Hi to those reading this review!
My cat family is getting bigger and consists of four now. Please welcome:
Here they are. I promised myself that I wouldn’t adopt cats anymore:)
I used to feed them healthy people food for a while, but after castration we’ve switched to Acana dry food.
Now let’s get to the review.
The food comes in red-brown packages with zippers.
Ingredients: Fresh chicken meat (9%), fresh turkey meat (9%), fresh chicken giblets (liver, heart, kidney) (9%), chicken meal (8%), turkey meal (8%), whole herring meal (8%), whole green peas, whole red lentils, whole chickpeas, chicken fat (5%), fresh whole eggs (4%), fresh wild-caught walleye (4%), fresh wild-caught trout (4%), fresh turkey giblets (liver, heart, kidney) (4%), whole green lentils, whole pinto beans, whole yellow peas, pollock oil (2%), sun-cured alfalfa, dried chicken cartilage (1%), dried brown kelp, fresh pumpkin, fresh butternut squash, fresh parsnips, fresh green kale, fresh spinach, fresh mustard greens, fresh turnip greens, fresh carrots, fresh red delicious apples, fresh bartlett pears, freeze-dried liver (chicken and turkey) (0.1%), fresh cranberries, fresh blueberries, chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips.
Made in Canada
Shelf life: about 1,5 years.
Appearance: brown granules, little and round, moderately solid, but not stone-like. My kitties found them easy to chew.
The smell is unpleasant and sharp, in my opinion, but my cats didn’t seem to mind and liked the smell.
My observations: The process of switching to dry food took 2 weeks. They chew the food eagerly, but didn’t need much to fill up. They never asked for more or begged for people food.
Positive observation: Earlier, the cats used to puke hairballs, but it stopped once we switched to Acana.
Negative observation: I saw brown crust in the corners of Phil’s eyes. Everything was fine with the other cats, though.
I haven’t noticed any improvements on their coats.
I have to note that the smell of their stools was less sharp. It was noticeable in the case with Bootie, who had been a stray cat in her past and ate who knows what, and when we’d taken her, her feces smelled toxic. Acana seemed to have neutralized it.
The cats were fine, their digestive systems worked properly and they forgot how to puke.
Speaking of weight: no changes in case with Phil, but Chusi became thicker - I had to limit her dose of food. Bootie grew to quite a chubby cat too.
When feeding them dry food, I always make sure that they have access to clean water.
So we lived for a year, until a new kitten came to our lives: little Nessy. Her arrival made a lot of fuss, because she fell ill instantly. While I was running around from one vet to another, I noticed that Bootie started to puke. I took the whole cat family and ran to the vet’s. He gave them a few injections and suggested that we switch to another food.
I did so, even though I wasn’t completely sure the food was the reason.
To sum up, I have mixed impressions from Acana Wild Prairie Cat Food. On the one hand, the ingredients are great and my cats felt great for a year. The puke could have been caused by an infection. I suspect, though, that it may have happened due to the changed balance of ingredients in the renewed formula. Other cats felt great. Plus, another vet we visited later approved of Acana.
Well, I can give this food 4 stars and recommend it, but keep an eye on your pet’s reaction!