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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 15 reviewers.

  • All three cats love!
    My three cats are happy with this food. I pay for a large bag and it lasts me two months. We are all happy. by on 03/21/2016
  • Game changing product
    I have been feeding this to my two aging cats for about 4 years now and they have never been healthier. Their coats improved immediately, followed by their digestion and weight. They are now both 16 and my vet is amazed by how good their blood results are for their age during their annual check up. They remain active and spry, showing no signs of the degeneration that my previous cats have shown years sooner. We did make the mistake of buying the Bistro brand when the B.G. wasn't available, after being persuaded that it was the same and that it would be replacing a discontinued B.G. It is not the same, not even close. Once fully transitioned from the B.G., their coats became dull, their digestion became problematic, and their weight and hunger skyrocketed. I ended up throwing out the bag half full. I really, really hope Merrick does not eliminate the B.G. from their lineup. I would rather pay more than lose it so that I can feed this to my cats until the day they die. by on 08/06/2015
  • dry food
    Go to Chew.com no tax free shipping and they send it fed ex not UPS buy all my food for my animals by on 07/15/2015
  • HUGE price increase, ridiculous
    Last month an 11lb bag cost $24.98. This month they want $34 for the same size bag, or you can buy a 6lb bag for the $24.98. I have to buy one more bag to transition my pets to a new brand, but it will be the last one I buy from Merrick. by on 07/13/2015
  • Please don't discontinue Before Grain!
    My two cats have been eating BG for years. I always purchased the 3.3 lb bags--even though more expensive, it stays fresh; they can't finish the bigger bags that quickly. Unfortunately you discontinued the 3.3 lb bags and also the Tuna flavor; so now I'm buying the 6 lb bags because its still their favorite food. I can no longer find it in stores, either, so purchase it only online. Please don't discontinue it! I tried the Purrfect Bistro and they were disinterested, to say the least--as soon as I put down BG they ran over to gobble it up. (I also don't like that Purrfect Bistro contains cellulose--a wood-pulp filler.) by on 06/16/2015
  • new to Merrick BG cat food
    im owned by 1 cat, 6 ferrets i just added Merrick BG to make a mix of 3 grain free foods so far so good they took to it ok even still mixing slowy before mixing all together , But the pieces are very small tiny rounds the ferrets handle ok But my cat dont chew BG i gave him some by its self and i watch him it looks like he just lets it slides down , if you ever change the shape try a pellet type shape by on 04/18/2015
  • Helps my cats stay healthy
    My cat hated Blue Buffalo but I wanted to stay with grain-free products and steered away from expensive controversial commercial products. I tried Before Grain Chicken then thought my cat would like and benefit more from the Salmon variety but he wouldn't eat it like the chicken so I gave the bag away. He and his sister love love love the chicken kind and I hope this company never discontinues Before Grain. Seriously. I hope they don't. I'm not a fan of any other food company at this point. by on 01/21/2015
  • Please bring back the #3 Tuna!
    I have been feeding my cats Before Grain dry (1, 2 & 3 flavors) for over two years now. It keeps them healthy and reduces stomach upset. Only con so far is the occasional bag that has big, uncut pieces that the cats can't eat. Their favorite flavor was the #3 Tuna (no long available), then the #1 Chicken. It's hit or miss as far as them eating the #2 Salmon. (they HATE Merrick's new Bistro line of dry) My only worry is that Merrick will discontinue this line (as they did with the #3 flavor). I REALLY hope they continue with the B.G. dry line...and bring back the #3 TUNA! by on 09/20/2014
  • Finally something my finicky cat LOVES!
    I started using Merrick's Before Grain approximately a year ago. I am happy to report that my sweet girl is still loving it! I can tell the difference between the grocery store food I used to feed her because her coat is shiny and beautiful and her waste products are small, which I'm told by my vet means that she is absorbing more nutrients than in the past. Thank you Merrick for giving my 12 year old "kitten" a healthy food that is affordable and worth every penny! by on 08/28/2014
  • Two happy feline units!!
    My vet recommended a grain free diet for my cats approximately four years ago. Being that they are strictly indoor cats, I didn't want their calorie intake to be more than what they needed, but certainly enough to satisfy their appetite. Merrick's dry chicken cat food seemed to be right where I'd like them to be at, so I introduced it. One of my cats is an extremely finicky eater, and snubs her nose even at cat treats, so I wasn't sure how it would go. Four years later, she's always right at the bowl when I pour more in, and she happily eats a few nuggets. Both cats have beautiful shiny coats and no dandruff. One has quite the svelte body, and the other has a "better than average" body stature (per my vet). The only negative thing is finding the food. No big chains sell it, and the small stores are often out of the large bags, so I end up spending more buying the small bags. I was recently told that a Merrick representative said they are having a hard time keeping up with demand. I hope this problem can be solved soon!! by on 08/20/2014
  • OMGoodness!
    I have been trying so many top foods and I think they are wonderful, but this food is amazing!!!  My eight cats all LOVE its taste and it smells wonderful too.  Their fur is shining, they are becoming svelte and not their fat old selves.  I do not leave out but feed them twice a day, and if they are all standing at the feeding station I give them a little dry to eat, which they do happily!  I use the dry along with the canned, so much better for them.  Thank you Merrick for making this wonderful, top rated food I can trust to feed my babies. by on 05/04/2014
  • Good for grain free
    I like that this is grain free. All my cats eat only grain free. My cats tend to prefer a higher protein level. This is moderately high in protein since it is only 36%.. I normally only feed from 40-50% protien level. But 36% is Ok. I wouldn't feed as main food but will keep as a rotation food. I rotate between 3 different High protein grain free foods. I like that this only has 3% fiber. And 11% morsiture. Each brand has its own benefits so that's why I rotate all there foods so they can get a variety of something each brand offers that may be different from the other. Hopefully Merrick will come out with a new grain free that offers a higher protein and low fruits and veggies. And 0% patato,etc. There are only a few brands that offer this so far and would be happy to see merrick one of them. But BF gains is good. by on 03/04/2014
  • My cats love it!
    I have no idea why Petco no longer sells Before Grain and has reverted to using the Purrfect Bistro brand which is, I think, lower quality and they don't love as much.   Please tell Petco to bring Before Grain back. by on 01/09/2014
  • Simply The Best! 8 Cats Approve!
    Having cats in the family for 12 years now, we've been through our share of health, weight and digestive issues until a year ago when we discovered Merricks Before Grain.  Our 3 cats have completely stopped vomiting, the one with a weight issue has gotten down to a healthy size and they love the food! Our 3 grown daughters were so impressed that one by one, they too became convinced that Before Grain was best for their kittys. One suffered from a weight /picky eater issue, one from ongoing diarrhea and a year old Bengal who just wasn't happy with her raw food diet. That's a total of 8 happy felines thanks to Merricks! Keep up the good work! by on 11/09/2013
  • very high quality food
    Both of my cats eat before grain. They love the taste and lick their bowls clean every feeding. For us, before grain is the best combination of a high quality food with good ingredients at a fair price point.  by on 08/26/2013
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