEALTH CAT FOOD IS BAD FOR YOUR CAT !!!Well folks add another victim to the growing list of sick cats and Vet bills. My short hair white cat w/ gold eyes (ROCKET), is 3 yrs. old. A total “city cat” (indoor). Has never eaten anything other than Blue Buffalo, Indoor Health (sic), well he has crystals formed in his urinary tract, his kidneys are in fairly bad shape, he is dehydrated and his urine output is miniscuel. He is a 18 pd. lean,lanky,lovin machine. Never been sick until today, our vet said there is a recall on this food, when you go to bluebuf.com and click the recall all it does is open up a huge page extolling the virtues of their products. Another example of GREEDY CORPORATE JACKALOPES, who if they harm or kill our pets, we are left in a legal limbo that has practically no recourse for those of us who have to endure these MUDDOBBERS mistakes. Emotionally and Financially, @#@$^%& @#$%*^%$
I am not finding any information of a current recall on Blue Buffalo. It would be on the FDA’s site. Maybe your vet is confused thinking it is part of blue diamond? You should contact FDA so an investigation is started.
My two cats are now eating Blue Buffalo. At first they were a bit unsure. They ate another cheaper dry kibble which they loved. However the ingredients were horrible. I don’t put any stock in to vitamins. I would like to see a study which shows vitamins effect on cats/dogs, short and long term. I like BB because it is readily available and meaty ingredients.
Loved reading all your posts. Wanted to share my vast research after spending $5000 on vet bills for my mast cell cancer kitty. It has been a journey for us both but one day [post diagnosis/oncologist/surgery i.e. having kitty’s spleen removed] I heard a homeopath on the radio, named Pat McKay. Pls google her. I put her website as a link & hope you will take a few minutes out of your day to read her “free” ebooks regarding animals and their eating habits. For yrs I wondered why my kitty ate so little & was so finicky. He adopted me as a healthy, shiny, strong feral. I truly believe his diet is the cause of his cancer and feed him only raw now. It is not as hard as some of the web info makes it out to be and for the amount of money I’ve spent to extend his precious life, it is worth it to do the extra work necessary to keep him healthy now. It actually costs less then canned & dry cat food. Dry kibble is poison. The reason animals love it so much is the same reason we love fast food. It has addictive, high caloric, non nutritional ingredients. Pat has an amazingly simple raw diet recipe. And she explains why cats are finicky when we feed them different foods. This is not spam. Everything on her site is free. She has 30 yrs experience and my kitty is thriving even with cancer, 5 mths post surgery. Pet food and vets are a huge $ making venture. Pls don’t let your fur baby be a product of the diseases commercial foods incur on our loved ones. I came to this site because I’ve read the ingredients in Blue Buffalo and feel it’s better then most but perhaps after you read about how these foods are not regulated by the FDA and anything can go into the processing of pet food, you will reconsider and take the time and have patience with your animals in the “re-learning” of a healthier way to eat. The reason they don’t take to new foods is because what they are fed as kittens is learned and they just need some patience in changing their diets. It took me 2 mths to get both my cats totally on raw food so do your research. If you can afford the Blue Buffalo, go for the wet and not the dry and be patient while your baby learns it’s safe for them to digest. Much love to you on this amazing journey with such pure positive energy we connect with via our pets. =*^*=
I just posted a reply to “Amy M.” But replies must go to private emails so no one can see it….anyway…Im 98% certain it was the CRANBERRIES which contains natural benzoic acid…do a search on “benzoic+cats” on google…..many hi-end foods include this ingredient &Im searching for the best info on switching to a raw (homemade!!) Diet….anyway, I will paste a copy of that missing reply:
Hey..I just came across this site &ur reply, questioning if Blue is a good food for ur cat. I have 2cats just under 3yrs old. I’v had the oldest cat since he was 7days old..abandoned by his mother. Abandoned,I found out 2wks later, cuz he was sick. Anyway, big vet bills but we got past that. When I finally got him on solid foods, the 1st food I got (some other “holistic” food) he refused &I saw it had just expired so perhaps he’s a little hyper-sensitive to that &I returned it &bought a different brand just to be safe….that was my 1st bag of “Blue”…&he liked it enough to eat it I fed them this more costly food because of its promise of natural ingredients without soy, wheat&corn &my cats were literally GLOWING…Their coats were so beautiful &they were thriving &super-playful &loving. It was the ONLY food I’v ever fed my 2cats until Feb 2012 when my older cat started acting weird….he &his brother were fighting alot….Iv NEVER seen them fight. (When I got my 2nd cat, he was super young &the older 1 used to let’im nurse on him…even though that well was certainly a dry 1!