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Akela vs Thrive dry

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Siobhan O'Reilly, Jan 27, 2021.


  1. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    Hi all.

    I know dry isn't recommended on this forum, but I like to put some in a treat ball for my boys when I have to leave them for the day. They are indoor cats and it keeps them occupied.
    I obviously want them to have the best so wondered if any of you experts could analyse these two ingredients lists. Both brands claim 90% meat....so is it much of a much less between them? Akela is £15 and Thrive chicken flavour is £9 on Amazon.

    Thrive has 3 flavours, so I chose chicken so analyse.
    Akela only has one flavour.




    Thrive:
    Ingredients
    Dried chicken (64.5%), fresh chicken (16.5%), chicken fat (6%), sweet potatoes, potatoes, chicken gravy (3%), vitamins and minerals, salmon oil.
    Additives
    Nutritional additives:
    Vitamin A (retinyl acetate) (21,635 IU/kg), vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) (1,730 IU/kg) vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol acetate) (82 IU/kg), sodium selenite (0.64mg/kg), ferrous sulfate monohydrate (240mg/kg), copper sulphate pentahydrate (19mg/kg), manganese sulfate monohydrate (90mg/kg), zinc sulphate monohydrate (267mg/kg), L-carnitine (480mg/kg), DL-Methionine (1,865mg/kg), taurine (2,385mg/kg).




    Akela:

    Dehydrated Chicken 29%, Dehydrated Herring 14%, Dehydrated Salmon 11%, Freshly Prepared Chicken 11%, Dehydrated Turkey 10%, Sweet Potato 7%, Freshly Prepared Salmon 7%, Freshly Prepared Chicken Liver 3%, Tapioca 2%, Chicken Fat 2%, Freshly Prepared Free Range Egg 1%, Chicken Stock 1%, Salmon Oil 1%, Minerals, Vitamins, Chick Pea Flour, Whole Linseed, Alfalfa, Lentils, Pre-biotic FOS 0.1%, Joint Support [Glucosamine 180mg/kg, MSM 180mg/kg, Chondroitin Sulphate 125mg/kg], Dried Apple, Organic Peas, Dried Organic Spinach, Dried Organic Pumpkin, Dried Organic Carrot, Camomile, Marigold Petals, Aniseed & Fenugreek, Peppermint, Yucca Extract, Dried Seaweed, Dried Cranberry, Dried Dandelion Herb, Dried Pear, Rosemary, Fennel, Dried Blueberry, Dried Garlic, Rosehips, Dried Burdock Root, Organic Honey.

    Nutritional Additives:

    Vitamins; Vitamin A (as retinyl acetate) 30,900 IU/kg, Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 1,745 IU/kg, Biotin 190 mcg/kg; Trace Elements: Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate 265 mg/kg, Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 240 mg/kg, Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate 90 mg/kg, Potassium Iodide 1.4 mg/kg, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 20 mg/kg, Sodium Selenite 0.64 mg/kg; Amino Acids: DL-Methionine 2000 mg/kg, Taurine 2000 mg/kg, L Carnitine 1000 mg/kg



    Thanks in advance for your help!:)
     
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    @Siobhan O'Reilly

    The Akela has a long list of ingredients some of which are not suitable for cats.

    e.g.
    1/ Chick Pea Flour, Lentils. (both are indigestible for cats as they lack the right enzyme to process them, so they can cause flatulence and discomfort in the bowel.

    2/ Prebiotics can cause bowel discomfort and flatulence.

    3/ I would not give glucosamine joint support unless the cat has arthritis.

    4/ As carnivores cats do not need vegetables or fruit in their food.

    5/ Rosemary extract can cause food intolerance reaction in some cats.
     
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  3. Treaclesmum

    Treaclesmum PetForums VIP

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    I agree with @chillminx the Akela has a very long ingredients list, with lots of different things in it which may disagree with a cat. Also it has 4 different proteins! I would go with the Thrive
     
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  4. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Neither. They are both very high in carbs. Use freeze dried pure protein treats instead.
     
  5. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    That's really interesting, I didn't realise about the chickpea flour etc. Thank you for such a well written reply!
     
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  6. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    Thank you!
    You're right about the proteins, Thrive is much simpler
     
  7. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    That's good advice! I did try both Thrive freeze dried and also Ziwipeak, but neither came out of the treat ball. Dried food seems to be the right size
     
  8. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Still though, kibble is just so bad for them. Really cats don't need to eat all day long, it is good for them to have a span of 8 or so hours without food. But if you are determined to do this, hide the freeze dried treats around the house if you are looking for mental stimulation. Or create a puzzle toy yourself that will dispense the freeze dried treats.

    Better mental stimulation would be to put a bird feeder outside of a window or two. Cat TV. That will get them alert and stimulated and then they will play, without needing food. I've never left food for my cats when I am not home and I always come home to evidence of their Games that they play without me. I mean, their special toys are always moved. In fact it's my job, first thing when I come home, to find the toys and put them back where they belong. They will follow me around to make sure I do it right. :)
     
  9. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    Your cats sound adorable and I love the idea of hiding the treats around the house. I am definitely doing that next time I go out. Thank you!
     
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