Jun. 1, 2023
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*Taste of the Wild Dry Cat Food, Rocky Mountain Feline Formula with Roasted Venison and Smoked Salmon was selected as the recipe for this ingredient list
Taste of the Wild cat food is a pretty decent source of nutrition for the cost, if you can find it, that is. The idea behind the brand’s vision is to provide only those ingredients that your cat would naturally eat if he or she were in the wild, thus promoting the consumption of only those things which he or she is naturally designed to digest.
All formulas are entirely grain-free. The brand does not specifically claim to be free of corn, soy, and wheat (the three most frequent culprits for food allergies among cats). Upon examination of the ingredients, these three components do not appear to be present in any of the brand’s recipes. You may be surprised to find that the second meat source does not appear until the fifth ingredient or higher, being outranked by chicken fat. In the food’s defense, some of the additional meat ingredients (like roasted venison and wood-smoked salmon) are ones that you will not readily find in other cat foods.
Taste of the Wild cat food is manufactured solely in the United States. Customer feedback concerning the brand is wildly positive, even among those with cats who have allergies. As of September 2009, it now comes in both dry and canned varieties, offering several options for diversity.
A common concern prevalent among Taste of the Wild cat food review responses is the use of meat meal rather than the whole product and that much of the protein content comes from non-meat ingredients. The fact that it is a slightly more affordable grain-free diet as compared with many other grain-free alternatives, however, seems to keep many customers happy and coming back for more.
Nutritious fruits and vegetables, digestion-promoting active cultures, and immune-system supporting antioxidants are all heavily present in Taste of the Wild’s cat food products. The majority of customers report that their cats take an immediate liking to the taste of the food.
Many cat owners like the philosophy behind Taste of the Wild cat food, which is that the food is only made out of ingredients that your cat would naturally eat in the wild. None of the formulas include grain. When feeding any formula to your cat, it’s important to be familiar with the ingredients and Taste of the Wild seems to use very high-quality ingredients.
The company who makes Taste of the Wild cat food is called Taste of the Wild Pet Food. Taste of the Wild pet food is made in three facilities, all of which are in the United States. One of these facilities is in South Carolina, one is in California, and one is in Missouri. Though Taste of the Wild pet food was originally only offered in dry formulations, the company introduced a line of canned food products in September of 2009.
Taste of the Wild cat food is not listed on the FDA’s pet food recall website, and has not been involved in any recent recalls. However, 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.
All of the Taste of the Wild cat food formulas are completely grain-free. The carbohydrates in these formulas primarily come from sweet potatoes and potatoes. A meat or meat meal is always the first ingredient in Taste of the Wild cat food. There are several fruits included in Taste of the Wild cat food, such as blueberries and raspberries. The formulas also contain active cultures, which are added to help promote good digestion. There are no artificial preservatives in any of the formulas.
There don’t appear to be any corn, wheat or soy ingredients in Taste of the Wild cat food formulas, which are the three most common allergens. Some cat owners seem to have good results when using Taste of the Wild cat food as a formula for cats with allergies.
Where can I buy Taste of the Wild?
You may be wondering, “Where can I buy Taste of the Wild Cat Food?”. You can buy Taste of the Wild from various pet food stores, and online including some of the big online pet food stores
How much Taste of the Wild should I feed my cat?
A common question that many pet owners have, is “How much Taste of the Wild 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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Taste of the Wild Cat Food Ingredient List
Chicken meal, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potato protein, roasted venison, smoked salmon, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, methionine, taurine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
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I try to go with cheaper food that’s still a good food. But I always end up back on Taste Of the Wild and the costate get shiny. The chihuaha looks healthier. I have one dog that really prone to fleas and gets a spot on his back sometimes. He’s been easier to manage with the proper nutrition this food provides. Customer for life from now on! No more straying, I promise!
I am sorry. The board here refused to post my same issue late last week. I had one pregnant dame die that was due in one week and I have another that is due around the first of June. I put them on Chobani vanilla yogurt, one table spoon every hour for 18 hours, then I fed them London Broil raw, still today. Yesterday I began introducing Orijen Regional Red with their raw meat. My sire is finally feeling better but the dame is still acting tired. I pray that I do not loose her and her kittens too. I went thru this in 2007 and lost sooo many adults and kittens on another food. I have spent five days bathing Persians and steam mopping floors.
My three kids are crying because their cat just died a horrible death three days after eating this food for the first time. Vomiting started within the hour. Crying and refusing to eat came next. She still drank some water, but after two meals where she ate nothing, we contacted the vet. Diarrhea and loss of bladder control started on the second day. My three children were taking turns holding her and trying to get small amounts of her previous cat food in her mouth. My youngest was holding her when she screamed, threw up, had a huge convulsion and died. These people need to burn in hell.
Your cat had another problem, It was not Taste of The Wild. Ridiculous Accusation!!!!
My cat is around 12 now. Her name is Freckles. She was loosing weight. I got some free samples of Taste Of the Wild cat food from the store. She likes it and I like the ingredients. Well Freckles is gaining weight and her fur is soft and shinning. I am glad this food is good for my cat.
My cats eat this but the male has a serious scooting problem, we get his anal gland expressed every so often but that’s become a bit of a problem with our busy work schedules. I’ve been wondering if it could be some sort of allergy with the food but I’m not sure yet. Just something to think about. I read about dogs having allergic reactions to TOTW dry food too so it can’t be that uncommon in cats.
You should never get their anal gland expressed. its super delicate. A lot of the times its their diet not being solid enough for the body to naturally push on the glad itself, unless they have some anal glad disease, then don’t touch it, they have been doing it in the wild for ages themselves
I was using this product for at least a year when all of a sudden my cat started scratching and it got so bad that he made himself a hot spot. I changed his food to a different grain free food and the scratching stopped. When he got well I tried giving him Taste of the Wild again and he immediately started the scratching again bringing back the hot spot. Once I took him off Taste of the Wild, the Hot Spot started going away. It was obvious that there was something in the food that caused his scratching all of a sudden so I’m thinking that maybe they changed the ingredients in the food recently causing an allergic reaction.
My vet recommended TOTW for our cats after one of our young males that adopted us had urinary crystals at an unusually young age. That cat disappeared about a year ago, but our cats have done better on this food than anything else we’ve ever fed so I continue to buy it and feed it daily. We have 12 cats currently (they keep adopting us) and half of them are over the age of 14. Our oldest is 17 and we have three that are 16…the rest range in age from 15 to 4. Their coats are sleeker and shinier and vomiting went from several times day for one of my house cats to hardly ever on this food. I used to feed Purina (thinking I was doing a good thing for them) but the more I have learned, the more I know I will never go back to that stuff again! I wish TOTW was more readily available. The main source for it locally has been added to my list of stores to boycott after a very negative shopping experience (not related to TOTW) so I am now going to purchase TOTW online in order to continue feeding it.