…so they have a peculiar relationship &never fight). I feed stray cats on my porch &my cats usually r trying to play with them under the crack in my front door. Anyway, the older cat was fightn with his bro, hissing all the time at him, the strays…even me for no reason! He started peeing outside his litter box &fixated himself by the front door at the stray cats outside &I rushed him to the vet. Struvite crystals in his urine &almost a complete obstruction in his urine. $1300 later…I do research to find holistic ways to avoid the costly prescription food & the undesirable by-products they include, I decide on Wellness canned food (understanding now that NO cat should have dry food…a whole other subject) &supplemented with 6drops of concentrated cranberry juice (known for urinary tract support &included in many/most hi-end cat foods, both wet &dry…including Blue) &I added a few drops of cold-pressed flaxseed oil for his coat cuz he had never regained even a smidge of that beautiful shine once put on that presc food. 2days later, my poor baby got obstructed again, but he was passing a teaspoon of urine at a time so I put him back on his prescription food…no supplements &watched him through the nite. He started urinating regularly enough about 2days later. I had done so much research on every ingredient in Wellness..how could things have gone so bad?? I wondered maybe a food allergy?? Maybe the flaxseed (linoleic acid) or cranberry since I added extra?? I researched “flaxseed+cats” &found out cats definitely need fish oil with the flax…hmmm…not likely the culprit. “Cranberry+cats” turned up all posotive results for cats, animals &people….lots of different acids work in many ways to promote healthy urinary tracts. Maybe a bad batch of cranberries or something….just then my other cat (still eating Blue while my other cat was in food-limbo) started acting weird. He got really aggressive with my healing ailing cat…playing rough &getting almost violent. The poor thing was already aprehensive of the litterbox after his urinary blockage, pain, &inflammation. Anyway, the older cat went into his clean, un-covered litter box to pee &my 2nd cat creeped up behind him &jumped on top of his head while he was peeing!! He then started hissing by the front door (by the stray kitties) &hissing at me &his brother!! What the heck is going on???? My cats are 100% indoor cats….is it possible they got rabies?? It was like 5am &I sat down again on the web, researching &reading the same things over&over. I reworded my search to “cranberries+danger” to check on possible cranberry recalls or something & BAM!! There it was……….Cranberries contain a naturally occuring BENZOIC ACID……there was mention of the healing applications involving this preservative &there was a notation about a definite level of “tolerance” before it was deemed “toxic” for humans, dogs, rats, sheep….& PARTICULARLY CATS!! Cats dont have the means to metabolise this acid (which has a crystalline structure) with their urine…benzoic acid tends to just “build up” in cats until there is enough to cause a noticeable problem. Look it up!! Do your research &reword ur questions to find the hidden truths. Do not feed ur cats cheap over-the-counter foods either. Read excerps online from the book “Food Pets Die For” &understand the extent of meat by-products….it will make u ill. I am still looking for the perfect food to feed my boys….without by-products, without ANY grains, & now NO CRANBERRIES. My choices are now so limited, we will probably soon switch to a homemade raw diet with supplements but more research is needed on my part. The pet food industry is a “self-regulated” industry…ultimately meaning NOT regulated. It is the dumping ground for foods &products not fit for human consumption &for over-produced goods. The cranberry/benzoic acid connection has been known since 1905. The excessive cranberries in hi-end pet foods is the result of a study done in 2005, determining other likable markets where cranberries can be used since the ratio between consumption &production had caused a great surplus of berries. The study is very thorough but also INCOMPLETE. Their mentions of cranberry benefits in dog &cat food were based on the fact that they were already in SOME hi-end foods &commonly known for UT health. Anyway, ur cat has already refused this product….probably for good reason because he is likely a more sensitive cat like my 1st one. Good luck!!
what your feeling on canned vs dry cat food. I took my cat off of canned when he became hyper-active.
Recently my kitty became hyper-active and it turns out that it is hyper thyroid disease. It is very common in cats. Take your kitty to the vet and get a blood test for T4 level. It is manageable with medication.
As for the food…wet food would not cause hyper activity. Cats need a well rounded diet and should not be feed dry food alone. If your cat does have hyper thyroid it makes them very hungry so cutting down on food will cause rapid weight loss.
Hope this helps.
My 15 year old cat is diabetic and now has cancer. He stopped eating his dry WD cat food. I bought Blue Buffalo Wilderness and he eats very well and has gained weight!
