Designer: Cat MerrickLink: Location: Brooklyn, NY

The Before Grain dry cat foods appear to be a more meat-based line of foods. Merrick states:
Merrick Backcountry's grain-free stews and protein-packed canned meals offer delicious variety from exotic protein blends like rabbit, venison and salmon, plus fresh-cut vegetables all smothered in a hearty gravy. Cats just love digging into these succulent feasts, and pet parents love all the nutrition their kitties are getting.
What is your opinion of the Merrick Whole Earth product line for cats?
GOAL WT (LB) CALORIES/DAY CUPS/DAY (APPROX): 4 to 7 lbs 89-177 1/4 to 1/2 cup, 7 to 10 lbs 177-236 1/2 to 2/3 cup, 10 to 15 lbs 236-354 2/3 to 1 cup. Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Real Salmon Recipe cat food provides a quality, 100% nutritionally complete and balanced diet for all life stages. We believe in feeding dry and canned food in combination, whenever possible, to help increase the level of water in your cat's diet. Please have clean, fresh water available at all times. We understand that every cat is different and that optimal feeding amounts may vary with age, activity level and environment. Kittens and pregnant or nursing females may consume two to three times the recommended amount daily. Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet - Real Salmon Recipe Cat Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance. 3538 kcal per kilogram or 354 kcal per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated). Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Chicken Divan Canned Cat Food, 5.5 oz., Case of 24Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Salmon Pate Canned Cat Food, 5.5 oz., Case of 24Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Healthy Chicken Adult Cat Food
Two months ago, I purchased, through Amazon, 4 cases of the Limited Ingredient Diet, Real Chicken Recipe. The first 4 cases were great, good moisture and color of the product. My cats loved it. Cost per case, $33.08. The next 4 cases that I purchased for this month are not good. Dry, very little moisture, a dark color and does not smell well at all. My cats will not eat it. So THAT puts me into a bind, thought I had a good source of quality food, NOT... Being I am low income, I am stuck with 3 and one half cases, $115.78 worth of useless canned cat food. I will be contacting Amazon to see if I can return these and get a credit. Merrick was a good choice for cat food, years ago but being they have sold out to the Nestle corporation I truly doubt they care about pet health and only about MONEY.Oh - by the way I had a recent experience when I opened a can of DUCK and OH MY GOSH... my whole kitchen & dining room STUNK SOOO BAD, I don't know what the heck was in that can. IT was terrible!!! I put it in a plastic baggie and took it to Petco. They were in SHOCK! THE SMELL COULDN'T EVEN BE CONTAINED IN THE BAG. They hurried and took it in the back and said they were going to contact Merrick. GOOD LUCK. Poor customer service!!! Thank goodness my cats are OK!! But, BYE-BYE Merrick!!! They lost a BIG-time spender!!!I have been a long-time Merrick canned food buyer. I have 4 cats, I buy from Petco. I am considering changing to a different brand now because I have noticed that my cats are now turning their noses up when I open different flavors. I open one can (chicken and duck mostly) the cats will eat it, I open another can, the color is different and the cats ALL 4 won't touch IT!! What the heck is going on? This brand sure isn't cheap!! I am extremely unhappy with this product for one main reason... fraudulent packaging. My cat actually enjoys most varieties of the food. But when you open a can it is far less than full. There's a gap around the edges and an empty hole (sometimes large) in the middle. It results in there being about 1/4 less food than there should be. Other cat food companies, like Blue, also have a packaging issue and I've complained to them as well. In fact, I've complained to the NY attorney general's office and stopped buying their product. I've stopped buying the Merrick cans that I know have this issue. Some of them do not. This is outright fraud, IMHO, and I'm really ticked off, without anything I can do about it. You can.We feed our cat the Merrick's brand of Diet Kibble for cats. It does the job of keeping Percy's weight down while feeding very good ingredients. My only problem is that we have to order online as I cannot find it in the stores.Purrfect Bistro Chicken Pate - I never know the quality of the food in the can. I have 3 cats, so I buy 1-2 cases at a time (very hard for stores to get). Each case is different. Some product in cans is reddish and has a distinct smell, that one my cats love. Open another case and the product is brownish color and different smell. My cats will not eat it AT ALL, I end up throwing it all away. I have read other complaints same as mine. Why can I not get food that is the same? Are they putting the cheaper food in wrong cans. I just know that I have wasted a lot of money and now I have to start all over again to find a canned food they will eat. What has happened to Merrick, it's scary. I love my cats and I check food carefully. Thank you.