I’ve been feeding my female the Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain formula for around three years. I took her in from a friend who had been feeding her the lowest end wet cat food. The poor thing had the stickies poops I have ever had the displeasure of experiencing. I switched her to a dry cat food ( I think it was Purina indoor cat naturals) and she seemed constantly hungry. I transitioned to this cat food, and not only was she more energetic, she didn’t horke down her food like she did with the Purina. Normal bowl movements, and as far as i can tell she has no urinary tract issues. She definitely gets enough water as she likes to lounge by her water dispenser several times a day lapping up water, while keeping an eye on the apartment door. She is a bit more pudgy, but I’m sure the big reason for that is that I need to play with her way more than I have been. I would definitely recommend this cat food based on my experiences. I did attempt to switch to Blue Buffalo before TotW, but she would eat the Purina kibble out and leave the Blue Buffalo bits. XD
I’m not sure who is writing these reviews, but I’m never coming to this website again. The information provided by these “reviewers” is not even true (“venison syrup”? what?) and misleading to a consumer like me. And honestly, everyone, beware when you feed cats (especially males) a dry-kibble only diet, since this can lead to urinary issues down the road. Cats do not have a high thirst drive so the water intake is best when it’s eaten (fresh meat, or in the case of our pets, then specially-prepared raw or canned). So when feeding dry, which I do at times, we have to monitor (OBSERVE) our cat’s water intake and ensure fresh cool water is changed daily, in stainless or glass bowls, etc. (sigh). I am never returning to this silly site and am leaving this info for someone in the future reading this. Seriously, disregard these silly comments. Taste of the Wilde is just fine as a dry, honestly one of my top choices (and I have done a lot of research including reading every single label of every cat food at Petsmart, which is why I don’t shop there anymore…) This food is not full of poison (rolling my eyes right now at the wacky comments listed here.) OK — gotta run. Peace n Love!
I give it to our Male that we just got from the SPCA a few months back, I tried the others and upon reading the ingredients of TOTW and comparing like you AND it is the same brand I give my dog ( came highly recommended for her ). Thought to myself Ya, will stick to this one. Like you my big concern is urinary issues further down the road.
To everyone that has said their cat has had issues with this product I am not stating that TOTW is the best cat food there is but when you say you have switched your cat did you just start giving them TOTW right off the bat or did you do half and half. You are always supposed to mix what you were feeding and what you want to feed for at least a week. Cats systems are very touchy and you can run into some issues if you do not transfer foods the right way. As for the protein content cats are supposed to have a higher amount of protein in their food. I have had my 9 year old Persian on TOTW for as long as I can remember. I adopted her from the humane society and they were feeding her purina one cat food. She had stinky poops, constant hair balls from the loss of hair, horrible drainage from her eyes. Since I made the switch her hairballs have became slim to none her poops are normal and her drainage from her eyes are basically non exsistant. I am not saying this cat food is for every cat but for my cat it has done wonders.
We were the recipients of a cat from a friend who purchased this food (and recommended it, even though, with many other cats in the house, she apparently wasn’t paying attention to the horrible suffering this poor kitty was going through). Any way, we were told that the cat had some sort of nervous issue that made her puke a lot. Well, she was wrong about this and we discovered the REAL reason why the cat was puking and having spasms was from this deplorable excuse for cat food!!!
When I found that choline chloride was being added to this POISON MIX (something that should NEVER be given to any animal or human in daily doses- I tested food for a living, this is insane!), it occurred to me that this compound was what was giving this poor cat the nervous twitch as well as the puking problem. Once we got her off this crap, her symptoms began to go away.
Some of the other ingredients are a complete joke, no doubt came from some clueless idiots. Read the side of the bag – this is absurdity!
How the hell did this garbage get a rating greater than 1?
Hogwash… choline occurs naturally in animal tissue and is a necessary ingredient. Choline Chloride is found in just about ALL pet foods. Do a computer search on it.
Can I ask what you are feeding instead? I am having constipation issues (not from TotW). Thanks.
You need to get your facts straight. Breast milk contains a high amount of choline chloride! I highly doubt the human body would supply poison to its babies. It is also a great supplement for liver support and over all mood and is similar to B. It does not cause seizures or uti. If your cat is getting uti from hard non oily food like totw please get them a drink well fountain or something similar. My 4 cats love it and drink from it several times a day to keep them hydrated. I switched or this brand because 2 of my cats threw up every time they ate. One developed terrible dander-turns out that both have a chicken allergy. No more problems with this food.
In late 2013 I Received 3 sample size bags from the feed store of this salmon brand dry cat food. 2 year old cat loved it but then within a week began vomiting and diarrhea w blood . Cat then began acting disoriented and strange and crying all the time .He continued this behavior for month before I brought him to the vet. Vet could not give clear diagnosis as all test were coming back negative . She did say he has cataracts which is strange in such a young cat. My cat has never been the same since eating those sample foods and has been on prescription food ever since . I’m certain it was the food
My cat eats TOTW River Canyon formula which isn’t listed for a review. The number one ingredient is Trout. Unlike the formula listed above where the meat is five ingredients in. I adopted him from a previous owner who said he wouldn’t touch dry food at all, but he loves this food so much. I tried to switch him over to Wellness Core cat food & he won’t touch it! When it’s mixed he will only eat TOTW.
I don’t know what’s going on but I just had 2 cats die within the same day after eating the Canyon River variety of Taste of The Wild brand dry food. I plan on calling the company later today. I don’t expect to get anywhere with them because I did not have necropsy preformed. My gut says the something with the food killed them.
Never buying it again. I had my cats-both under 2 years of age and healthy- on the TOTW canned food plus science diet dry food for a month They tolerated it well, so I decided to try the dry TOTW also. Right away I had two sick cats, both had vomiting and diarrhea. Just as others have reported, they cry when they need to go to the cat box, so it must be painful. I waited awhile because I wasn’t sure if it was this food, but they didn’t improve. So now they are back on their old dry food and are fine. I won’t give them the wet food either as I can’t trust this brand.
My cat has been eating this food on and off for several years. However he wont touch the newest bag at all but will eat any other foods. I wonder if something is going on with the product right now.
Taste of Poison
This “Taste of the Wild”animal food product is formulated with ingredients that your own cat would find naturally if it were situated in its ideal natural habitat in “the wild.” We are to imagine our 11 lb. kitten mauling a 250 lb. wild deer against a backdrop of densly forested terrain, 100 ft rocks in a rugged riparian setting, which is the most improbable scenario in nature. This product is made with “wild venison” syrup and other simulated reconstituted proteins, like salmon, and albeit, an admixture of chicken fat as the 5th ingredient, all molded together in uniformly shaped pebbles which are nothing more than nealty manufactured vehicles of dehydrated putrefied toxins.
I bought this Rocky Mountain formula and fed it to my cat for two days. This is literally what happens when he eats this stuff:
He CRIES and agonizes in WRITHING PAIN for ten minutes after around-the-clock bowel movements- at a minimum. Drive to the vet and spend $600 in tests and medications afterwards.
Never before, until now, have I witnessed this reaction in ANY animal from their food source.
This ” formula” is pure POISON.
I am prompted to ring the manufacturer who then connects me to their own, as it were, veterinarian at-the- ready, although it is still unclear to me what this person’s role is; but she tells me that the reason for this problem is the high protein content of the ” formula.” (My cat eats salmon and tuna from out of the ocean sometimes, which is solid protein, and eats RAW meat.) Their explanation is bogus.
I ask if anyone else had reported these kinds of reactions to their product and the “doctor” informs me that there have been no other reports, despite that this same product has a history of recalls dating back to 2007.
Then the “doctor” advises me to ask my own vet to recommend food to remedy the adverse health risks of this product and offers to refund my money for the bag of “food.” I ask if this includes reimbursement of the vet bill they recommended I incur. She explains that they only pay vet bills if they find there is ” a manufacturing problem.” We are to assume this excludes sudden death.
