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Prescription Diets for Cats Are a Scam — 6 Comments

  1. I’ve heard a lot of negative remarks about the A/D food. There may be others that would work just as well but after saving more than half a dozen I just wouldn’t want to chance switching when a cats life is at stake. The KMR is just as important as it supplies fluids. We’re never without that either.

  2. I think the bigger the manufacturer, the more potential for poor quality, since profit is the bottom line. At this point, I’m also looking at pet food manufacturers that have never had a recall. I expect to pay more, but my attitude is
    “Pay NOW or Pay LATER”

  3. I saw through the scam a long time ago. You only have to read the ingredients to see right away there is no difference between prescription diets or other high-priced foods and cheaper brands that don`t make any outrageous claims. Saying “specially selected cuts” or “only the highest quality meats” doesn’t prove anything. “Scientifically balanced” is an outright lie because dry food hardly contain any high quality protein, and contain large amounts of harmful carbohydrates and grains. The reason why canned food is helpful is not because of any specific ingredients for special care. It is because it contains proper animal, fowl, or fish protein, and is soft and palatable. Any brand would do. Does the label say what it contains that makes it suitable for special care? I don`t thinks so, because it doesn’t contain anything different from the usual canned food. How can they say special care when they don`t know what problem the cat may have and therefore what special care or diet it needs? I was shocked the other day in Istanbul when I learned that the price of Purina Pro Plan dry cat food is EUR 45 per 3kg bag. That is approx 125 Turkish Lira, or $51. Here I can get 3kg of Goody from Turkey or La Cat from Israel for 29 Turkish Lira. There are many other brands from Italy and Spain that cost 90 TL per 20 kg bag, that`s $36. Admittedly in Turkey you can get generic dry cat food in bulk but sold by the kilo for just a few Lira. Knowing what rubbish goes into the usual brands of cat food I suspect that generic is not all that bad, and maybe better.

    • Well said Harvey. I never believed in this prescription stuff but vets do tend to promote it and even sell it like salesmen. I bought the Royal Canin Dental because my current vet recommended it and gave me a free sample. I don’t believe in it except it is large pellets which I like. I have advocated large pellets.

  4. Although I agree in general, we’ve saved several cats from dying with a mixture of KMR milk with Hills Prescription Diet A/D Critical Care canned food. It can be mixed and syringed or offered in a bowl for a sick cat. At $2 a small can we only use it for emergencies. It pulled Midnight through panleuk and Jubilee through the calicivirus when she was too weak to even stand on her own.

    • Elisa, I looked up the ingredients of Hills A/D Critical Care canned food, and believe that any canned food that can be mixed and offered with a syringe would help a malnourished animal. Here are my findings:

      Food Type: Wet Food
      Life Stage: Adult
      Health Consideration: Malnourished
      Primary Ingredient: Water
      Package Weight: 5.5 oz

      Ingredients:
      Water, Pork Liver, Poultry Liver, Chicken, Corn Flour, Pork Protein Isolate, Fish Oil, Chicken Liver Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Magnesium Oxide, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Beta Carotene, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid

      Guaranteed Analysis:
      Crude Protein (min) 8.5%
      Crude Fat (min) 5.25%
      Crude Fiber (max) 0.5%
      Moisture (max) 78.0%
      Ash (max) 2.2%
      Calcium (min) 0.18%
      Phosphorus (min) 0.17%
      Magnesium (max) 0.019%
      Taurine (min) 0.06%

      Per the ingredient analysis listed here recently:

      Pork Liver- cheapest source of flavoring, etc.
      Chicken Liver-cheap source of flavor, often included diseased tissues, etc.
      Corn flour- can create bowel distress, weight gain, source of protein?, filler
      Sodium Tripolyphosphate-rancid meat preservative!
      Guar Gum-cheap non-nutritive filler
      Magnesium Oxide-has caused tumors in lab rats, antacid

      There are some good ingredients, but they are listed toward the end, which indicates smaller quantities.

      I found it interesting that the primary ingredient is WATER.

      Thank you for the opportunity to increase my knowledge of some of these ingredients I knew nothing about.

      I’m glad that you were able to pull your babies through Calicivirus. I saw a lot of that in the shelter, and I wonder now how they pulled those cats through. It’s very contagious, so the cats had to be quarantined.

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