Help me choose from these brands, please

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Would be grateful if you guys could look into these brands and help me choose the best one for Musiaka. I chose the ones I could afford feeding daily when we switch to wet-only. The food should suit:
- sensitive stomach/ibd
- low stomach motility/frequent hairball vomiting
- acid reflux
- high blood glucose
- some liver damage (according to the vet it's from taking prednisolone before)

These are the ones I'm choosing from:

Fresh Beef

Fresh Wild Boar

Fresh Lamb

Fresh Turkey & Duck

Vet Gussto Gastro Intestinal

Carny Senior beef + turkey hearts | Meaty & fresh | animonda

Carny Adult beef + lamb | Meaty & fresh | animonda

Carny Adult chicken, turkey + rabbit | Meaty & fresh | animonda

Nutrilove delicious pate for adult cat - Nutrilove

MAC's Cat Lamb and Turkey Tin | Pet Experts based in Ireland

MAC's Cat Turkey & Blueberry Tin | Pet Experts based in Ireland

MAC's Cat Mono Sensitive 6 x 200g

https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00QJPTOBQ/?tag=

Suggestions are welcome, for food that is available in Europe and not more expensive than 1 euro per 100g. Probably best to avoid chicken, although I don't know for sure if he's sensitive to it.
Thank you so much :)
 

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Heya! Pretty much all of these look good, though if possible, I’d contact the companies, see if any use guar gum — with Musiaka’s sensitivities, might be a good idea to avoid it, see if it helps his tummy troubles any.

I’m sceptical of the Nutrilove (doesn’t specify what animal protein they use other than duck, which isn’t great for a sensitive cat, so you can’t assess what protein could be causing tummy upset) and the Dr Clauders (everything I’ve found in a language I can read seems to indicate that (some of?) their recipes use grains).

Otherwise, starting with one of the single protein Gusto recipes seems like a good idea to me. What they disclose about their composition looks quite good, and the fact that it’s essentially single protein will help you rule out if he’s reactive to specific proteins. Keep in mind that it can take up to 2 months to see complete improvement, so if he likes the Gusto you choose as his first food, and he doesn’t have a bad reaction to it, you might end up feeding it for a while before testing other foods. It’s good to have cats in a rotation of foods from a variety of brands, and most of these are great, but I’d advise starting slow, and getting his digestive system in order before adding a whole bunch of variety in there.

Personally, I wouldn’t feed the Gusto Gastro food — imo you’d be better off adding half to a full teaspoon of pumpkin into his food once a day for the fibre (helps with passing fur, and poop formation), as you can regulate it as needed. Plus, that way, you’re not overpaying for additives into the food that you can provide yourself for cheaper.
 
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Heya! Pretty much all of these look good, though if possible, I’d contact the companies, see if any use guar gum — with Musiaka’s sensitivities, might be a good idea to avoid it, see if it helps his tummy troubles any.

I’m sceptical of the Nutrilove (doesn’t specify what animal protein they use other than duck, which isn’t great for a sensitive cat, so you can’t assess what protein could be causing tummy upset) and the Dr Clauders (everything I’ve found in a language I can read seems to indicate that (some of?) their recipes use grains).

Otherwise, starting with one of the single protein Gusto recipes seems like a good idea to me. What they disclose about their composition looks quite good, and the fact that it’s essentially single protein will help you rule out if he’s reactive to specific proteins. Keep in mind that it can take up to 2 months to see complete improvement, so if he likes the Gusto you choose as his first food, and he doesn’t have a bad reaction to it, you might end up feeding it for a while before testing other foods. It’s good to have cats in a rotation of foods from a variety of brands, and most of these are great, but I’d advise starting slow, and getting his digestive system in order before adding a whole bunch of variety in there.

Personally, I wouldn’t feed the Gusto Gastro food — imo you’d be better off adding half to a full teaspoon of pumpkin into his food once a day for the fibre (helps with passing fur, and poop formation), as you can regulate it as needed. Plus, that way, you’re not overpaying for additives into the food that you can provide yourself for cheaper.
Maurey, thank you again for taking time to reply, I appreciate it so much. :)
I'm glad Gussto food looks good - just emailed the company asking about guar gum. The price is very affordable for my budget as well, and it can be ordered locally to save on shipping. I could try introducing it slowly, there was a link somewhere on how to add the wet food back into the diet (although it hasn't been all that long since Musiaka ate wet food).
Wonder what the vet will say about adding something that isn't labeled "diabetic" into his diet... but she doesn't seem so educated about feline nutrition and is completely sold on prescribtion food, so maybe I shouldn't follow her advice.
 

