Prescription cat food VS non script food (2024)


Can you tell the difference between prescription cat food and non script food? This script food is more $ but has less meat?!

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Do you know which is which?

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We're going to look at two different products from the same brand.

Both of these products are for urinary care, but one of them requires a prescription and the other one doesn't so products number one on the left.

The name product name is called with chicken and on the right product number two.

The product name is chicken recipe.

If you're not familiar with AaFCO label, guidelines and rules.

These are very important to understand.

So with chicken means that the minimum requirement is three percent and it does not exceed 24.9 percent, whereas chicken recipe that means the minimum requirement is 25 and the max is 94.9 in this case of chicken, so the left product we have less than 25 chicken and on the right we have at least 25 chicken.

The next big difference on the left product number one.

We have 43 carbs on a dry matter basis and the products on the right products number two has 32 percent carbs, and this is taken directly from the products website.

So this is an approximation.

This is what the brand is telling us.

This is the number of carbs that are in this product and it made sense that products number two has less carbs because it actually has more chicken than the product on the left.

Both of these products are dry and the moisture content is eight percent which doesn't make sense, considering these cats that would need this food would have urinary problems and water AKA moisture is essential for life, for all cats, for all of us, but especially for cats with urinary problems, because you need water to properly urinate and this food is very dehydrated.

It's only eight percent moisture when the cat's natural prey.

Seventy percent moisture give me a polydactyl thumbs up if this is helpful so far, so more cat parents that want to feed their cat better can find this video.

Thank you.

So, with the prescription food, they say that they add a few different things to help with inflammation and to help prevent urinary crystals.

So we'll take a look at the ingredients and highlight the ones that are included in both.

So the first thing that they add is potassium citrate to inhibit calcium, oxalate, crystals and uroliths.

Now both of these products have that ingredient in it.

Next they say they add omega-3 and 6 fatty acids for inflammatory health I'm, assuming that they're adding this in the form of fish oil.

Of course, again, both products have fish oil in it and then the next thing they say is that they control the levels of magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, so magnesium isn't added in either of them.

Calcium is in both, and then we have phosphates, which are flavor enhancer palatants in the products on the right.

So there are some some differences, but just looking at the ingredients alone, you don't really see any glaring.

You know differences.

So I would like to know press pause on this video and comment below which one left or right do.

You think, is these prescription food and the which one is the non-prescription food I'm curious to see if you can tell the difference so the one on the left is the prescription food and also I'd like to point out the prices between these products.

So the one on the left is five dollars and 28 cents per pound.

If you get the 17.6 pound bag and the one on the right, the non-prescription food is 3.48 cents per pound.

If you get the 15 and a half pound bag.

Now these products don't have the same exact pounds available, but that's the closest comparison that we can get and it's interesting to me because the prescription diet does have fewer ingredients, but most of those ingredients are carbohydrates and we know that because number one, the manufacturer, tells us on the website.

This is the number amount of this is the number of carbs that are in the product and number two.

The product's name rule tells us that there's less chicken in the product when you bring down one ingredient, you have to increase the other, and when you compare them side by side, it seems like the one on the right.

You know, even though it isn't ideal, of course, because it's dry and there's still carbohydrates in it.

But product number two, the non-prescription food is the one that would seem better because it's lower in carbs and there's more meat in the product.

Now the main difference really is that the potassium citrate is higher on the list in the prescription food.

So since the ingredients are listed in descending order, that would mean that there's probably more potassium citrate in the prescription food and they do reference studies that that can prove that potassium citrate does inhibit the formation of crystal and uroliths, but I think that we should be relying on the actual food and not additives to help our cats be healthy.

You know, like I mentioned a dry dehydrating.

Food is not appropriate for any cat, but especially cats with urinary problems and yeah I know.

Kidney and urinary is, is separate issues and separate foods, but with kidney disease.

What's one of the solutions that they tell you give them fluids right, you need moisture, AKA, water fluids and electrolytes.

You need to hydrate the body so that things can run smoothly and the same can be said for urinary problems.

Now, let's say I adopted a cat who's on this prescription dry food.

You know what would I do.

I would switch to the wet food version of that prescription, food and then transition to Raw, because raw is ideal.

It's fresh pile available and it's high in moisture.

So that's going to help run things smoothly and I would use my transition plan right over meow to get my cat from dry to wet and then from wet to Raw.