Too new to the market, bad product, bad effect, bad all the way around at the cost of 4 times the price of the worst cat food you could have purchased anywhere.
Feed this to your pet at your own risk and it’s your problem. AVOID.
I bought this Rocky Mountain formula and fed it to my cat for two days. He SCREAMS and CRIES while defecating now. Then he agonizes in WRITHING PAIN for ten minutes afterwards, around-the-clock bowels movements of runny stool diarrhea all night long. He cries during a bowel movement from THIS PRODUCT.-?? UGH!
Never before, until now, have I seen this reaction to a bowel movement in this cat or ANY cat. This food is pure POISON. I called the distributor who connected me with their own veterinarian, at the ready, I am not sure what this person’s role is; but she told me that the reason for this problem (there is a reason according to them) was the high protein content of the formula. My cat eats salmon and tuna from out of the ocean sometimes, which is solid protein, so this is just a bogus explanation, cop out. I asked if anyone else had complained and they said they had no other reports, which is a lie since this product has a history of recalls. Then she tells me to ask my vet to recommend food for the diarrhea cause by this product.
same thing is happening to one of my cats, farts and diarrhea, not crying but things that never happen before, and the other cat is with no farts but with diarrhea. I will change them to raw food.
One of them ate metabolic (hills) and he was ok. I changed him to taste of the wild because of no corn and better protein, but my cat is kind of telling me he is not ok with the change… hmm.
Been Feeding Taste of the Wild for a few months mixed half and half with another food and my big neutered male has a urinary problem as I write this… never has before on the other food…used both the venison and the chicken… won’t be opening the new bag.
I love TOTW because of how cheap my store sells it for. Its half the cost of the other top rated bags, and I mix this with a more expensive food (I’m currently using Fromm SalmonTunaChovy GF, but TOTW is my medium) and my cats are doing wonderful. This food will not give your cat UTI, if you think so, you need to re-educate yourself on your felines and maybe your vet skipped some classes. My one picky cat has a sensitive stomach and had a dandruff problem. His dandruff is gone after a few weeks of the switch and he is shiney and soft and beautiful. I get many comments on how amazing my cats look. He is about 8 lbs and the younger one is 4lbs. Between the two, they eat 3/4 cup a day, by choice. I leave a cup in their bowl every day and I’ve noticed leftovers. I need to scoop their litter box less, and their poop doesn’t clear the room. They are active and loving cats with no current health problems, and I recommend this food to a lot of people. Many people come to the store I work at and buy this for their dogs, as well. The only thing I don’t like is that the ‘venison’ formula’s first ingredient is chicken, but trust me, my cats do not care!
I have 2 finicky feline daughters. My older daughter prefers human food and begs constantly for cat treats. My younger feline daughter only eat cat food and preferably dry. The latter is my reason for posting. Since I adopted her she has always had smelly, soft stools and again did I mention smelly. Since transitioning to Taste of Wild and regular probiotics for the past 3 years, her vet states her IBD is under control. I’ve tried some of the top brands and this brand by far has been the best hit nutritionally healthy for her and edible but tolerable, even if it’s only because her mom loves her so much to make sure she eats what’s good for her rather than what she preferably wants –Costco rotisserie chicken.
I also noted a number of posters stated that their cats got a UTI after initial use. My cats have never experienced this but you should be aware that when switching to a new food item UTI’s are common. Essentially when switching to a new cat food your cats delicate gastrointestinal system is stressed sometimes causing UTIs. Make sure your cat is consuming lots of water when transitioning to a new food.
To all the people whose cats are experiencing UTIs: Have you tried to add or switch canned food into their diets? Sometimes, cats don’t drink enough water to properly flush out their urinary tracts. Having a high amount of moisture in the food is a guaranteed way to get them their water. I know my cat refuses to drink from the dog bowl, the toilet, or his own bowl. (My dogs like all three locations. He is obsessed with the fish tank water, but that has a cover on top for obvious reasons.) Give it a try and see if it doesn’t help. Check out this website by a DVM about feline UTIs. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
I bought the Canyon River Formula approximately 5 months ago and started feeding it to my five cats. One a neutered male got A UTI infection which closed up his urethra tube and he could not urinate.My vet bill was $677.00 so please think about this before you consider buying this brand of cat food. It was a costly mistake.None of my cats until this happened has ever had a UTI infection. And of course when i called the company they claimed it could not be there cat food that caused it. Just ask yourself this question? Can you afford a vet bill for over $600 if you buy this product.
Are you joking?
Your Cat got a UTI and you blame the food? This is actually the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. This condition could not be related to the food.
You should do some research on the causes of UTI.
Shane, My vet diagnosed it, so unless you know the situation mind your own business. I didn’t ask for your opinion or comments.
I would not recommend this food because it is a Diamond brand food. This company is highly known for huge amounts of pet food recalls.I do not trust anything they make.
Brenda, did you actually read the product description? “The company who makes Taste of the Wild cat food is called (wait for it) Taste of the Wild Pet Food.”
How do you get Diamond out of that?
I’d been feeding all my cats TOTW for the past 8 years!! And I just brought my cat home from the vet, with an infected bladder that had stones in it! She (the vet) told me that the TOTW food is not balanced for a cat’s healthy urinary tract. (completely throws ph off) She sees a lot of cats with this same issue who get fed TOTW. She recommended Hills Prescription Diet c/d as a means to break up the stones, and prevent more from forming. Balanced minerals, not drugs address this issue. I’ve looked into this and you should too, rather than accuse others of not doing so.
Again after 6 years of Hills Prescription Diet CD My cat developed allergies per the vet so they changed him over to ZD. Today at the pet store I explained I need a non allergic food for my cat. I fed him some wet Tiki Chicken and Tuna and he started clawing his face again. The associate says no chicken, so I purchased TOTW Trout & Smoked Salmon and Earthborn Holistic wet . Just because I feel he needs something other then dry food all the time. He is a complete inside cat. Still, now I think I have made a bad choice on the TOTW , hearing about all this hard to poop and bleeding in it and screaming and UTI problems. Very Concerned.
OK, switched to Taste of the Wild for my cats and the dog.
Going to stick to cats in this reply…not sure about the dog yet, except that all of them liked it.
After two weeks, my eldest cat, at 16 years, died. Found her in the basement in convulsions. The vet believes it was a brain tumor. But, my other cat, close to 10 years old, had to bring to vets the next day as he started peeing blood. Vet believes UTI, from the trauma and the food. Returning the cat food! Have my cat back on Prescription Diet, CD/urinary formula. They had both been on that for years. (The oldest cat got UTIs years ago so vet had me switch then and fed both cats the same food.) This is the first UTI this cat has ever had. It’s heartbreaking to watch him strain and pee blood, as well as the complete and hopefully temporary personality change (depressed, distant, walks around to the house, goes to basement which never did before). So, on antibiotics and no more Taste of the Wild and trying to play with him to ease the trauma.
choline chloride can cause seizures, muscle spasms & heart palpitations not only in animals, but in humans as well. This toxin is added to their food blend, probably to invoke more “spunkiness” in your cat (to help sell the product). Unfortunately, a daily intake of this can cause severe symptoms as described above and often, the opposite reaction (lethargy) will occur.
