I bought this food for a special tomcat, who showed up half grown, and seemed to be fine until preservatives and grains proved dangerous to him. The poor cat developed cluster seizures until I medicated him and stopped feeding him any dry foods with gluten and preservatives. This product was the first one I got. It costs more than regular food, but I had to do something to take care of the cat. Well, he likes it and is now fully grown and active. Better yet, since I have to keep him from the things he's sensitive to, I feed it to my other cats as well, and they like it too.
My cats wouldn't even eat it....they walked up to the dish of food smelled it n walked away....will not eat it at all. Very disappointed....I thought I'd switch up n try something good and they hate it.
The Goodlife Recipe Dry Cat Food is Not So Good
I tried this cat food because of the packaging which made it look very healthy for your cat. I brought it home, opened it up and my cat came running and did eat it so I guess he did like the flavor. The ingredients however are not healthy as the package implies. It is full of corn products and chicken by products as well as other unhealthy ingredients that do nothing for the health or the Good Life of your cat. It comes in different flavors. It is more expensive than the other brands of cat food such as Purina but you are getting a worse product that trys to fool you by showing all the healthy foods all over the package. My cat tiered of it after a couple of days and I have not bought it since. If I am spending that much for a dry cat food , I want with with quality ingredients that will be a healthy choice for my cat. I don't recommend it for kittens. I think it is fine for sensitive stomachs as my cat had no problem with it.
New Egypt, NJ
Just Say No to The Good Life
My mother fed this to her two cats for years. The one cat that was more prone to eating this dry food was just put down with renal failure and a GIANT bladder stone at 12 years old. Before I knew this would happen, I had started purchasing it for my own male cat because that was what I was used to buying. He came down with a urinary tract infection in a very short period of time (which led to a seizure because of the antibiotics he was treated with) so in my experience with this food and three different cats, I'd go with one of the many other products on the market out there, including Purina One Urinary Tract Health.
Quality of Ingredients
Too much ash causes so many problems. A cats renal system is it's Achilles heel. Then, as I learned the hard way, the antibiotics could cause all kinds of other problems.
I'm pretty sure they only have one or two varieties and neither of them is "urinary tract" friendly.
Not Part of the "Good-Life"
This is not only is it a horrible food for cats. But the company is trying to make you believe by it's slick packaging it's good for a cat. The Goodlife Recipe looks like it's full of natural foods and you would think so by what the sack looks like on front. The back of this cat food shows a food pyramid and states that it has natural nutrient-rich vegetables, vitamins and minerals, and has real natural chicken, healthy oils, natural whole grains, and antioxidants. It does not have all of these good things in it. It's full of junk food and the first four ingredients show how this is not a natural food for cats. It has ground corn, something that isn't natural for a cats as it is high in carbohydrates, allergenic, and difficult for a cat to digest. It has chicken by-product meal, which is the parts leftover after the good parts of the chicken has been removed for the human food industry. Chicken by-products are actually just beaks, feathers, feet, combs, intestines, and wattles . The next ingredient is corn gluten meal, another ingredient that is not good for a cat. If I cat shouldn't eat corn, it definitely shouldn't eat corn gluten. The fourth ingredient in this cat food is animal fat, which means who knows where this fat came from. It just has the words animal fat, it could be from anything! Finally, you see the ingredient chicken. That just shows that this is not full of chicken because it's the fifth ingredient and that shows it has very little of this in the cat food. The next ingredient is whole grain brown rice, which isn't bad for a cat, but this is the 6th ingredient which means also that there isn't much of this in it either.
Quality of Ingredients
The rest of the ingredients are poultry flavor, wheat flour, rice, brewers yeast, potassium chloride, wheat gluten, dried spinach and a few other dried vegetables, skim milk powder and a long of list of vitamins. This is not a good food like they market it. The ingredients show that it doesn't have very much chicken or vegetables in it like they make it look like! The ingredients are mainly corn, and parts left over from a chicken that any human wouldn't eat. It's overpriced and can be compared to the ingredients you find in bad cat food. I may not feed my cats the best cat food consistently. However, I do try to buy nutritious food when I can afford it and I don't like to have a company try and trick me with slick packaging like this company did. I will ensure to never buy from this company again.