I switched to blue buffalo because of its ingredients. No Wheat, Soy, or Corn. Bad for allergies!! It also doesnt contain any crappy fillers!! Vets push all these supposedly healthy urinary tract formulas, etc that are high in carbs, grains and other unneccesary dangerous toxins. I have a 10 year old himmi whose coat went from dull and greasy to shiny, full and doesnt even knot!!!!! I have 3 other himmis that have much better coat, bright eyes, and the best part, Hairballs are almost none existant compared to daily, I might find one once a momth!! I will never change back to any other brands. By the way all you people out there that swear by ROYAL CANIN–READ THE LABELS, packrd with corn, wheat, and soy fillers and by products etc!! yuck
Rosemary, when you posted in February 2012, did any of your cats have urinary tract issues? I’ve been stressing over a cat diagnosed with Cystitis since March. He will not even touch anything that is prescribed to him. Then, when I read the labels, I understand why. You’re correct – Royal Canin does have a ton of junk in it. On top of that, the one I was feeding my cat had pork listed as the first ingredient. I don’t understand why a cat would ever need to eat pork. Anyway, if you cat did have urinary tract issues, did they improve with Blue Buffalo?
my 9 yr old nuetered male is doing ok with dry blue buffalo. he prefers it to others so far. for hairball control i get all natural liver treats. his stools get too hard with some foods. 2 yrs on it. cost is a little more but he seems to like it.
Just wanted to get your take on Blue Buffalo Wilderness vs Royal Canin Pea & Rabbit. My vet recommended that I put my 11 year old cat Phoebe on the Royal Canin due to problems with diarrhea and liver issues. He indicated that the limited ingredients would help with the loose stool. I’ve noticed that she has better formed stool when she’s fed the wet version in conjunction with the dry food version of the Canin but that only seems to work for a short while. It worked for a few months but now she’s having prob w/loose stool again. Since it was recommended by the vet I didn’t read the ingredients on the Canin but since seeing the ads for Blue, I’ve noticed that there seems to be quite a bit of grain in the list of ingredients on Canin. I had heard good things about Blue Buffalo and it’s “all natural, no grain” ingredients. Any thoughts on this?
Reply to Amy M.
My 12 year old Siamese cat has food allergies and have tried so many foods, even grocery store brands loaded with fillers and ingredients he couldn’t take. I bought Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula for him and he’s had the same kind of stools you described and gas. Yesterday it was so bad, it was everywhere but the litter box. I hope like you I can find a food that won’t cause him so much misery. This in the beginning worked but not for long. Glad I found your comments.
My comments are out of concern for my cat and in no way meant to degrade Blue Buffalo in any way.
I’ve been feeding my cat Luna nothing but holistic dry cat food since I adopted her. She started out with Felidae and it was good. I wanted to try other foods and purchased Solid gold that was good too. However she was getting really fat so I decided to go with Nutro Indoor cat and still the same. Now that I switched over to Blue Buffalo Weight mgmnt all is well. She’s not picky about dry foods but wet foods she is. I tried all wet foods, expensive and cheap, and she likes Fancy Feast, Tiki Cat, and Merrick. I have noticed she won’t eat pate style cat food. It has to be chunky. And yes, I’ve consulted with my Vet and I only allow her to 2/3 cup dry food a day and two spoonfuls of wet a day as well. In between she gets Greenies cat snacks. My girl is a beautiful black cat and her coat is glossy and she’s a healthy 4yr old girl!!
I fed my 4 mos. old kitten BLUE dry kitten food. He loved it, but after a week or two, we noticed his stool was really loose and really smelly. He also had a lot of gas. After switching his dry food (to a cheaper, less “whole food” ingredient brand), the loose stool and gas ceased almost immediately. A shame, because I really like the ingredients. I wonder, however, if the broccoli or berries in the ingredients affected him. (I know these ingredients affect certain humans as such.) I might try to switch his dry food again to the BLUE brand or another brand with more natural (high protein, low filler/carbs, whole foods) ingredients when he is a little older to see if his older system can digest it better then.
Hey there just replying to your post, that is terrible!! It may not be the blue food though, I did alot of researching because my cats are”picky” about what they eat, so I switched up their food a little. Sometimes switching back and forth from food to food is not good for their systems and can lead to these problems (crystals, diarrhea) because the contents of each food is very different, some have higher sodium and wheat content then others. Just saying that maybe a micture of the canin iams and blue was not a good idea.