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Maurey, thank you again for taking time to reply, I appreciate it so much. :)
I'm glad Gussto food looks good - just emailed the company asking about guar gum. The price is very affordable for my budget as well, and it can be ordered locally to save on shipping. I could try introducing it slowly, there was a link somewhere on how to add the wet food back into the diet (although it hasn't been all that long since Musiaka ate wet food).
Wonder what the vet will say about adding something that isn't labeled "diabetic" into his diet... but she doesn't seem so educated about feline nutrition and is completely sold on prescribtion food, so maybe I shouldn't follow her advice.
Your average vet doesn’t know much about nutrition, sadly — only vets that specialise in nutrition or holistic care will really get any real education about it, to my knowledge. I know several really good vet nutritionists in my area that will formulate diets tailored to your cat, whether based on commercial food, or cooked/raw homemade. Might be worth looking into something like that, given Musiaka’s troubles? It’s surprisingly inexpensive where I am (also in Eastern Europe), but YMMV in terms of what it costs over there.
 

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Would be grateful if you guys could look into these brands and help me choose the best one for Musiaka. I chose the ones I could afford feeding daily when we switch to wet-only. The food should suit:
- sensitive stomach/ibd
- low stomach motility/frequent hairball vomiting
- acid reflux
- high blood glucose
- some liver damage (according to the vet it's from taking prednisolone before)

These are the ones I'm choosing from:

Fresh Beef

Fresh Wild Boar

Fresh Lamb

Fresh Turkey & Duck

Vet Gussto Gastro Intestinal

Carny Senior beef + turkey hearts | Meaty & fresh | animonda

Carny Adult beef + lamb | Meaty & fresh | animonda

Carny Adult chicken, turkey + rabbit | Meaty & fresh | animonda

Nutrilove delicious pate for adult cat - Nutrilove

MAC's Cat Lamb and Turkey Tin | Pet Experts based in Ireland

MAC's Cat Turkey & Blueberry Tin | Pet Experts based in Ireland

MAC's Cat Mono Sensitive 6 x 200g

MACs Cat Mono Sensitive Pute | 6x 200g Katzennassfutter: Amazon.de: Haustier

Suggestions are welcome, for food that is available in Europe and not more expensive than 1 euro per 100g. Probably best to avoid chicken, although I don't know for sure if he's sensitive to it.
Thank you so much :)
For the acid reflux I use a food timer for wet food so she gets 4 meals.also helps because she's not starving in the morning then gobbles up her food too fast
 

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I have heard good things about MACS and if it was available where I am I would try it. I would buy the sensitive range in MACS for your cat.

I have used Animonda Carny but would probably instead go with the Animonda Vom Feinsten pure turkey or turkey and trout, as turkey is good for sensitive stomachs.

If you are in Germany, Feringa is another good brand available in Zooplus. Also Miamor has a sensitive range if I recall correctly.
 
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Do I havo to choose one brand and stick to it for at least two months? Or can it be visible earlier, if Musiaka doesn't tolerate it?
 

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I think with an intolerance it would be obvious fairly soon. But I would get a brand like Macs that has a sensitive line, and try a few flavors in that to start.
Almo Nature also has sensitive digestion food. I think the mousse is two variants, sole (white fish) and turkey - both easy on the stomach.
 

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You can also check out kangaroo by Catz Finefood, I know some sensitive cats do great with it. My guys used to love this food too.
 
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I think it's between Gusto and Mac's for me right now, the composition looks fairly similar and both have a monoprotein version. Which is better for IBD - lamm, or turkey? Cause right now I'm leaning towards Mac's as it's slightly cheaper - not a significant difference. However it has some iodine and Musiaka hasn't gotten his thyroid checked yet, so not sure about that. Also, still waiting for both Mac's and Gussto answer on guar gum...
 
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