Prescription Diet, CD/urinary formula due to UTI and after six years on this, my cat developed allergies. Caused ear problems and him scratching at his face and clawing it up. That cost me a 356.00 vet bill. Vet changed him to “ZD”, he is not liking it as much. I have always given him some wet food in the mornings Wellness at first he stopped liking it. So I went to Hills Science Diet all he would eat was the Turkey & Giblets want touch it now. A couple of weeks ago I got Tiki chicken and tuna now he started clawing his face again, back on with the cone. so he want scratch his entire face off. TODAY went to pet store I ask for a non allergic food for my cat there were several, I chose Tate of the Wild Canyon River Feline formula ” NO Chicken in it” trout & smoked salmon Grain fee. I have just put a small hand full in his self feeder, I also bought EARTHBORN HOLISTC wet food just gave him a tablespoon of it. So we will see how it goes from here. But I tell you all this about not being able to poop and crying out after having fed the cats this food really frightens me. Thinking I made a mistake on the dry Tast of the Wild. Trout & Salmon…..but know this I give clean fresh water in the mornings and evenings when I come home from work.
Buyer Beware: Do Not buy this cat food. I have a seven year old male Maine Coon cat that never had a urinary tract infection from any other type of cat food. I bought The Canyon River Feline Formula with trout and smoked salmon and started feeding all of my cats this product about five months ago. This product cause his urethra tube to close up to the point that he could not go to the bathroom, my vet said that if had not brought him in since i noticed he wasn’t eating or drinking and being lethargic, he would have died within 24 hours. I called the company to ask them to pull the product and find out what caused this to happen. There response was to imply that I was a liar, which I am not! This company is all out for profit and does not care about our pets.
I highly doubt that the food had anything at all to do with the UTI unless there was something seriously wrong with your cat before you started feeding him this food. A UTI in male cats is not uncommon and is much more likely to be linked to a dirty litter box or just simply his age than his diet. Cats have to be monitored more closely beginning around the age your cat is for renal diseases, heart disease, and UTIs, especially males. My cats and ferrets have been eating TOTH for two or three years and they have been extremely healthy with no problems.
I have been using TOTW for about 2 years now. My cats absolutely love it. My oldest cat is so picky, she won’t eat anything else…
My cat loves this food. I like feeding this food to her more so than the store brands. We buy both dry and can of the Taste of the Wild. Just wish they had more favors in the can food. We also buy the dog food for both of our Boxers
If this food is designed to be what (cats) naturally digest in the wild…then why the fruit and vegetables??
I understand that mice or birds cats would normally eat in the wild, would have digested produce themselves, therefore, the cats would eat what their prey digested. But cats are obligate carnivores that should get their nutrients from meat.
This is something that will bother me until all the petfood companies stop ‘filling’ the food with ‘human-quality’ produce; operative word here, being HUMAN. Animals, especially cats DO NOT NEED VEGETABLES OR FRUIT!
I think a raw diet with proper nutrients, might be the way to go.
By the way, they have fish-flavored foods (not a natural prey for most wild cats), but they don’t make minced mouse stew or something cats would actually digest in the wild.
They get fruit and veggies from the animales they eat, thats why they eat the stomach first.
Lois, my mom once had a cat abandoned by her neighbor. It used to spend time outside, and ate green beans, and other produce from the garden…by choice. My own cat Jasper, will steal chunks of lettuce from the bowl. Cats do eat vegetables.
I changed my cats over to TOTW a little over 2 yrs ago. Both kept vomiting and excreting diarrhea on a regular basis. I had tried other brands such as Iams (which they wouldn’t even touch) etc. When I switched them over everything changed. Not just the vomiting and diarrhea. They had more energy, their coats were more healthy and most of all, they seemed to enjoy the food rather than eating just because they were hungry. However, they do not tolerate the canned TOTW. I am not sure if this is because they have never tolerated canned food or if it because they are avid hunters, or if it because I eat organic and allow them to eat what I cook. Who knows. All I know, is that they both love TOTW, venison and salmon, and they are much healthier than they were.
My cat loved to taste of the wild and really liked, buy a new lot, ate a little at first and did not want it at all, I gave him a little was left of the previous batch and ate eager and put back the new lot and does not want for anything. They changed the ingredients or the formula? my cat will not eat of that new batch and croquettes are lighter in color than the previous batch, something changed. Too bad I was so happy with TOTW. Do not buy it again.
I have had the same problem with my cats this past week with my new bag of food! I thought they may have been sick of the flavor, but I have three cats and I can’t imagine they all would decide they didn’t like it at the same time. I’m really bummed out, I love the cost and quality of the food, but my cats aren’t into what ever they must have changed. Hopefully its just a bad batch and we can go back to it later.
My cat has been eating ToTW Dry Cat Food and loves! it. She does get growths in the form of “bumps” that she aggressively scratches causing open wounds and scabs. Does anyone else experience this?
My guess is your cat is allergic to something in the food. Our cat cannot have the grocery store Temptation treats made by Whiskas because of the same problem. We stopped giving him these treats and within a month his itchy spots went away.
My cat seems to perhaps have the same thing.. I can’t vet the timing exactly down to when I switched foods, but he has been losing fur in clumps, and has little spots that I initially thought were bite marks, but in retrospect I am not so sure. Is your cat losing fur?
Interesting that 2 people suspect Canyon River Feline formaula of causing urinary tract problems. My perfectly healthy 3 1/2 yr old neutered male developed urinary infection after 2 months on this food. He is currently at the vet being treated. I hope and pray that he does not develop stones. Anyone out there have further information or concerns?
I was looking for a high quality cat food that keeps litter box ordo oin check..
Keep up the good work…
I was talked into taking in a cat who belonged to a friend of a friend for two weeks, which turned into six weeks. He was a 16 year old nutered male orange tabby with a very bad urinary tract infection. I was told that he was not an active cat and slept almost all of the time. I was also told that it was normal for him to cry and moan while useing the litter box. When I picked him up he looked like he was at deaths door. I was given a bag of his usual food meow-mix, which went stright in the trash can. I know it’s not a good idea to switch the food that fast but, I had a feeling that he was going to die on me if he kept eating meow-mix. I switched him over to taste of the wild, which is what I feed my cat. I thought that TOTW would help with the UTI but, I did not expect such a quick improvement. After two days on the new food he stopped crying when he used the litter box. As a bonus he had more energy and wanted to play. He also lived another six months after his owner picked him up.
My cat loves the Rocky Mountain formula but will not eat the Canyon River formula.
Taste of the Wild has returned our home to normal. Our new kitten filled our home with the most horrendous stench during certain visits to her litter box. Changes in her litter and food did not help. Online research led us to the conclusion that she had a corn allergy. However, she was reluctant to eat grain-free products until we brought home Taste of the Wild dry food. Today, she is eating well and we can breathe more easily, literally.
While never sweet smelling, lol, cat feces should never be foul smelling. I suggest that a fecal check is in order if the stool is fouls smelling, appears slick or mocus coated and of course if runny or contains blood.
There are many causes for these problems ranging from simple worms to cocidia, giardia or tri-tricamonas F. All can be treated once found, you, your cat and family will be happier when the problem is resolved.
Concerned about latest batch of TOTW dry cat food!!! I am on the internet today, trying to find out information on the Taste of the Wild dry food (roasted venison and salmon in the green bag). I have been feeding my 8 1/2 year old dsh Shiloh, Taste of the wild for about a year now. He has been doing great on it and has loved it!, both the wet and dry. BUT, I purchased him another 5 lb bag of the dry food last week and he acts as though he has to force it down, if he even eats it at all. He is not one to leave even one piece of food behind in his bowl. He has also vomited dark digested food twice now, which is very unusual from any I’ve seen in his past. I have feed him the canned taste of the wild and, also tried giving him a sample of a different dry food (similar in “good” ingredients) and he gobbled both right up. These were not given to him on the days he vomited. I’m getting more concerned the longer I’m doing research today that something is going on with this latest batch of food. Is anyone else having a similar experience as my precious furbaby???
