Kittens love to dine on our tasty chicken, and it provides essential amino acids and vital nutrients they need every day. Wholesome Whole Grains: Hearty whole grains like brown rice, barley and oats will keep your kitten supplied with the complex carbohydrates needed for energy. Healthy Garden Veggies & Fruit: Whole carrots, sweet potatoes, parsley and cranberries contain phytonutrients that help your kitten stay healthy. Naturally healthy and highly digestible, Spa Select is a delicious way to provide your kitten with the complete and balanced nutrition she needs every day.
After experimenting a bit to find dry food all three of my felines would eat, and after reviewing and researching ingredients and labels, I landed on Blue Buffalo’s kitten food. My oldest cat, KatKat, age 3, will sneak eat the kitten’s portions. I don’t think it hurts her. All three are healthy, trim, with shiny coats, abundant energy. I free-feed this food and supplement with wet food in the a.m. and p.m. (amazingly, the best wet food I’ve found so far Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food, Flaked Fish & Shrimp Feast; it has good ingredients and seems a good value for the price; I am currently waiting on a delivery of Best Feline Friend Canned Cat Food, Tuna Too Cool Recipe–will post a review when the furry ones had a chance to taste-test it).
I had high hopes for Blue Buffalo Kitten food. I feed all my animals high quality food, my 3 dogs are on Nutro Ultra Holistic (small breed), and unfortunately there is no equivalent for cats. I narrowed my food choices down to Blue, Innova, and Wellness. You get the most Blue Buffalo for the money so that is what I decided to go with. Within days of bringing my 4 month old kitten home from the humane society he developed diarrhea. I chalked it up to stress and switching foods. Imagine my surprise when the diarrhea never went away. I wanted to see if anyone else was having the same problem. Google “Blue Buffalo kitten diarrhea” and you will see others having the same issue. If it’s not diarrhea it’s smelly poops in general. I wish I knew what was causing this, if it’s an ingredient he’s allergic to or something else. I just started him on Innova and will update if the diarrhea subsides.
My kitten seemed to enjoy the food though, he would gobble it up no problem, life source bits and all. The small kibbles make it easier for a mess to be made if you have a messy eater. If you are going to try this food, just monitor their feces for changes in consistency and smell, as this food has been shown to cause issues in some cats. If my kitten wasn’t having issues on this food I would probably give it 5 stars for value, flavor, and ingredients.
Edit: After a few weeks on Inova the diarrhea has completely cleared up and not returned! It was definitely Blue Buffalo that caused his issues. I guess this food really isn’t for all cats.
KathyrnAgana Heights, GU
I have two boys that love this food! I have been feeding them Blue Buffalo since they came home to me. It is the only dry food I’ve tried with them and they are in great health. It’s a little pricier than other options but I feel good about the ingredients and I know it’s a quality food. They both have healthy coats and are a good weight for them. I would definitely recommend this food!
I was excited to use Blue Diamond again because of the reported quality of the ingredients. My old kitty wouldn’t touch it- we tried with “trial bags” – so I was excited when the new kitten was home and it was time to get her some food that wasn’t Purina cr+p.
WHOOO BOY – do I resonate with the reviewer who’s poor kitty had stinky poo. As you know, kitties are very clean, and they don’t like to stink anywhere. Poor little Sky kitten had the worst farts I’ve smelled, and that means a human too – and loose stool, she stopped having healthy bowel movements and often cried when she was in her litter box. It was either the treats or the food – and since the food smelled icky, we took a few days and transitioned her to the Merrick Before Grain Chicken. (we kept feeding her the treats so we could find out in a singular fashion what product was causing her distress). As soon as she was on the Merrick for four days – no more stinky kitty, stinky poo or loose stool.
Sorry Blue Diamond, I tried!
Now I have this huge bag of food, and no idea what to do with it. Sigh. It’s like tossing money down the toilet.
I really wanted to love the product because it was the cheapest out of all the BLUE recipes (per pound) but her poo was sooooooo stinky using this. We tried for 6 months and I thought we had just gotten a foul smelling kitten the entire time. Vet said it’s because their diet was too rich and to switch so I tried the BLUE “longevity” and NO MORE stinky poo, YAY! No more stinky kitten intanstly. Litter has stayed the same, it was the food for sure.
