Loyalty and brands

I'm not exactly naive, but I must say I found it quite shocking that so many reputedly trustworthy pet food brands all are manufactured by a single source, Menu Foods. Does branding mean anything in this day and age? Customer confidence is supposedly built on "brand loyalty." Is it just luck that my cats happen to eat dry food from Nutro (one of the affected brands in the wet food version)? I thought that Nutro was made by Nutro or at least quality-controlled by Nutro; their website says "For over 75 years, Nutro has created, tested, and produced the finest pet foods on the market. Our philosophy is simple: we constantly strive to provide better ingredients and better nutrition for better health, no matter what the cost." Clearly they didn't 'strive' hard enough.


I switch brands including to and from store brands based upon what the cat liked to eat. The cat would simply decide she wanted something else after a few months, so I would rotate the various brands every few months.

I wonder if the various national, and store brands for that matter, developed their own formulas but outsourced the manufacturing or did they buy it lock stock and barrel?

Funny; as I was driving back from lunch, Talk of the Nation was discussing that very thing. According to both the high-end brands and the manufacturers, the formulas come from the brands; the manufacturer is doing custom manufacturing for each brand name. That makes a lot of sense; contract manufacturers in all sorts of industries work that way.

We actually don't rotate among any brands. We try to aim for low ash content (for the one cat who eats canned food at all--our younger and healthier cat is perfectly happy with Royal Canin Indoor Cat dry food), preferably 2.5% or less (3% in a pinch)--and there are very few brands that even provide that info.

Our 18-yr-old, infirm, slowly dying cat (who only eats canned food) currently gets certain varieties of Fancy Feast or certain variety (singular) of Priority (Safeway), but they're all "smooth" (no chunks-n-gravy). Unfortunately, the Priority's disappeared from the shelves, and we suspect it's the recall carried too far, since it shouldn't affect textureless food. Naturally, they're all the pricey 3oz. cans; that's what he'll eat.

I dated a veterenarian for a while, a woman with whom I had gone to high school. I asked her if there were differences between the various 'generic' and premium foods. She told me only in that animals will eat some on not the other, but as long as they are AAFCO approved they are fine. (this was a decade ago).

However she was getting her PhD (after her DVM) and researching bird anesthesia with Gallus gallus domesticus so I called her the chicken gasser... I wonder why that never worked out?

I hope and pray that your geriatric cat lives a good life and has a quick end before any suffering.

Our geriatric cat seems to be doing OK these days--we believe he's enjoying himself more than not (and once in a while he'll get into a lively scuffle/romp with our younger, formerly weaker, but now bigger but much friendlier cat, said scuffles being a clear sign of liveliness). We also watch him. Our vet has a cat in a similar situation. My wife and the vet do and will keep in touch and make decisions when they need to be made. Meanwhile, it gets in the way of vacations--and that's OK. Indoor cats become members of the family, and you have obligations to members of the family.

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