Grain-free canned cat foodAll-natural Natural Balance cat food that offers complete nutritionMade with limited ingredients especially for cats and kitten prone to allergiesNo grains, such as wheat, barley, rice or corn
Average Customer Rating:
(70 Reviews) 70
Rating Breakdown70 reviews
61 out of 70(87%)reviewers recommend this product.
One of my cat's was recently diagnosed with IBD so the vet wanted her on a limited ingredient diet. I'm so glad I knew about Natural Balance products!!! Read and compare the ingredients!!! You'll see that Natural Balance is the best option. Prescription foods contain multiple protein sources including pork and pork by-products.
About 4 months ago, my husband and I adopted a 4 year old black and white long-haired beauty, which we named, Maggie. Her foster mom had rescued her from a couple who had wanted her euthanized because of a recurring problem with diarrhea and defecating on the floor. She thought that the problem had been resolved, but after about two weeks at our house she started displaying these ugly traits once again. I discussed her case with our vet, and she suggested trying Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance L.I.D. formula, as she thought that Maggie may have a sensitive digestive system. Long story short, it worked WONDERFULLY! Making the switch to Natural Balance, L.I.D. and a special kitty litter, Maggie's here to stay, and I'm a happy (and relieved) "mom"!
I rescued my little boy after he was dropped off at a friends house and has bald spots that appeared to be from a foreign substance. The vet assumes he will have painful diarrhea for the rest of his life due to this. Tried many foods and supplements to alleviate his suffering. This food really helps, as the limited ingredients are easier on his digestion. I feed this along with "Honest Kitchen Perfect Form" to help make digestion easier and valerian to calm things down and alleviate the pain. Tried many foods (I stick with by Nature turkey and this) and was so happy to find food that does not cause intestinal pain and actually has firmed up his poo.
I ordered this food because it came recommended as a high quality wet cat food. Both of my cats completely turned their noses up at it. My cats usually eat origin, evo, wild, and other high end foods and I was hoping this food could replace some of the more expensive food I typically use. I tried the duck, the salmon and the chicken. I ended up having to give them away.
After researching cat food nutrition and grain-free options, I decided to get the grain-free canned duck and green pea by Natural Balance for my guys. They also eat the dry Alpha Grain-Free Turkey, Duck and Chicken. I know it's cliche, but their coats are noticeably softer. One of my guys used to have coarse hair, but now she is soft and sleek. My other guy is softer than a chinchilla. I chose this particular type of food after reading about how grains are not nutritious in any way for cats, but are used as a filler, and are often very cheap ingredients. Cheap cat food makes me nervous after reading about the poor quality of ingredients and quality control of the food-making plants. Not to say I know anything I read is fact or not, but it has planted the seed of doubt. One of my cats has severe allergies, and it has taken years to find a medicine and food regimen that minimizes his discomfort. It is best for him to be on a limited ingredient diet, which is what this food is. I attempted to try Blue Buffalo's canned duck food (well, the cats did), and they hated it! I was surprised, because it seemed good, and my guys have never really turned anything down before. I had to return the case and exchange it for the Natural Balance canned duck and green pea again. There is a huge difference in the happiness with which they gobble this up. I think the fat content is also less than the other brand, so I'm glad they have something nutritious that they like.
Our two cats with Inflamed bowel disease are can both eat the Natural Balance Limited Diet foods without negative effects. They like the duck & salmon best. Two cans were damaged in shipping. They were traded out promptly at a local Petco store., Ordering on line a good deal overall.
Based on all the great reviews here, I bought a case each of the Natural Balance canned duck & pea, canned venison & pea, canned salmon & pea; and a 10 lb bag of Natural Balance salmon & pea dry food. What a mistake. I should have just gotten a test can or two first.
I have been really persistent in trying to get my cats to eat this stuff. I've fed it to them every single day for nearly a month. They both hate it. I must say I don't blame them. The first thing I noticed when opening any of the cans, was how strongly it smells of split pea soup (without any ham or herbs!). I can't for the life of me find any resemblance to duck or venison in those varieties. In the salmon variety, it mostly smells of split peas, with just a trace of salmon odor and salmon-meal like stuff floating on the top. Once it's stirred a bit, it becomes overwhelmingly pea-like.
