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on June 5, 2012
I wanted to make sure that I gave my little one products that had little to no fillers and that definitely had no grain. I grabbed this at a local pet store and am very happy that I did because my cat loves it. When I tried giving him the chicken formula, he decided that he rather go hungry than eat it but this flavor, he gobbled right up. I do have to mash it down a bit and mix in some water so that it has a gravy-like consistency that is more appetizing. Once he's done, he just lays there contently licking his chops. It makes me feel great knowing that I'm giving him something that is a healthier alternative to some other brands.

ETA: I forgot to add in that the reason for the 4 star review is because of the consistency. I wish it had some type of gravy with it to entice my cat to eat it without me having to fiddle around with it.
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on May 25, 2012
I have a diabetic cat. I tried dry prescription foods only to see my cat gain or lose very little weight. When my vet recommended
a prescription wet food that was $2.00 per can, I was curious as to what made it worth that much and determined to find an alternative.
After going to said prescription food website and copying down the nutrient percentages, I was off to find something comparable. What I found however, was much better. The prescription food was full of liver and by products as the first ingredients on the label. Before Grain lists Tuna as the first ingredient and has no by products or liver in the list. Before Grain also has the protein, fiber, and moisture content that the prescription food boasts. I was also shocked that my veterinarian prescribed food was NOT even approved by the AAFCO. Before Grain IS an approved food. My cat goes nuts for this flavor and he has lost some weight
as well. Although if your cat is diabetic like mine, I do not recommend switching your cats diet without the consent and guidance of a vet as diet changes can change insulin needs. This food has worked well for my cat and I will continue to purchase it.
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on July 2, 2012
We have been purchasing this catfood ever since we got our kittens last October. They love #2,3, and 4. The ingredients seem fresh and there are no fillers...just natural protein. Our kitties have a ton of energy and seem very happy with it.
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VINE VOICEon January 28, 2013
My son's family has a cat that has battled several health issues, and the vet recently told them it should be eating only grain-free food. Wouldn't you know, the cat is a finicky eater, and they went through a lot of expensive trial and error before they found a brand it would eat. My cats had given rave reviews to a different Merrick cat food in the past, so I decided to give some Merrick Before Grain to my grand-cat for Christmas. They were all a little dubious, and predictably, the cat walked away from it the first time. The second time, though, it deigned to sample it, and lo and behold, the Merrick food is a hit! It's a little better formulation than the one they were using and a little less expensive, too; what a perfect combo!
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on February 9, 2013
My cats have been eating Merrill Before Grain canned food for over a year now. They really enjoy the turkey and quail/chicken varieties and have had no problems digesting either of them. Unfortunately, this isn't true for the tuna. Within 2 days of switching from turkey to tuna, they started throwing up not long after eating and experiencing somewhat frequent diarrhea. Switching them back to either the turkey or quail type cleared up the symptoms within a day.
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on July 11, 2013
This item is being discontinued. I called and verified it. I spoke to the representative and she said so. However, I will not be buying whats left over because the same day the raised the price on this product, shortly after I spoke with the representative telling her: " I wished they change their mind, and I would keep buying this product until it is all gone." To bad they are money hungry.
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on December 20, 2012
I have two elderly cats over 16 years old. One has a very sensitive stomach, and another had most of his teeth removed due to dental problems. They are almost exclusively on these Merrick Before Grain cans. Salmon (#2) seems to be their favorite. Second best is chicken (#1), and this one (#3) is third.
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on August 8, 2013
Apparently, Merrick's has opted to discontinue this line of cat foot (according to our local pet store). We tried the new "pate" style that they offer (more expensive) and our cats showed their displeasure by returning the "pate" to us. Between this flavor and another Before Grain flavor, we bought an eight month supply from Amazon.

The food gets five stars, but the packing job on three out of the seven boxes was bad news. Each of the three boxes had four cases of 24 cans each; the cases were packed on their sides in the boxes which is a recipe for disaster. A medium-sized bit of pressure on the top or bottom would cause the cans to pop out of the side of their shrink-wrapped cases....and they did.

Twp of the shipping boxes had burst open and one was ready to pop. We lost only a single can of cat food out of the 12 case and none of the cans were dented. UPS left a mess on my doorstep;
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on October 25, 2013
Do you know how difficult it is to find cat food that does NOT have wheat gluten, corn gluten and all kinds of chicken by-products?
I was lucky to find this on Amazon because this company changed there formula and PetCo no longer carries this formula. The new formula has all the crap that I just mentioned above. Many cats cannot eat chicken and even tho there are many catfoods that will say it's salmon or tuna or . . . it has almost always has CHICKEN.
Unfortunately my cat is not supper thrilled with the tuna version.
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on April 6, 2013
But she won't eat this one. She just turns her nose up at it and asks for food again. And believe me, this is not a cat with a discerning pallet... she's hungry, always. Like, we should have named her Hungry so that there would be no question... "Are you hungry?"
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