My 4 cats have been eating TOTW for months now, but all of a sudden none of them would eat the wet food (they eat mostly wet and some dry). My oldest cat started vomiting foam and then would throw up after eating until finally refusing to eat any of the food. I think there is something wrong with this batch or the food in general! They have had so many recalls.
I started feeding them Blue Mountain food now and the cat started eating again and they are happy!!
No more Taste of the Wild for us!!!
I can” find a single official TOTW recall. Just because someone on a blog says it was recalled doesn’t make it so.
There have been no recalls of this food to date, hearsay is not fact
To me it’s the same, the last batch of Taste of the Wild did not want to eat, I gave him a few grains of the previous batch and ate them immediately, something about the new batch, and grains are lighter than in the previous batch, which would change the ingredients. That bad thing.
Can anyone here get a lot # off the bags of previous food your cats liked versus the new batch they won’t eat? Is that even possible?
I have decided I need to start keeping receipts and info from the bags, maybe cut off the lot info.
I just recently used EVO recalled treats for my dog and we both got sick.
My cat has started to vomit as well and it is a new batch
I have older indoor cats. I’m looking for a low protein, no corn, and no by products cat food. Do you offer anything in your line of cat food or can you help me find what I need.
Anything from a coop or farm & garden type place will carry the best foods, such as Taste Of The Wild, or Natures Science(something like that)..I finally started all of my cats & dog on it..so far very happy pet owner!! Good luck~~
I have seen Taste of the Wild at Family Farm and Home.
I live @ lake ozark, missouri. where can i buy dry catfood, taste of the wild?
All Pet Supplies, Pet Warehouse, and Gordon’s Feed and Pet all sell TOTW.
I buy this product at Tractor Supply. I have not seen it elsewhere…
I have a neutered male long hair cat that is a very fussy eater. He typically will eat a dry cat food for a couple weeks and then he will suddenly stop eating it. Repeated attempts to feed him met with no success. Once I tried Taste of the Wild he loved it from Day-1. He can’t wait to eat his food and he keeps it down without any vomiting. I have also noticed his coat looks better since feeding him Taste of the Wild. I really appreciate the “Grain Free” formula and the all natural quality ingredients. My boy has been eating Taste of the Wild- “Rocky Mountain Formula” for about ten months now and I am very satisfied.
An interesting observation: I picked up a free sample bag of Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline (dry) and brought it home for my male orange and female black DSH cats. They went berserk over it so I later purchased a 10-pound bag of the same Wild Rocky Mountain Feline formulation. Oddly enough, they will not touch the stuff that’s in the 10-pound bag. As an experiment, I emptied what was left of the sample pack and refilled it with what was in the 10-pound bag and nothing; they want nothing to do with it. I then put the remainder of what was once contained in the sample bag in a bowl and they gobbled it up like there was no tomorrow. Based upon my “findings,” only three possibilities exist: (1) The formulation changed between when the sample bag and 10-pound bag were filled, (2) variations in freshness of the ingredients of the identical formulations changed the overall products’ taste between the sample bag and its full-sized counterpart, or (3) the manufacturers of Taste of the Wild are adding something (more enticing) to the sample bags to dupe consumers into believing their cats will love Taste of the Wild and buy larger bags of a (deceptively) different formula
Anyone else experienced this vexing situation? As it is now, my cats will not eat the Taste of the Wild Wild Rocky Mountain Feline dry food.
My cats still eat the food, but I did notice the kibbles look a bit different in the samples. I wondered the same thing. Unfortunately, I cannot answer your question.
Well, our cat started eating it (the sample bag), but then since has come to a complete halt. He won’t touch it, and he’s losing weight. We are getting concerned about this. He’s about 13 years old and has always had a voracious appetite. Very strange.
Same thing is happening to my cat. WILL NOT EAT and VERY SICK!! Changed food and he is better now
My cat had a second UTI, and so I was inspired to do more research on that matter. I read that supermarket cat food is just too inexpensive to be properly balanced. So I did more research and looked for a balanced cat food. I ended up at a feed store looking at all the high priced cat foods. Taste Of The Wild’s Trout And Smoked Salmon brand seemed like a somewhat affordable choice. I like that it was packed with fish and fruit.
My cat throws up easily and is a very picky eater, but she went right for this stuff. I’ve only had her on this food for two weeks but already she stopped throwing up, has more energy and her stools smell much less, are darker and firmer. She even seems much happier.
I thought Purina One with Turkey as the first ingredient would be a quality cat food, but apparently cat food is a series of serious compromises.
Yes, it’s expensive, but so are visits to the vet for UTIs.
I adopted my cat from a local shelter. He came home with science diet for sensitive cats. The person at the shelter said he had a sensitive stomach but assured me that once I got him home and on one specific food he would be fine. However that did not happen. I have had other cats in the past but Jax was the first cat that I ever had with constant diarrhea and passed gas all the time. It was brutal!
I took him to the vet. He passed the exam with flying colors. The vet suggested that I put him on a better food. To my surprise, science diet has a lot of “crap” in it. To make a long story short, I started doing research over the internet and found many wonderful reviews about taste of the wild especially for mommies and daddies of kittys with sensitive stomachs. It was the best move I could have ever made. First, the diarrhea and gas stopped immediately. Second, the food is so wholesome and as much as he loves it he does not gobble it up as fast as he did the other foods. His build is perfect. He is trim but muscular. Third, his eyes sparkle and his coat is beautiful! His coat glistens under the light inside the house. And, get this – Jax likes both flavors in the green bag and the tan bag and both canned foods. As long as they sell it I will buy it for him. I will never feed him anything else!!
Thanks Nicholle. This is exactly what is happening to my new kitty from the humane society on Science Diet. I have started to call her Lily-Poo! I will try this brand. I also have a 3 year old cat and I think I will put both of them on it. Thank you!!
We adopted two 5 month old sisters and the organization recommended TOTW. Though, it is a switch over situation as well from the grain based food they were being fed. I have another full grown cat that likes to be outdoors all the time and she eats natural grass. So, am wondering about the comments about bloody stools and TOTW. It could be that you need to have your cats eat grass, much as cats in the wild would do. Cats are carnivores and they should be eating a grain free, sole meat based diet and then have access to grass to help them digest. I will keep feeding my girls TOTW and grain free wet food.
Taste of the Wild was recommended by a friend who’s cat is eating Taste Of The Wild. My two cats are currently on Science Diet wet canned and have lost a great deal of weight that was put on while eating Obesity Management food by Hills and Purina. It was any more cost effective than it was healthy for my “two boys”.
I will be starting a new position in a couple weeks and will not be able to feed them the wet food three times a day with my new schedule. I am looking for a dry food that is low carb and high protein so we can keep our current momentum.
Is this the right food for us? If so, do you send out samples, or is there a coupon? I need to introduce it slowly as I do a gentle transition for my cats.
Thanks so much for your information!