I've offered it to them straight; they hate it. I've mixed it with varying amounts of their old canned cat food in an attempt to entice them to eat it. They still hate it. I've tried warming it up a few seconds in the microwave, which turns it into a completely smooth watery pool of glop similar to thin babyfood and reeks of stale split pea soup.
Meal after meal for weeks, the food just sits there for hours until they get so hungry they half-heartedly nibble on it here and there. Most of it is just left on the plate. I've tried refrigerating the leftovers and then warming it to re-offer again later; same result. I've tried leaving it on the plates, where it just turns into petrified grossness and has to be thrown out hours later.
As for the dry food, it took several days of sheer hunger for one cat to finally start nibbling at the NB dry food, but 4 or 5 tiny pieces is not nearly enough to make a meal, and that is as much as she will eat. The other one won't even touch it.
Only one of my cats had allergies (two small itchy skin spots), but they steal each others' food, which was why I switched them both to this food. The one with allergies HAS improved somewhat. But both cats have lost weight over the past month and seem positively depressed. I have no choice but to finally give up and start offering them something they will eat.
If what I'm buying is mostly pea soup, I expect to pay a pea-soup price. Dick Van Patten must be making a fortune on this rip-off.
Our cat has Crohn's Disease and needed an all natural food with only duck and peas. This product met that requirement. He really likes it and eats it well. The only down side has been with the last case whose cans had too much water and left the meat mushy. Our cat still ate it.
Although one of my kitties didn't initially eat this flavor with as much enthusiasm as my other cat, she did eventually once I warmed it up in the microwave for 10 seconds (I refrigerate the other half of the 6 ounce can for the next day).
One of my cats refuses to eat anything else other than Natural Balance's Venison and Pea canned food. Petco has a great price and the free shipping for orders over $49 is a great plus too! Thanks Petco!
We have a cat with allergies who also had blood in his stool when we adopted him. Multiple tests didn't reveal cause of blood and vet said sometimes they don't find a reason through testing. She felt it could be food allergies. Our other cat is a long-hair with feline urinary-tract syndrome. After a very serious treatment process for his one and only attack (medicine to help inflamation and medicine to keep him from getting sick from other medicine), our vet recommended this product for both cats. We were also told NO DRY FOOD (which apparently can irritate urinary tract system because of lack of water content.) Results have been great with less bleeding (sometimes none) and no more attacks for our other cat. They both refer venison, but also eat chicken version, too. Both cats have gorgeous coats since they only eat wet food. Not greatest for their teeth, but you have to pick your battles.
My cat is allergic to almost everything. These products offer a wide selection of LIMITED INGREDIENT flavors. If it says Venison on the can, you won't find any surprises like cranberries and pumpkins on the ingredients list. (seriously happened to me before)
I highly recommend this product. Its great for cats with and without dietary restrictions. Plus, my cat loves it!
I started buying Natural Balance because of its limited ingredients. Also, and most importantly for us due to food allergies.... it doesn't have ANY chicken in it whatsoever. It is VERY hard to find a food without chicken in it, regardless if the food is beef, or fish etc. Chicken is everywhere! One of the most important things I like is the fact the first ingredient in the Venison and Pea food is VENISON! My cats love it and I love it. It's a great product, one that I hope stays around as long as I need it and doesn't change (unless it gets better). :)
Dax has allergies and this food was a great way to put her on a restricted diet without breaking the bank. It took some time for her to adjust but now she loves both the Duck and Venison offerings in dry or wet food. Cheaper to order online than buy in the store.
This food would be better if it had a higher percent of protein (and even a bit more fat). One of my cats really likes it--but he likes everything. The other doesn't love it, but will eat it when really hungry (not if I give him another kind of food first--like when he has a little bit of leftovers from the day before). I would definitely recommend supplementing this food with some grain-free dry food to boost the protein and fat content of your cat's diet. My boys get a little Merrick Before Grain dry mixed in. Just to be clear, although many people think that low-fat diets are good for cats because many people are on them, that's simply not true. Carbs are much more likely to make cats overweight. Cats need a fair amount of fat in their diets to be healthy.
My cat has always had stomach issues. The vet prescribed a cat food that she would not eat, so I decided to try the Venison and Green Pea. She has been on it for about 4 months now, and WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Not only does she like the taste, but she has lost the bloated stomach, her fur is very soft now, and she is much friendlier. I am just sorry that I didn't change her food sooner. She eats 1 - 1 1/2 cans a day.