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Earlier this month (December 2013) two of my three cats became ill, vomiting foam and bile for hours after becoming ill after their breakfast. I had just opened a new bag of Meow Mix. My cat who did not get sick was the only one who does not eat Meow Mix because she exclusively eats canned food. We discontinued the food immediately, and the cats got better within 48 hours.
We recently switched our rescue cat Cookie to the cheap meow mix because that was what we could afford at the time, first thing I noticed was it did not smell good at all. A week after she had eaten it, she began to lose fur on the sides of her tummy, tail and legs. Cookie also threw up every other night. Gave her one last can the other day because we still didn’t know her food change could be making her sick, she ate everything except the “chicken”. So I took a closer look at the bowl of food and noticed the chicken had gray spots on it, never feeding her meow mix of any kind again. Trying to figure out ways to sooth her itching skin and stomach.
When you visit the Meow Mix website you will find a wide variety of product choices including seven dry food varieties, six wet food varieties, and three lines of treats. The “About Us” section of the website provides very little detail about the history of the brand or about its manufacturing process – it simply plays upon the pet owner’s desire to care for their pet with a quality, nutritious diet. If you follow the link to the Big Heart Pet website, you will find more of the same – generalized claims and promises without any real information. When perusing the Meow Mix website, it becomes clear that the brand’s biggest draw lies in its variety – pet owners can choose from a large assortment of formulas and flavors, all at highly affordable prices. If you review the ingredients list for many of Meow Mix’s products, you will find that the brand makes heavy use of corn, wheat, and soy ingredients which are generally considered to be non-nutritive fillers when used in cat food products. In terms of protein, Meow Mix uses a lot of by-product meals and supplemental plant-based proteins. Overall, the Meow Mix brand cannot be considered a high-quality cat food brand and its products have a high risk for aggravating food allergies and sensitivities in cats.For wet food options, Meow Mix offers an assortment of Classic Patés made with real beef, tuna, chicken, or turkey as well as an assortment of Soufflés made with chicken, salmon, tuna, and egg. The Paté Toppers line of products includes seafood and poultry flavors shaped into paté and topped with shredded morsels. The Tender Favorites line of products is made up of tasty meats in savory sauces and the Savory Morsels line of products features tender poultry and seafood mixed with savory gravy. In addition to their individual wet food offerings, Meow Mix also offers an assortment of variety packs so your cat can enjoy a mixture of flavor options.The Meow Mix brand of cat food is currently produced and manufactured by the J.M. Smucker Company. Meow Mix was founded more than 40 years ago with the goal of providing cats with the wholesome nutrition they need and the irresistible flavors they love. Meow Mix saw a significant boost in sales with the release of their 1974 tag line, “the cat food cats ask for by name” which was accompanied by the brand’s memorable theme song. Originally a product of the Ralston Purina Company, Meow Mix was acquired by Del Monte Foods in 2006 and later sold to Big Heart Pet Brands. This company was acquired by the J.M. Smucker Company in 2015, adding Meow Mix to a list of brands that also includes Kibbles ‘n Bits, 9Lives, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, and Pup-Peroni.I have tried MOST of the other brands listed above. I normally use dry food. However, occasionally when I run out, I keep a few cans around. No matter what kind of food it is, for some reason my cat will ONLY eat Meow Mix DRY cat food. Otherwise, he is screaming at me that he is hungry.