I am looking for a high quality low cost alternative to the pet foods we currently buy. Last summer I researched a lot about pet foods, and actively looked for one with veggie ingredients besides high quality protein sources, and NO CORN. That is hard to find. We are now buying Harvest Baked for the dog and Blue Buffalo for the cats, both of which are from Petsmart and both are quite expensive. Any hints or tips on where to get pet food without corn?
Rebecca from North Branch, MN
I just bought a 25# of organic dog food (no corn or wheat) at Costco for about $18.99.
The kibble size is small and it is a chicken, barely and rice variety.
My large male Collie/Basset mix loves it.
Hope this helps.
Natural Balance from Dick Van Patten (yep, the Eight is Enough guy) line, Petco. I don't know the comparison to prices, but I do know when you buy a certain number of bags you get free food. Let me tell you my kitty food story, it might help with the price information and such.
Nala is a 5 1/2 year old Aby Tabby (Abysinnian and Tabby mix) and my sweet, svelte girl. She was none to happy when I added Sarabi a chocolate point Siamese ( now a little over a year) last February, but she adapted. Except, Nala started horking (our word for kitty puke) her food, probably eating it fast as Miss Sarabi became a NON-svelte cat after she was fixed in May. Nothing seemed to make it better, but I do know that Sarabi was getting pretty round. (Do you know the song "Fat Guy in a Little Coat" from Chris Farley and David Spades movie? Well we sing Fat Cat with a Little Head for Sarabi!) Anyway, I bought Kirkland (Coscto) variety of "premium" (not the organic) cat food and that REALLY plumped Sarabi up and Nala was REALLY horking.
I did some research and decicded on some other brand, went down to the local Petco and talked to the person there who is a cat girl, she recommeded the other brand OR Natural Balance. There were both comparable in prices but Natural Balance was on a little sale, so I tried it. I've only bought 3 7 or 8# bags since November. They eat what they want, their coats are shiny, Sarabi is slimming down a little and Nala is less likely to hork (still does when Fat Cat comes around).
Here is my theory, the $12.99 price tag is an OUCH! when I go to buy it, but I've only bought 3 bags compared to the LOTS of other bags I would have bought for them. It's a LOT more natural to what they would eat in the wild (they are a wild animal you must remember, tigers don't stop and eat wheat bread and corn on the cob when they are hungry!) and it's healthy for them. Now my hubby who isn't a cat person (thought he LOVES Sarabi, just won't admit that she is his "dog") balked at the price too, but if it means less HORK in the hallway at 6:30 in the morning going downstairs to leave for work, he is for it!
Sorry for the LONG answer! Hope it helps.
Aldi's Shep brand canned dog food has no corn listed on label. I don't know about their canned cat food.
When our Boston Terrier was off her feed, the vet advised us to give her hamburger and rice. If you have the time, just make your own dog food. It is very easy and can be kept in the fridge. I browned the hamburger and cooked the rice, then mixed the two. No salt or anything else added. You can also mix this with commercial dog food. Though If you make your own, you know exactly what is in the dog's dinner. Hope this helps. Hamburger and rice is also good for cats.
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