My cats may have liked it, but that doesn't mean anything since a cat would also eat garbage. They are animals, and we are the ones that should make sure they are getting good foods, which this is not good food for a cat like they are trying to say!
Extreme litter box smell
I just adopted my two year old cat and thought this would be a good fit for her. Yes, she absolutely loves the food, however, the side effects are very difficult for both of us. The gas and odor of her litter box are way more than I can handle. I have a whole bag that I have to throw out, which doesn't thrill me at all, however, that will be the best solution for both of us.
Nothing but cheap slop, AVOID this food for your cats
If you have a cat, you are obligated to investigate what's in their food. They depend on you. The best information I've found is on http://www.catinfo.org/ (written by a knowledgeable vet).:
The packaging on Goodlife is very slick and this food sounds so nutritious. But wait: look a little closer: the first 5 ingredients are very worrisome: chicken by-product meal (they can't even put in real chicken), ground whole corn, corn gluten meal, then finally! chicken, powdered cellulose. Do you know that cats are carnivores and that they do not need to eat any grains at all? That in fact grains are harmful to them?
Pet food companies are thinking of profit, not the health of your cats. And not your anguish when your cat dies from a urinary tract problem because of the food you've been forcing it to eat.
Many cats eagerly dig in to Goodlife because they spray it with digestive enzymes that they can't resist. So the owner thinks "Wow! My cat likes the food and it's good for them!" Wrong.
This is made by Mars, Inc. If you wouldn't feed your child three Mars bars a day for nutrition, you shouldn't be giving your poor little cats this food either. It's about the same thing.
I'm really ticked off that I got suckered in by the writing on this bag of cat food. It's going back to the store tomorrow.
Cat's Love It
I received a free coupon for Good Life Cat food and with all the scare about dog/cat food being recalled, I thought, hey this is an all natural cat food, let's give it a try. I brought it home and gave some to my two cats and they just ate it up. I put some of their old food out later that nite and they wouldn't eat it. So I had to mix it but they were smart and picked out the Good Life cat food. I ended up giving the old stuff to my neighbor. I now only buy them (All Natural) Good Life.
Goodlife Recipe Indoor Cat Food Perfect for Multiple Cats
As the parent of 11 cats, ranging from 3 years to 17 years old, and 6 pounds to 26 pounds, it was like a little slice of heaven to find a dry food that I can buy in large bags that meets my multiple dietary requirements. I have sensitive stomach kitties that barf almost everything they eat, and "extra large" kitties that need a little help with self-control, and diva kitties that groom all the time and need a little help with the hairballs, and a super-hero kitty that protects me from the wild paper towel rolls by shredding them to pieces and them eating some of the shreds and even a cat-dog who I have to tell his "dog" food is ready or he won't eat. Not to mentiopn the cat with seizures, the one with allergies and the psycho one. This food is the only food I have ever found that is reasonably priced, available in large bags and everyone eats!
Quality of Ingredients
With such a large group of cats, there are bound to be a wide range of dietary needs to be met. Some have sensitive tummies, some are picky, some have dental issues, and so on. With Goodlife Recipe they all get the nutrients they need and seem to actually finally all like one food.
I have only seen two different varieties and have only used the indoor formula, but 11 cats all agree to eat the same food for the first time ever.
When the cat refuses to eat it, so much for your "Goodlife".
Kitty (a.k.a. Goddess, my Inspiration), is not a typically finicky cat. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen her go so far out of her way to NOT eat as she does with Goodlife. I have heard such wonderful things about this dry food, and it's such a challenge to find a good quality food that is natural and doesn't have weird dyes. I wanted to do something healthy for her. But as all cat owners know, when it's a battle of wills between you and your cat, it's just a matter of time before she wins! And unfortunately, she just flat out hates this food. Not sure if it's the taste or the grains and veggie pieces don't leave her feeling very satisfied. It's just a bit pricier than her typical food, which isn't a problem, but now I'm stuck with 12 pounds of it and she is as stubborn as ever. I guess it's back to the regular stuff for us, but maybe you will have better luck with your cat!