Thanks for watching.

Prescription cat food VS non script food (2024)


Prescription cat food VS non script food? ›

Unlike over-the-counter diets, prescription cat food is designed according to your pet's age, breed, lifestyle, and health conditions. These diets are not interchangeable because they help manage medical conditions like kidney disease, urinary tract crystals/stones, heart disease, allergies, hairballs, and vomiting.

What is the difference between prescription cat food and regular cat food? ›

Prescription food must be fed like medicine and only administered as intended,” Zoran said. “These foods have a specific purpose and are meant to be fed only to cats with specific diseases.”

Why does prescription cat food need a prescription? ›

Veterinarians must prescribe certain therapeutic diets because, depending on the disease being addressed, these foods may contain levels of nutrients below what is legally allowed to be sold for a healthy pet without that medical condition.

What is in prescription cat food that makes it prescription? ›

There is no medicine in prescription pet foods. There's nothing 'prescription' in the food at all,” said Dr. Karen Becker. Becker is a veterinarian who specializes in critical cases and nutrition.

How long should my cat be on prescription food? ›

For optimal recovery from acute GI disease, recommend feeding this food for at least 7 days (1-2 weeks for acute cases, 3-12 weeks for maldigestion or long-term as needed).

Are prescription pet foods worth it? ›

Is a Prescription Diet Better than a Normal Diet? Not necessary. Prescription diets are not necessarily better than normal diets. No matter how many scientific studies there are to prove that they help with specific health problems, they still don't tell us whether your pet will be healthy on one diet over another.

Why is prescription cat food so expensive? ›

Some argue that even though these foods are not regulated as medicines and not subject to the full rigors of FDA requirements and testing that medicines undergo, the testing required for foods to be marketed as therapeutic is more extensive than “regular” pet food and thus the food needs to cost more. According to Dr.

Can all cats eat urinary care cat food? ›

Yes, any cat can eat Royal Canin Urinary SO; even the healthy ones. The Urinary SO was developed to nutritionally support cats that require urinary care.

Is prescription cat food more expensive? ›

Prescription pet food is any food that you need a prescription from your veterinarian to buy. This food has specific nutritional content to help with your pet's digestion or health conditions. It may be wet or dry and can be purchased from most large pet food retailers, but it's more expensive than regular food.

How to save money on prescription cat food? ›

How to Save on Pet Prescriptions
  1. Shop around. Many pet prescriptions are available for less through the regular (human) pharmacy. ...
  2. Remember bonus and rewards cards. Don't forget usual routines when purchasing pet prescriptions! ...
  3. Visit smaller, local pharmacies. ...
  4. Look for discounts, coupons and samples.
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Why do vets recommend science diet? ›

Vets see an improvement in pet health when they are transitioned to Hill's Science or Prescription Diet products. Pretty convincing evidence, wouldn't you agree? An animal comes in with an illness and poor blood results, and a few weeks after the transition in diet their blood results show an improvement.

What is the difference between OTC and prescription pet food? ›

They do NOT contain medications and are different from most over-the-counter (OTC) pet foods brands in that they are designed to specifically address – not only healthy pets needs – but also issues such as obesity, arthritis or food allergies.

What is the difference between Hills Science diet and Hills prescription diet? ›

What is the difference between Hill's Prescription Diet™ and Science Diet™ brand pet foods? Hill's Prescription Diet™ brand pet foods are formulated to address specific medical conditions that can develop in pets. Science Diet™ brand pet foods are formulated to meet the needs of healthy pets during various life stages.

What to do if your cat refuses to eat prescription food? ›

Refusal to eat prescription food
  1. Switch brands. Years ago, choices were limited; but today, several manufacturers make acceptable prescription formulas, and most offer a money-back guarantee. ...
  2. Try canned. ...
  3. Flavors. ...
  4. Add water and heat it up. ...
  5. Make mealtimes fun. ...
  6. Don't give up.

What makes a pet food prescription? ›

Prescription diets are defined as those that are labeled and/or marketed as intended for use to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent diseases and are labeled and/or marketed to provide all or most of the animal's total daily nutrient requirements by serving as the pet's sole diet.

What cat food dissolves struvite crystals? ›

Hill's nutritionists & veterinarians developed Prescription Diet s/d clinical nutrition to support a cat's urinary health. In fact, s/d is clinically tested to dissolve struvite stones in as little as 6 days (average 13 days). This dry food has a chicken flavor and an irresistible taste that cats love.

