Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
This is a long story but I’ll try to condense it. 3 years ago we adopted 2 kittens (boy and girl) who were litter mates. For 2 1/2 years it was just those two. Over the summer we adopted another male and a month later we adopted another male. So altogether we have 4 cats, 3 males, 1 female. The older two are neutered and spayed, the younger two we are waiting until the new year when taxes come back. They all tolerate each other, but the two younger ones have a closer bond and the older two have a closer bond naturally.
Sookie our female cat weighed around 12 lbs at her last vet visit which was over the summer. Since then she got extremely thin, like hip bones sticking out, when you would pet her you could feel her spine, her cheeks were sunken in. At first I thought maybe she was being bullied out of her food and not eating enough, so I would separate her when feeding her but nothing helped. I finally weighed her over the weekend and she was 6 lbs!
Luckily my DH had Monday off and said he would take her to the vet. I made the appt and then told him when it was. Oh and I had noticed Sunday night that her eyes looked weird, almost speckled. So anyway I made the appt and he took her. The vet said she was jaundice and asked what food we give her. Its Purina Cat Chow we give them, I tried the food the vet suggests but she won’t eat it.
Poor Sookie had to spend 2 nights there because they needed a urine sample and you know how cats are. I finally got to pick her up today over my lunch hour. The vet gave her their food which she did eat but I’m sure its because she was starving and in a cage which she never is at home obviously. We didn’t get the actual diagnosis, vet will call me tomorrow with the results of the test and what we need to do but I’ve heard that generic cat food can cause illnesses. Since Sookie was already sick and cost me $250 in vet bills, I definitely don’t want the others to get sick, even if it cost me nothing I don’t want my babies sick.
The problem with having 4 cats is I need to buy bulk, I usually buy the 22 lbs bag which lasts me a while. The more expensive stuff that is good for them doesn’t come in as big of bag. But again if it keeps my babies healthy I’m willing to do it. So my question is what do you feed your kitties? Where do you buy it?
I appreciate your advice on getting my “daughter” healthy again. Poor thing looks anorexic!
Post # 2
Our kitty eats California Naturals. It is a little more expensive, but it does come in big bags and lots of flavors which might be part of your problem.
Post # 3
I was feeding mine Blue buffalo indoor cat food, comes in a big bag at petco or petsmart but they regurgitate it often so I’ve switched to Purina beyond and they seem to do better on that. I’m concerned there is something more going on here with your cat though if she lost 50% of her body weight in a year. She may have kidney problems or something and I imagine your vet will recommend a food.
Post # 4
We use Orijen, which is a Canadian brand that uses natural, sustainable and regional meats, fish and vegetables. It is also grain-free which is important as grains can cause gas, bad poops and other digestive issues in cats. I don’t know if they sell it all over the place, but we get it at a store called Tail Blazers in Canada. Specialty/raw pet food places may carry it. Arcana brand is good too.
Post # 5
My cat is on prescription food now, but we used to give him Blue Buffalo Freedom which he really enjoyed
Post # 6
purina naturals? i think… i can check when i get home. i get it at the nature market in town. and it’s pricey but i knowk there’s less processed crap. my kitty deserves the best! 🙂
Post # 7
Our indoor kittens right now are eating Orijen mixed with a blend of Friskies, Whiskas, and Nutrience (which is a higher end kibble but not as good as Orijen).
They also get high quality wet food and some raw nuggets that come in a frozen bag.
Post # 8
Pro Plan and their coats have looked amazing since
Post # 9
I feed my only cat Authority indoor cat food in the chicken flavor. Authority is Petsmart’s in-store brand, and it has some excellent ingredients, which is what I was a stickler for. I didn’t care who made it as long as a protien was one of the first ingredients.<br /><br />I also supplement with a fancy feast can now and again just because she likes it.<br /><br /><br /><br />If you’re having calorie issues, your vet can prescribe you Science Diet A/D canned food. It’s pretty much a bazillion calories, designed for cats who have nutritional needs and/or poor eating habits (Since it apparently smells super good to a cat.) My cat eats it from time to time because it’s the only thing she’ll be in the mood for.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
I feed our new little guy Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Formula (grain free). I read that cats get most of their needed water intake from their food, so it’s good to give them a little wet food every day. For that I give him a bit of Blue Buffalo Wellness kitten formula. I buy them both from amazon.com and with free shipping it’s cheaper than buying it at the pet store.
Post # 11
Our cat eats Royal Canin Indoor Cat food.
She enjoys it immensely and it helps control her weight since she is less active than an outdoor cat.
Post # 12
My cat eats Blue Wilderness grain free cat food. I only have to buy a small bag, and that lasts me about a month. I’ve noticed on the grain free food she eats a lot less…probably because she doesn’t get hungry as quickly since there aren’t so many fillers.
She also seems to shed less which is nice
Post # 13
I used to feed my kitty Purina but he would throw it up a lot so now I feed him Blue Buffalo for Indoor kitties. Kitties are picky with their food, you can’t just give them a new one all at once – I transitioned my cat over a period of 2 weeks, slowly adding more high quality food to the low quality one until he was eating all Blue Buffalo.
Post # 14
My 21 pound boy eats Iams “weight control” food- go figure.
Post # 15
We feed Natural Balance dry food for our one cat without health issues. Our younger cat has health issues and eats a form of Science Diet (which I hate- it’s not a good formula).