I live in Newfoundland and i buy the taste of the wild at my local pet food store , the pet store i go to is locally owned , I used to have my cat on the Chicken soup brand , and found he would throw that up all the time I switched now he never throws up , b ut that may not be a good thing either , because now he wants to eat grass and i think he May now have an intestional problem going on. so now i have to go to the vet with him
Was using GO food for my 2 girls, one of whom is extremely fussy and very slow eating. Couldn’t find it anymore and Taste of the Wild, and Malley, the fussy one, ate it all in one shot! They love it.
I was feeding my cat Science Diet because that’s what the shelter had said she was used to eating, but she’s been throwing up about every other day since I got her. (When we adopted her, they were talking about figuring out which of the cats in the free roaming shelter was throwing up.) I deduced that it was my little sweetheart and began searching for a healthy alternative. I switched her to Taste of the Wild dry cat food and she was happy to make the switch. It’s been a big improvement. I tried the canned Taste of the Wild as well, but it was mostly liquid which didn’t thrill me at all. Taste of the Wild dry food for the win, but I’m still figuring out which canned food to give her.
you can try natural insenct wet my cat like it or wellness core
Try Innova wet food. I have my cats on a half wet/half dry formula. One heaping spoonful of wet food and 2oz of TOTW dry food twice a day. My kitties are happy and healthy and their coats are so shiny and soft. They LOVE their food.
No more vomiting! I have always had problems with 2 of my cats. No more. Everything stays down. Their coats are healthier looking than I’ve ever seen. I’m very impressed with the food & the quality. Although we switched slowly, my cats took to Taste right away, preferring it to the old food (Iams).
I upgraded my cats food from “Chicken Soup For The Cat Lovers Soul” brand cat food to Taste of The Wild when I ran out, and the usual pet store I shop at was closed and I needed more food. I would prefer to feed them TOTW but CSFTCLS is $11 cheaper a month. I am glad I did ultimately switch because my cats seem more energetic and their coats are both much softer (something I didn’t think was possible.) I haven’t noticed any negative side effects like diarrhea though my cats were a little gassy for a few days post switch (not unheard of after a diet change.) This is a great quality food for the price and if your cat tolerates it well then it could be the right choice.
I switched from store brand dry foods to TOTW in 2007. My vet of the time recommended a c/d formula for one of my cats but since they free feed that proved too costly. I’ve had male cats in the past who’ve had UTI’s or worse so naturally I was concerned. In 2007 I switched all my cats to TOTW (3 males and 1 female). All of them love it, don’t over eat (even with free feeding), and have been healthy in their digestive systems.
I do rotate their food brands up as much as I can afford. Between TOTW, Wellness, other grain free choices and can food. I believe this gives them a well rounded diet and keeps their digestive system active, healthy and balanced.
I recently heard that a vet in my area said that TOTW has been known to create UTI issues and in some cases has landed the kitties at the ER. I feel VERY doubtful about this and am looking to get to the truth. From reading these reviews it seems it just depends on the cat. Always good to check up on these things. Thanks to everyone’s reviews.
Still number 1 in spite of dog food recalls for salmonella?
I have six cats and I use a mix TOTW of this along with other cat foods that have Chicken or chicken meal as their first two ingredients just for variety of their meals about three years and have not had a major or minor health issues problems. Now compared that to the local store brands that have corn as their first ingrediant….seemed like one of them was always under the .weather
Make sure your cat is on a low protein diet – i wouldn’t use this food as it is relatively high in protein. check other foods if not the prescription. I have had a couple friends turn their cat’s kidney failing around switching to low protein diets.
I’ve been feeding my cats (4 years to 20 years) the Canyon River formula for 2+ years with no problems. I did try the Rocky Mountain formula at one point and even with a slow switch, it gave all 4 of them the runs. Not every food is good for every individual animal, so finding a food that all the cats can eat with no problems is sometimes a challenge. It is a lower cost food, but I was impressed with the ingredients. (and not paying 50.00 a bag was nice too) I do wish they would make a diet formula. 2 are over-weight, the other 2 are perfect weight. We all know how hard it is to put one or two cats in a multi-cat household on a diet. I also cut out the ingredient panel and gave it to my vet to keep it in their chart. He was also impressed with the ingredients and quality.
I’ve been feeding my cat Taste of the Wild for almost 2 years now. He was on a prescription diet for urinary health, and the food was quite expensive. I started feeding him Wellness, and he loved it and did really well on it. I figured as long as I fed him something natural without by-products he’d be fine. I discovered Taste of the Wild, and I really liked it at first because of the great price and natural ingredients. However, I’m not sure it’s really doing my cat well. He has blood in his stool on a regular basis. He never did when he was on other food, not even the cheap supermarket crap. Now I just adopted 2 young cats, and I started feeding them TOTW, and wouldn’t you know it?! They have bloody stools! I am quite disturbed by this, and I saw another person’s post, and they said the same thing happened. They thought it was because of the lower fiber content. I think I’m going to take them off this food and try something else. I may have to go more expensive. I think I’m going to try Core by Wellness and see how that goes.
I was dragging myself to bed, already had the computer shut down, but because of my kitty man cats bloody stool today, fired the computer back up & started doing some online searching about that!
This certainly piques my own curiosity, as my Satchmo cat has been on TOTW for a few weeks now, and every time he defecates in his loo, it’s like he dropped assault WMD aimed at my olfactories!
Tonite I noticed some sort of slimy bloodiness in it.
Because he also likes to get into the weirdest things to chew on (like silk flowers and twigs or weeds when he sneaks just outside the door (never left outside!!) He’s also taken to some dried wheat/flowers too. I don’t know what he might be eating when I’m sleeping either.
I’d be curious to know how the Core by Wellness does for yours. If the bloody stool stops. Mine is also a Himalayan Persian (aka: MUCH fur) and I had to clip his backside because his stool was also very soft and he was wearing it.
Since the grains appear to be much of the problem with urinary tract problems, he was on CD2, but it seems Hills Science Diet is about jacking up their prices on a rather regular basis, so I switched him to TOTW. I’m seriously thinking now of getting a refund or trade on the unopened bag I have. Or I was wondering if, perhaps, mixing it with another like the CD2 would help. Perhaps the TOTW is simply too rich.
I am havin the same problem with taste of the wild. My cat has had bloody wet stool for almost 2 months. Antibiotics worked while he was on them and two days after stopping the medicine he would have diarrhea. Switched to evo dry food hope it helps my little guy.
My husband began feeding our cats TOTW, I objected but gave in…I wish I hadn’t. Our 7 yr. old indoor cat began losing weight rapidly. I have been fighting his weight lose since the holidays…about 3 wks ago he almost died. He was throwing up blood and blood in runny stool. The vet. hospital performed 2 blood transfufions, a biopsy revealed he had a severe bacterial infection, Clostridium perfringens. He’s off of the antibiotics & surculfate, still on vitamins & 2 stomach meds. He’s slowly on the mend…now our other indoor cat is showing symptoms….I’m getting rid of TOTW!! Its the only common factor.
Several years ago, suspecting my 5 year old kitty’s severe skin problems might be related to grains in his food, I decided to give Taste of the Wild a try. Within 3 weeks of starting both cats soley on Taste of the Wild, Iggy’s skin problems nearly disappeared. It wasn’t until a few months later that I realized my older cat, Wilbur, had quit having undiagnosed episodes of vomiting undigested food, a totally unexpected positive effect of feeding him a higher quality, grain free food. A couple years ago when the budget became tight, I thought I’d go back to a less expensive food, with grain, as I still was not entirely convinced it was the grains. Sure enough, within a week of starting back on food with grains, both cats were having problems.
