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Garlic and grains question

Emma MendiolaEmma Mendiola Suisun CityMember Posts: 59
edited 4 February, 2007 in Food & Nutrition
My mommy has recently been going crazy trying to figure out the best diet for my sister and me. So far, she's decided on a mix of dry and wet food, with intentions of adding a bit of raw soon. For dry we eat a mix of Innova Reduced Fat Dry and Nature's Variety Raw Instinct (might drop this one). For wet we eat Innova EVO and soon to be some other choices to mix things up. We've tried Wellness, and we like it, but mommy read that the garlic in Wellness is bad for us, even at very small amounts. Nature's Variety also has a bit of garlic in the wet food. Mommy's also read that we should avoid grains. Is it better to have a grain free diet or completely garlic free?


  • Emma MendiolaEmma Mendiola Suisun CityMember Posts: 59
    edited 24 January, 2007
    Link's Mom here: For a bit of clarification, I've picking foods from the Commercial Canned Foods link on I've been primarily looking for Grain-Free, and of the 8 foods still available on that list, they eat Innova EVO and hate Avoderm's Select Cuts. I was planning on trying Wysong's Au Jus and and Merrick, but Wellness would be nice to keep in the rotation since I know they really like it. Any advice?
  • Beastie_and_the_BoysBeastie_and_the_Boys Marquette, MI / ChicagoMember Posts: 17,807 ✭✭✭
    edited 24 January, 2007
    Well, grains are mostly filler and can provide empty calories. Some kitties have trouble digesting grains, too. But they aren't poisonous. Garlic contains compounds that can cause anything from irritation to the lining of the GI tract, ulcers and diarrhea, to hemolytic anemia and death. I'd say that neither one is an ideal ingredient, but I'd be a lot more worried about garlic.
  • Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
    edited 24 January, 2007
    I'd have to agree with Arthur. Garlic may not be a problem for some kitties, but I would not even risk it.
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 24 January, 2007
    I would go for a mostly grain-free diet. Grains are high in carbs which can eventually cause health problems. Canned foods contain a tiny bit of garlic which doesn't hurt us. You can look for foods without garlic if you are concerned about it.
  • Jerry MikutisJerry Mikutis ChicagoMember Posts: 135
    edited 25 January, 2007
    If garlic is so bad for kitties, why does Wellness add it to their food? I thought that they were one of the better brands. I happen to LOVE Wellness. I used to eat Innova Evo wet, but after tasting Wellness, I just turn my nose up at it.
  • Emma MendiolaEmma Mendiola Suisun CityMember Posts: 59
    edited 27 January, 2007
    Thanks for your responses! I think I'll stick to garlic free brands for the most part, even if some of them contain some grains. I've tried quite a few brands of food with them, and although they seem to like Nature's Variety the best, they will get this brand as a rare treat. They'll be trying some Wysong's Aus Jus and a few Merrick varieties next, but I have to order those online. Thanks again for all of your help!
  • Courtney DeemsCourtney Deems ParkersburgMember Posts: 177
    edited 29 January, 2007
    I agree that both grains and garlic should be avoided, but if forced to choose between the two, it is my opinion that grains are the lesser of the two evils. I posted about Wellness and their addition of garlic to their cat foods. (I listed the link below and think it\'s worth reading.) ~Booger~
  • Straw MeltonStraw Melton VancouverMember Posts: 37
    edited 3 February, 2007
    Grain free is better. Grain can really be irritating to a cat's insides. Garlic as a well known cat-poison, no sane cat food company would include more than a trace of it for smell.
  • Sarah HooverSarah Hoover BrantfordMember Posts: 95
    edited 4 February, 2007
    The trace amount of garlic does have the benefit of being a natural flea repellant.:-k
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