I have done a lot of research on pet foods because my last cat had diabetes. Blue buffalo is the only pet food I feed my dog and cat, now. They love the taste and it is good for them.
Our kitty is 5 months old, and we got him when he was 11 weeks old. Since day one, he’s had terrible gas! We were using the cheaper dry cat food because i was convinced cat food was cat food, but after trying Purina Kitten chow, Meow Mix, Purina Kit and Kibooble, Whiskers, I’ve realized they’re not all the same and that it really is worth spending a little more for a good quality dry cat food. After researching all kinds of dry food online, and being desperate for this cat to stop with the terrible, smelly gas, I decided upon Blue dry kitten food because of its high quality, all natural, no junk added ingredients, and after about a week of him eating this consistently, NO MORE GAS!!!! It’s a miracle! His coat is beautiful and shiny, he’s lively, energetic, and just a very healthy, non smelly cat! Fabulous product!! Highly recommended by our cat, Tom, and his owners who are no longer afraid to have him sit on their laps or even be in the same room as him 🙂
Firstly, this is WAY too expensive here on Amazon. My local mom-and-pop pet store has this for $17 for the 7 lb. bag. I regret getting this here, as I feel a bit ripped off. Two of my kittens are doing fine, but the third is having some major diarrhea, and after doing some research, I suspect it is this food. I am in the process of figuring it out what exactly is the issue. Besides from the Amazon price, and my one sick cat, this food is great. High quality ingredients, and kitties seem to like it!
UPDATE 8/18/2012: I believe it was this food that was causing my little kitty to slide into first, where she then proceeded to feel a’something burst. She stopped having issues once we switched to Chicken Soup for the Kitten Lover’s Soul Dry Food, Chicken Formula, 15 Pound Bag. Also, I gave her a squirt of Nutri-Vet Probiotics with Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil for Cats, 4-Ounce down her throat, and sprinkled it on her new food. Using the probiotics was probably part of why she got better, but I also really think getting her off the Blue Buffalo helped. Kitty is now slid’n into home WITHOUT feelin’ something foam!
I am still keeping this review at 4 stars because I know this is a great product, and my little one was just overly sensitive.
After doing my research (before we got our kittens) I ended up with this brand. I feed my family good food, why not my animals? Viola occasionally has stinky poo, but not too often for it to be a problem. Delila is a VERY picky eater and seams to really like it.
RodolfoBoulder Creek, CA
When I first received my kitten, we started her on Science Diet. Noticing her stool was not solid(and that it was not a product of changing her diet), we brought her to the vet and discussed possible options. One thing we considered was slowly transitioning her diet to Blue Buffalo Dry Kitten food. After we switched her food, the loose stool issue was resolved and she was a happy, healthy little kitten again. We consistently used Blue Buffalo Kitten on our two cats until they reached a year old and did not have any problems whatsoever. Not only did they not have any issues, but they also loved it! I would recommend this product to anyone who has a kitten and desires to give them a balanced diet. It is a bit more pricey than some of the other brands, but it balances out by giving them the nutrients they need to be healthy and, in turn, minimizing vet bills.
DamienDos Palos, CA
We have two five-month-old kittens that we brought home when they were 12 weeks old. We had no trouble transitioning them from their shelter food to Blue Buffalo. Our boys love Blue Buffalo, and it is made of ingredients that I for the most part would be willing to eat. It is about the same price range as some of the fancier brands, but take a look at the ingredient list sometime – there is no “[animal] byproduct meal” in this food – ew! Look at most other brands’ ingredient list for comparison – scary stuff!
The 7-lb bag lasts us a month – my understanding is that since there’s less filler, they actually don’t need to eat as much food to get what they need. Our kittens have grown like weeds and are full of energy. They have amazingly shiny coats even though they are only 5 months old. They don’t shed as much as I would have expected (granted, this could be partially because of age). One of our kittens does get some smelly farts occasionally, but they, um, don’t linger, so we don’t mind and neither does he.
We supplement with a can of wet a day – Blue canned food is just waaaay too expensive ($1.40 for a small can!), so we use Authority (sold by Petsmart) which has decent ingredients and you can get a big can for $.70 when it’s on sale.
We’ve been feeding this to our kitten and regular cat since July (when we got the kitten). Regular cat was getting Blue Wilderness duck food and it was starting to upset her stomach (vomiting every few days…though admittedly this is probably due to overeating)…not so with this food.