Now I’m convinced & they will stay on Taste of the Wild. A good food, and both boys love it.
I thought I would change my 15 year old, very healthy, never been sick cat, over to a grain free diet. So I tried him on TOTW canned food. He did like it but after 3 weeks of being on this food, he developed diahhrea! He wouldn’t use his litter box any more! He seemed very stressed about it. After a week of dealing with cleaning up diahhrea in my house I said enough! I put him on Purina smartblend sensitive stomach (he’d been on Purina formulas his whole life) and in 1 day there was a change. It took about 5 days before everything was back to normal (stool and cat feeling better). I will never give him anything but PURINA foods again!
My cat hated the food switch from Iams to Taste of the Wild. But after becoming 4 days hungry she ate some.
She does fine now and eats it all the time. She used to be fat on Iams and on Purina. Big belly fat. Now she is sleek and trim. She throws up maybe once a month also versus, every day to every other day. She is doing better.
My kitten was afflicted with soupy, spontaneous diarrhea. The poor thing trued, but could never make it to the litter box. All he did was lay on the bed, no energy, very lethargic. He went to the vets numerous times…we tried antibiotics, special food, nothing worked. As a last resort, I was thinking of putting him down he seemed so miserable, I tried Taste of the Wild. The magic didn’t happen overnight, it took about 6 weeks but now he is getting to the litter box, and even tries to play with the others. Things are definitely improving for him. Thank you TOTW!!
I had just adopted two cats from a local shelter and was looking to get a hearty cat food for my new pets. My mother has cats of her own, and she has gone through the rigors of feline weight gain as the result of fat cornfed kittys.
Well since my cats are carniviourous, and not bovines being fattened up for slaughter, I went and did ALOT and I mean ALOT of label reading. everything in the lower grade foods has everything in from brewers rice, sugar beet meal, to just plain cornmeal as the first two to three items on the label. You can find these items in another type of food as well LIVESTOCK SWEET FEED and silage.
So I went to my local farm and home store and bought Rocky Mountain Taste of the Wild cat food, My cats love it and clean the bowls in about two to three days. I have a larger male cat “Rajah” who is MUCH more energetic and will acutally play now as opposed to hiding in the cat hotel.
Coats are shiny, eyes are bright and there was no transition period for the first feeding. I will continue to use this feed for all my cats and leave the grains for the cattle.
Have a 6 year old that has just been diagnosed with kidney disease. How would this food affect him?
You need to put your cat on low protein and low phosphorus diet.
This is one of the cases when high protein content is very detrimental to the health of the kitty. There are special prescribed formulas for renal insufficiency but if your cat does not like them, as they often do, you may want to try Science Diet.. Their canned formulas are very close to the prescribed cat foods for kidney failure..
If your kitty completely refuses any of those diets you may try mixing her normal food with a phosphorus binder called Renalzin. It is available only in Europe, but you can get it shipped from England.
My wonderful darling kitty had kidney condition – I had it under control with diet and Renalzin for years.
Unfortunately, she died of liver cancer.
Taste of the Wild (Rocky Mountain Feline formula) dry food is tops in my book. Ever since I’ve switched Caesar to this brand, he’s had more pep and is eating better. He very seldom leaves more than 4-5 kibbles uneaten, yet he’s not begging for food an hour before his next scheduled feeding – a problem we used to have a lot! The ingredient list is top-notch, so I know he’s eating well. P.S. My son brought home a bag for his two cats, and they can’t stop eating it!!!
I know that TOTW can be fed to kittens. My 9 week old kitten prefers it softened with water and mashed. Is it okay to feed it this way? What about when he is an adult?
Merlin had issues with his last food even though it was a high priced brand. When we moved I decided to switch him to a grain free food. TOTW is the only food he eats now and he has gone from an old hairy lump that meows to playing and jumping like a young cat again. He lost nearly 30% of his body weight in the six months after the switch. I did not have to control the amount he ate while he was losing weight and now that be is a healthier weight he still eats as much as he wants. I highly recommend this food. A healthy cat is worth the extra cost for properly balanced cat food.
My cats currently eat pretty high quality wet and dry foods, Wellness and blue buffalo. I got a sample of Taste of The Wild and my cats went crazy for it, even the one that generally doesn’t care for dry food. I’m glad to hear that this stuff is healthy because it looks like I may be making a switch. The only problem I foresee could be the weight issue. I don’t think they make a version of this for weight loss/indoor cats. Looking forward to trying it out!
All 4 of my dogs are on Taste of the Wild, and are doing great. I found the cat formula in cans at Tractor Supply, and both of my cats love it.
“he vet recommended a DB Purina food for diabetic cats that has corn as the second ingredient!”
Your confusion is very understandable. As difficult as this may be to accept you can’t really go on a vet’s recommendation for food. What is best for your pet and what they recommend are sometimes at opposite ends of the spectrum. It is because of a conflict of interest. It has to do with the vast amounts of university research grants funded by certain pet food companies. Loyalty to these research funding corporation is indoctrinated into young vets at the university. Sadly, even people who you think are there to help you help your pet are all too often primarily motivated by money instead your pets best interest. Welcome to the real world.
Trust the facts: Don’t feed your cat food with grains or soy.
Science diet is is always “recommended” by vets but it is not good food.
When I got both of my cats from the breeder, she had been feeding them Kirkland chicken & rice dry cat food (made by Diamond) and said they never had an issue with it. At the recommendation of my vet, I slowly switched them to Science Diet for Indoor cats. When I got to the point of having them totally on the SD, the older cat developed chonic diarreah. What a mess! We got the lower intestine calmed down only to have her start vomitting. The younger one has had on and off loose stools too. Since removing them from the SD, we are all back to “normal”. I’m seriously considering introducing TOTW dry to them in about a month (want to give their tummies a good chance to settle down). Im not sure the Costco food is a good total source of nutrition for them, so I want to at least get them eating half and half. It’s a toss up between Blue Buffalo and TOTW. Opinions??
I’ve been feeding TOTW Canyon River dry food to 4 of my cats (I have 7) for a year. I started feeding it to one of my cats, who had food allergies. After being on TOTW for about a month, the allergies cleared up completely. Then 3 of my other cats decided they liked the food too, and they’ve been enjoying it since. My cats are all in fine condition, no health issues, good stools, glossy coats. I’ve never tried Blue Buffalo, so I can’t express an opinion on that food, but I can say that TOTW Canyon River has proven itself to be an excellent choice for my fussy felines.
BLUE BUFFALO GRAIN FREE, ALL THE WAY!! I worked at Pet Supplies “Plus”, and basically my animals were my “guinea pigs” as far as testing out the holistic foods. I don’t think you can beat the Blue Grain-Free foods. The thing that sets Blue apart is the “Life Source Bits,” and the fact that the food is COLD processed. Hardly any other cat food does this. Cold procesing makes the food retain up to 75% of the nutrients, as opposed to the high-heat methods the other high end foods use. If a food is heat-processed, you are losing valuable nutrients that your cat should be getting. Not to mention the “Life Source Bits” are full of valuable vitamins and nutrients. Also, read the ingredient list–Blue uses real meat for the first 2 or 3 ingredients–not meat meal. They have a healtthy protein to fat ratio, too. Even if you find another brand that has real meat for the first 2 or 3 ingredients and has a healthy protein to fat ratio, I doubt that it’s been cold-processed!! My cat has a gorgeous coat, shiny eyes, and no litterbox mess!