Why is kidney care cat food so expensive? ›

Kidney diets (also called “renal diets”) are probably one of the first things that your vet will suggest to support your cat if they are diagnosed with kidney disease. These diets are made by specialist manufacturers and can be more difficult and expensive to find than regular diets.

Has Sue bought enough cat food to feed her 2 cats for 14 days? ›

Answer: Yes, sue got enough cat food to feed her 2 cats for 14 days.

Can healthy cats eat prescription food? ›

Royal Canin's stance is "only feed them to your pet if your vet has recommended them", now this doesn't mean that your healthy cat would automatically be in for harm if they ate the prescription diet, but there would likely be problems long term if this was the only food the healthy cat had access to.

How does Petsmart prescription work? ›

The prescription order process starts with providing information about your pet and vet to ensure you are authorized to purchase. Once you have completed your prescription order, we will contact your vet and request your pet's prescription directly from them.

Why does Hills pet food require a prescription? ›

Hill's Prescription Diet brand pet foods are formulated to address specific medical conditions that can develop in pets. Prescription Diet foods are available through your pet's veterinarian or authorized online retailers.

How can I make my prescription cat food taste better? ›

If your veterinarian recommends a prescription diet, ask if there are different brands or flavors available so you can change up the food while still getting the benefits of a prescription diet. Warm food stimulates the taste buds, so try microwaving the food for few seconds before offering it to your pet.

Who makes Hill's prescription cat food? ›

Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., marketed simply as "Hill's", is an American pet food company that produces dog and cat foods. The company is a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive.

What is the difference between cheap cat food and expensive cat food? ›

Compared to less expensive brands that you might find at a grocery or big box store, some premium brands may have higher digestibility and higher amounts of more expensive ingredients such as animal fat, protein, and fish oil, or different amounts or ratios of other essential nutrients well above the required minimums.

What ingredient in cat food causes crystals in urine? ›

#2: Reevaluate Your Cat's Diet

Urinary diets have restricted amounts of minerals, such as magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium, which can contribute to urinary crystal and stone formation. They are also formulated to make your cat's urine slightly acidic, which discourages crystal formation.

What are the side effects of urinary so cat food? ›

This meal is exclusive for cats with urinary tract Infections. When these affected cats are transitioning into this diet, care is needed. There could be a few side effects, such as weight loss, vomiting, and diarrhea. This meal is not for bones, tissue, and body development.

What ingredient in dry cat food causes urinary problems? ›

An abundance of certain minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium --- often found in grocery store brand cat food --- can cause crystals to form in the urine, which sometimes leads to urinary stones.

Are premium cat foods worth it? ›

Are the most expensive among those necessarily better? The simple answer is no. As with any other industry, costs unrelated to the quality of the product are factored in to the price. Often, when you pay more for pet food, you're paying for marketing, branding, and advertising rather than better food.

Does cat food brand really matter? ›

Does it matter which brand you choose when buying dog or cat food? The answer is absolutely, YES! Your pet's nutrition is just as important as yours, and not all dog and cat food is created equal. Some pet food is very poorly made with no quality ingredients in sight.

Does high quality cat food make a difference? ›

Many foods will provide and meet the basic requirements to sustain life, however higher-quality foods will result in optimal dog nutrition and cat nutrition. Higher quality foods have better digestibility than lower quality foods.

What is a cheap healthy way to feed a cat? ›

Keep reading for everything you need to know about feeding your cat while saving money.
  1. Buy in bulk. Buying cat food in bulk can help you save money! ...
  2. Look at subscriptions. ...
  3. Buy bigger bags. ...
  4. Shop around. ...
  5. Switch their diet to cheaper cat food. ...
  6. Change their treats. ...
  7. Homemade cat food may be cheaper. ...
  8. Keep your cat hydrated.

Why is cat food so expensive 2023? ›

“In early 2023, we have started to see those start to taper off a little bit. Prices are still increasing but at a lower rate than they were in 2022.” The price hikes have been attributed to rising input and ingredient costs, she added.

Can I return prescription cat food? ›

You cannot return prescription products. Refunds may be issued for incorrect or damaged prescription products. Please contact Vetsource at 877-738-4443 if there is an issue with your order for a prescription product. Any incorrect or damaged prescription medication should be disposed of properly.

