What does your cat eat?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
6631 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Blue Buffalo for our cat. 

Post # 4
1248 posts
Bumble bee

chopped boiled chicken, and blue buffalo indoor for my little boo!

Post # 5
4483 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Anything that fits in her mouth, for the big one.

We give them Science Diet indoor cat dry food, and the little one eats that. Big girl eats mostly Friskies wet food. Both are welcome to eat each one, but they have their preferences

Post # 6
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Merrick Before Grain dry food, chicken flavor.  It seems to be one of the less expensive but still good quality, grain-free cat foods.  

We also supplement with daily wet food, usually just something inexpensive like Friskies.  I’ve read that even cheap wet food is still pretty good for kitties unless they have health issues.

And just as a sidenote, apparently you should avoid salmon / fish flavored food because of bioaccumulation of mercury and other heavy metals…

Post # 7
1626 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We feed our cats a raw diet, which we make ourselves. We buy chicken, as well as chicken hearts and livers from the Amish, and make our own cat food with that (bones and skin included) and supplements we purchase at the store. It’s a gross project, but it’s worth doing to us.

It’s true that a lot (read: basically all) of cat food brands in supermarkets are bad, which is because of what is in them. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their bodies are not designed to digest plant matter. If you read the ingredients list of most cat foods you will find:

Whole Grain Wheat (Plant), Corn Gluten Meal (Plant product), Pork Fat, Powdered Cellulose (Plant), Pea Bran Meal (Plant product), Dried Egg Product, Wheat Gluten (Plant product), Dried Beet Pulp (Plant product), Chicken Liver Flavor, Lactic Acid, Soybean Oil (Plant product), Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, Taurine, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement,L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), L-Carnitine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Oat Fiber (Plant product), Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene (Derived from, you guessed it, cool stuff like carrots and potatoes), Natural Flavors, Dried Apples (Plant), Dried Broccoli (Plant), Dried Carrots (Plant), Dried Cranberries (Plant), Dried Peas (Plant). 

(That is the ingredient list from Science Diet Dry Food)

Even grain free food still has plant products in them (Science Diet Grain Free contains potatoes, pea protein, potato starch, beet pulp, apples, cranberries, carrots, broccoli, flaxseed, etc.)

I will say, I am not a vet. But based on my research, it stands to reason that cats suffer (whether it be from obesity or whathaveyou) while on dry food because of all the plant products in them. They are just not designed naturally to eat that stuff. I mean..we all know that if they eat grass they puke, lol. 

My little cat, before we switched them, would eat, bloat, and go lay miserably under the bed to digest his food. He had a terrible time and suffered from severe diarrhea (like..leaked it all over the place, it was awfullllll). My other cat was very fat and would literally sit and eat all day if he could. Since we have switched them, they are more playful, alert, the vets are totally impressed, they are the weights they should be, their coats are better, and just overall their health is much better than it was when we fed them dry food. 🙂

Post # 8
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My cats get Wellness Indoor Health and most of their canned food varieties.  They are a healthy weight, active, and everyone who meets them comments on how soft and silky their coats are.  No litterbox issues.  Not every food is going to work for every cat, but this one they seem to do well on.

Post # 9
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We feed them each 1/4 cup of Wellness Complete Health or Core for dry food (try to switch it up).  And 1/4 6oz can of Natural Balance canned food (we try to stick to the grain free options with peas).  Both 2x/day.  Both of my cats are active, at a healthy weight and have amazing coats.

Post # 10
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Kirkland makes some of the best pet food on the market, according to my last vet!

And they supplement with whatever they can catch! Mostly chipmunks and rabbits. Sometimes birds/mice.

Post # 11
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We just feed out cat Purina Friskies Wet Food. We know it isn’t the best for her but with how much she eats we can’t afford much more than that. The only issue we’ve ever had with it is that she’ll occasionally throw up because she literally inhaled the food back in a few minutes, but she eats her vomit.

Apart from cat food she begs for literally everything in the house so she often will eat the potatoes out of my fries, my potatoes, chicken (if we have any chicken left over we just fill her bowl with it that day), occasional fluff from inside a pancake 

Post # 12
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Our cat gets Earthborn Holistic dry food and one can per day of Friskies wet food. I don’t love feeding him Friskies but he seriously won’t eat anything else and he will only eat the meaty bits or shredded wet food – NO pate! 

Post # 13
1248 posts
Bumble bee

@icanhearyousmile:  +1. If I knew, without a doubt, I could make raw food with all the nutrients my cat needed, I would do it. I have done a ton of research on recipes, and I just dont feel confident that all the investment in a grinder and the ingredients would be better for him than knowing he’s getting all the vitamins he needs from the Blue Buffalo dry food. We do feed him boiled chicken wiht 58QC mixed in, so I feel good about that.

I had a cat that was very overweight a few years ago. She died in my arms after a week of not going to the bathroom and sitting around doing nothing. We were in the vet parking lot waiting for the vet to get there when she died. I am almost certain now it was likely caused by kidney failure because of cheap grocery store dry food. I hate that my ignorance is the reason she was so unhealthy and died like that. I encourage anyone & everyone to do AS MUCH research as possible on the best foods for your cat. It’s life or death.

Post # 14
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Mine eats Merrick Before Grain dry food – Indoor formula. We give her chicken, she tried the salmon before, but it made her barf way more than normal. She does super well on the chicken though, and it’s not insanely expensive. 

I cannot get her to eat wet food. I’ve only gotten her to eat one brand a few times (It was Australian and doesn’t exist here in the US) and that was in a pretty desperate circumstance. Basically, the expat friendly grocery store didn’t have a food she would eat so it was literally eventually break down and try the wet food or starve until a shipment comes in which could have been weeks.

Post # 15
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@PositiveThinking:  Royal Canine Urinary Formula (he’s had a blockage).  It’s recommended by the vet for his condition.

Post # 16
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My hair.

Wait. Not an option?

Currently they eat Authority Adult cat food, and a small supplemental amount of Friskies. I’m aware that these might not be the highest quality foods, but they’re the only combination we can find that results in 3/4 of our cats having a healthy weight and 4/4 of them being hairball free. I’ll take it.

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