I am curious what the carb content of TOTW is. It is the only dry food I have been feeding my cats for a couple of years, except for the occasional bag of Felidae or Innova mixed in. But now my four-year old male cat has been diagnosed with Diabetes mellitus. I thought I was feeding good food, but the vet recommended a DB Purina food for diabetic cats that has corn as the second ingredient! I am wondering if all those sweet potatoes and potatoes drive up the amount of simple carbs in TOTW?
It’s about 3 months since my first comment regarding TOTW Canyon River. My tabby who had suffered from allergies, plus 3 of my other cats are all still enjoying this food very much. They’re all in super condition – no health issues at all. We’re very pleased as is the feline brigade.
I have two cats, the oldest being 14. After a slow transition from their previous food and three weeks on Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain, my eldest cat developed chronic constipation. After three vet visits and one enema I have returned to the previous dry cat food I was feeding. The fibre content in Taste of the Wild is not as high as the previous cat food I used. This food may be good for a young cat, but watch the older ones.
My two 12 year old cats also developed chronic constipation after being switched to Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain. Initially they liked the food but after being on it for a month both cats began eating significantly less food and seemed not to be feeling quite right. After one of the cats began to have blood in her stool, I took her to my vet. He said that she seemed to be constipated and had me give her a laxative for a couple times. When I compared the fiber content of the TOTW food and found it was lower than their previous dry food, I switched them back and both cats are now fine.
Just today switched out cats to Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain formula, both cats are eating it up like it’s the best thing they have ever tasted. Previously they were eating Iams and for not that much more money they are definitely eating a higher quality food. Hoping to see some long term health benefits from the switch!
Thanks for the reviews. I am now convinced that choosing TOTW was a good decision and that it will probably be our final food change.
I switched my cat from Purina Indoor Formula to Taste of the Wild a few months ago. He likes Taste of the Wild and eats less of it because of its high protein content. He’s never had any problems with any food he’s eaten and doesn’t have allergies so there’s not any difference in his appearance or health, but we felt it was strange for cats to be eating corn (the main ingredient in Purina Indoor Formula) so we looked around for a new food and came to the conclusion that Taste of the Wild would be a good choice. Our vet told us this was a good move because cats are, as he put it, “obligate carnivores”. This means that they do not need grains like dogs do. Oddly enough, cats do need some plants in their diet for folic acid. Cat grass plants provide this if the cat food does not. That is the reason you will find cats grazing on wide leaf grasses outside. I don’t know about the folic acid content of the Taste of the Wild food, but my cat likes it and he’s allowed to graze on grass regularly so there’s no obvious health issue. I would recommend this food to anyone who wants a good meat based food for their kitty.
I got trial size packages of Acana, Orijins, Taste of The Wild, Evo, GO!Natural, and Holistic Blend.
I offered them all at once in separate bowls. Taste of The Wild was the only one that they would even try!!
So I would say that cats love it, really! Maybe we need to listen to what they are saying about their taste preferences!!
Since switching my cats to this cat food, the litter box doesn’t smell as bad as it used to. On other foods, we could actually smell the cats doing their business as they were doing it. After we switched, there’s barely any smell and they don’t use the litter box 10 times a day like they used to. I have three cats and they are actually more active and playful since we switched them to TOTW. We also switched our dog to TOTW. They all love it.
Thanks! I have 3 as well and hope to see the same changes. We are also in the process of potty training using the toilet insert. The youngest (4 months) loves it, but the older cats couldn’t care less. So, I may not get all of them trained. Haven’t given up yet, though.
We rescued a stray male with lots of allergy issues. We went to the expense of having him allergy tested, although we knew it wasn’t a certainty the tests would actually determine his allergies. However we were lucky, the tests did help identify his allergies, mostly food related. We then checked out almost all the premium cat food brands looking for the ones he could tolerate. Taste of the Wild Canyon River turned out to be the only premium brand he could safely eat. He liked it from the getgo and now, 4 months later, he still enjoys it very much. His coat is shiny and full, and his skin lesions have completely cleared up. He’s a happy tabby now, and we’re happy too.
I was very excited to try this food from our feed store. I’ve been feeding Chicken Soup feline and they seemed to like it, but I really wanted a grain free product with more natural proteins. So, I bought the Canyon River flavor and thought my two senior male cats would be totally excited. That was Saturday–it’s now Wednesday, and not only have they refused to eat the food, they’ve both taken to pooping behind the chair in my living room and in my bathtub (yes, the litter is clean–2 times a day, actually) so I’m pretty sure they hate this food. Bummer!
I feed my cats (16) Taste of the Wild and chicken. Taste of the Wild has one of the lowest carb percentages of all the dry foods I checked. The high carb content is causing many cats to become diabetic. I know, I have one that has. While a bit on the expensive side it is substantially cheaper than the insulin. So far all my cats like it, but they like the Rocky Mountain Feline Formula. They won’t eat the all salmon formula, even though the regular has salmon in it but the primary ingredient is venison.
PS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Pet_Foods – The review of Taste of the Wild should include the same Diamond cautions as written in the review of Solid Gold re: Diamond.
Taste of the Wild is NOT a Solid Gold product. It is also NOT owned by Diamond Pet Foods. It IS manufactured in some of their facilities. There was a cat food recall for a FEW of the cat food brands that they manufactured at ONE of their facilities. NONE of those brands included Taste of the Wild. Please…let’s keep our facts straight. Thanks!
I thought Taste of the Wild was also made by a Diamond subsidiary?
TOW is a Diamond Food.
I have a cat that has liver issues and is highly allergic to wool. We have struggled for a long time to find a healthy balance for her. After only one week on Taste of the Wild her coat is improving and sore are healing. Her liver seems less wollen. She hasn’t thrown up in this week as well.
Two of my three have had skin issues, which is why I decided to try a some higher-quality foods for them. Within a week, I could tell a difference and within two weeks their skin problems had cleared up. No more chin crusties!
If your vet hasn’t recommended it, please discuss adding milk thistle to your cat’s daily treatment for the liver. it is the only thing known to help heal the liver and is a natural product. Vet’s forget about natural products, mine included. I had a Dane with liver disease and put her on milk thistle and let my vet know I did it. his response “oh, I forgot about that”. It kept her levels from rising for a year, when it finally stopped working and she crashed. I also had a cat with high liver levels due to cancer. I put her on milk tistle and her liver levels went down to normal within 48 hours when her blood levels were rechecked. Good luck and prayers for baby!
I have been feeding my dog TOTW since I got him as a foster, and I just switched my cat over to the canned formula at the recommendation of my vet that a wet food would be better for her. She was eating Blue Buffalo dry food. It took her a couple of days to get used to it, but now she pretty much cleans her bowl in a couple of sittings. It does have a high water content (80%) for a premium food, but over all it is a good quality.
I bought this cat food for my cat, who was at the time being fed whatever was cheap by her previous owner. I was feeding Taste of The Wild to my dog and thought I’d switch the cat because it was such a high quality food, but she hated it. She refused to eat it. She still is on Meow Mix because I can’t get her to eat anything good for her lol.
Just like kids who have a diet of junk food and hate vegetables – hard to break the habit. Try mixing it in with her Meow Mix and gradually increase the ratio of TOTW to Meow Mix. If she gets hungry enough, she’ll eat it.