Both cats’ energy levels are great, as are their coats. Great food and, imo, worth the price.
Transitioned my kittens from Purina One Kitten formula to this brand after researching ingredients of at least a dozen natural kitten dry foods and after reading the (somewhat frightening ) book: ” Not Fit For A Dog”, which exposes the down side of the pet food industry. I put out a small bowl of Blue Buffalo and the usual amount I had been feeding them of Purina One Kitten. When I went to fetch the dish, I expected a few nibbles to be taken of the Blue Buffalo…instead, the dish was completely cleaned up and the Purina left untouched. After three weeks on a combo wet/dry Blue Buffalo kitten food diet, my kittens look the picture of health, shiny luxurious fur, bright alert eyes, and abundant energy. I realize that this small company sold out to Proctor and Gamble to avoid bankruptcy, but the product continues to be produced in its own facility under the highest quality standards. (Ben and Jerry’s did the same thing… and,still wonderful ice cream!). I highly recommend this (and the price is right on Amazon as well.)
AudreyOakland City, IN
This is very good healthy dry food for kittens and all three of mine really enjoy it, although it is quite a bit more expensive than what I want to pay so I switched over to the Wiskas kitten food instead.
I am loving this food so far. Or, my cats are. Which means so am I. 🙂 They were on a diet of Purina dry food + Iams canned food before I made the switch. My vet had always said that Purina was up there with all the top name brand foods, so I just took her word for it. After doing my own research, I found that was definitely NOT the case. I switched both of my cats to a Buffalo Blue diet (one eats kitten, the other eats weight control) and they are both happy, healthy kitties. Of course it’s more expensive than what you can buy in your local grocery store, but for the health benefits, it’s worth it to me. Amazon sells it for exactly the same price as the stores in my area, so I choose to get it shipped–saves me time and gas!
I have been feeding this food to my Ragdoll kittens/cats for years. The Blue Buffalo Spa Selects are the best food I have found for my kitties. I have one that has a sensitive stomach and will not keep any grain foods down. With Blue Buffalo Kitten, she has never gotten sick and loves it! I have Tom that was frequently getting urinary crystals. He hated the Hills Prescription Diet A/D food the vet wanted him to eat, canned or dry, but this stuff he loves. Kittens have grown strong and healthy with beautiful coats!
I have noticed also, for anyone considering switching to this food versus most others, because this food is very digestible, they eat less of it, process more of it, and actually seem to use the catbox less! With other grainy foods, they have trouble processing the cornmeal and it just passes through the system, creating more bowel movements, and eating more food. You can even SEE, if you look, the grains in my cats’ stool with other brands compared to grain-free brands.
This at least is the case with my cats.
My mom feeds her 5 year old cat, 6 year old Viszla and 6 year old German Shorthair Blue food. Naturally when I moved out and got my own kitten I started him on Blue. He loves both the Healthy Growth as well as the Wilderness Kitten. He is growing like a weed (10 lean pounds at 7 months old) and has so much energy. His coat is soft and shiny and his eyes are bright and clear.
This product can be a little more expensive, but it often goes on sale at the pet store. Plus since it is higher in protein you have to feed your animal less than you would with cheaper brands. Make sure you read the serving instructions if you have not tried this food before so you don’t overfeed your pet.
In short this product is quality food that keeps my little buddy healthy, and when it comes to his health I am glad to pay the little extra $$.
My wife bought this for our kittens a month ago and they absolutly love it! Their coats are healthy and shiny and they are full of energy and pep. I’m grateful to find a company that makes such a quality product!
After my husband and I rescued our little girl from the humane society, we found out we had a VERY picky eater on our hands. Since I am a picky parent, I wanted her to have only the best food. I wasted money on other top brands that were grain free or minimal grain, all natural, and/or organic. She hated them all. Then I found Blue at the Tractor Supply in my county and was a little hesitant to buy due to the price. Since Blue is all natural AND loaded with the good stuff, cats eat less of it that they do the grain laden cheaper stuff. So I did some mental math and chose Blue. She LOVES it!! She will finish her bowl and meow for more. All I can say is THANK YOU! Her picky nature was driving me nuts (and costing me money in uneaten food). Blue is awesome. Just ask our little girl.