A few weeks ago, our friends over at Mr Chewy's sent one of our moderators, Joan aka GoldyCat, a case of Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet (L.I.D.) Venison & Green Pea formula.
Joan shares her impressions with us here -
I have eight cats ranging in age from 3-1/2 years to 6 years. Their main diet is grain-free dry food available for free feeding throughout the day and one wet meal each evening.
For a ten day trial period I replaced their regular wet food with an equal amount of Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Venison & Green Pea canned cat food, keeping the rest of their diet the same.
All my cats liked the food, including my picky eaters who normally won’t touch pate-style cat food. Some of them did seem to get bored with the same flavor after a few days. They didn’t stop eating it, but did slow down. NB makes several different flavors of the Limited Ingredient Diet which could be rotated to prevent the boredom.
Since I do measured free feeding with the dry food I was able to observe that my cats were eating 10-15% less of their dry food. This could be an indication that the NB has a higher concentration of nutrition than their usual wet food, but I would need a longer trial period to see if the pattern holds up.
Subjectively, I have seen less shedding over the last few days, but again, I would need a longer trial period to determine if this is related to the food or simply a coincidence.
Cost. NB costs almost three times as much per ounce as the food I’ve been getting. If I were to feed an equivalent amount of NB my overall cost for cat food, including the dry food, would go up by more than 40%.
I like the limited ingredients without all the extra fillers that are found in so many cat foods. If I had just one cat I would seriously consider making the change to NB. However, for eight cats the cost becomes prohibitive. I might keep a few cans around to give as an occasional treat but don’t feel that I can afford to make this food a major part of their diet.
If you want to try this ultra premium cat food, click for the Natural Balance page on Mr Chewy's site.