Do vets get paid to recommend Purina? ›

The idea that veterinarians are being paid to recommend specific dog foods is largely a myth. Big pet food brands are involved with veterinary schools, training, and nutritional books and classes. There is not a secret, but a widely known truth. Some veterinarians may have preferences based on their experiences.

Is Royal Canin actually good? ›

Royal Canin Prices And Quality

The ingredients used in their dog foods are not as high-quality as brands with a similar price tag since they use controversial ingredients such as maize (corn), hydrolyzed animal protein, and animal by-products.

Do vets recommend Purina Pro Plan? ›

Recommended by Veterinarians

The advanced nutrition of Purina Pro Plan is a trusted choice of experts and veterinarians all across the country.

Are chewy prescriptions cheaper? ›

Ordering pet medications from online retailers, such as Chewy, Petco, PetMeds, and WalmartPetRx, can be cheaper than getting them at the veterinarian's office, and also offers the added convenience of home delivery and automatic refills.

Why are pet prescriptions so expensive? ›

It's very expensive for a drug manufacturer to go through the process of getting a drug approved and available to sell for animal species. The manufacturer may speculate that they won't make much money from a drug, and perhaps not enough to justify going through the expensive and complex drug approval process.

Is prescription cheaper than OTC? ›

OTC medications don't require a prescription and can be less expensive than prescription drugs — but this is not always the case. You may be able to save money on OTC medications with coupons or by buying a store-brand (generic) version.

Why do some cat foods require a prescription? ›

Veterinarians must prescribe certain therapeutic diets because, depending on the disease being addressed, these foods may contain levels of nutrients below what is legally allowed to be sold for a healthy pet without that medical condition.

What are the issues with Hill's Science Diet? ›

Privately, Hill's puts a name to their fear: Dietary-induced hypercalcemia and hypervitaminosis D toxicity. As so many other pet food companies before them have done, Hill's laid the blame for their failures and the excess levels of vitamin D in their Science Diet and Prescription Diet formulas on their supplier.

Why do vets recommend Royal Canin for cats? ›

For cats with digestive issues or sensitive stomachs, veterinarian Jamie Freyer recommends this specially formulated food from Royal Canin. Such ingredients as easily digestible proteins, prebiotics, and fiber-rich psyllium-seed husks promote intestinal health and regular bowel function.

How long does prescription cat food last? ›

Dry cat food generally lasts for around six months or up to a year from its manufacture date if unopened, but once the seal is broken it should be used within 14 to 21 days.

Will cats eventually eat food they don't like? ›

Unlike dogs, many cats don't live to eat. While many cats will eat their food (eventually), others are finicky and it's tricky to get them to eat. The good news is there are ways to get even the fussiest cat to eat.

Do you need a prescription to buy Royal Canin? ›

Royal Canin veterinary diets are available by prescription only. Your vet will be able to order any specific diet required on your behalf.

How can I save money on my pet prescription? ›

There is a Way to Save Money on Pet Prescriptions

If your pet is prescribed medication, ask your veterinarian if the drug is also indicated for humans. If so, you may be able to purchase the medication at a retail pharmacy, using a prescription drug coupon to save up to 80%.

What is the difference between Hill's prescription diet and Science diet? ›

What is the difference between Hill's Prescription Diet™ and Science Diet™ brand pet foods? Hill's Prescription Diet™ brand pet foods are formulated to address specific medical conditions that can develop in pets. Science Diet™ brand pet foods are formulated to meet the needs of healthy pets during various life stages.

Why is veterinary cat food so expensive? ›

“The cost of chicken, the cost of beef, the cost of aluminum to make a wet cat food can … a lot of those commodity prices have been rising pretty dramatically throughout 2021 and 2022, which has caused manufacturers to increase their costs, and then therefore a lot of retailers follow suit,” she said.

What to do if cat refuses to eat prescription food? ›

Refusal to eat prescription food
  1. Switch brands. Years ago, choices were limited; but today, several manufacturers make acceptable prescription formulas, and most offer a money-back guarantee. ...
  2. Try canned. ...
  3. Flavors. ...
  4. Add water and heat it up. ...
  5. Make mealtimes fun. ...
  6. Don't give up.

Do you need a prescription for Hill's prescription diet? ›

Some are healthier, and your vet might recommend one like Hill's Science Diet dog food, but they aren't prescription diets unless you must have a prescription to buy them.

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