Hi I have 2 male cats, one is about 2 and the other is about 6. Within the past 8 months I have switched cat food from a cheap purina naturals brand hardfood to blue indoor health hardfood. My cats absolutely love the hard food – and are fond of the wet food as well (although they seem to like the hard stuff more) I like this food – because there is no animal by-product in it (keep in mind animal by-product can be any animal) Also, this food as well as “wellness” brand contain cranberries and its verryyy important if your cat is fixed and more specific male, as it is common for them to get crystals in urine which turn into kidney stones – can result in a very expensive vet bill. The amount of fruits and cranberries in the food keep the cats urinary tract healthy. As well as other benefits to the food. I am a pro-blue mommy
I have been feeding a blend of Iams dry and Royal Canin Oral Sensitive for quite a while. I added Blue Adult Health to the blend. After 2 months, My 9 yr old male had an emergency vet visit showing Struvite crystals and quite a lot of pain (not to mention expensive emergency care). My 10 yr old female’s coat became dull and greasy and she became quite lethargic. I just thought you should know. It seems holistic is a good thing to feed pets, but at what cost to their overall health?
If it had been just one cat with health issues, I would chalk it up to coincidence, but 2…must bee the new food.
Plz forgive me if I already replied to this post but I THINK. I accidentally posted this to someone else.
I recently had the same experience with my cat (on Blue dry cat food…Spa Select Hairball formula)
Anyway, an unplanned “experiment” on my own cat leads me to believe the Crannberries in Blue caused his Struvite cystals. Please google “benzoic+cranberries” &then look up “benzoic+cats”…..commercial cat food manufacturers are NOT looking out for our pets as they leave out a lot of info…
My original copied reply to another user on this site questioning the quality of this food:
I feed my cats the no grain version of dry food. I think it’s better for them as their main dietary requirement is for protein, not grains.
Charles Tinkle: older cat losing weight with no diet change be thinking diabetes melitis or hyperthyroidism. The VET is not just trying to make money–they care about your pet and want them to live a long and healthy life with you.
Janet: Hills does not “pay for the teaching of nutrition” traditionally they were the only ones there that offered any outside information on nutrition. They only talked about how their PRESCRIPTION diets can help with various disease conditions. Now Royal Canin and Purina offer prescription diets as well. Basic nutrition is taught from standard textbooks
My cat, Belle, eats only dry cat food. I used Iams and Science Diet for most of her life. After 12 years, Belle started loosing weight and became very boney. Took her to the Vet and he said she looked like she had Cat Diabetes. He wanted me to put her through many expensive tests and then be ready to give her insulin shots daily. After quick research online, I came across Blue Buffalo. Since Belle has started eating Blue Buffalo she has gained much of her weight back and seems much happier. I’m really pleased. The vet pretty much had her in the grave if I didn’t give her insulin. I know the Vet has got to earn a living too. My vet didn’t mention anything about changing to a better quality food. Glad I found Blue Buffalo in time.
One thing most people don’t realize is Science Diet funds most vet schools and the only nutrition class vet students are taught is paid for by Science Diet. Some vets study nutrition on their own. This is the same in the medical community. The vet is there to treat diseases, not always to prevent diseases.
But do watch the quality of the Blue Buffalo pet food. I have no faith in their food as I have had 3 incidents of problems with the canned cat food. I don’t like them as a company. Their food is made at all sorts of locations and I don’t see how they can maintain good quality control as a result.
Horrible! I just started feeding my animals the Blue Wilderness Chicken cat food and there were plastic chunks on the kibbles. I’m assuming they were plastic they will be sending me something to send a sample of the food back for testing.
The refuse to contact any of the stores with the information that came from the same factory until they test the kibble. But by that time anyone who buys this will clearly feed it to their cat.
The woman was RUDE, lied about this happening before and refused to give me to a manager.
Horrible service. I’m not sticking with a company that will allow to let their defected items be sold until they are tested.
After using google I’ve noticed this isnt the first time this has happened with them. BOOOO!!!!!!
My adult cat had a weight problem i was unfornately able to buy blue due to finance problems so i bought friskes and fancy feast my cat become very over weight and was throwing up since i switch to blue thanks to my husband becoming a manager at a petstore my cat has lost weight and his coat was very much shinner love this food very much i reccommend it highly
People read comments to gather other people’s experiences of a product, both good and bad. They then use ALL of this information to make the best possible decision. That is the way research is performed. Your approach of first attacking the character of other commenters and then stating in absolutes that their problems were not caused by this product, (which, by the way, nothing is absolute, the cause of their pet’s illness could be this product, our science only goes so far), has the opposite effect on readers such as me. For one thing I don’t believe you are just a consumer like me. I think you have a stake in this, real or imagined. Your manner has in fact been so abrasive to me that on the very small chance you are an employee, I refuse to give my business to a company that would endorse such tactics.